The Emmaus girls’ lacrosse team opened last week with a rough stretch of back-to-back games. After a 14-6 loss to Easton, Freedom scored a game-winning goal with four seconds to play two days later.
So naturally, the Hornets just wanted to get back on the field to try and get that sour taste out of their mouths. And they did just that against a formidable opponent over the weekend.
A game that was supposed to open Emmaus’s season was postponed until mid-April due to some unfortunate weather early this spring.
When Hershey visited the Hornets this past Friday, the Emmaus boys lacrosse team continued its hot start to the season and showed no signs of slowing down. The Hornets broke an early 2-2 tie with four straight goals and defeated the Trojans, 12-4, at Memorial Field.
“We ran the offense and listened to coach,” sophomore Michael Leschinsky said. “We listened to what we have to do and put the ball in the back of the net.”
Cold and wet spring weather has delayed much of the start of the high school sports season. While Emmaus’ first track meet of the season was postponed for a couple days, the Hornets are unlikely to get another meet in until next week with the forecast for the first week of April looking much the same as the past two weeks of March.
The Emmaus track and field teams had successful seasons last year, with the girls finishing 8-3 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and the boys going 7-4 in the league.
Many Emmaus gradautes had successful seasons on college athletic teams during the winter 2017-18 season. Here are some who deserve recognition.
Kutztown University junior Ashley Petre recently completed a stellar indoor track and field season for the Golden Bears. A thrower, Petre placed third in the weight throw (52 feet, 10 inches) at the PSAC Indoor Championships in late February. That mark is the sixth-best throw in Kutztown history.
It’s not as if Emmaus had no incentive to win Monday night’s District 11 Class 6A boys basketball consolation game. Third place was on the line when the Hornets faced Pocono Mountain West at Easton Middle School.
But the Hornets’ future was already determined. Both Emmaus and West already clinched spots in the state tournament.
And neither team was fighting for a district championship. Emmaus head coach Steve Yoder believes that may have had a bit to do with his team’s performance on Monday.
The tradition of the Emmaus rifle team is rich to say the least. Perhaps a better word associated with the Hornets’ rifle team is “dynasty.”
After finishing as the runner-up to Southern Lehigh in the regular season with an 8-1 record, the Hornets got a bit of revenge in the playoffs. Emmaus edged the Spartans, 1,000-998 for the team playoff championship of the Northeast Pennsylvania Scholastic Rifle League.
That marked the second straight season Emmaus won the team playoff championship, and the fourth time in the last five years.
The Emmaus ice hockey team has dealt with its share of injuries this winter season, particularly as of late. And the scoreboard is reflecting those key losses on the ice for the Hornets.
In what was a night honoring eight Emmaus seniors, Northampton (7-8) played the roll of spoilers once the puck dropped at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena. Northampton scored four first-period goals and went on to defeat the Hornets, 6-0, in their regular season finale of the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL).
There are a number of talented wrestlers for Emmaus, ones that have medaled at districts and advanced to regionals in the past. But the Hornets found an unlikely hero on Saturday afternoon in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Duals.
Dylan Baldwin pinned his Pocono Mountain East opponent at 138 pounds, one of a number of toss-up matches that went the Hornets’ way, as Emmaus defeated the Cardinals for 11th place. The Hornets won nine of the 14 bouts, securing the 40-26 victory at Easton Area Middle School.
With two of the Colonial League’s best big men, Salisbury’s inside game was dominant at times last year.
But with graduating much of that talent, this season’s squad will feature a drastically different style of play.
Forwards Jaxson Costello (a Colonial League First Team all-star) and Ryan Slutsky (honorable mention selection) headline a group of six graduates from last year’s team that went 20-8 and qualified for the PIAA tournament.
Abby Dalton recalled four years ago, during her first trip to the state cross country meet, the “experts” that showed her the way. On Saturday, she was one of those experts in her final trip to Hershey.
Dalton placed 25th and earned the final medal of the PAA Class 3A girls race, running a time of 19:36 to pace the Hornet finishers. Dalton also provided guidance to freshman Kera Reinhard, who placed 103rd in 20:32.