At some point down the road, this past season may be one that can be looked back on as a turning point for the girls basketball team at Emmaus.
After winning just two games overall and none in the East Penn Conference during the 2018-19 season, this year’s team finished the year 10-12 overall, with five of those wins being against league opponents.
The Hornets were in the hunt for a District 11 playoff spot – their first since 2013 – right up until their penultimate game against Bethlehem Catholic, the defending state champions.
The East Penn Conference Diving Championships were held this past weekend at Parkland High School and Emmaus was represented by two young divers on the girls side.
Unfortunately, defending EPC, District 11 and PIAA champion Brendan McCourt missed the event with an illness and will set his sights on the district championships coming up on February 22.
For Emmaus, freshmen Carly Lennett and Molly O’Connor competed in their first championship event.
The Emmaus boys swimming and diving team extended a streak of conference championships that goes back to before some of the younger team members were even born. For 16 straight seasons, Emmaus has dominated the conference with this year’s team locking up a perfect 12-0 overall record and finishing 11-0 in the EPC.
This year’s championship came with a 123-63 win over Parkland in the Hornets’ season finale.
Emmaus jumped out to a quick lead and never looked back.
The Emmaus girls swim team looked for a repeat of last season’s meet against Parkland that gave the Hornets the East Penn Conference championship. They came up short, falling to the Trojans 122-64 Saturday at Emmaus High School.
The loss was Emmaus’s first conference loss on the season, giving the Hornets a 10-2 overall record and 9-1 record in the EPC. For Parkland (10-0, 8-0), the win sets up a showdown with Easton (10-2, 8-1) on Thursday for the league championship.
When the Emmaus swimming schedule is released each season, all eyes search for one key date. When is the meet against Parkland?
Over the past few seasons, the meet has moved around a few times, even moving up on the schedule one season to take advantage of alumni being home for the holidays. This season, the meet falls on a Saturday with the two teams set to face each other at Emmaus in just a few days.
Whether or not the Emmaus girls basketball team qualifies for districts, one has to admit that the Lady Hornets are going down fighting. Every time it seems they’re in trouble – either in an individual game or in fighting for a playoff spot – they come firing back.
In a recent loss to Parkland, the Lady Trojans pulled away late in the game thanks to hot foul-shooting that made it a 44-27 final. Emmaus (8-10 overall, 4-9 EPC) had cut an 18-point lead down to 12 in the fourth quarter before the foul-line heroics.
The Emmaus girls basketball team put together a five-game winning streak to reach .500 on the season, but Stroudsburg (15-2 overall, 9-2 EPC) prevented Emmaus from moving over that mark when the it downed the Lady Hornets 58-53 last weekend.
The loss dropped Emmaus to 7-8 overall and 4-7 in the East Penn Conference.
The team is looking to finish with a .500 record either in the conference or overall to qualify for districts.
The Emmaus boys and girls swimming and diving teams took on highly touted Wilson-West Lawn last weekend at Emmaus High School. The teams came away with split results, with the Hornet boys downing Wilson 105-81 while the girls suffered their first loss of the season, falling 126-60 to the Bulldogs. The win has the EHS boys team a perfect 9-0 on the season, while the girls are now 8-1.
The Emmaus swimming teams competed in the highly competitive Wilson Relays on Saturday and came out of the event with good results.
As a team, the boys finished in third place with a score of 272 points with La Salle College High School winning the meet with a score of 315. The girls placed fifth with Wilson West Lawn winning the meet with a score of 311 compared to Emmaus’ 231. Boys teams had nine top-five finishes while the girls team had five. Emmaus also had three second-place finishes in mixed events.
Welcome to 2020!
Since its loss to the defending state champion Bethlehem Catholic team on the second day of the year, Emmaus rattled off four wins in an eight-day stretch to bring its season record to 6-7 overall.
The Hornets have won the four games by an average of 15 points and came from behind to beat Wilson West Lawn 46-41 Saturday at Emmaus.