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.
The Emmaus Legion team stretched out its season not just to the final day, but to an extra one-game playoff against West Allentown for the final spot in the Lehigh Valley Legion postseason.
Unfortunately for the Hornets, West Allentown proved to be too much and beat Emmaus 7-2 to grab the eighth and final playoff spot.
Emmaus forced the one-game playoff by gaining a split in a pair of games with Fullerton Saturday.
The first game was a resumption of a suspended game from earlier in the season that was tied at 3-3 after the regulation seven innings of play.
In two games this season, Salisbury downed Lower Macungie by a combined score of 20-2. The good news is that some believe the third time is the charm and Lower Mac gets a third shot at Salisbury in the first round of the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs.
The Mustangs finished the regular season with a 9-9 record, but were seeded behind Fullerton (9-9) by because Fullerton also beat Lower Macungie twice in the regular season.
Weather and time worked against Lehigh Valley's Carpenter Cup softball team as it was eliminated from the tournament last week after losses to Tri-Cape and Burlington County.
Lehigh Valley's first game last Wednesday resulted in an early-morning 5-2 loss to Tri-Cape, but Lehigh Valley came back with a 4-0 victory over Olympic Colonial in the afternoon.
Northern Lehigh's Amber Thomas and Pen Argyl's Emily Smull pitched the shutout for Lehigh Valley.
For the Emmaus Legion team, it's been a matter of too little, too late pretty much all season long. Sunday presented a perfect case-in-point when West Allentown jumped out to a 6-0 lead before the Emmaus bats went to work mounting a comeback. In the end, Emmaus dropped an 8-5 decision.
"That's pretty much what we've been doing all season," said Emmaus coach Mike Anderson. "We can't do anything early in the game and then when we do start to hit, we're already in a hole."
The Emmaus Hornets 95-pounders shut out the North Parkland Buffaloes 13-0 in the SYFL semifinals on November 4 and this past weekend finished their season by beating the Lower Mac Mustangs by a score of 12-6 in the finals of the 95-pound SYFL league tournament. The finals win capped off an undefeated 11-0 season.