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Girls bounce back with pair of wins

Friday, January 19, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

In this age of viral videos and highlight shows, a lot of student-athletes that get the most attention are the ones who put big numbers in the box score or make the dazzling plays for their team.

While every team needs those players, it’s easy to forget that there are a lot of other players who help to make those things happen and help to make the wins happen, too.

Emmaus High School has one of those players in Kathryn DeJohn, who quietly comes off the bench, does her job and helps to make things happen.

Hornets beat Reading in overtime

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Leah Tannous is having fun playing out her senior season on the court at Emmaus.

This season’s team is especially close and its found a new sort of bond under coach Kelsey Gallagher, who is in her first season with the team. Even though Tannous is happy, there are a few things she wouldn’t mind changing.

“Obviously, I wish we had more wins, but I think that will come,” said Tannous. “We’re a very close team and get along great together.

EHS swimmers compete at BU

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Every January, Bucknell University plays host to some of the top high school swimming and diving teams for the New Year’s Challenge. As usual, Emmaus was invited to this year’s event and came home with strong finishes for both the boys and girls teams. The boys team placed third behind Wilson West Lawn and North Allegheny, while the girls placed fifth in the team standings, with Wilson West Lawn grabbing first on the girls side as well.

Young swimmers lead EHS

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Emmaus swimming and diving roster consists of 55 student athletes and 32 are freshmen or sophomores, with 20 of that group being freshmen.

With the success of the Emmaus Aquatic Club and the input from some new varsity coaches this season, the younger swimmers are contributing early to the success of the program even as they’re still acclimating themselves to the rigors of Hornet head coach Tim O’Connor’s program.

Girls get past PMW for first win

Thursday, December 21, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Years from now when Emmaus coach Kelsey Gallagher looks back on her first win as a head coach, it will probably look much better than it did when it happened this past Saturday.

The Hornets downed Pocono Mountain West 55-49 in a game that consisted of 55 fouls leading to 73 foul shots, but in the end, it was a win and Gallagher and her team will take it.

The two teams also had trouble handling the ball, leading to 56 turnovers in the game.

EHS boys take first at CCI

Friday, December 15, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

For the first time this season, Emmaus swimmers got to compete against other schools rather than just against themselves. The annual Cedar Crest Invitational, a joint effort of Emmaus and Parkland high school swim teams, was held with eight girls teams and nine boys teams competing.

The Hornet boys team came out with a first-place finish, scoring 648 points compared to 318 for Southern Lehigh and 298 for Parkland. Other local boys teams included Nazareth (5th, 192 points), Freedom (7th, 110 points) and Central Catholic (9th, 52 points).

Girls fall to Wilson-WL

Friday, December 15, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

As the new coach of the Emmaus girls basketball team, Kelsey Gallagher brought an up-tempo offense and a man-to-man defense to the team. While the changes have been difficult to adapt to, the players have bought into the system and have already come a long way since Gallagher’s arrival.

In their season opener, Emmaus (0-0 EPC, 0-1 overall) took on Wilson-West Lawn and put together a tough performance that saw them fall behind by as many as 15 points before mounting a late rally that came up short in a 43-37 loss.

EHS girls look to play faster style

Friday, December 8, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

In the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Goldilocks had to search around for porridge, a chair and a bed until she found the one that was just right. For senior basketball player, Bri Hart, her search through three different coaches in her four seasons appears to be ending with the one that’s just right.

A lot has changed since Kelsey Gallagher was named the new head coach of the Lady Hornets this past July. The team had a good showing in both the summer league and its own EHS Fall Classic, and the system and style of play have both been completely overhauled.

Girls swim team aims for depth through diversity

Friday, December 8, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Swimming coach Tim O’Connor can’t quite put his finger on the reason, but there just are fewer girls coming out for the swim team than there have been in the past.

While the boys team is well stocked, the girls side has much less depth and a senior class of just one. The lack of depth has made O’Connor a little more inventive when it comes to putting things together.

One of the things that O’Connor is stressing is taking his swimmers – boys and girls – out of their comfort zones.

Girls return entire starting lineup

Friday, December 8, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Last season, the Northwestern girls team featured a senior class of one: Paige Stitzel. The result was a lot of younger players getting opportunities for quality minutes, giving the Lady Tigers plenty of experience coming into the 2017-2018 season.

After having that one-player senior class last year, head coach Chris Deutsch has six seniors on this year’s roster. The experience of the seniors and the development of the underclassmen from last season are good, but adding a couple of impressive freshmen to this year’s team gives depth and offers Deutsch plenty of options.