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.
Talking with Emmaus swimming coach Tim O’Connor recently, he actually used the term “rebuilding.” Keep in mind that the term has a different meaning when you talk about Emmaus swimming than it usually does, especially on the boys side of the team, which has 10 straight District 11 team championships to its credit.
Once again this year, Emmaus is going to be one of the local powerhouses on both the boys and girls sides of the sport.
Beyond that is where the rebuild comes in.
The recent Fall Classic at Emmaus High School was a success in raising money for the American Cancer Society. This year’s edition featured 11 girls varsity basketball teams and four girls JV teams who battled each other over two days.
For the weekend, the event, which is organized and run by the Three-Point Club at Emmaus, raised $500 for the American Cancer Society.
Both the Emmaus varsity and JV teams were successful on the court as well, with both teams finishing with a 4-1 record.
Emmaus saw their hopes for a third straight PIAA championship come to an end with a 3-1 loss to Downingtown West. The loss snapped an 81-game winning streak for the Lady Hornets, who finished the year at 26-1.
While the season fell short of another championship, it was not without its highpoints. The team did capture their 29th straight District 11 Championship when it downed Easton 2-1 in overtime at the Zephyr Sports Complex in Whitehall. Emmaus also captured the EPC Championship, beating Liberty 3-1.
It’s late in a high school basketball game and the score is close. Time is running out, so the coach of the team trailing on the scoreboard instructs his players to start fouling in an effort to stop the clock and hope that the opposing team misses their foul shots. The strategy turns the final minute of a game into a 10-minute affair.
The annual tradition of Emmaus field hockey winning the District 11 championship continued last week when the Hornets downed Easton 2-1 in overtime to win their 29th straight district championship. Now, the team turns its focus to winning its third straight PIAA championship.
The win over Easton didn’t come easily, with Emmaus battling a number of illnesses and injuries. Emmaus was without Olivia Krogermeier, who is battling a calf injury and wasn’t cleared to play, but was cleared to shoot a penalty stroke if the opportunity presented itself.
Emmaus coach John Cari wasn’t about to make any excuses for his team’s 2-0 loss in the District 11 championship game against Parkland.
It was the fourth time this season that the Trojans downed Emmaus and the game was filled with officiating that was disputed by both sides and yellow cards that were handed out pretty freely late in the game.
Even though Parkland has gone undefeated so far this season, one could make an argument that Emmaus (15-8-1) had the momentum coming into the District 11 Class 4A girls soccer championship, thanks to dominating the second half of play against the Lady Trojans in the league championship. Emmaus played a near-perfect game last week, taking Parkland to double-overtime before falling 1-0 to finish as the silver medalists in District 11.
Maddie Fey scored three times as Emmaus downed Stroudsburg 7-0 in the first round of the District 11 playoffs and then went on to beat Whitehall 1-0 in the quarterfinals last week. The wins put the Lady Hornets into the semifinals where they faced Easton with an eye toward reaching the District 11 Championship.
After playing 80 minutes of soccer in regulation and an additional 15 minutes in the first overtime, tempers started to flare a little between the Emmaus and Whitehall boys soccer teams as they entered the second overtime period locked in a scoreless tie. The result was a couple of yellow cards for players on both sides and a red card to Emmaus’ Jonathan Heberlein, which means he will be suspended for the District 11 Semi-finals against Easton.