East Penn Press

Friday, November 15, 2019

Freedom tops EHS

Friday, November 8, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

It wasn’t a historic passing night for Freedom and it wasn’t a mercy-rule victory, but it was enough to push the Patriots into the District 11 Class 6A semifinals following last week’s 42-21 win over Emmaus.

Instead of passing at will on the Hornets like Freedom did during their regular season encounter, the Pates (10-1) churned out 243 yards on the ground and five rushing touchdowns to eventually pull away from a feisty Emmaus (5-6) squad.

EHS Boys soccer wins D-11 title

Friday, November 8, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Emmaus boys soccer team fought its way to a District 11 championship with wins over Stroudsburg in the semifinals and Whitehall in the finals. The win over Stroudsburg featured a combination of strong outings by both the offensive and defensive units, while the win over Whitehall was led primarily by the defense, which delivered shutouts in both games to get the wins to secure district gold and a trip to states.

Emmaus girls harriers end stellar season at state meet

Friday, November 8, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

It ended on a mid-autumn Saturday afternoon in a town made famous for chocolate. It ended after a superb regular season and a district title and only after some life lessons had been learned.

The Emmaus girls cross country team concluded a successful season with a 12th-place finish in a field of 19 schools at the PIAA Class 3A girls race last Saturday in Hershey. The Green Hornets accumulated 263 points in the race, with an average time of 20:29.

Defense dominated in districts

Friday, November 8, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

It’s often said that defense wins championships. In football, coaches talk about the defense needing to be strong as the key component of winning. In baseball, it’s all about pitching and keeping the other guys off the base paths. It’s much the same in soccer.

A good defense can make up for any potential shortcomings on offense and keep a team strong enough to win a championship. Fortunately for the Emmaus boys soccer team, there’s a solid offense helping to drive the team, but wins begin and end with the defense.

Cox earns medal at state championships

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by The Press in Sports

Emmaus golfer Michelle Cox earned a state medal last week. The junior shot 5-over par for 36 holes at the two-day PIAA state championship tournament to finish fourth in the Class 3A girls field.

Cox, an three-time East Penn Conference champ and the 2019 District 11 girls champ, shot 75 in the first round and 74 the second day of competition at Heritage Hills Golf Course in York. She played in the No. 1 spot for Emmaus this season and finished the year with three postseason medal.

Cox improved in her finish at states last year when she was 12th overall.

Boys soccer beats Pates

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The last time that Emmaus (19-3) and Freedom (11-10) boys soccer teams met, Emmaus beat the Patriots 6-0 in the quarterfinals of the EPC playoffs.

Freedom downed East Stroudsburg South in the first round of districts to force the rematch with Emmaus in the quarterfinals.

While Freedom played a much stronger game than in the last meeting, the Patriots were still outplayed by Emmaus, who picked up a 2-0 win to advance to the District 11 semifinals.

Girls soccer falls in quarterfinals

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

In a quirk of scheduling, the sixth-seeded Freedom girls soccer team essentially hosted the number-two seed Emmaus last week in the semifinals of the EPC playoffs when the two teams met at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.

Fortunately for the Hornets, the location didn’t matter and Emmaus downed the Patriots 3-0 a couple weeks ago.

In the District 11 quarterfinals, Freedom had to travel to Emmaus’ home field and this time around it was Freedom that came out on top with a 2-1 win that eliminated Emmaus and ended their season with a 15-5-1 overall record.