Perfection, as we know, is impossible to attain, but it wasn’t for the Emmaus girls track team last spring. The Green Hornets went 11-0 during the regular season and earned an EPC regular season title in the process. Surprising? Yes, even to the team’s leader.
“It was not expected last year,” said coach Kami Reinhard. “It was just one of those years that it all came together, having a top finisher in the majority of events.”
The Emmaus boys track team wants to improve on last year’s 8-3 record, which relegated the team to 15th place at the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Meet and 19th at districts. The Green Hornets not only want to improve, their coach expects it.
“It was not a good showing of our team last year,” said head coach Kami Reinhard. “There were several illnesses and injuries that plagued us at the end of the season. I fully expect them to finish significantly higher this year in both the EPC league and district.”
The 2019 Emmaus boys tennis season features 11 young men who are led by one “little beast.”
To be sure, the Green Hornets squad is more than sensational sophomore Sean Jaeger. That said, last year’s District 11 Class 3A boys tennis champion is a whole lot of tennis player.
As a basketball player at Emmaus High School, Lindsay (Quay) Volkert liked to mix it up.
“We had a lot of players who could score,” Volkert said in reflecting on her incredible career in green and yellow. “I loved playing defense. I have always been a physical player. I enjoyed battles under the basket and boxing out to get rebounds.”
The Emmaus girls swimming program won the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship with a superlative effort Feb. 14 against rival Parkland, 113-73. With the win, the Green Hornets finished the season undefeated (11-0) and 11-2 overall.
In defeating their Cedar Crest Boulevard antagonists, Emmaus won eight of 12 events. The Hornets opened the meet by claiming the top two spots in the medley relay for an early 12-2 lead in team points.
The Emmaus boys swimming team had as close to a perfect day as you can have Feb. 14 at Parkland High School.
The Hornets won eight of 12 events and easily defeated rival Parkland 114-72 . In the process, Emmaus earned the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title and finished the conference portion of their schedule undefeated.
The Emmaus Green Hornets wrestling program claimed a tight, 31-25 first round victory over the Freedom Patriots at the District 11 AAA Duals held Jan. 31 at Liberty High School.
Coach Thad Smith’s troops had to dig out of a 10-0 hole to do it. Freshman Quin Scott started the comeback with an 8-4 decision over Chris Nieves to cut the deficit to 10-3. Scott has faced some superb Lehigh Valley competition this year, but continues to learn and improve with each battle.
“This young man is a gamer, he gives me 100 percent,” said Smith.
The Emmaus Green Hornets wrestling program continues to improve, earning a 37-30 victory over East Stroudsburg South on Jan. 26 in the EPC Duals Championship at Easton Area Middle School.
The win secured Emmaus the ninth seed in the upcoming PIAA District 11 Class 3A Team Championships, scheduled for 6 p.m. on Jan. 31 at Liberty High School against Freedom, the eighth seed.
With each passing week, the Emmaus varsity wrestling program gains an allusive commodity — confidence.
That confidence comes from winning matches and exceeding expectations. But Hornet head coach Thad Smith knows it starts with a fierce work ethic and an attitude his wrestlers will do whatever it takes to be primed for mat combat.
The hard work paid off Jan. 19 as the Green Hornets had a solid showing at the Denver Duals, held at Cocalico High School, finishing third out of eight schools.
The name of the game for the Emmaus varsity wrestling this season has been hard work. Coach Thad Smith’s squad continues to overcome challenges through a combination of improved execution, thoughtful strategy and tenacious desire to outwork the opposition.
The trifecta is paying dividends. The Green Hornets finished third overall Jan. 5 at the Zephyr Duals at Whitehall High School by defeating East Stroudsburg South 46-27 in the third-place match. Earlier in the day, the Hornets lost a semifinal heartbreaker after Muncy rallied for a 39-34 win.