It felt like déjà vu for the Emmaus girls volleyball team.
Emmaus and Nazareth met again on the court for the second time in nine days, the third time this month. And once again the Blue Eagles got the better of the Hornets.
Nazareth took down Emmaus in the District 11 Class 4A semifinals in five games (25-16, 23-25, 22-25, 25-22, 15-9) on Thursday, Oct. 26.
The Emmaus and Parkland ice hockey teams have sometimes had a good rivalry in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey league.
But when these two teams met for the first time this season on October 23, one team came out and dominated the score column.
The Trojans scored four times the first two periods en route to an 8-0 over Emmaus at the PPL Center.
It was the second straight loss for Emmaus after falling to Freedom 4-1 in its previous game.
For the second consecutive year, the Emmaus and Freedom football teams will meet in the District 11 Class 6A tournament.
Last season they met in the district semifinals, this year it will be a round earlier as the Patriots (5-5 overall) travel to East Penn School District Stadium Friday night to take on the Hornets (6-4) in the quarterfinal round.
The teams also met in on the last Friday in September this season with Freedom coming out on top 24-17.
Everyone around the Emmaus and Parkland football programs remembers the last matchup between these two rivals that ended the 2016 regular season.
A goal-line stand on fourth and one propelled the Green Hornets to the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title in 2016, finishing the regular season 9-1 overall.
It is a new year and a different venue as Emmaus and Parkland will once again meet in the season finale Friday night, this time at Parkland School District Stadium.
The Emmaus girls volleyball team’s time in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference tournament was shorter than the Hornets had hoped. They were the three seed and came into the quarterfinal round matchup with a 14-3-1 league record.
But the top six teams in the conference are all very evenly matched. Any one could beat another on any given night, and that happened last Tuesday.
Nazareth tookthe Hornets to the brink and then left Emmaus High School with the victory in five games, f 25-21, 26-28, 25-19, 15-25 and 15-10.
The Emmaus field hockey team continued its run of success with another championship.
Two first-half goals from junior forward Riley Baughman were enough as the Hornets surrendered a second-half goal to defeat Liberty 3-1 last Thursday night in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Championship at Whitehall High School.
The Emmaus football team could not have asked for a better way to end its 2017 regular season home part of the schedule.
Looking for their fourth win in the five home games this year, the Hornets (5-3 overall, 3-3 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division) host a tough matchup against Easton (6-2, 4-2) Friday night at East Penn School District Stadium.
Both Easton and Emmaus, who sit at third and fifth, respectively, in the EPC South standings, are coming into the game off of two consecutive victories.
Emmaus senior quarterback Blake Reed and junior wide receiver Deonte Castro both had career-best performances in leading the Emmaus football team to a 28-13 victory over Liberty at East Penn School District Stadium on homecoming night last Friday.
This Friday night at East Penn School District Stadium a matchup of two Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division football teams come into the game after wins last weekend, and both teams could use another victory to improve their District 11 playoff standing.
Emmaus (4-3 overall, 2-3 EPC South) bounced back from a one-score loss to Freedom with a high-scoring 55-42 win last weekend at Nazareth. Liberty (3-4, 1-4) comes to Emmaus riding a two-game win streak with victories over Dieruff and Northampton the last two games.
When the Emmaus football team walked off the field last weekend at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium, the Hornets knew they let one slip away. They dropped another one-score game, and one that could have went in their favor if not for a couple of plays.
“We have to eliminate penalties and play with consistent energy and effort,” said head coach Harold Fairclough. “We had over 420 yards of total offense, but we consistently shot ourselves in the foot. We had a touchdown called back and a first-and-goal from the 10 yard-line and ended up with fourth-and-goal from the 25.”