One local soccer team lost out on a chance to play for a national title, while another actually won a national title.
Lehigh Valley United 93 brought home the clubs first-ever national title last weekend, outlasting the Chicago Fire academy 1-0 in the United States Youth Soccer Association's under-19 boys national championship game.
Shane Campbell scored the games only goal for LVU in the 34th minute, while the Fire missed a penalty kick wide left in the 80th minute.
In sports it is not about how one starts. It is about how they finish.
That old saying still holds true today and Lower Macungie Youth Legion is a great example.
The Macs started the summer season by going 0-6. As if losing six straight wasn't bad enough, they lost four of their first five contests by just one run. Fortunately for them, their luck was about to turn around.
The Suburban Swim League held it's championship meet last weekend at Macungie Pool.
The following are results from the meet.
1. Hanover (H) 1213, 2. Quakertown (Q) 1189, 3. Soleca (S) 992, 4. Northampton (NH) 773, 5. Whitehall (W) 597, 6. Lower Macungie (LM) 554, 7. Macungie (M) 274, 8. Palmerton (P) 262, 9. Northern Lehigh (N L) 139.
Individual and Relay Results
(Top three finishers plus other local swimmers)
A week after facing tough competition in the grueling heat at the Stellar Catch A Rising Star tournament, the Emmaus boys and girls basketball teams were back at Cedar Beach Park for the second consecutive showcase event.
The Green Hornets girl team improved from a Saturday exit at Stellar by playing deep into Sunday at Sportsfest.
ESPN airs a weekday show entitled Numbers Never Lie. It is program that features debates over sports' trending topics in which arguments are focused around statistical and numerical aspects of each debate. If there was an episode about Emmaus's Youth Legion baseball team, it would be one outstanding statistic.
Only 13 players tried out for the team.
At the July 10 Lehigh Valley Road Runner Summer Series 5K, the 2013 Nicole Reinhart Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Emmaus High School graduate Lindsey Bray.
Bray was a standout cross country and track athlete for the Green Hornets. She was a varsity letter winner for four years in cross country and was the captain of the EHS girl's team her senior year.
After going 9-9 in the regular season, the Lower Macungie Lightning hoped to pull off some surprises in the Lehigh Valley Legion Tournament. Unfortunately for the Lightning, it was shut out by Salisbury 5-0 in its tournament opener and was beat up by Coplay in a 15-5 loss that eliminated Lower Mac from the double-elimination tournament.
Salisbury wound up going to the tournament championship game, but lost to North Parkland 6-5. Coplay picked up another tournament win against Northern Valley, but was then beaten by North Parkland in the semifinals.
Another summer, another year that Steve Yoder has to figure out new formulas for success after the Emmaus boys basketball head coach graduated a chunk of his roster from a year ago.
The Green Hornets lost three starters in Derek Tannous, Dan Brndjar, and Gabe Shankweiler from a team that went 12-12 overall and 9-5 in the Lehigh Valley Conference, and advanced to the District 11 quarterfinals last season.
It is the second year in a row Yoder has a whole group of new and inexperienced players to groom for success.
Before the final of the varsity boys basketball game on Sunday night, Tony Stellar said it best when he stated that "All of these teams played against the best, because this is the number one basketball tournament in the country."
The Emmaus girls basketball team was able to take part in the annual Stellar Catch A Rising Star Tournament, which began on Wednesday and concluded on Sunday.
The weekend consisted of many of the local teams in the Lehigh Valley Conference, Colonial League, and Mountain Valley Conference, but also featured teams from outside the Lehigh Valley.
The Emmaus boys soccer team ended last season as District 11 runners-up and Lehigh Valley Conference champions.
Those feats were accomplished in large part thanks to a core group of seniors. AJ Bishop, Adam Kita, and Ben Roda combined for 29 goals, and Kevin Fine was in goal for 14 shutouts and 53 career wins.