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.
The Emmaus girls basketball team looks to turn around its misfortunes from last season that saw it go winless in the East Penn Conference and finish with a 2-20 overall record.
Even coming off of a rough season, this year’s team seems to have a bit more spring in its step than in recent years and appears poised to start turning things around behind head coach Kelsey Gallagher, who enters her third season as the team’s head coach.
Sal Pagano and Brett Poling were teammates on the Emmaus football team until their graduation in 2016. After high school, the two friends stayed together both in school and on the football field with both deciding to attend Moravian College.
They also added a new role as roommates and that’s lasted through all four years of their college careers.