If one were to list the best local high school baseball games of the regular season, it’s possible that number-two would be Emmaus’ 3-1 win over Parkland early in the season.
The top game would have to be the 1-0 Emmaus win over Parkland in 16 innings in a rematch of the two teams at Community Park. That made the third go-around, in the semifinals of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference playoffs that much more interesting.
Parkland opened Monday’s district girls’ lacrosse semifinal game with two goals in two minutes. But Emmaus, which lost to the Trojans to end its regular season by a 14-2 final score, proved this time would be much more competitive.
Despite a hard-fought effort with a short-handed team that was missing four starters, the end result was the same.
Emmaus rallied from the early two-goal deficit and even led by a goal late in the second half. But Parkland, coming off an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship last week, had too much firepower offensively.
The Emmaus girls 3200-meter relay team has been preparing all season for this time of year.
The foursome’s goal was to run its best at exactly this time of the season, and through two postseason races it has accomplished that mission.
The foursome of Abby Dalton, Katrina Durrwachter, Sophie Pickering and Abby Heilenman ran its best time of the season for the second straight week to take the silver medal in last week’s District 11 Class 3A Championships, posting a 9:28.82 and finishing just behind Colonial League champ Southern Lehigh (9:25.47).
The Emmaus boys lacrosse team had to be happy to look across the field and see another team besides rival Parkland.
The last two games that the Green Hornets played were against the Trojans, and both were losses, 12-9 in the regular season finale and 13-9 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinals.
After two straight defeats, Emmaus was looking for some momentum and wanted to keep its 2017 campaign going when it hosted Pleasant Valley in the first round of the District 2-11 Class 3A boys lacrosse subregional tournament.
The Emmaus Hornets are a very young softball team.
Last week, they got to experience championship varsity softball for the first time when they faced Parkland with the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Championship on the line. Parkland (23-0) used a senior and a sophomore to pull out a 1-0 win in a closely-contested game at Allentown’s Patriots Park.
Back on April 28, many inside the Whitehall High School gymnasium thought that the two best teams in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference were on that court. The atmosphere and high level of play during that midseason game showed signs of things to come. And three weeks later, Emmaus and Whitehall met again, this time for the league title.
Katrina Durrwachter has been to league track and field championships for all four of high school. And the Emmaus senior had success in all of those meets.
But heading into her final league meet last week there was one small void. She hadn’t come away with a gold medal in any of her three previous trips to leagues.
That changed last week as Durrwachter and teammates Sophie Pickering, Abby Heilenman and Abby Dalton won the 3200-meter relay at the Eastern Pennsylvania Track and Field Championships at East Stroudsburg South High School.
The Emmaus boys volleyball team took its undefeated record into this week’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference volleyball tournament and earned a trip to the league championship match.
The Hornets came in as the No. 1 seed and beat Nazareth 3-0 in Monday’s first round. They were slated to take on Whitehall in the league title game Wednesday. See next week’s Press for coverage of that game.
Emmaus pitcher Matt Lanzone had to suffer through a strange and controversial first inning that resulted in three runs for Freedom, but he settled in well and kept his team in position for seventh-inning heroics and a 4-3 win over the Patriots in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference quarterfinals at Emmaus Community Park Monday night.
For 18 seasons now, John Eyer has led the Emmaus High School softball program through a lot of successful seasons. In 2000, Eyer took the team to its only state championship and he’s guided it through ups and downs in every season since.
The ups have well outweighed the downs, to the point where Eyer recently celebrated his 250th win as the Emmaus coach.
The team is experiencing a resurgence this season as it plays in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference playoffs, looking for its first conference championship since 2001.