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.
The Emmaus boys volleyball team decided to continue with its trend for the 2018 season.
In somewhat nondramatic fashion, the Green Hornets have won all but one of their Eastern Pennsylvania Conference matches this season by 3-0 sweeps. That only time they didn’t sweep an opponent was last week against Parkland in the EPC semifinals, where the Hornets were taken to the brink, winning in five games.
Unlike in its last game, the Emmaus boys lacrosse team fell behind, and this time the Hornets could not cut their deficit to withing striking distance as they fell to Central Catholic 16-8 last Thursday evening in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinals at Northampton High School.
The Hornets (12-7) started slow in their regular season finale, allowing the first three goals to Parkland. They climbed back to eventually take a late lead before losing in overtime. But three days later in the postseason, the early hole proved to be too much to overcome.
Mike Kammerer has had a whirlwind week-and-a-half. The East Penn School District resident and Kutztown University pitcher started his last game for the Golden Bears his team’s home finale against Shippensburg on Friday, May 4. Then, the following weekend, the redshirt-senior walked across the stage at graduation and received his diploma, capping a stellar career in Kutztown.
But looking back five years ago, baseball was not a definitive choice, as the two-sport star at Central Catholic also saw success on the hardwood.
Thirty nine seconds. That’s all that was left for the Emmaus boys lacrosse team to earn a victory in its regular season finale. But in lacrosse, thirty nine seconds can be a long time.
In a back-and-forth emotional roller coaster of a game, the Hornets were two goals ahead with that much time left on the clock. But Parkland scored twice in that span to force overtime, and then scored the golden-goal 49 seconds into the overtime to win a thrilling Eastern Pennsylvania Conference game, 15-14 Monday night at Parkland High School.
Earlier in the week, the Emmaus boys volleyball team was dealing with injuries. Not having lost a set in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference play all season, the job was a bit harder without some of its regular contributors.
But after another unscathed week, the Hornets were back to full strength when they needed to be most. Facing Whitehall, the second-place team in the EPC, first-place Emmaus defeated the Zephyrs in three games, 25-12, 25-22 and 25-14 last Friday night in front of a packed gymnasium on the Hornets’ senior night.
The Emmaus softball team was playing strong for the first three innings of its game against Parkland, but two miscues in the field to begin the fourth inning proved to cost the Green Hornets as they fell to the Trojans 2-1 Monday afternoon at Parkland High School in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference action.
Leading 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning, Emmaus (7-5 overall, 4-4 EPC) had allowed the first four batters in the Parkland lineup to reach base.
What a difference one half can make in a lacrosse game.
The Emmaus boys lacrosse team was leading Parkland 2-1 after the first quarter, and then trailed by one, 4-3 at halftime. But the next 24 minutes (two quarters) proved to be too much for the Green Hornets to overcome, as they did not find the back of the net again, and the Trojans scored seven more times, winning the rivalry game 11-3 last Thursday night at Memorial Field at Emmaus High School in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference action.
The Emmaus boys volleyball team entered its 2018 season with high goals and expectations. To this point in the season, the Hornets have met those expectations.
Last Wednesday, Emmaus remained unbeaten by taking down Allen in straight sets by scores of 25-16, 25-14 and 25-20 at Emmaus High School.
Spring may not have shown its face yet this year, but that has not slowed down the Emmaus boys tennis team. When there is no rain or snow and the courts are playable, the Hornets (9-0 overall) have taken to the courts and left winners thus far during the 2018 season.
That continued last Monday afternoon at Emmaus High School when the Hornets defeated Pocono Mountain East 7-0 on a cold, windy day to remain undefeated.