The District 11 Wrestling Championships will get underway Friday afternoon at and culminate Saturday evening at Liberty High School.
Emmaus has one No. 2 seed in defending district champ Caden Wright, a junior who took first place last year at 160 when he beat Bethlehem Catholic’s Mikey Lewis in the title bout. This year Wright (18-2) is seeded behind Stroudsburg sophomore Lenny Pinto (28-5) at 170.
The Hornets have a No. 5 seed in 138-pounder Jackson Karrat, and six other grapplers seeded in the top 10 in their weight class.
It wasn’t quick and it sure wasn’t easy.
But after over two years of discussions, debates, arguments and compromises, the Colonial League and Schuylkill League came up with a cooperative football scheduling agreement that allows 28 teams to play their 10 regular season games against more opponents from schools of a similar size.
Officials from both leagues announced the agreement Thursday at a press conference at Blue Mountain Resort. The agreement will take affect in 2020 and schedules for the first two seasons were handed out at the event.
Officials from the Colonial and Schuylkill leagues held a press conference Thursday announcing their new cooperative football scheduling model, which will take affect in the 2020 season.
The 12 Colonial League football teams and 16 from the Schuylkill League will form four divisions based on enrollments and PIAA Classifications. While Colonial League president Bryan Geist insisted the move was not a merger, the cooperative in effect creates a new 28-team league.
“It’s not a perfect system, but we’re getting closer,” said Northwestern Lehigh athletic director Jason Zimmerman.
Michelle Cox knows she could have played better in Monday’s PIAA East Regional Golf Championships. But she also knows that she accomplished her primary goal and will advance to next week’s state championship tournament.
The Emmaus sophomore shot 7-over par 79 at regionals to finish in a four-way tie for fifth place Monday at Golden Oaks Golf Course in Fleetwood.
“I was fine until the last six holes,” she said. “The last six holes I was six over (par) so that’s never fun. I made myself nervous, but moving on is what matters.
The Emmaus girls cross country team capped an undefeated regular season with a 5-0 showing at last week’s final regular season meet.
The host Hornets edged Parkland 27-28 at the meet to hand the Trojans their only loss of the season. Emmaus also beat Allen (15-50), Dieruff (15-50), Central Catholic (15-50) and Whitehall (19-42) at the meet to finish this season at 17-0.
The Emmaus golf team wanted a postseason and title and some revenge. The Hornets got both, and more. The Hornets not only won this year’s team title, but they also crowned the team’s first boys individual champion since Brian Belden back in 2004.
The Hornets topped Northampton for the team title, 315-323, and senior Mitch Machulsky shot 75 and won the boys individual gold medal on the third hole of a playoff against Northampton’s Andrew Hozza Monday at Lehigh Country Club.
“I feel great,” said Machulsky. “It’s honestly the best round I’ve ever played.
Emmaus and Freedom both won football games Friday night to improve to 7-0 and set up next week’s match up of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s last two unbeaten teams. Parkland won a rivalry game over Whitehall Friday night, while Bethlehem Catholic picked up a win on Saturday.
Here’s a recap of this week’s games from around the Lehigh Valley Press area.
The Trojans picked up a 49-21 win over Whitehall Friday night in Orefield.
The Emmaus golf team got its postseason started last week at Eastern Pennsylvania Golf Championships at Woodstone Golf Club.
The Hornets’ Michelle Cox won this year’s girls title while teammate Mitch Machulsky claimed second place in the boys tournament. Emmaus, which won its second straight EPC regular season title this year, finished a close second in the team standings at the league tournament.
Cox, a sophomore, shot 7-over par 79 for first place and her second straight league title.
The ultimate measure of a high school coach isn’t always wins and losses. At the scholastic level, a coach’s legacy can be judged more by the impact he has on his players in the long term.
Former Emmaus High School head coach Al Neff left a lasting impact. He began his career at EHS in 1953 as offensive coordinator under Luke Lobb.
He eventually took over the head coaching reigns and guided the Hornets to their first league title, which came in 1962 when quarterback Evan Burian led the team to a share of the Lehigh Valley League crown.
Both Lehigh Valley high school leagues featured battles of unbeaten teams this week.
In the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, Freedom earned a 21-20 win over Parkland. In the Colonial League, Notre Dame (Green Pond) outlasted Northwestern in overtime, 35-34.
Here are recaps of some of this week’s games. For more, see this week’s issues of the Lehigh Valley Press.
Two undefeated Eastern Pennsylvania Conference went head to head and the Patriots came out on top, handing the six-time defending district champs a 21-20 loss.