The Emmaus girls soccer team is preparing for season No. 2 under head coach Sarah Oswald. The Lady Hornets’ play over the summer was a solid indication that the upcoming fall season figures to be a successful one under the former Hornet All-American player.
Emmaus suited up two teams in this year’s Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League at Lehigh University.
In Group A, the Lady Hornets 1 team was made up of senior players, half of the sophomore class and a few incoming freshman.
Bryan Hamscher, President of the Western Lehigh United Soccer Club, had a vision for the Emmaus-based club that he thought would elevate it to the next level. In mid-April, he made a few moves to push the club in that direction.
Three members were named as part-time administrators to the club that continues to expand with players across the area and from as far away as Scranton. George Crampton has been named the club’s technical director, while Eric DiFulvio and David Weitzman are the club’s new directors of coaching.
Just a couple of weeks ago Salisbury suffered its second loss of the Stellar Summer League against Lehighton. The Indians held a double-digit lead in the second half and survived a furious rally from the Falcons in the final moments.
That was Salisbury’s last loss of the summer, and last week the Falcons got some revenge against Lehighton.
The Emmaus boys’ basketball team is in the midst of its final week of the Stellar Summer Basketball League. But through 10 games, the Hornets have rarely been at full strength on the court. The same could be said for most other teams in the league.
The Hornets were once again dealt with that obstacle during last week’s slate of games, including a rival showdown with Parkland on Wednesday. Without star point guard David Kachelries, Emmaus (6-4) dropped a 65-37 decision against the Trojans at Parkland High School.
In an all-star football game that featured 127 points, a quarterback with seven touchdowns alone and an unbelievable 42-0 lead for one squad, it’s a bit ironic that a defensive play would be the game-defining moment.
But that was the case in Thursday’s McDonald’s All-Star Football Classic at Andrew Leh Stadium of Nazareth High School.
Several former Emmaus High School athletes had successful season in college sports this spring.
Lehigh University sophomore Hanna Brosky recently finished her second collegiate season. It was a memorable one for the mid-distance runner. Broksy took seventh place in the 500-meter run at the Patriot League Indoor Championships. She also helped the 4x400 relay team place eighth at those same championships. Brosky earned All-East accolades as a member of the 4x800 relay team at the ECAC/IC4A Championships last month.
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.”