East Penn Press

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Girls stop Parkland’s dominance

Thursday, March 7, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

As it turns out, this was the year. Throughout the swimming season, members of the girls swimming and diving team from Emmaus were slow to make predictions about breaking the 10-year grip that the Parkland held on the District 11 championship.

When asked about the possibilities of knocking off Parkland, the Hornets would generally offer a wry smile with a response along the lines of “we’ll see.” On Saturday, those wry smiles turned to huge, joyous ones and the Emmaus girls swimmers...

Boys win 12th straight D-11 crown

Thursday, March 7, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The last time that a team other than Emmaus won the team championship at the District 11 Swimming and Diving Championships, it was almost a completely different world. A computer company named Apple had just introduced the first iPhone, but it hadn’t yet been released. John McCain, Rudi Guiliani, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were all running for president and the final Harry Potter book was being published.

That was 2007 and with their team championship last weekend in districts,...

Wright gets silver at regional

Thursday, March 7, 2019 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Everything seemed to be working in Caden Wright’s favor in Saturday’s 170-pound regional final. Everything except for maybe a few seconds in the second period.

Stroudsburg’s Lenny Pinto used a five-point move in the second period to help defeat Wright, 8-4, last week in the Northeast Class 3A Regional Tournament at Liberty High School.

It was the second time in a week’s span that Pinto defeated Wright for a championship. Last week it was for the District 11 Class 3A crown. But...

Hornets fall in D-11 third-place game

Thursday, March 7, 2019 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Emmaus was shocked early in its game against Allen in the District 11 Class 6A semifinals last week, as the Hornets fell into a quick 10-point deficit. It was too much of a deficit to overcome for the top-seeded Hornets.

The same issue arose three days later in the third-place game back at Freedom High School.

Led by a game-high 38 points from Jeremiah Anderson, East Stroudsburg South jumped out to a nine-point lead after eight minutes. The Cavaliers led by as much as 13 points...

Wright advances to regional championship

Thursday, February 28, 2019 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Caden Wright faced Stroudsburg’s Lenny Pinto twice already this season. Both times Pinto had gotten the better of the Emmaus junior.

Despite that, Wright was confident the third time was the charm with a district title on the line. Unfortunately, Pinto had other plans.

Wright fell to Pinto via an 11-5 decision in the 170-pound final of Saturday’s District 11 3A Championships at Liberty High School.

“He’s strong,” said Wright. “I just wasn’t able to work what I am good at...

McCourt earns diving gold

Thursday, February 28, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Brendan McCourt won the District 11 Diving Championship for the second time in two years this past weekend. While he was happy about the win and a second gold medal, he readily admits that it wasn’t his best performance and wasn’t as satisfying as his first taste of gold.

“I came in hoping to beat my personal best or at least beat my score from last year in districts, but I didn’t even do that,” lamented McCourt, who scored a 516.45 this year after notching a 520.80 last year as a...

Hornets reach District 11 semifinal

Thursday, February 28, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The Emmaus boys basketball team was itching to get back on the court.

Following a heartbreaking loss in the final seconds of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title game, the Green Hornets had a week off to think about that game and to prepare for a district title run.

The time off and hunger from that loss helped as top-seed Emmaus came out fast and led from start to finish, taking care of ninth-seeded Pocono Mountain West 76-60 last Saturday night at Allen High School in...

Volkert inducted into Ball St. Hall of Fame

Thursday, February 28, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

As a basketball player at Emmaus High School, Lindsay (Quay) Volkert liked to mix it up.

“We had a lot of players who could score,” Volkert said in reflecting on her incredible career in green and yellow. “I loved playing defense. I have always been a physical player. I enjoyed battles under the basket and boxing out to get rebounds.”

Not only did Volkert love doing the dirty work both on the basketball court and the field hockey turf, she has been recognized for it by her...

Boys win eight of 12 events to earn league championship

Thursday, February 21, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

The Emmaus boys swimming team had as close to a perfect day as you can have Feb. 14 at Parkland High School.

The Hornets won eight of 12 events and easily defeated rival Parkland 114-72 . In the process, Emmaus earned the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title and finished the conference portion of their schedule undefeated.

Out of the gate, the Green Hornets were buzzing around the pool with vim and vigor. The team of Michael Iacobelli, Evan Bova, Gio Germano and Connor Shriver...

Beca takes EPC title on late Paz basket

Thursday, February 21, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Despite a big night from one of Emmaus seniors, Bethlehem Catholic took Saturday’s East Penn Conference title game behind the effort of it’s own senior in Justin Paz.

The Golden Hawks’ Justin Paz hit the game-winning shot for the second straight game. His buzzer beater against the Hornets came after he drove the length of the court with less than 10 seconds to go and converted a layup to give the Golden Hawks a 46-44 win in the league final last Saturday night at Easton Area Middle...