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Emmaus beats Freedom in summer league game

Thursday, June 15, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The excitement of the Emmaus boys basketball team’s historic 2016-17 season is in the rear view mirror. A new group of Hornet players took the court in front of Lehigh Valley fans recently as the Allentown Summer Basketball League recently got underway.

With the graduations of four-year varsity players David and Matthew Kachelries, along with program staples Eric Cichocki and Daryn Lewis, the Green Hornets are looking for new leaders to step up and take control of the team.

The...

LV Carpenter Cup softball rosters released

Thursday, June 15, 2017 by KATIE McDONALD in Sports

Emmaus softball players Hannah Palinkas, Alexis Ruth, and Maddy Clark have been named to the 2017 Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup softball tournament team.

“I heard a lot of great things about it, and I wanted to see what it was like,” said Palinkas, a sophomore pitcher.

The Carpenter Cup is a Philadelphia Phillies-sponsored tournament, which will be played the week of June 19 at FDR Field in Philadelphia. It features teams comprised of high school sophomores and juniors from...

A dozen Hornets sign letters of intent

Thursday, June 15, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

At a recent signing ceremony, 12 Emmaus High School student athletes officially announced their college choices, signing letters of intent to attend colleges and universities to further their academic and athletic careers. The athletes represented nine different sports and chose 11 different institutions.

Three swimmers were among the athletes declaring their college plans, including Kelly Harvey (Clarion University), Ethan Carr (St. Bonaventure University) and Nathan Luey (Clarion...

EHS volleyball exits in state semi

Thursday, June 15, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

The Emmaus volleyball team was exactly where it hoped to be last Tuesday night as the PIAA Class 3A semifinals were being played. But when Saturday’s state final rolled around, the Hornets were not the ones on the court competing for the big prize as they had hoped all season long.

Emmaus fell in last week’s semifinal round, dropping a four-game match to District 3 champ Central York 22-25, 25-15, 25-23, 27-25. The Panthers went on to beat North Allegheny in four games for this year’s...

Eyer steps down after district semifinal

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The players on the Emmaus softball team were understandably upset after their loss to Liberty in the district semifinals. As the team gathered on an out-of-the-way set of bleachers at Patriots Park, more tears started to flow. Then, assistant coach Amy Oswald, who played for coach John Eyer on a team that won districts 10 years earlier, started to wipe tears from her eyes.

Onlookers knew this was no usual post-game speech about how proud the coach was of his players and what they had...

Emmaus advances to state semi

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Nearly every championship team in any sport and any level needs to overcome some adversity to get to the top.

Although the Emmaus boys volleyball team wasn’t challenged often in the regular season or even in the league and district playoffs, the Hornets had to battle back twice in Saturday’s state quarterfinal against Pennridge.

The District 1 champ won the first game of the match and was ahead by four points in the fifth and deciding game of the match. But Emmaus responded...

Softball falls to Liberty

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

With two pretty young teams, you get the feeling that Emmaus and Liberty are set for some pretty big battles over the next couple of seasons.

The first two real salvos in the war came in softball’s postseason this year when Emmaus downed the Hurricanes 3-2 in eight innings in the EPC semifinal before Liberty took revenge, winning the District 11 Semifinals 11-2 over the Hornets last week at Patriots Park in Allentown.

Liberty used the longball, slamming three home runs en route...

Hornets fall to Liberty in extras

Thursday, June 1, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

When the District 11 baseball semifinal game against Liberty went extra innings, fans had to figure that Emmaus had a bit of an advantage. After all, the Hornets were the team that battled Parkland to a 16-inning, 1-0 win during the regular season, so playing longer games was nothing new to them.

The Baseball Gods had other ideas on Monday as Liberty erased a two-run deficit with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning to beat Emmaus 4-3 and end the Hornets’ season.

In a game...

Emmaus wins district title

Thursday, June 1, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

It was just another match. Just like every other match against an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference opponent this season. The Emmaus boys volleyball team had taken down every league foe that it faced in 2017 and added one more to the total last Thursday night at Allen High School. But this one carried a bit more importance.

The Hornets swept Whitehall by scores of 25-16, 25-23, 25-21 and won the District 11 Class 3A championship last Thursday for their first title since 2013. They are...

Parkland downs EHS in D-11 final

Thursday, June 1, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Emmaus couldn’t have asked for a better start when it opened up last week’s District 11 Class 3A boys lacrosse championship with a quick 3-0 lead over top-seeded Parkland. The only thing Hornet head coach Scott Ketchum thought might have deterred his team was that the Hornets might have gotten a bit complacent.

Parkland quickly tied the game at 3-3 minutes later. And after two 30-minute weather delays in the first half, the No. 1 seeded Trojans eventually captured their first district...