The Emmaus girls 3200-meter relay team set a number of goals before the 2016 season.
The group of Sophie Pickering, Abby Dalton, Katrina Durrwachter and Katie Bacher accomplished two of those goals in the same meet. The foursome set a new school record in the 3200 relay event, running a 9:18.77 at the PIAA Track and Field Championships for an eighth-place finish and a spot on the medal stand.
The goal was to stand at the top of the podium with district gold, a feat Ryan Paradise and Greg Jaindl haven’t reached as part of the 3,200-meter relay team throughout their high school career. And while their medals were silver, not gold, Emmaus’ foursome in the 3,200 relay team is heading to states.
Emmaus’ trio of senior runners Nate Feiertag, Greg Jaindl and Ryan Paradise have developed a chemistry on the track that is tough to match.
That chemistry and camaraderie was on full display during last week’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Track and Field Championships.
The trio, along with others, helped guide two Hornet relay teams to medal stand appearances at Whitehall High School’s Zephyrs Sports Complex.
This is Abby Dalton’s second year running at Emmaus. The sophomore distance runner, however, wasn’t able to compete in last year’s annual Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Track and Field Championships.
“It feels awesome since this is my first time at leagues,” Dalton said. “I just needed orthotics. And now that I have orthotics I’m good.”
There’s no question that this year’s Emmaus boys volleyball team is a young bunch. When a team graduates eight seniors, including league MVP Pat Bryan, parts of the new lineup are bound to have some inexperience.
But judging by the Hornets’ start to the season, its hard to notice.
In just a few short months, Emmaus senior Joey Polczynski will begin his college days at York College. Shortly after, he’ll tip off his freshman basketball season as a member of the Spartans.
But before that, Polczynski was a key piece in helping guide the Emmaus boys’ basketball team to one of its best seasons this past winter. It concluded with a trip to the second round of the PIAA Class 4A tournament.
Emmaus senior Lucas Schaf certainly has a past with Bethlehem Catholic’s Joey Gould.
The two met earlier this season, with Schaf coming out victorious due to an injury default by Gould. Gould beat Schaf three times a junior, but Schaf got the all-important victory when the duo met up in last year’s state tournament.
Emmaus senior Jacob Light has a unique story. And if you don’t know him personally, you might not be aware of his accomplishments.
Light has competed in gymnastics for 13 years at Parkettes. The sport is virtually absent at the high school level anymore and is decreasing at the collegiate ranks, too, leaving his story untold more so than varsity sports these days.
For most athletes, it’s a dream to play their favorite sport at the college level.
Some players start thinking about college athletics even before their high school careers get under way. Emmaus High School seniors Alicia Cooperman and Miranda O’Donald are two athletes in particular that had those aspirations at an early age.
Emmaus wrestler Lucas Schaf knows just how tough it can be.
Schaf, a senior, watched his brother Taylor, a 2014 graduate of Emmaus, come up short at capturing 100 career wins on the mat. Injuries in his sophomore and junior seasons had a big part to do with that shortcoming.
Lucas wanted to make a name not only for himself, but for his family name as well when he sought that same elusive feat.