Emmaus athletic director Dennis Ramella recently announced the hiring of Sarah Oswald as the new head coach of the girls soccer team. Oswald takes over for Rob Rooney, who coached the team through 10 seasons, with Oswald serving as a varsity assistant since 2011.
From the time that Rooney stepped down, Oswald was an obvious front-runner for the job thanks to her soccer background and connection to Emmaus.
The 40th annual Via All-Star events will be held next week.
The annual Via All-Star banquet is set for Wednesday at the Sands Casino and Resort in Bethlehem. Doug Flutie will be the keynote speaker.
The Via All-Star banquet recognizes members of the Via All-Star teams, Players of the Year, Teams of the Year, awards scholarships for student athletes and inducts members into the Lehigh Valley High School Basketball Hall of Fame. The banquet will be held on March 25 at 6:30pm.
Southern Lehigh's Travis Edmond and Whitehall's Jacob Buskirk were separated by one seat at Sunday's Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame banquet.
By the end of the 55th annual awards ceremony at Northampton Community Center, the two shared the evening's prestigious award.
Of the 34 high school football scholar-athlete nominees, Edmond and Buskirk were recognized as the award winners. It was the first time since 2011, when Bangor's Scott LaValva and Nazareth's Chuck Dibilio won the award, that two athletes shared the honor.
The first day of spring, Friday, March 20, is a little more than a week away, but like recent years, high school spring sports teams are in a familiar position in early March.
A late winter with periods of heavy snow have once again caused baseball, softball, lacrosse, tennis and track and field teams' issues with their outdoor practice schedules that began last Monday, March 2.
It wasn't what Lucas Schaf wanted, but it certainly is better than coming away with nothing. The Emmaus wrestler took eighth place at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships over the weekend following a 6-4 loss to Josh Ridgway of Norwin.
As with any wrestler in Hershey, the goal is to always come home with hardware, but once you get a taste of the action from the Giant Center, you want more.
In the case of Schaf, you can certainly say he his appetite has grown following his experience last weekend.
It was a moment of relief for Thomas Alcaro at the Northeast Regional Class AAA championships last weekend. After losing in the semifinals to Delaware Valley's Matt Wagner by an 8-2 decision, Alcaro needed one victory to qualify for the PIAA state tournament.
He got that in his first consolation round, picking up a 3-1 decision over Pleasant Valley's Trent Thomas and coupled it with a bronze medal following a fall over Bethlehem Catholic's Brandon Blobe in 2:41 in the 195-pound consolation final.
The District 11 Swimming and Diving Championships saw the Emmaus girls team finish second behind Parkland. The only member of the Emmaus girls squad that qualified for the PIAA Championships was freshman diver Jess Hurlburt, who had won the District 11 diving competition.
A number of swimmers posted their personal best times while competing at districts, which was held last Friday and Saturday at Parkland High School.
For the eighth straight year, the Emmaus boys swimmers can call themselves District 11 Champions. With a total of 422 points, Emmaus had pretty well wrapped up the title early on in the meet, which was held last weekend at Parkland High School. Liberty placed second with a total of 285 points, while Parkland finished third with 269 points. Southern Lehigh and Freedom rounded out the top five finishers in the team competition.
The Emmaus boys basketball team had a rough end to its regular season. The Green Hornets lost two of their last three East Penn Conference games, and the only win was a tough, three-point victory against Central Catholic.
But even with a strong 2014-15 schedule, Emmaus (12-13 overall, 11-5 EPC) qualified for the league and district tournaments. And to continue with an up-and-down season, the Green Hornets fell to Allen in the first round of the EPC tournament, in what head coach Steve Yoder called "one of the worst games we've played all season."
The District 11 Diving Championships had both exhilaration and disappointment for Emmaus divers.
On the girls side, freshman Jess Hurlburt captured first place and a spot in the PIAA Championships, which will be held next month at Bucknell University. On the boys side, Andrew Vanim made it look like Emmaus would have another champion, but struggles over his final three dives dropped him from first place to third, leaving him just short of a place at states.