Sunday’s regular season finale against Northern Valley had no implications on the legion baseball standings for Lower Macungie.
Despite falling 5-2 to the Chargers, Lower Mac (12-6) finished the regular season as the No. 2 seed for the upcoming Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs that begin this week. Salisbury finished as the top seed with a 14-2 record.
“[Northern Valley] needed that I believe,” Lower Mac manager Jeff Smith said. “They are kind of in a dogfight, I think, with two or three other teams seeding-wise. We’ll see what shakes out.
The annual “Bash at the Beach” basketball tournament was held this past week at Cedar Beach Park in Allentown. A total of 40 teams competed in the boys varsity tournament, while 17 girls squads entered the girls varsity tournament.
The Emmaus girls opened the tournament against an unfamiliar foe in Bangor on Thursday night. The Slaters, however, would have enough in the tank to edge the Hornets 30-29 on the tournament’s opening night. The Hornets’ run then came to an end on Saturday in the consolation bracket against Whitehall, 27-14.
The Emmaus senior core has been playing together for years. Seniors James Haag and Cam Parsons have been playing together even longer, back to when they were maybe 10 or 11 years old.
The chemistry between those two was quite clear in Thursday’s District 11 Class 3A boys volleyball championship game. And it was only fitting the two would connect for the match-ending point.
Despite Parkland’s untarnished record in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, head coach Roxann Betz and the Emmaus girls’ lacrosse team didn’t fear the Trojans heading into last week’s late season meeting.
Then the Hornets nearly pulled off the upset.
Emmaus, which was tied with Parkland early in the second half and trailed by one midway through it, came up just short against the league’s dominant team.
The Trojans (15-2 overall; 10-0 in EPC) scored four of the final five goals to down the Hornets (10-7; 6-4) last Thursday at Parkland High School.
Fresh off a district championship in 2017, questions arose for the Emmaus boys volleyball team after graduating five seniors.
It looks as if most of those questions have been answered early this spring for a Hornet team that appears just as strong as it did a year ago.
Emmaus stayed unbeaten with last week’s dominant sweep over rival Parkland. The Hornets (9-0) jumped out to an 11-5 lead in the first set and downed the Trojans (25-9, 25-15, 25-20) last Tuesday at Emmaus High School. Emmaus had not lost a set all season through the win over Parkland.
For Emmaus junior lacrosse player Grace Hall, Saturday’s game against Southern Lehigh hit home in a special way.
Memorial Field at Emmaus High School was the site of the Third Annual PanCan event in which proceeds and donations benefited HEADstrong Foundation and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. And for Hall, she has a personal attachment during each year’s event.
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.