Emmaus girls lacrosse head coach Roxann Betz understood how big of a challenge it would be to take down No. 2 seeded Easton last Thursday in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinals.
Not only did the Hornets suffer one of their two league losses to the Red Rovers last month, Emmaus was playing without two of its top players this time around.
Offense was the focal point of their first matchup when Emmaus and Parkland combined to score 25 goals in the Hornets’ one-goal victory.
Offense was once again on full display on Monday, at least for one of those teams.
Parkland dominated from the opening whistle to avenge last month’s 13-12 defeat to their rivals. The Trojans (9-1 in EPC, 14-4 overall) scored eight goals in the first 25 minutes, took a 9-0 lead early in the second half, and closed out a 14-2 victory over Emmaus (8-2 , 13-5) at Parkland High School.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference might have just witnessed a shift in power across the top of the volleyball standings.
Over the previous two seasons, Parkland and Emmaus have usually been the top two teams. Parkland had not lost to a league opponent in 2015 or 2016. The Hornets’ only regular season losses to an EPC opponent over that time came against Parkland.
None of the current Emmaus girls varsity lacrosse players had beaten Parkland in any of the previous three years. The Hornets had not beaten the Trojans in girls lacrosse in much longer than that, and most of the outcomes hadn’t been close on the scoreboard.
But in the first meeting between the two schools of 2017, that streak came to an end.
Emmaus stayed undefeated in league play and beat Parkland for the first time since 2009. The Hornets got a team-high four goals from senior Maddy Dorn in Saturday’s 13-12 victory at Memorial Field.
All-star games are meant to be fun for the players and entertaining for crowds. After a high school basketball season that saw plenty of local teams reach the state tournament, Saturday’s Via All-Star Basketball Classic was a refreshing ending for many senior players’ careers.
Dan Wessner is about to embark on his second season in charge of the Emmaus boys and girls track and field teams. He’ll be doing so, however, without a number of key distance runners who had become the face of the Hornets’ track and field program in recent years.
The list of Hornet boys that Wessner lost to graduation includes Ryan Paradise, Greg Jaindl and Jake Feiertag, all of whom are running in college. Those three, along with Kyle Kleinberg, guided Emmaus to a silver medal at districts in the 4x800 relay.
Emmaus finishing in the top five at states this season wasn’t necessarily a surprise; it’s the fourth straight year, all under head coach Peter Chromiak, that the Hornet rifle team has finished in the top five.
But placing second as a team might have been a bit unexpected as that was the their top finish in over a decade.
Emmaus secured silver with a team score of 973, only behind champion Woodland Hills, which scored a 978.
Meredith Sylvia, now a senior at Central Catholic High School, remembers when she committed to continue her gymnastics career at Auburn University. She was just entering her freshman year of high school.
So, after much anticipation and years of excitement, the time of her competing at the collegiate level is only months away. But before she leaves the confines of the Lehigh Valley for the Southeast, there is some unfinished business for Sylvia.
Taylor Lawson has goals that only very few gymnasts could fathom coming true. Currently a senior at Bridgeway Academy, the gymnast has hopes of not only reaching nationals in her final season, but also coming out on top.
It looks like she may be on her way to that level.
Lawson has put together a successful season thus far, which included a fourth-place finish in the all around at the 43rd Annual Parkettes Invitational at the end of January. She also placed first in her age division in the all around at a competition in Philadelphia shortly later.
Just about everything was on Reed Custer’s side a couple of months ago. The Emmaus senior was 15-2 on the mat and was arguably wrestling the best of his career as the New Year hit.
But then a meniscus injury in mid-January, the same injury that forced him to miss districts last year, cost him the rest of the regular season. Custer, however, made his return to the mat for this weekend’s District 11 Class 3A Wrestling Championships and made it a memorable one.