Five Emmaus athletes competed in the PIAA Track and Field Championships, held last Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg University's Seth Grove Stadium.
Hornet distance runner Katie Bacher was the only one to finish in the top 10, taking 10th place in the 1600-mter run.
Bacher, a junior who was the East Penn Conference Cross Country MVP last fall, went to states with a seed time of 5:07.74 from districts. She ran a 5:06.02 for sixth place in her heat and 11th-best overall out of both preliminary heats, which were run on Friday.
In four meetings this season, including a match at the Koller Classic Invitational, the Emmaus volleyball team put together its best set of the season against Parkland to open last week's District 11 Class AAA championship.
Yet it still wasn't enough.
The Hornets, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, held a 23-21 advantage on a Patrick Bryan kill set up by Robert Haag in the opening set.
Things could have been very different for the Emmaus baseball team in its first season with Mike Mihalik as head coach. The season ended with a 6-5 loss in extra innings to Stroudsburg last week, which eliminated the Hornets from the District 11 playoffs.
Emmaus' Katie Bacher remembers just how close she was to missing states last year in the 1600-meter run.
The junior finished in third place in last year's meet, but after the first- and second-place finishers dropped the 1600 to focus on other events in states, Bacher got her opportunity on the highest stop of the podium.
Bacher didn't want to take that risk again this season, so she took matters into her own hands last week at teh District 11 Championships at Whitehall High School.
The Emmaus boys volleyball team was very excited to play for the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Volleyball Championship last Thursday evening.
The fact that the Hornets were also facing rival Parkland in the first ever EPC final made them that much more adrenalized for the moment.
When Cassie Burke tried out for the Emmaus softball team, she was like any other freshman. She was basically just hoping to make the team and thinking that one day, she might be grow into playing a key role on a winning team.
As it turns out, she did all of that in just her freshman season, capping off her year by being named the second baseman on the East Penn Conference All-Conference Team, which was announced following the EPC Championship game last week. She was the only Emmaus player to be named to this year's team.
A leadoff hitter's job is to set the table for the bigger bats in the lineup, get on base and make things happen. George Smith did all of that and drove in a key run for Emmaus Monday in their 3-2 win over Whitehall in the opening round of the District 11 Playoffs. The win sends Emmaus to the quarterfinals and a rematch with Stroudsburg who they beat earlier in the season.
The matchups between Emmaus and Parkland boys lacrosse in 2015 have been hard to understand. In the two regular season games, each team held a multiple-goal early lead, and then lost the game.
Last Thursday night, it was a similar start, but different ending.
The Trojans jumped out to a four-goal lead in the first 14 minutes, and then weathered a strong, late game comeback attempt by the Green Hornets to win the East Penn Conference semifinal contest 9-8 at Andrew Leh Stadium at Nazareth Area High School.
Four more Emmaus athletes signed letters of intent to colleges at a ceremony held last week at the high school.
Cheerleader Erica Ferrizzi (Lindenwood College), pole vaulter Kate Lynch (West Chester University), volleyball player Patrick Bryan (St. Francis University) and swimmer Tori Bingham (Shippensburg University) all announced their college athletic intentions at the event.
Emmaus volleyball coach Ken Dunkle wanted to see more energy from his team during Monday night's East Penn Conference semifinals against Liberty.
The Hornets had their moments of energy lapse but took care of business, defeating Liberty in four games (25-11, 25-20, 21-25, 25-20) to move on to Wednesday's finals against top-seeded Parkland, who had little trouble dismantling Northampton with a three-game sweep (25-17, 25-17, 25-9) in Monday's nightcap.