Last May the Emmaus boys lacrosse team found itself back where it had been for a majority of the last decade.
After a four-year hiatus, the Green Hornets were able to hoist a district championship trophy. They went through an undefeated Parkland to win the District 11 Class 3A title, the program’s first since 2015.
The win meant a lot to Emmaus, handing the two-time defending district champ Trojans their first loss of the year.
Last season, the Emmaus girls lacrosse team fell just one goal shy of earning a spot in the District 11 Class 3A Tournament. A 12-11 loss to Southern Lehigh in the regular season finale kept the Green Hornets from the playoffs after needing to win three of their last five games of the regular season.
Entering a 2020 season that’s been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Emmaus hopes to improve on last year’s 8-10 record if and when the spring sports season gets underway.
Before last season, the Emmaus High School boys volleyball team had won two straight District 11 Class 3A championships and seemed like one of the favorites for the 2019 title. But an injury and a midseason departure saw the Hornets lose two key players toward the end of last season, derailing any plans at winning a third consecutive title
The Hornets fell to Freedom in the district quarterfinal round last spring.
The Emmaus boys basketball team was going toe to toe with division-leading Central Catholic for most of its recent contest, but a slow fourth quarter allowed Central to take control and win the game 65-45 last Friday night in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Skyline Division game at Central Catholic High School’s Rockne Hall.
The Hornets (5-16 overall, 4-11 EPC) and Vikings (19-2, 13-2) went back and forth for the a majority of the first half, with Emmaus leading 29-27 at halftime.
The Emmaus boys basketball team has had a tough time lighting up the scoreboard during the 2019-20 season. That theme continued last week when the Hornets fell to Parkland 66-47 last Tuesday night in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Skyline Division contest at Emmaus High School.
The Green Hornets (5-14 overall, 4-9 EPC) lost their third straight game and second to the Trojans (12-7, 9-4) this season in their fourth-lowest scoring output of the year.
Emmaus High School senior volleyball player Macy Van Den Elzen was named the 2019-20 Gatorade Pennsylvania Volleyball Player of the Year.
It is the 35th year of the award and the first time a Green Hornets student-athlete received the honor.
“I’m really humbled by it,” said Van Den Elzen. “It’s an incredible honor to be a part of this 35-year prestigious award. Gatorade’s Pay it Forward program gave me the opportunity to donate a $1,000 grant to Special Olympics. That’s what I’m most proud of.”
Emmaus High School junior Shep Henseler has had his role within his team change recently.
He began the 2019-20 season coming off the bench without a high minutes per game total. Toward the middle of the season then his minutes started to increase.
Over the last few games Henseler has entered the starting lineup and has shined for head coach Steve Yoder and his program.
Trailing by three goals to Parkland, winner of the last nine Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League titles, Emmaus could have given up, but that’s not what happened.
The Green Hornets battled back and almost made it all the way back. They scored two consecutive goals in the third period and threatened to tie the score, but could not make it all the way back, falling to the Trojans 4-2 on Monday, Dec. 30 at the Lehigh Valley rink.
Emmaus has lost four straight games and is now 2-11-1 overall for five points.
It has been an up-and-down 2019-20 season thus far for the Emmaus boys basketball team.
Following the graduation of a successful senior class last year, including its entire starting lineup and sixth-man, head coach Steve Yoder knew this year would be difficult and would take some time to get some inexperienced varsity players acclimated to the new level.
The Emmaus boys basketball team was outscored 39-26 in the second half in falling to Whitehall 64-52 last Tuesday night in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Skyline Division action at Emmaus High School.
“We had too many unforced turnovers and did not execute well enough on offense or defense,” said Hornet head coach Steve Yoder. “As a result, Whitehall was able to pull away. It was a combination of Whitehall executing very well, and us not matching that execution.”