For two-and-a-half quarters it looked as if the Emmaus boys basketball team was not only going to defeat rival Parkland, but it also seemed the Hornets would get a victory rather easily in front of a rowdy, sold out crowd in the Hive.
The script was set for the Hornets to receive an early Christmas present, but then the Trojans came back from down 16 points to win the early season Eastern Pennsylvania Conference game 50-47 last Tuesday, Dec. 19 at Emmaus High School.
After a sluggish and late start to the 2017-18 regular season, the Emmaus boys basketball team got into the win column with its first victory, rallying in the fourth quarter to take down host Northampton 53-47 last Friday night an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference game at Northampton High School.
The Emmaus boys basketball program had one of its best seasons in school history last year. The Hornets went 22-7 overall and were 7.9 seconds away from clinching a berth in the state semifinals before falling to Carlisle 78-74 in double overtime of the PIAA Class 6A quarterfinal round.
Emmaus used a high-powered offense to win the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Skyline Division, reach the District 11 Class 6A semifinals and win two games in the state tournament, the most in program history.
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.