On April 1 the first round of games kicked off on Memorial Field for the new Scrubs soccer league run by Emmaus High School students.
After around 126 signatures for a startup, the league was put into motion by seniors Creyn Muthard, Jared Kish, Connor Dang, Callen Reid, and Luca Boudignon. Scrubs is comprised of 10 teams with around 120 players in all, and each team fields eight players during the game. Unlike Scrubs basketball, an all-girl team, the Whornets, plays in the league. Games take place when Memorial Field is available Monday through Friday from 8-9 p.m. Each team is guaranteed to compete in six games and then the top six teams move into the playoffs which start on May 16.
Muthard thinks that having another outlet for athletes other than Scrubs basketball will improve the Emmaus environment.
“We wanted to diversify the school a little more, and not just have Scrubs basketball, but something else where kids can have fun and stay out of trouble,” Muthard said.
Overall the organizers didn’t expect for the league to start up this year, but an outpour of support pushed the project forward.
“It feels good to know like wow we did this,” Muthard said.
Even though they are seniors they have high hopes for what the league can grow into next year.
“I think we have asked two kids on the [high school] soccer team to take it over and run it,” Muthard said. “We want it to run a little bit smoother next year because we didn’t have money. Any left over money we are going to give to the teacher and he’s going to keep that in an account [for next year]. We did all the hard work so next year they just have to collect the money and [buy] the shirts.”
Upcoming games (4/16):
Nogs vs. Shooting Stars
Gnomes vs. Shrimp Gang
Whale Expectations vs. Whornets
Reporting by Erick De La Rosa and Aidan Springs.