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Boys swimmers knock off unbeaten 'Canes

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 by CHUCK HIXSON in HS Sports

For Emmaus swimming, the perfection continues on the boys side (9-0), while the girls (7-2) have dropped two straight against tough teams. The boys easily picked off Liberty, 124-62, to give the Hurricanes their first loss of the season. On the girls side, the Hornets made a late surge, but came up short and fell to Liberty 96-90 as the Lady Hurricanes raised their record to 8-1 on the season.

The loss for the girls came on the heels of their loss to perennially tough Wilson-West Lawn three days earlier.

Swimmers compete against Wilson-West Lawn

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 by CHUCK HIXSON in HS Sports

Yogi Berra is famous for telling reporters that baseball is 90-percent mental and the other half is physical. If Berra knows anything about swimming, he might make the same statement, which is something that coach Tim O'Connor constantly works on with his swimmers.

When O'Connor looks at Casey Young, he sees a lot of his younger self in her not just mentally, but as far as their build. Like Young, O'Connor was a muscular young swimmer in his high school days and had to find a way to handle the sport mentally.

Vanim wins EPC diving crown

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 by CHUCK HIXSON in HS Sports

Last year, Anna Overholtz provided Emmaus with a diver who could provide a legitimate challenge to some of the better high school divers in the area. Her accomplishments were the best that the program has seen in a while.

This season, two young divers are providing excitement on both the boys and girls side of competition and they proved it this past weekend with strong showings in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Diving Championship.

EHS girls win two in a row

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 by CHUCK HIXSON in HS Sports

For the first time this season, Emmaus girls put together back-to-back wins, both against Eastern Pennsylvania Conference teams. Last week, Emmaus picked up a come-from-behind, 61-50 win over Allen and then put together an impressive 60-55 win over Liberty. The wins brought Emmaus' record to 5-7 on the season, but they were unable to stretch the streak to three games when they dropped a 38-33 nonconference game to Pennsbury.

DeJohn excels in swimming, football

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 by CHUCK HIXSON in HS Sports

It's not really that unusual to have student-athletes play more than one sport in high school. It is slightly unusual for a football player to choose swimming as his second sport.

The two sports don't seem to have much in common, so they generally don't share many athletes. One exception is Connor DeJohn, who plays on the offensive and defensive lines for Emmaus' football team and then heads for the pool once the football season ends.

DeJohn, a sophomore, is showing a marked improvement in his times in the pool this season over what he was able to do as a freshman.

Turnovers lead to loss against Lady Trojans

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 by CHUCK HIXSON in HS Sports

Sometimes, you know what a team is going to do against you, but you just can't stop bad things from happening. Such was the case when the Lady Hornets traveled to Parkland last Friday and left with a 40-21 loss, dropping Emmaus to 1-5 in the EPC and 2-6 overall.

Just hours before the game, coach Jeff Williams walked his team through drills, explaining that Parkland was going to use full-court pressure against them. He meticulously explained what his players needed to do to break that pressure and give themselves offensive opportunities.

Underclassmen shine against Central Catholic

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by CHUCK HIXSON in HS Sports

The Emmaus swimming teams put together an impressive win over Central Catholic, with both the boys and girls teams winning all but one event in the meet. The boys won by a score of 131-54, while the girls bested the Vikettes by a score of 137-45, to put both teams at 1-0 on the season.

The win included an Emmaus victory in diving, where freshman Jess Hurlburt, competing in her first high school event, put together a score of 277.05, a new team record. Hurlburt edged out perennial District 11 favorite Nicole Sagl, who finished third in girls AA diving last year at states.

Lady Hornets fall to Pocono Mountain East

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by CHUCK HIXSON in HS Sports

Sometimes, a loss can teach a team a lot about itself. That was the case in Emmaus' season opener against Pocono Mountain East, when the girls basketball team discovered that it could be its own worst enemy. The Cardinals downed Emmaus 43-35, handing first-year coach Jeff Williams his first loss.

The game could have gone a different direction, but Emmaus struggled to hit shots early and then found two key players - Destanee Watkins and Kiyae White - in early foul trouble that just turned an obstacle into a major hurdle.