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.
The Emmaus girls lacrosse team lost some of it’s best players to graduation last season, including a couple All-Conference second team selections. But the Hornets return three players that accounted for over 100 goals combines last season and will look to pick up where they left off with what was a young team in 2017 that will be a more experienced group this spring.
Here’s a look at the team heading into the 2018 season:
Last year’s record: 14-7 overall…Lost to Easton in EPC playoffs…Beat Nazareth, lost to Parkland in District 11 playoffs.
The Emmaus boys Lacrosse team has been among the top teams in its league and District 11 since the sport was introduced at the varsity level. This year’s Hornets will once again look to compete for titles despite losing several key players to graduation after last year’s season.
Here’s a look at the Hornet boys lacrosse team heading into the 2018 season:
Last year’s record: 13-9 overall (8-5 EPC)
The Emmaus boys volleyball team is coming off its most successful season in program history last year. The Hornets finished 2017 with a 39-5 overall record, Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 championships, and a spot in the PIAA Class 3A final four.
With a healthy chunk of its lineup back this year, Emmaus has the look of a repeat champion. But this year, it will not sneak up on anyone and will get every team’s best shot.
Head coach Dimitri Diamondopoulos and the Emmaus boys tennis team will be looking to youth at the top of the lineup this spring. The Hornets graduated their No. 1 singles player from last season and will look to younger players to play key roles on this year’s team.
“To start, we have a solid freshman playing number one singles this year, Sean Jaeger,” said Diamondopoulos. “Playing in the two position is junior Grant Haffner and three is Keving Gee. The doubles teams are being decided with Aman Malik and Stefan Zarkov, two seniors teaming up.
Lehighton Area High School senior football player Nolan Ryan Wentz became the second Lehighton football player in the past 12 years to earn the Lehigh Valley Football Scholar-Athlete Award.
Wentz earned the honor on March 4 at the 58th annual National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Lehigh Valley Chapter banquet.
The annual banquet honors a high school football senior from one of 33 schools that best represents achievements both on and off the football field.
Every team wants to play its best basketball toward the end of the regular season and into the postseason. Teams with momentum often make runs at championships.
Parkland divided up its scoring as it found the back of the next in each of the three periods, almost dividing the goals evenly throughout, taking down Emmaus 6-0 last Friday night at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena in one Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League playoff semifinal game, ending the Green Hornets season.
The defending LVSHL champion Trojans scored twice in the opening period, once in the second, and three times in the final period on their way to its 16th win in 16 tries. Emmaus ends its season at 6-9-1, but fell one game shy of the league championship series.
It was a tough task at hand, but one which was achievable.
The Emmaus boys basketball team entered the last week of the regular season needing two wins in its final three games to qualify for the District 11 Class 6A tournament. Not only did the Hornets win two, they won all three games last week to clinch their ninth consecutive trip to districts.
Allentown Central Catholic has been known as a knockdown-shooting team from behind the three-point line this season, and last Friday night at Emmaus High School was no different.
The Vikings connected on six 3-pointers by four different players in the first quarter to help them take a 22-9 lead after the opening frame, and while the Green Hornets fought back, they just did not have enough firepower to make it all the way back, falling 56-44 in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference matchup.