Officials from the Colonial and Schuylkill leagues held a press conference Thursday announcing their new cooperative football scheduling model, which will take affect in the 2020 season.
The 12 Colonial League football teams and 16 from the Schuylkill League will form four divisions based on enrollments and PIAA Classifications. While Colonial League president Bryan Geist insisted the move was not a merger, the cooperative in effect creates a new 28-team league.
“It’s not a perfect system, but we’re getting closer,” said Northwestern Lehigh athletic director Jason Zimmerman.
The Emmaus girls picked up their fourth straight win of the season with a 102-61 win over Allen in their home pool last week.
The score doesn’t indicate how well the team performed because after building an insurmountable lead, coach Tim O’Connor had his swimmers compete in their events as exhibitions so their finishes weren’t calculated into the score. It’s a show of sportsmanship that O’Connor will often use against teams and to challenge some swimmers to perform at high levels and put up strong times in a non-competitive setting.
Emmaus starts just one senior, and plays just one other in the regular rotation. While that bodes well for the future, a bit of the Hornets’ inexperience showed late in last week’s game against Liberty.
It turns out a 10-point lead early in the fourth quarter wasn’t enough of a cushion. The Hurricanes (3-8 overall; 2-6 in EPC) finished the game on a 13-0 run to hand Emmaus a tough 34-31 defeat last Friday at Liberty High School.
The Emmaus boys swimming and diving team upped its record to 4-0 on the season with a convincing 103-52 win over Allen. Emmaus swam many of the later events in the contest as exhibition events in a show of sportsmanship after building up a big lead over the Canaries.
Early on, Emmaus swept the top three spots in the 200-yard medley relay with the team of Michael Iacobelli, Jake Young, Evan Bova and Matthew Gertner taking the top spot. In individual events, Gio Germano won the 200 freestyle with teammates Alex Magditch and Kyle Kurrwachter finishing second and third.
The Emmaus boys basketball team needed some momentum. After winning nine of its first 10 games, including eight in a row to start the 2018-19 season, the Green Hornets lost two of their next three, both by double-figures.
One night after falling at home to Liberty, Emmaus returned to the Hornets Nest looking to get back on the right foot. It did just that, led by two of its seniors.
Zach Sabol and Bryce Diehl combined for 49 points in a 70-57 non-conference win over Pottstown Saturday night.
The name of the game for the Emmaus varsity wrestling this season has been hard work. Coach Thad Smith’s squad continues to overcome challenges through a combination of improved execution, thoughtful strategy and tenacious desire to outwork the opposition.
The trifecta is paying dividends. The Green Hornets finished third overall Jan. 5 at the Zephyr Duals at Whitehall High School by defeating East Stroudsburg South 46-27 in the third-place match. Earlier in the day, the Hornets lost a semifinal heartbreaker after Muncy rallied for a 39-34 win.
The Emmaus boys basketball team had slow starts to both the first and fourth quarters in Saturday’s match up against Bethlehem Catholic. The Hornets were unable to overcome the deficits and dropped the highly-anticipated showdown between two of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s top teams. The host Hawks came away with an 80-67 win.
The Green Hornets (9-2, 5-1) scored the game’s opening basket, but then Becahi answered with 15 straight points.
The Emmaus ice hockey team gave up two third-period goals, one in heartbreaking fashion at the end of regulation, in falling to Southern Lehigh 3-2 last Monday night in Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey League action on a cold night on the outdoor rink at the Bethlehem Municipal rink.
With the score tied at 2-2 and less than five minutes to go, each team battled and had several good opportunities in front of net, but only one team was able to break through.
There’s nothing like a couple of wins to get a team back on track and build some confidence. The Lady Hornets picked up back-to-back wins against Scranton and Dieruff to close out the 2018 portion of their schedule and it provided them with a needed lift.
“Winning always makes things easier and you could sense a little confidence boost after those games,” said Emmaus head coach Kelsey Gallagher. “Of course, we would have liked to get those wins earlier in the season but they came at a pretty good time to give us some confidence and get us heading in the right direction.”
The Emmaus Green Hornets went into the 51st Annual Tony Iasiello Memorial Christmas City Wrestling Tournament at Bethlehem Catholic High School looking to offer a good performance. They left the two-day tournament Dec. 29 having done much more, earning a second-place team finish with 124.5 points, behind winner Bethlehem Catholic with 264 points.