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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.

O'Connor is headed to HOF

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 by CHUCK HIXSON in HS Sports

Emmaus swimming coach Tim O'Connor is entering his 12th season with the program and has picked up state titles with four girls teams and two boys teams. In 2007, Emmaus swept both the boys and girls titles, which was the first time since 1990 that had been accomplished. That success has led O'Connor to be chosen for induction into the Pennsylvania Swimming Hall of Fame at McCoy Natatorium on the campus of Penn State.

Rooney resigns as soccer coach

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 by CHUCK HIXSON in HS Sports

Emmaus girls soccer head coach Rob Rooney believes he's found the perfect time to step down, and that time is now. After 10 seasons, Rooney announced to his players and their parents at the recent team banquet that he had tendered his letter of resignation to athletic director Dennis Ramella. That letter of resignation also included a strong recommendation for his assistant coach and former Emmaus soccer standout Sarah Oswald to take over as the team's coach.