The Hornets swept Whitehall and East Stroudsburg North in a track and field meet last Thurday.
Emmaus’ girls team beat the Zephyrs 106-43.5 and tookd down the Timberwolves 117-32. The Hornet boys team beat Whitehall 88.5-61.5 and topped the T-wolves 104-45.
Alanna Smith (100, 200) won a pair of individual events for Emmaus while several of her teammates won one event each.
Emmaus 106.5, W’hall 43.5
Emmaus 117, ES North 32
After a slight bump in the road, the Emmaus offense has come roaring back and the Hornets have won three straight games to push their record to 7-1 overall and 4-1 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. To go with the hot hitting, the team’s pitching has surrendered just four runs over those last three games.
With their first loss of the season coming just a day before, Emmaus got right back to their winning ways, beating a strong Blue Mountain team 2-1. The Eagles figure to be a force in District 11 play and are 6-2 overall on the season.
A game that was supposed to open Emmaus’s season was postponed until mid-April due to some unfortunate weather early this spring.
When Hershey visited the Hornets this past Friday, the Emmaus boys lacrosse team continued its hot start to the season and showed no signs of slowing down. The Hornets broke an early 2-2 tie with four straight goals and defeated the Trojans, 12-4, at Memorial Field.
“We ran the offense and listened to coach,” sophomore Michael Leschinsky said. “We listened to what we have to do and put the ball in the back of the net.”
Nobody really wanted to admit it, but the softball game between Emmaus and Parkland was kind of a big deal. Not only are the two teams rivals who are both pretty good, but first-year Emmaus head coach Brittany Frederick-D’Agostino took over at her alma mater this year after serving as Parkland’s pitching coach the past few seasons.
The game remained scoreless through eight innings when things suddenly became very interesting in the ninth.
The Emmaus boys volleyball team entered its 2018 season with high goals and expectations. To this point in the season, the Hornets have met those expectations.
Last Wednesday, Emmaus remained unbeaten by taking down Allen in straight sets by scores of 25-16, 25-14 and 25-20 at Emmaus High School.
Spring may not have shown its face yet this year, but that has not slowed down the Emmaus boys tennis team. When there is no rain or snow and the courts are playable, the Hornets (9-0 overall) have taken to the courts and left winners thus far during the 2018 season.
That continued last Monday afternoon at Emmaus High School when the Hornets defeated Pocono Mountain East 7-0 on a cold, windy day to remain undefeated.
When two coaches who have seen their share of weird things happen in baseball agree that one particular inning was extraordinary, you know there had to be a lot going on. That was how both Emmaus coach Mike Mihalik and Parkland coach Kurt Weber viewed the fifth inning of Friday’s game that ended with a 17-1 loss for Emmaus.
In the inning, 13 straight batters reached base for the Trojans and they scored 14 runs on 13 hits, 10 of which were singles. Three walks and an error also helped the Parkland rally against three different Emmaus pitchers.
Cold and wet spring weather has delayed much of the start of the high school sports season. While Emmaus’ first track meet of the season was postponed for a couple days, the Hornets are unlikely to get another meet in until next week with the forecast for the first week of April looking much the same as the past two weeks of March.
The Emmaus track and field teams had successful seasons last year, with the girls finishing 8-3 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and the boys going 7-4 in the league.
When John Eyer retired as the coach of the Emmaus softball team at the conclusion of last season, one of the reasons he gave for the timing was that he the program had a very promising future and he wanted to leave the team in good shape for the next coach. The recipient of that plan was Brittany Frederick-D’Agostino, who took over the team this season and has been able to open the season with a 3-0 mark.
Dennis Ramella has filled his office with memorabilia of his life and career. His penchant for Syracuse University is evident in the framed team jersey and photos from Syracuse sports.
A line of NFL helmets, including an Eagles helmet autographed by Bill Bergey, lines the top shelf of a book case. His prized possession is a football autographed by 1951 Heisman Trophy winner Dick Kazmaier.
There’s a story behind just about every picture, jersey or other collectible in his office. It’s a second-home to Ramella and he’s made it comfortable for himself.