WHITEHALL As a player back in 2006, Jessica Frantz got to experience the Emmaus field hockey juggernault first hand.
Saturday afternoon, the first-year Pleasant Valley head coach got a chance to view the Green Hornets from a slightly different perspective.
One thing that is perfectly clear, however, is no matter how you look at the Lady Hornets, they are extremely impressive.
The 2013 Bears found out the hard way what numerous teams, including Frantz' 2006 team, have learned through the years that when it comes to Class AAA field hockey in District 11, Emmaus is neaerly unbeatable.
The Green Hornets' 5-1 victory over Pleasant Valley gave them their 25th consecutive District 11 championship.
The last time Emmaus and veteran head coach Sue Butz-Stavin didn't win a district title was was 1988 the year before Frantz was born.
Despite that, Frantz tried to make sure her team wasn't intimtaed coming into the game.
"I just told them that any given day, anyone can win," Frantz said. "So, just come and play. Give everything you have and leave it all out on the field."
The message was well received by Pleasant Valley senior and Mountain Valley Conference MVP Melissa Russo.
"Coach Frantz told us it was a great feeling to make it to districts and make it into the state playoffs," said Russo. "She talked about how she wanted to win a district title and even though her team fell short that we now had the chance to do it. It was great motivation."
Unfortunately for the Bears, things didnt quite pan out that way as Emmaus forced Frantz to settle for another district silver medal.
One thing that was similar between Pleasant Valley's two championship game appearances was the fact that Bears' scored goals late in the game to ruin Emmaus shutout bids.
On Saturday, Russo posted the Bears' lone tally with a goal one-minute, and 10-seconds left in the game. Back in 2006, Frantz' sister Angie assisted on the Lindsay Foder goal in the game's final minute of an 8-1 loss.
Although Frantz only experienced one district title game as a player, having entered high school right after the 2002 Pleasant Valley team made the school's first-ever title game appearance, she is determined to make sure it won't be the last time the Bears see the district final game while she's coaching.
"Only the best teams get to play in this type of late-season atmosphere," Frantz said. "The more we can experience it, the more we can learn from it. The more we can learn from it, the better we get.
"I would love to be back here time after time with my players. Just like Emmaus."
Butz-Stavin, who has been coaching 38 years at Emmaus, had plenty of kind remarks for Frantz.
"She did great," Butz-Stavin said. "Coming through districts, beating Stroudsburg, which was obviously the big one, and then Northampton after they lost to them 7-1 during the regular season.
"I mean that's a huge accomplishment. She should be proud. The team should be proud how they played today and that they're moving on."
Pleasant Valley will open the state playoffs on Tuesday when it faces District 2 champ Wilkes Barre Coughlin at Wyoming Seminary at 7 p.m.