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.
After decisive wins over Allen and Dieruff to start the Lehigh Valley Conference portion of their schedule at 2-0, the Lady Hornet soccer team went up against conference rival Central Catholic and came away on the short end of a 2-1 score.
Last week also included a tough loss to one of the better soccer teams in the state from Neshaminy High School, who beat the Lady Hornets 5-1 at Memorial Field. On the season, Emmaus now stands at 2-2-1, with a 2-1 record in the LVC.
The first few weeks of the season were supposed to be the toughest for Emmaus tennis. With matches against teams like Northampton and Nazareth, battling through the Lehigh Valley Conference figured to be tough right from the start.
That fact makes the 6-0 start that Emmaus is off to that much more impressive, since the Layd Hornets picked up wins over Northampton, the team that beat them in team districts last season, a Nazareth team that was undefeated until running into Emmaus and a solid Freedom team all in the first two weeks of the season.
The East Penn Emmaus Hornets football team kicked off the youth foootball season on Sunday, Sept. 1 against the East Side Youth Center Huskies with an impressive four wins and one tie.
The Hornets Flag team won 21-14. Eliel Torres and Jonathan Serrano ran for touchdowns of 60 yards and one yard, respectively. Serrano also scored on a 50 yard kickoff return. The Hornet defense held strong in the final two minutes with key plays from Joseph Glover and Michael Chies.
Junior Pee Wee