The top senior high school football players in the Lehigh Valley got one last chance to suit up and take the field last Thursday night in the 47th Annual McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star Football Classic.
Three Emmaus players were part of the Red team, which lost 37-34 to the Gold team.
“We all banded together and put 100 percent effort,” said Emmaus defensive back Brian Mantone. “We played for a great cause. At the end of the day we want to win, but when you play for a great cause and put everything in that you have, you can walk away and sleep well at night.”
The Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup baseball team lost in the opening round of this year’s tournament, falling to Jersey Shore Thursday 4-2.
Lehigh Valley struck out 15 times in the nine-inning game and managed just three hits off Jersey Shore, which used five pitchers in the game.
“We expected more out of our bats,” said LV head coach Ted Plessl. “Other than one hanging curveball we were in the ballgame, but down here we know you have to score runs in order to compete. They’re all good hitters but we just didn’t get it done today at the plate.”
The Emmaus volleyball team was exactly where it hoped to be last Tuesday night as the PIAA Class 3A semifinals were being played. But when Saturday’s state final rolled around, the Hornets were not the ones on the court competing for the big prize as they had hoped all season long.
Emmaus fell in last week’s semifinal round, dropping a four-game match to District 3 champ Central York 22-25, 25-15, 25-23, 27-25. The Panthers went on to beat North Allegheny in four games for this year’s state title.
Nearly every championship team in any sport and any level needs to overcome some adversity to get to the top.
Although the Emmaus boys volleyball team wasn’t challenged often in the regular season or even in the league and district playoffs, the Hornets had to battle back twice in Saturday’s state quarterfinal against Pennridge.
Each year over Memorial Day Weekend the best of the best high school track and field athletes in the state of Pennsylvania compete at the annual PIAA Championship Meet at Shippensburg University.
The Emmaus girls 3200-meter relay team earned a place in the meet for the second straight season.
The foursome of Katrina Durrwachter, Abby Dalton, Sophie Pickering and Abby Heilenman ran to 12th place in their heat at states, finishing in 9:54.09 and 23rd place overall.
The Emmaus girls 3200-meter relay team has been preparing all season for this time of year.
The foursome’s goal was to run its best at exactly this time of the season, and through two postseason races it has accomplished that mission.
The foursome of Abby Dalton, Katrina Durrwachter, Sophie Pickering and Abby Heilenman ran its best time of the season for the second straight week to take the silver medal in last week’s District 11 Class 3A Championships, posting a 9:28.82 and finishing just behind Colonial League champ Southern Lehigh (9:25.47).
Katrina Durrwachter has been to league track and field championships for all four of high school. And the Emmaus senior had success in all of those meets.
But heading into her final league meet last week there was one small void. She hadn’t come away with a gold medal in any of her three previous trips to leagues.
That changed last week as Durrwachter and teammates Sophie Pickering, Abby Heilenman and Abby Dalton won the 3200-meter relay at the Eastern Pennsylvania Track and Field Championships at East Stroudsburg South High School.
As much as they tried, the Hornets could never take momentum back from Parkland and hold onto it during Monday’s boys lacrosse game. If they could have just gotten that one go-ahead goal, it might have been a different outcome.
Emmaus tied Monday night’s boys lacrosse game five times after the Trojans scored the opening goal. But Parkland had an answer all five times before pulling away late for a 12-9 win over the Hornets at Memorial Field.
With a few veteran leaders and a lot of young players, the Emmaus boys lacrosse team will improve as the 2017 season goes along.
The Hornets had a mid-term exam last week when they headed to Parkland’s new turf field for their first of two meetings with the Trojans this spring.
While Emmaus came out on the short end of a 6-4 final, there were plenty of positives to take away from the game.
Matt Lanzone didn’t let a little early trouble get him down Monday when Emmaus took on Whitehall at Coca-Cola Park.
The senior starting pitcher allowed three hits and a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. But he got out of the inning and bounced back with five shutout innings as the Hornets came back to beat the Zephyrs 12-2 in six innings.