The Emmaus and Parkland boys soccer teams know each other well. They sometimes square off as many as four times in a year, like last year.
The Trojans went 4-0 against the Green Hornets last season on their way to Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 championships, breaking Emmaus’ streak of two straight district titles.
But despite all of those setbacks last season, this year’s Green Hornets team has a lot of talent and experience returning, while the Trojans lost more than half of their starting lineup.
Emmaus vs. Parkland matchups are important in every sport. The student-athletes know each other and want to beat one another.
In volleyball, the Trojans have been a dominant force over the last decade-plus, winning the last four District 11 championships. They have also gotten the better of the Hornets in a majority of those years.
But last Thursday night at Emmaus High School, Emmaus broke through and defeated Parkland, coming from behind in dramatic fashion.
Recent Emmaus High School graduate James Haag had a decision to make. Yes, like all upperclassmen, he had to choose which college he would attend. But to go along with that, he also had to pick which sport he would play on the next level, eliminating one of two in which he starred at Emmaus.
Haag was a member of Emmaus’ soccer team in the fall and the volleyball team in the spring. He excelled at both and enjoyed competing in each one.
After a successful 2017-18 senior campaign, Haag was voted as the East Penn Press Male Athlete of the Year.
The Emmaus boys basketball team may get tired of hearing the word runner-up this summer. but the Hornets can still take solace in the fact that they’ve played well against many quality teams this summer.
Two weeks after finishing in second place at the Cedar Beach Bash, the Hornets rode a six-game win streak into the final of the 11th annual A-town Throwdown. But once again, a team from out of the area got the better of them to take home the championship.
Four days after playing in the championship game of the Cedar Beach ‘Bash at the Beach’ Tournament, the Emmaus boys basketball team continued its hot start to the summer.
Playing with just seven players, the Green Hornets took down Dieruff by double digits, defeating the Huskies 63-48 in Lehigh Valley basketball summer league last Thursday evening inside the Whitehall High School Auxiliary Gymnasium.
Rising senior Mark Swedberg was not a known commodity outside of the Emmaus boys basketball community last year.
But the Lehigh Valley knows his name now.
The 6-foot-2 forward scored one of the largest point total in the main Cedar Beach tournament history last Saturday, notching 43 points. In doing so he helped his team to a victory over previously unbeaten Glens Falls (New York) and a high-scoring, Division I recruit Joe Girard III, who finished with 40.
With the school year wrapped up, boys varsity summer league basketball is beginning to heat up.
This weekend begins the first of two major local summer basketball tournaments, with the Cedar Beach Showcase, otherwise known as the Bash at the Beach, opening up its double-elimination style format Thursday.
But teams have been going at it in the Cedar Beach Summer League for weeks. The league wrapped up its first half of the regular season last Thursday.
In the third meeting between the Emmaus and Parkland boys lacrosse teams this season, the Green Hornets had a tough time scoring goals.
Recording just one goal in the first half, Emmaus dug itself into a hole that it could not get out of, falling to the Trojans 13-5 in the District 11 3A championship game last Thursday night at Lehigh University’s Ulrich Sports Complex. It was a rematch of last year’s district title game, also won by Parkland.
Abby Dalton entered the District 11 Class 3A track and field championship meet as the top seed in both the 1600- and 3200-meter runs, and she did not disappoint. Dalton won the 1600, running for a personal-best time of 5:03.45, and had a time of 11:00.83 in the 3200 for second place last Wednesday and Thursday at Whitehall High School.
It is the first district championship for Dalton.
Emmaus girls lacrosse second-year head coach Roxann Betz knew that her team had to avoid a slow start in its game with Parkland. The two teams know each other well and meet at least twice a year, sometimes three or four times.
Coming from behind is difficult against any team, let alone the defending District 11 3A champions.
Unfortunately for the Green Hornets, they faced an 8-2 deficit late in the first half and were unable to come all the way back, falling to Parkland 14-8 Monday evening in the district semifinals at Northampton Area High School’s Al Erdosy stadium.