Abby Dalton wasn’t trying to provide fans with an exciting race at last week’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Championships.
The Hornet senior would have been happier to cruise to a victory. But when Stroudsburg freshman Ciara Conboy challenged her in the final stages of the 1600-meter relay, Dalton knew what she had to do to secure her second gold medal of the meet. She finished strong and earned the win by seven hundredths of a second, finishing in 5:08.65 while Conboy came in at 5:08.72.
Unlike most seasons, there was no clear favorite to win this year’s District 11 boys tennis team title. Any of the top four teams felt they had as good a shot as the others to bring home the trophy.
Nazareth came into the tournament as the top seed with an undefeated record. Parkland, the No. 2 seed, entered the tournament as one of the hottest teams in the area.
It might have been his first time in the District 11 tennis finals, but it was clear last week Sean Jaeger was ready to play at the highest level high school tennis has to offer.
Taking on Nazareth senior Gabe Knowles, the top seed in the tournament, No. 2 seed Jaeger, an Emmaus High School freshman, showed poise and court savvy en route to his 6-3, 6-3 win in the Class 3A title match.
“I know Gabe’s a big hitter, so I was trying to stay as consistent as I could,” said Jaeger. “Gabe played really well. It was a tough match.”
The Hornets swept Whitehall and East Stroudsburg North in a track and field meet last Thurday.
Emmaus’ girls team beat the Zephyrs 106-43.5 and tookd down the Timberwolves 117-32. The Hornet boys team beat Whitehall 88.5-61.5 and topped the T-wolves 104-45.
Alanna Smith (100, 200) won a pair of individual events for Emmaus while several of her teammates won one event each.
Emmaus 106.5, W’hall 43.5
Emmaus 117, ES North 32
Each year the top high school senior basketball players in the area come together for one final event. The teams have been picked and the matchups set for what promises to be a riveting day of end-to-end, high-spirited basketball.
The best players in the greater Lehigh Valley have been chosen to represent their high schools in the 43rd annual Via All-Star Basketball Classic, which raises funds for Via of the Lehigh Valley’s programs for adults and children with disabilities.
The Emmaus boys basketball season didn’t end in the first quarter of Saturday’s PIAA playoff game. But when the Hornets’ Josh Artis and Zach Sabol each picked up two early fouls, the Hornets’ chances of advancing got a lot more difficult.
With Emmaus’ two post players both on the bench for eight minutes of the first half, Central Bucks West built a 10-point lead en route to a 53-35 win.
Entering the Northeast Regional Wrestling Tournament as the District 11 champ, Caden Wright had his eyes on his next goal for the season: a regional title. Although he had to settle for a silver medal last weekend, he has one more week to make up for it.
Wright and teammate Peyton Brown both qualified for this weekend’s PIAA Championships in Hershey’s Giant Center. Wright took second place at 160 pounds, while Brown was fourth at 106.
Last season Caden Wright was just one win away from advancing to the Northeast Regional Wrestling Championships. This year, he sealed his trip to regionals early in the district tournament.
Wright, an Emmaus junior, was the No. 5 seed at 160 last weekend. He went 4-0 at the tournament, beating top-seed Tyler Dilorenzo (East Stroudsburg South) in the semifinal to clinch his trip to regionals. He’s been waiting for his chance to advance since taking sixth place last year.
For the Emmaus boys basketball team, the rest of the season is all about getting to 11. That’s the number of wins the Hornets will need to reach the district playoffs. And the road to 11 got a bit more difficult over the past couple weeks.
Emmaus head coach Steve Yoder knew this year’s team would have some inexperienced players taking key roles. He didn’t think it would be as many as he’s needed at this point in the season.
Kordell Waiters admits that he’s still battling some nerves in his first season wrestling at the varsity level.
The freshman gets a little more comfortable each match and it’s been showing. He led the Hornets with a second-place finish at last week’s Tony Iasiello Christmas City Wrestling Tournament at Bethlehem Catholic. He was one of seven Hornet place-winners at the 50th annual event in which Emmaus finished third as a team.