Salisbury girls tennis head coach Rob Benson knew the likelihood of juniors Bryn Kubinsky and Paige Gibbons teaming up for a third straight year in the District 11 Class 2A doubles tournament was high. That’s why the Lady Falcons’ top two singles players practiced together at doubles throughout the regular season often.
That extra time on the court certainly paid off. Kubinsky and Gibbons won three matches in the Class 2A tournament and picked up a top-four finish at Parkland High School two weeks ago.
The last time Emmaus beat Easton in field hockey was a little more dramatic because it was in the District 11 finals and gave the Hornets their 30th straight district title.
This time around, though, the meeting was a regular season tilt but provided both teams with a measuring stick of where they are late in the season. Again, it was Emmaus that left victorious with a 4-1 win over the Red Rovers.
The Emmaus golf team had to wait until the second-last week of the regular season to face its toughest competition of the fall. In a matchup of unbeaten teams entering last Tuesday’s match, it was the Hornets coming out on top.
Emmaus (12-0) remained unbeaten and clinched at least a share of its second straight EPC regular season title with a 378-416 win over Nazareth, the lone other undefeated at the time. Junior Michelle Cox shot a 1-under par 70 in the Hornets’ win last week at Brookside Country Club.
Limeport head coach Mike Cudwadie and plenty of other Bulls remember when Northampton swept them in the championship series in their first season in the Blue Mountain League back in 2014.
Jorge Montes doesn’t recall the deflating feeling five years ago. Montes is from Puerto Rico, and recently moved back to the Lehigh Valley area in 2017.
Northampton pitcher Justin Aungst took a few steps off the mound towards the Giants dugout in the fourth inning, having thought a called third strike was coming from the home plate umpire.
Instead, the former Salisbury ace had to walk back up the dirt after a called ball.
Limeport’s Damin Muth singled on the next pitch to bring home the Bulls’ first run of the game, leaving Aungst visibly upset.
But he didn’t let that adversity affect him. Aungst got Pat Rhoads to pop out to end the Bulls’ threat in the frame. He would only look stronger as the game progressed.
Emmaus was one of the final three girls teams still standing on Sunday of the ‘Bash at the Beach’ tournament at Cedar Beach. And with two starters missing from the high school season, head coach Kelsey Gallagher couldn’t have expected much more from her team.
The Hornets’ run came to an end in Sunday’s consolation bracket final against eventual-champion Jim Thorpe, 31-23. Emmaus went 2-2 in the tournament as it picked up wins against Catasauqua and Liberty.
Emmaus Legion head coach Ryan Schaffer has been pleased with his team’s pitching in each of the past two games. The Hornet pitchers have done their jobs on the mound and been worthy of picking up wins.
But inconsistent defense has caused Emmaus to lose each of its past two games. And Saturday morning’s meeting with Lower Macungie was no different.
The Hornets (2-4) committed six errors that helped Lower Mac hold on for a 5-4 victory at Limeport Stadium over the weekend in a four-game legion rivalry day event.
Lower Mac’s Ryan Kasye didn’t view Saturday’s legion game against Emmaus so much as a rivalry. It was more fun for Kasye and the Mustangs.
And Kasye believes that when Lower Mac is having fun, it’s at its best.
Despite a comeback from Emmaus that saw the Hornets score two runs in the seventh inning, Lower Mac (2-4) held on for a 5-4 win at Limeport Stadium in the first of four games of a Lehigh Valley Legion rivalry day.
Over half of the Emmaus legion baseball team are former Connie Mack players in their first year at the legion level. And many of them are playing a key role for the Hornets.
Head coach Ryan Schaffer admits the young players are playing even bigger roles than he anticipated, which has caused an up-and-down early portion of the summer season.
It didn’t help when one of the league’s top teams visited Emmaus Community Park last Friday night. The Carbon Monarchs (3-1) received a solid pitching performance from starter Justin Marykwas as they downed the Hornets, 9-1.
Saturday’s girls’ lacrosse matchup was a tale of two halves for Emmaus. Unfortunately, the Hornets dug themselves into a hole they could not fully crawl out of.
Despite Emmaus scoring the first three goals of the second half, Parkland’s lead was too much to overcome. The Trojans (4-3 overall; 3-0 in EPC) scored the next four to regain control and cruise to an 18-8 victory at Parkland High School.