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.
From his first dive, Brandan McCourt took the lead in the East Penn Conference mid-season diving meet and never looked back from there. The 11-dive meet is an opportunity for divers to gauge where they are in the competition for conference and district championships later in the season and right now, the gauge is pretty high for McCourt.
After a five-game losing skid, the Emmaus girls basketball team has now won two of its last three games, downing Scranton in a nonconference game and then beating Pocono Mountain East in convincing fashion in a 47-26 win. The only loss came against defending Class 4A state champion Bethlehem Catholic.
The Emmaus boys and girls swimming and diving teams both got off to strong starts this season in dual meets and in the annual Cedar Crest Invitational held at Parkland (swimming) and Emmaus (diving) high schools.
In dual meets, the Emmaus teams are both 5-0, including a tri-meet win over both East Stroudsburg South and Stroudsburg recently.
Swimming is one of those sports where individual and team battles take place at the same time. Swimmers are often focused on improving their times with an eye toward winning individual championships, while at the same time, helping the team to win both in relays and in team points that are accumulated based on those individual times.
The Emmaus boys and girls swimming and diving teams are both off to strong starts to the season. Both have perfect 2-0 records with wins over Whitehall and Liberty and they also won the Cedar Crest Invitational this past weekend at Parkland High School. In beating Liberty, several Emmaus swimmers also set personal bests and pool records, as did some swimmers and a diver in the Invitational meet.
Emmaus traveled to Liberty last week and rewrote the record book for pool records at Liberty High School.
The Emmaus girls basketball team opened the season against two tough nonconference opponents and hoped it would prepare them for the tough EPC schedule. They were prepared and played well, but have found the early part of a difficult schedule to be rough sledding. To open the season, Emmaus had to play Parkland (5-0 overall, 3-0 EPC), Northampton (4-1, 2-1) and Nazareth (5-0, 3-0) last week and there’s not much that can prepare you fully for that type of schedule.
Last season was very much like many others before it for the Emmaus boys swimming and diving teams. The Hornets put together a perfect regular season and then won their 13th straight District 11 team title. At states, they returned with state gold around the neck of diver Brendan McCourt, who went on to commit to diving for the University of Texas after his high school career.
The fact that last year’s success came a lot from the sophomore and junior classes gives the team a lot of high expectations for the upcoming season.
The Emmaus girls swimming and diving team is coming off one of its better seasons in years.
Last season, the Hornets beat Parkland to complete an 11-0 season and win the East Penn Conference championship. Then they took team gold in districts and went to Bucknell University and put on a good showing in states. Unfortunately, that team was senior-laden and lost a lot of talent, leaving some holes for this year’s squad to patch up.
No matter how good your opponents are, you never want to start a season with two straight losses.
The Emmaus girls basketball team had Boyertown and Northwestern Lehigh as its season-opening games last Friday night and Saturday afternoon, setting up a difficult test to open the year. The Hornets came through the stretch with a 1-1 record, but were energized by how they played in the two games.