There were a lot of new parts to the Emmaus girls basketball team seen at the Stellar Catch A Rising Star Tournament this past weekend at Cedar Beach in Allentown. First-year head coach Jeff Williams was forced to insert some younger players into his starting lineup with the absence of Destinee Watkins, who was at a lacrosse tournament, and Kiyae White, who was at an AAU tournament.
The Green Hornets finished the weekend 1-2 with a win over Pen Argyl and losses to Palisades and Freedom.
In its first season competing in the Lehigh Valley summer soccer league at Lehigh University, the Emmaus girls soccer team went 6-2 and was able to use a different experience to prepare for the fall season, which begins in less than two months.
"They've done fairly well," said summer coach Rich McGinnis. "They really wanted to get some live games in before the fall. Previously, Emmaus hasn't played summer league soccer. This can give them a bit of a head start."
Emmaus broke a five-game losing streak with an 8-5 come-from-behind win over South Parkland late last week, only to suffer another loss Sunday to Fullerton, losing 7-1 and putting Emmaus at 5-8 on the season.
Manager Mike Anderson returned to the team after having to miss a couple games and wasn't happy with the reports that he heard on their games against Coplay and Northern Valley.
No matter what the sport, teams always want to go into the playoffs on a hot streak. Unfortunately, that's not the way things are working out for the Emmaus Hornets of the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League.
The Hornets opened the season 5-2 and were tied for the top spot in the league at one point in the season. Since that point, the Hornets have gone 2-9 and are losers of three straight games as they limp into the postseason.
The Gold Team (Northampton, Palisades and Phillipsburg) had won three straight games, and four of the last five after a 7-7 tie in 2010, heading into Thursday's 44th Lehigh Valley All Star Football Classic.
When the game kicked off on Thursday, the Red Team (Lehigh, Carbon and Monroe counties) sent a message early on that a reverse in that trend was in store.
There weren't enough players for Lower Mac to have a legion baseball team this season, but the team's run through Lehigh Valley Connie Mack regular season has certainly been impressive.
With two games remaining in the regular season, Lower Mac sits at 12-4 in the standings as one of the top teams in the league. Following Wednesday's game against Nazareth and Friday's tilt against Moore Township, Lower Mac will have its eyes set solely on the playoffs.
The Emmaus girls' soccer team didn't participate in last year's Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League (LVSSL). But as the incoming seniors sought a way to prepare themselves for the upcoming fall season, joining the LVSSL seemed like a no-brainer.
Led by Reilly McGinnis's two goals, Emmaus downed CSG Falcon Blue (Salisbury High School) last Wednesday, 3-0, at Lehigh University Fields at Goodman Campus and Stabler Arena. The win stationed the Lady Hornets at 3-2 on the season with a goal-differential of plus-nine.
It wasn't that long ago that Emmaus was looking like one of the top teams in the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League. They were sitting atop the standings at 5-2 after winning two games in one day against South Parkland and Southern Lehigh. Over the last week though, the Hornets went 0-3 and things got so out of hand against Coplay that state police were actually called to the game.
Lehigh Valley faced a 3-0 deficit after the top of the third inning during last night's legion all-star game.
But that lead for Schuylkill-Berks was short lived. And once the Lehigh Valley bats got going, the offense didn't let up.
Lehigh Valley responded with six runs in the bottom of the third and added a run in the fifth and sixth innings to secure the 8-2 victory on Monday Night at FirstEnergy Stadium. It was the Lehigh Valley's third consecutive victory in the all-star game after dropping the inaugural contest four years ago.
In an all-star game, most people probably expect a heavy explosion of offense.
And while that was that case, at least for one team, it was the dominant outing of the Colonial League and Mountain Valley Conference's pitching staff that stole the show.