East Penn Press

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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.

Boys swimmers look beyond local landscape

Friday, December 8, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

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.

Fall Classic event benefits American Cancer Society

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

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.

Field hockey’s 81-game win streak ends in PIAA semifinal

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

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.

Field hockey survives OT final

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

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.