When Carly Lenett was just three years old, she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Now, Carly is eight and she has learned to handle the disease and even monitor her blood sugar and operate her insulin pump all with only minimal supervision. She has also helped to raise $9,000 for the American Diabetes Association and is helping others become aware of the disease.
In some respects, Carly was lucky, because her father, Mitch Lenett has also dealt with Type 1 diabetes since he was a child, giving her an instant support system and mentor in dealing with the disease.
Local cyclists from Sprinters Edge Track Development Team, coached by Andrew Harris, took the podium for several events at the recent Junior National Track Championship at Trexlertown's Valley Preferred Cycling Center.
After qualifying in the top spot with a time of 11.089, James Mellen (above left), rising senior at Parkland High School, took gold in the match sprint. James followed the match sprint victory with a win in the team sprint on day two of the competition.
Mellen also secured a bronze medal in the keirin event.
A year after winning the 2012 Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League championship, the Emmaus boys soccer team was in position to make a similar run this season.
However, the Hornets, which finished in second place in the LVSSL B Division this season, suffered a tough 1-0 loss to Saucon Valley in the first round of the playoffs, erasing any thoughts of a repeat.
Despite the loss, head coach John Cari saw plenty of solid play that has the team on the right path heading into fall practices that are quickly approaching.
The Emmaus High School track and field teams are coming off their best seasons in a long time and part of the reason for that is a program called the Green Machine Track Camp, which just completed its third year.
The camp culminated with a Meet of Champions where the 90 campers competed in events for medals in front of family and friends on the high school track.
Emmaus track coach Shannon Petrunak organizes and runs the camp, which is for kids entering grades three through nine and is open to children from any school district.
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.