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Grapplers fall to Beca, Stroudsburg

Thursday, December 21, 2017 by The Press in Sports

The Emmaus wrestling team opened the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference season last week with a pair of losses.

The Hornets fell to Stroudsburg in the dual-meet season opener and then lost to Bethlehem Catholic the next night.

Thursday, Dec. 14

Emmaus-Bethlehem Catholic

The defending state champ Golden Hawks beat the Hornets 55-10.

After Joe Barno (285) earned a pin to open the match, Bethleehem Catholic won all but one of the next 13 bouts.


Girls get past PMW for first win

Thursday, December 21, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Years from now when Emmaus coach Kelsey Gallagher looks back on her first win as a head coach, it will probably look much better than it did when it happened this past Saturday.

The Hornets downed Pocono Mountain West 55-49 in a game that consisted of 55 fouls leading to 73 foul shots, but in the end, it was a win and Gallagher and her team will take it.

The two teams also had trouble handling the ball, leading to 56 turnovers in the game.

“The overall picture of the...

EHS comes back to beat K-Kids

Thursday, December 21, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

After a sluggish and late start to the 2017-18 regular season, the Emmaus boys basketball team got into the win column with its first victory, rallying in the fourth quarter to take down host Northampton 53-47 last Friday night an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference game at Northampton High School.

With their first game of the year getting postponed due to snow, and then the EPC opener getting pushed back a day because of weather, the Green Hornets (2-1 overall, 1-1 EPC) had to wait...

Girls fall to Wilson-WL

Friday, December 15, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

As the new coach of the Emmaus girls basketball team, Kelsey Gallagher brought an up-tempo offense and a man-to-man defense to the team. While the changes have been difficult to adapt to, the players have bought into the system and have already come a long way since Gallagher’s arrival.

In their season opener, Emmaus (0-0 EPC, 0-1 overall) took on Wilson-West Lawn and put together a tough performance that saw them fall behind by as many as 15 points before mounting a late rally that...

EHS boys take first at CCI

Friday, December 15, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

For the first time this season, Emmaus swimmers got to compete against other schools rather than just against themselves. The annual Cedar Crest Invitational, a joint effort of Emmaus and Parkland high school swim teams, was held with eight girls teams and nine boys teams competing.

The Hornet boys team came out with a first-place finish, scoring 648 points compared to 318 for Southern Lehigh and 298 for Parkland. Other local boys teams included Nazareth (5th, 192 points), Freedom (...

Three Hornets earn titles at invitational

Friday, December 15, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

The Emmaus wrestling team opened its season Saturday at the Saucon Valley Invitational.

The Hornets took second place as a team, finishing with 170.5 points. The hosts Panthers, which are five-time defending Colonial League champions, took first place at 263.5.

Emmaus crowned three individual champs in the eight-team event.

The Hornets’ Peyton Brown took first place with a pair of pins in his only two bouts. After a first-round bye, Brown pinned Pennsbury’s Ryan McGurrin...

Boys swimmers look beyond local landscape

Friday, December 8, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Talking with Emmaus swimming coach Tim O’Connor recently, he actually used the term “rebuilding.” Keep in mind that the term has a different meaning when you talk about Emmaus swimming than it usually does, especially on the boys side of the team, which has 10 straight District 11 team championships to its credit.

Once again this year, Emmaus is going to be one of the local powerhouses on both the boys and girls sides of the sport.

Beyond that is where the rebuild comes in....

Girls return entire starting lineup

Friday, December 8, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Last season, the Northwestern girls team featured a senior class of one: Paige Stitzel. The result was a lot of younger players getting opportunities for quality minutes, giving the Lady Tigers plenty of experience coming into the 2017-2018 season.

After having that one-player senior class last year, head coach Chris Deutsch has six seniors on this year’s roster. The experience of the seniors and the development of the underclassmen from last season are good, but adding a couple of...

Girls swim team aims for depth through diversity

Friday, December 8, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Swimming coach Tim O’Connor can’t quite put his finger on the reason, but there just are fewer girls coming out for the swim team than there have been in the past.

While the boys team is well stocked, the girls side has much less depth and a senior class of just one. The lack of depth has made O’Connor a little more inventive when it comes to putting things together.

One of the things that O’Connor is stressing is taking his swimmers – boys and girls – out of their comfort...

Wrestlers must replace five grads

Friday, December 8, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

With five wrestlers graduating who combined for over 100 wins last season, the Emmaus wrestling team will look for an injection of new talent while a few of its veterans attempt to take a step forward this season.

First-year head coach Nick LeFevre likes what he’s seen so far and is hopingthe team can improve on last year’s 12-7 record that included a berth in team districts as the No. 11 seed.

“We want to be competitive,” said the Citadel graduate who was part of the Bethlehem...