The local wrestling world was flipped upside down last week when news broke of new divisional alignment in the East Penn Conference.
The league replaced its three-division format, with two divisions consisting of nine teams each.
Whitehall athletic director and co-chair of wrestling in the EPC, Bob Hartman, spoke at length with the Press on Thursday about the changes for next season and how the process unfolded.
The Emmaus boys lacrosse team had a rough weekend in Pittsburgh two weeks ago. The Green Hornets lost two games by close scores, 11-10 to Mount Lebanon and 13-8 to North Allegheny.
They were tough losses to swallow after the long trip across the state, and a convincing win is just what they needed most.
Emmaus got that last Wednesday night in a 19-2 throttling of Liberty at Memorial Field at Emmaus High School.
The EPC Tennis Tournament didn't go off quite as planned last weekend. Friday's matches were postponed because of bad court conditions from a morning storm, leaving a lot of tennis to be played on Saturday.
The tournament was played from the pigtail rounds through the quarterfinal matches, with the semis, finals and consolation rounds remaining to be played. There isn't a date set for resuming the tournament, but it's likely to be completed after next week's District 11 Tournament gets underway.
While both teams entered Thursday's Eastern Pennsylvania Conference boys volleyball clash without a blemish on their league records, the Hornets knew the task at hand against Parkland would be a tough one.
After dropping the first two games 25-13 and 25-18, respectively, it looked as if Emmaus had found its rhythm. However, every time the Hornets threatened in the third game, Parkland had an answer and eventually won the game 26-24.
Looking at the scoreboard at halftime, it showed Emmaus 6, Parkland 7. It was just a one-goal game in favor of Parkland, which was unusual for the Trojans girls lacrosse team this year. They've had most games in hand by hafltime. But this rivalry always brings out the best in both teams.
Confidence is a great thing and there may be no team more confident than the Emmaus softball team right now. Not only have they opened the season at 5-0, but they've had to stage a comeback in four of those five games this season, including a 4-3 win over Hamburg and a 13-10 win over Stroudsburg on Monday.
Emmaus fell behind Hamburg early, 3-1, but battled back to tie the game 3-3 going to the seventh inning. Pitcher Laura Rau shut down Hamburg in the top of the inning and Emmaus quickly went to work in the bottom of the inning.
After disappointing losses to Nazareth and Parkland late last month, the Emmaus tennis team has rebounded nicely, winning four straight matches over Northampton, Southern Lehigh, East Stroudsburg North and Allen, upping its record to 6-2.
Number one singles player Matt FitzMaurice struggled through the Parkland match with a bad right shoulder, but has healed nicely and has gone back on a winning streak.
Emmaus high jumper Scott Schlegel recently took first place at the New Balance Indoor Track and Field Championships in New York City.
The EHS senior competed against 41 of the best high school jumpers in the nation and came out on top with a lead up 6-7 1/2.
Schlegel, who broke a 28-year old Emmaus record in high jump last season, has only been competing in the sport since his sophomore year. before joining the track team he competed on Emmaus' football and basketball teams. By his junior season he was the District 11 and Lehigh Valley Conference champion in high jump.
Softball coach John Eyer may need some new relaxation techniques before the season is over if his team keeps playing like they have in the first week of the season.
It's not that the team has played badly, they're off to a 3-0 start, but it's how they've gotten to that record that is causing the anxiety.
After a relatively easy 8-4 win over Allen to open the season, the Lady Hornets had to come from behind in each of their next two games.
After taking a quick 2-0 lead against Nazareth, Emmaus trailed 5-3 going to the bottom of the sixth inning.
It was another typical Emmaus-Parkland boys lacrosse match. Two teams that have been at or near the top of the boys lacrosse standings for the last decade were involved in yet another memorable matchup last Wednesday night at Emmaus High School. The Trojans having won the final Lehigh Valley Conference title last year, and the Green Hornets took the District 11 championship.