It ended on a mid-autumn Saturday afternoon in a town made famous for chocolate. It ended after a superb regular season and a district title and only after some life lessons had been learned.
The Emmaus girls cross country team concluded a successful season with a 12th-place finish in a field of 19 schools at the PIAA Class 3A girls race last Saturday in Hershey. The Green Hornets accumulated 263 points in the race, with an average time of 20:29.
Smart growth was among the top themes discussed by East Penn municipal officials who addressed an East Penn Chamber of Commerce luncheon recently held at the Gather Meetings and Event Center, 5402 Chestnut St., Emmaus.
The one-hour event featured East Penn School District Superintendent Kristen Campbell, Emmaus Borough Manager Shane Pepe, Macungie Borough Council President Chris Becker, Upper Milford Township Manager Bud Carter and Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners President Ronald W. Beitler.
The 2019 Emmaus girls tennis season featured progress and improvement. After an 8-10 regular season record in 2018, the Green Hornets went 13-5 this year and played competitively in the postseason.
“I feel that we really improved over the course of the season, which is all you can ask a team to do,” said first-year head coach Robert Dragotta. “I am pleased with how much better a tennis team we are today compared to the beginning of the season.”
For the first time in a decade, the Emmaus girls cross country team earned a District 11 Class 3A title with a superb performance Oct. 23 at DeSales University.
Their 50-point performance easily outdistanced a quality Liberty squad, which earned second place with 72 points. What made the victory more impressive was the team did it without its No. 5 and 6 runners, out due to injuries and illness.
The Emmaus boys cross country team presented its fans with a strong closing performance to the 2019 season, finishing fourth in the District 11 Class 3A Cross Country Championships held Oct. 23 at DeSales University.
Keshav Shankar, who qualified for state competition, paced the Green Hornets and finished 16th overall in 17:23.
The Emmaus girls cross country program has been perfect all season. Why change now?
Placing five girls in the top 20 runners, the Green Hornets stormed to an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title Oct. 16 at DeSales University.
The girls claimed EPC gold with 57 points, easily outdistancing second-place Liberty with 79 points.
In high school football, there are a few laws of the jungle.
When a starting pitcher doesn’t have his best stuff, go to the bullpen.
Control the line of scrimmage, and you control the game.
It’s hard to score lying on your back.
The Emmaus Green Hornets (5-4, 3-4) recovered from a 13-0 deficit to upset Bethlehem Catholic (6-3, 4-3) 27-13 last Friday night at EPSD Stadium. They abided by all those laws to do it.
Seven days before, the Green Hornet defense was torched by Freedom. The game against the Golden Hawks started like it might go the same way.
A year of growth for the Emmaus girls tennis team ended with a 4-1 loss to the Parkland Trojans in the District 11 Class 3A championship team semifinal Oct. 10.
“Playing Parkland, the number one-seeded team, was a good test to see what we need to do to get to that level,” said Emmaus head coach Robert Dragotta. “We lost 4-1, but again we played well.”
Entering the 2019 campaign, perhaps the biggest hurdle the squad had to overcome was its inexperience. Just how quickly the team would mature would dictate how will they did.
Last year the Emmaus and Freedom football teams played a high school football classic with the outcome not determined until the last play of overtime.
Last Friday’s contest between the schools wasn’t dramatic, as the Patriots (7-1) dominated en route to 63-28 mercy-rule victory at Bethlehem area School District Stadium, which dropped the Green Hornets (4-4) to .500.
It didn’t start out like a rout. The Green Hornets scored on their first three possessions.
They weren’t the purple people eaters, but the Allentown Central Catholic Vikings ate up the Emmaus Green Hornets last Friday night at East Penn School District Stadium in a 35-17 victory.
Coming off a 30-point drubbing at the hands of Easton and playing on four days rest, the Vikes broke on top and never trailed in securing the win. The loss dropped Emmaus to 4-3, while ACC improved to 4-3.
“We just did not play our best football,” said Emmaus head coach Harold Fairclough. “I’m not one to make excuses.”