The Emmaus tennis team lost its perfect record when it dropped a 4-3 decision to Central Catholic. The Vikettes (5-3, 6-3) swept the singles matches and picked up their fourth win in number-two doubles. Emmaus rebounded quickly though with a sweep of Pocono Mountain East on Monday to move its record to 6-1 on the season.
In addition to losing for the first time as a team, it was the first time that any of the Emmaus singles players lost a match this season, and was the first loss of the season for the doubles team of Xinyi He and Shannon Stewart.
After opening the season with a loss to rival Parkland, Emmaus boys soccer team could have gotten into a bad place pretty quickly. Instead, the Hornets regrouped and came back the next day with a win over a tough Cumberland Valley team. Since then, they’ve rattled off wins against Whitehall and Nazareth. On Monday they added Central Catholic to the list.
The Emmaus field hockey team hasn’t faced a lot of tough competition yet this season. Through four games, the Hornets have outscored opponents by a combined mark of 41-0, including a 12-0 dismantling of Council Rock North over the weekend.
That’s going to change this week when Emmaus gets its first real test against an undefeated Liberty team that knocked off Easton this season, and has opened some eyes through the early going.
Emmaus field hockey rolled to a 10-0 win in its season opener at Nazareth, with two players scoring three goals each in the win. Emmaus took 47 shots in the game, but held the Blue Eagles to just three shots on goal.
Annika Herbine, the lone freshman on the team, opened the scoring 2:12 into the game off an assist from Emily Ingalls.
Herbine beat goalkeeper Adrianna Johns to the right side of the goal cage to put Emmaus up 1-0. About six minutes later, Herbine scored her second varsity goal, this time on an assist from Riley Baughman.
The Martins Creek Creekers and Limeport Bulls may be the first and fourth seeds in the Blue Mountain League playoffs, but most observers of the league figure that the BML Championship may have to go through one of those teams.
The Bulls came into the postseason as the two-time defending champions, while the Creekers led the league through the regular season, finishing with an impressive 24-6 record. The Bulls finished with the fourth-best record in the league at 19-11. As luck would have it, the two teams faced each other in the league semifinals.
The boys fitness team at Emmaus is catching up to the girls. The boys won their 13th national championship recently in a competition in San Diego, leaving them just one shy of the 14 titles held by the girls team. This year’s girls team finished second in the national competition.
The boys also crowned an individual national champion in Jac Cornell, who was competing in his senior season. Cornell was making his third trip to San Diego and showed progress in the national competition in each season.
Eric Cichocki kept himself busy during his days in high school, and that’s exactly the way he liked things. The Lehigh-bound athlete, who played golf, basketball and baseball at Emmaus also put up astounding academic statistics.
After somewhat of a revolving door of coaches for girls basketball, Emmaus is hoping that by going a completely different direction with their latest hire, they’ll find stability at that helm. Kelsey Gallagher, an assistant at Stroudsburg High School for the past couple of seasons, was introduced as Emmaus’ new head coach at a press conference last week.
One might say that the Emmaus Legion team limped into the postseason after going just 4-6 in its final 10 games of the regular season. That, plus a history of playoff frustration over the years, left a difficult task ahead of the Hornets as they played a single-elimination game at South Parkland in the first round of the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs.
Some early miscues and the lack of being able to get a big hit at the right time led Emmaus to a 6-3 loss, ending the Hornets’ season.
While much of Saturday brought beautiful weather to the Lehigh Valley, a quick storm roared through late in the afternoon, bringing just enough rain to put the scheduled Lehigh Valley Legion playoff game between Carbon and Lower Macungie in doubt.
A squad of coaches and parents from both teams worked over an hour to clear the field and make it resemble somewhat of a baseball field ready for a playoff game.