A quick glance at the six finalists in this year's PIAA Volleyball Championships at Richland High School revealed an unusual trend: All three matches featured teams from District 11 play.
Marian Catholic was the district's Class A representative, while Bethlehem Catholic took the honor in Class AA and Parkland earned the spot in the Class AAA match.
Two of the three teams, Bethlehem Catholic and Parkland, walked away with state championships, while Marian suffered a five-set defeat to Greensburg Central Catholic.
Several players from Emmaus' Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship team were recently named to new league's all-star team.
Junior forward Matt Fritz was named Most Valuable Player, while teammate Ryan Paradise and Parkland Landis also earned first-team selections.
The following is a list of this year's EPC All-Stars.
Jr. F John Fritz (Emmaus)
At a time during his junior year at Emmaus High School, Brian Velasco was feeling the love during the recruitment period. Division I schools from the Patriot League, including Lehigh and Lafayette, and the University of Pennsylvania all kept in regular contact with Velasco, and all wanted him to be a part of their programs.
But then they changed course, and decided to look elsewhere.
While Velasco could have gotten down over this, he kept moving forward, and with the help of his coaches, started thinking about the Division III route for his football career.
Princeton University senior Allison Evans, a 2011 Emmaus High School graduate, spent much of her summer in studying abroad in Amsterdam. There, she took classes on social policy and public health.
But while it was her first time leaving the country for academic purposes, her preparation and training for her senior season on the Tigers' field hockey team remained relatively the same. There may have been a shortage of training facilities, but the three-team All-Ivy League selection found ways to continue preparation in the summer months.
Northampton's Cody Kramer just missed on a pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning of Game 3 of last week's Blue Mountain League championship series that would have propelled the Giants to a series win.
When he saw the same pitch one throw later from Limeport's Adam Maini, he made the Bulls pay for it.
With that swing also came history for the Northampton Giants.
Amanda and Lisa Wallitsch spent two years at Emmaus High School playing on the same volleyball team.
The two, who now play on the DeSales University women's volleyball team, are continuing their playing career at the collegiate level.
But that's not where the similarities end.
Both are students in DeSales' Sport and Exercise Science Program. Both have aspirations of ending the Bulldogs' three-year drought to Eastern University in the Freedom Conference championship game. And both are now on the verge of historical careers as members of the Bulldogs' team.
After Bloomsburg wrapped up the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Division chamionship in November, the focus was shifted to the 2014 and a new slate for each of the eight teams in the east.
All eight teams were represented by their head coach and two or three captains at the PSAC media day held last Monday afternoon at Kutztown University.
Each team was introduced by its respective sports information director, and that was followed by the preseason poll.
The Keystone State Games were held in Harrisburg July 31-Aug. 3 2014. The Lehigh Valley team took the bronze medal in the Junior Division (9th-10th grade players) by going 4-2 and then beating Capital Juniors in the bronze-medal game. Coaches for the team were Joe Candelino, Ted Plessl and Cody Weiss.
St. Luke's and District 11 formally teamed-up for a partnership Tuesday morning during a press conference held at St. Luke's Campus in Cetronia.
The announcement comes on the heels of the upcoming fall season, which gets underway on August 11, as District 11 joins District 7 in Pittsburgh, as the only two PIAA zones that have partnerships with medical providers.
St. Luke's won the bid for the partnership and District 11 chairman Bob Hartman couldn't be happier about the merger.
If it wasn't for the wrong bounce of the basketball, the Emmaus boys basketball team could have been playing in the final four of its second straight Allentown summer tournament.
Two weekends ago, the Green Hornets lost in the semifinals at the Stellar Catch A Rising Star Tournament. And it took an extra period, but Reading High School took down Emmaus in the quarterfinals of the Sportsfest A-town Throwdown Tournament last weekend at Cedar Beach.