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LMYA team wins Eastern National title

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 by The Press in Sports

The Lower Macungie Impact Elite 14U softball team won the 2019 USSSA Eastern National Championship tournament, held July 23-28 in Salisbury, Maryland. Impact Elite is the first Lower Macungie Youth Association team to win that title.

The tournament featured 64 teams, including teams from as far as Michigan, Indiana and West Virginia.

LMI Elite is made up of 12 players, including 10 who reside within the East Penn School District and two from the Northwestern Lehigh School...

EHS girls show signs of growth at tourney

Thursday, August 8, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Summer basketball is all about getting better as a team and the Emmaus girls basketball team has improved with each passing game. That continued in its second major summer tournament at the A-town Throwdown at Cedar Beach Park two weeks ago.

The Green Hornets did not have the type of tournament that they wanted, losing all three games in pool play.

Emmaus was on the wrong end of games against Moravian Academy, University of New Jersey and Sankofa. But it’s not all about wins...

O’Brien did it all for her team in 2019

Saturday, August 3, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Recent Emmaus High School graduate Taylor O’Brien knew what she had to do on the lacrosse field for her team to be successful. And it was a lot.

She was a special player, a four-year starter, and led the Green Hornets in several statistical categories during the 2019 season including goals (59), assists (27), draw controls (84), ground balls (56) and caused turnovers (16), on her way to being honored as the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Most Valuable Player.

O’Brien was also...

Emmaus boys teams both fall in overtime

Saturday, August 3, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The two Emmaus boys soccer teams, Hornets Green and Hornets Gold, were evenly split with varsity and JV members as head coach John Cari tried something different this summer. Each team competed in one of the two different divisions, both finishing at or near the top of the standings, with Green going 9-0 for the top spot and Gold going 6-2-1, good for second place.

But just as both squads found near equal success, they also dealt with the same disappointment. After both Green Hornets...

McCourt took EHS diving to new heights

Saturday, August 3, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

After building upon his accomplishments year after year, you kind of have to wonder what Brendan McCourt is going to do for his senior season as a diver at Emmaus High School. As a freshman, he finished third at districts and followed that up with gold medals in each of the next two seasons. At states, he finished seventh in 2018 and then jumped to the top in 2019, easily winning a gold medal by a margin of 55 points in the competition.

Even though he finished seventh in 2018, he came...

EHS wins last two games

Friday, July 26, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The Emmaus boys basketball team had an unlucky summer for a majority of its games. With the main highlight being a Sunday postseason run in the major tournament Cedar Beach Bash at the Beach tournament, the Green Hornets have mainly found themselves coming up just short in their regular season games in the Cedar Beach Summer League.

But Emmaus made a statement last week that will surely bring positive momentum to the program heading into the upcoming 2019-20 regular season. The...

EHS boys field two teams in LVSSL

Friday, July 19, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Summer league soccer is about working in new players, schemes and just trying to get better overall for the upcoming fall season that is now less than two months away.

The Emmaus boys soccer program is also trying something different this year. For the first time in their Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League play, the Hornets split into two teams in the two divisions, dividing half of their varsity and JV squads equally between the two teams.

Both of those squads have found...

Emmaus goes 1-2 in playoffs

Friday, July 19, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

After a 5-11 season, Emmaus came into the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs as the eighth-seeded team, having to face undefeated South Parkland in the first round of the double-elimination tournament. The Hornets played a tough game against the Trojans, with South Parkland coming away with a 2-1 win, sending Emmaus to the loser’s bracket.

The Trojans went on to win the league title Monday evening, defeating Northern Valley in the title game.

In the tournament opener, Emmaus’ Steven...

Hornets fall short against Nazareth

Friday, July 19, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The Emmaus boys basketball team has had a tough summer when it comes to wins and losses. With the graduation of its entire starting lineup, the Hornets knew it would take a lot to get back to the success of the 2018-19 season. But even in losses this summer, the team has been in each game and just a few bounces here or there from having a few more wins.

Last Thursday night was another game that came down to the wire and could have gone either team’s way, but Emmaus ended up on the...

Mustangs cool off in tourney

Friday, July 19, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Lower Macungie entered the playoffs as one of the hottest teams in Lehigh Valley Legion. After a furious second-half charge, Lower Macungie wound up on the losing end in its two playoffs games and being bounced from the LVL playoffs in surprising fashion.

The Mustangs came into the postseason seeded fourth and faced a tough Northern Valley team in the first round. After a stumble in late June and early July, Northern Valley was arguably just as hot late in the year and coming into the...