The last time Lehigh Valley's Carpenter Cup run came to an end in the first round was in 2006. Their opponent was Burlington County out of New Jersey.
On Thursday, Lehigh Valley looked to start its journey to get back to the championship game as the 2013 Lehigh Valley team reached the final game of the event. But standing in the way once again was Burlington County, and the result was much like the 2006 meeting.
Last season, the Emmaus legion team suffered through a 5-14 campaign under first-year manager Mike Anderson. Just seven games into the 2014 season, the team has already equaled its win total from all of last season, posting a 5-2 record, which puts them in a tie for the top spot in the league with North Parkland.
This past Sunday was an especially impressive day as Emmaus picked up a 5-2 win in extra innings over South Parkland and then came from behind to down Southern Lehigh 4-3 in a night game.
The Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League is underway, but it's left the starting gate with one less entry this season. The Lower Macungie Mustangs were unable to field a team this season, leaving the LVLBL with nine teams.
According to Curt Wieder, the travel coordinator for the Lower Macungie team, only four players signed up to play legion ball this season and two of them were still age eligible for Connie Mack baseball, which is for players on the younger side of the eligibility ages for legion play.
Greg Ramos had been applying since 2008 to get Lehigh Valley United acceptance into U.S. Soccer's development academy.
On April 1, the region's top youth soccer club finally became a member of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy for the U-14 age group of players born in 2000 and 2001.
For Ramos, the Executive Director of Soccer Operations at LVU, the news came on April Fools Day, but he was pretty sure it wasn't a joke when he got the call.
The Emmaus boys basketball team has been on a roll since the holiday break. Since a loss to Central Catholic back on December 20, the Green Hornets (14-5 overall, 8-4 Lehigh Valley Conference) have won 11 of their next 12 games.
That run came to a sudden, abrupt hault last Friday night at the Hive.
Heading into her fourth year at DeSales University, Lydia Younger wasn't quite sure if she would return to the Bulldogs' women's soccer team for the 2013 season.
Enrolled in a three-plus-two program at DeSales, Younger understood the demand and dedication such a program entailed. After completing her bachelor's degree in three years, she understood that working towards her master's degree in the Physician Assistant program over the course of her final two academic years would require much hard work.
Muhlenberg College sophomore offensive tackle Bryan Auvil has noticed the great play from opposing offensive lines throughout his college football career.
But while he certainly felt he was playing well in his second season as a member of the Mules' offensive line, his selection as an All-Centennial Conference First Team member was a surprise to Auvil.
"It was a huge surprise," Auvil said. "I didn't expect it at all. I felt like I played pretty well this season and played consistently, but I didn't really think I stood out or anything."
You could say that Dr. Jason Batley has had a successful career.
The 1988 Freedom graduate grew up in Bethlehem and eventually went on to become an orthopedic surgeon.
Now, he's part of a new swim team located just outside of Charlotte, NC, that is preparing some of the top swimmers in the country for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Batley, who has lived in Davidson, NC, for the past five years, is the head team doctor for an organization called Team Elite, which is led by legendary Auburn and national team coach David Marsh.
It's not a rarity to see a high school player play in the Tri-County Baseball League.
But in a league composed of mostly collegiate players and players beyond that level, Mike Kammerer, a recent graduate of Central Catholic High School, has already posted a spectacular career in the Tri-County ranks.
After an impressive preseason, Emmaus field hockey has gotten off to a quick 2-0 start with wins over Allen (3-1, 1-1) and Dieruff (3-1, 1-1) by a combined score of 9-1. The team was hit pretty hard by graduation, and offseason injuries to juniors Erika Wilson and Teresa Carotenuto dealt another blow to the team, leaving them with some rebuilding to do.
Against Allen, junior Taylor Bednar and freshman Meredith Sholder each picked up two goals after the team weathered a sluggish start in the early part of the game.