While it's the offense that gets the lion's share of the attention in most sports, the defense often winds up winning championships. In picking up their 26th straight district title, the Emmaus Hornets field hockey team can credit its defense with having played a big role in the success.
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The Lady Hornets had a lot of motivation at their disposal and they used it all to beat Stroudsburg, 2-0 in Saturday's District 11 field hockey championship. The win gives Emmaus 26 straight district titles.
The two teams were both undefeated at the time they met for the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship, where the Mounties pulled off a 1-0 victory over Emmaus. It wasn't only the first loss of the season for Emmaus, but it was the first time all season that the Hornets were shutout.
Following the 1997 baseball season, Mike Mihalik Sr., resigned as the Emmaus baseball coach so he would have more time to spend with his son, who was a pretty good baseball player at Parkland High School.
Fast forward to the end of the 2014 season and Mihalik's successor, John Schreiner, left the program to spend more time watching his two sons play baseball at Northwestern Lehigh High School. Now, that young Parkland baseball player takes over the program that his dad coached.
The second annual Scheitrum Classic will be played this weekend at Emmaus High School. The girls basketball tournament opens Friday at 6 p.m. and the final game, which features the Emmaus varsity team, is slated for 2 p.m. Sunday.
Emmaus made it to the finals of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference field hockey playoffs before suffering a tough 1-0 loss to top-seeded Stroudsburg. That loss, and the nine days before the team's next game, may have served as motivation for the Lady Hornets' latest effort. They came out blazing against Pocono Mountain East in the District 11 Quarter-Finals, picking up a 10-0 win over the Cardinals. Maddy Dorn, Meredith Sholder and Alicia Cooperman all scored twice in the win, with Morgan Will, Chloe Tostevin, Tara Tracchio and Kira Koehler all adding to the score.
Now that its season is over, the Emmaus girls soccer team can look back on a season that saw a lot of ups and downs, not just over the whole season, but in the final couple weeks. A 1-0 loss to Northampton in double overtime in the District 11 quarterfinals ended the season for a fairly young group of players.
The Emmaus boys soccer team had to endure two yellow cards within the first 10 minutes of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference finals, but it was able to walk away with a 2-1 win over Liberty and the inaugural EPC gold medals around their necks.
Goals by Parker Landis and Greg Lind and one of the more acrobatic saves you could ever expect to see from a goalkeeper were the key components in the win.
The Red Rovers came to Memorial Field looking to knock off the top-seeded Hornets in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference boys soccer tournament and left being eliminated when Emmaus put together two goals in just over 30 seconds to beat Easton 2-0. The win advances Emmaus into the semifinals and a rematch with Parkland for the right to play in the EPC Championship Thursday night.
The Emmaus Hornets field hockey team always has a target on its back and Northampton came into Memorial Field over the weekend taking aim at knocking off Emmaus in the quarterfinal round of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Tournament.
The Konkrete Kids came up well off the mark as the Lady Hornets expanded on a 1-0 halftime lead to grab a 4-0 victory. The win put Emmaus into the semis and on the path to a potential showdown with top seed Stroudsburg in the finals.