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Girls show improvement in loss to PHS

Sunday, January 28, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Anyone who has watched the Emmaus girls basketball this season has seen players slowly developing and coming into their own. The game against Parkland Monday night was somewhat of a microcosm of that growth. A young Emmaus team lost 57-39, but there were moments during the game when Emmaus (3-6 EPC; 6-8 overall) showed just how far its come.

The standout portion came in the second quarter when Emmaus trailed by 14 points. Slowly, the Emmaus defense stiffened and the Hornets were able...

Lehigh Valley beats Bears in outdoor hockey game

Sunday, January 28, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Years ago, the great John Facenda, the voice of NFL Films used his legendary voice to refer to the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field as he talked about the Green Bay Packers’ historic playing field.

It wasn’t quite that dramatic, but the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Hershey Bears took to the frozen tundra of Hersheypark Stadium recently, with Lehigh Valley skating to a 5-2 win over Hershey.

The temperature at game time was 40 degrees, making life at least tolerable for the 13,091...

EPC announces wrestling matchups

Thursday, January 25, 2018 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference made their pairings official on Wednesday night for the EPC Championship Wrestling Day, which is set for Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Easton Area Middle School.

Round 1 begins at 1:30 p.m. and features three matches: 17th – Pleasant Valley vs. Central Catholic; 15th – PM West vs. Dieruff and 13th – ES North vs. Allen.

Round 2 begins at 3:15 p.m. and also features three matches: 11th – Emmaus vs. PM East; 9th – Whitehall vs. Freedom and 7th –...

Girls bounce back with pair of wins

Friday, January 19, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

In this age of viral videos and highlight shows, a lot of student-athletes that get the most attention are the ones who put big numbers in the box score or make the dazzling plays for their team.

While every team needs those players, it’s easy to forget that there are a lot of other players who help to make those things happen and help to make the wins happen, too.

Emmaus High School has one of those players in Kathryn DeJohn, who quietly comes off the bench, does her job and...

Boys need six more wins for D-11 berth

Friday, January 19, 2018 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

For the Emmaus boys basketball team, the rest of the season is all about getting to 11. That’s the number of wins the Hornets will need to reach the district playoffs. And the road to 11 got a bit more difficult over the past couple weeks.

Emmaus head coach Steve Yoder knew this year’s team would have some inexperienced players taking key roles. He didn’t think it would be as many as he’s needed at this point in the season.

With junior center Zach Sabol sidelined for 3-6 weeks...

EHS swimmers compete at Wilson Relays

Friday, January 19, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Emmaus swimming head coach Tim O’Connor has spent a lot of time thinking about how best to mix and match his swimmers for relay events this season, especially on the boys side. With that being part of what O’Connor needs to figure out this season, the Wilson Relays came in handy to help sort out who wants to be where.

The boys team finished third, while the girls came home with a fifth-place finish in the team competition. Wilson and North Penn finished ahead of the boys, while North...

EHS swimmers compete at BU

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Every January, Bucknell University plays host to some of the top high school swimming and diving teams for the New Year’s Challenge. As usual, Emmaus was invited to this year’s event and came home with strong finishes for both the boys and girls teams. The boys team placed third behind Wilson West Lawn and North Allegheny, while the girls placed fifth in the team standings, with Wilson West Lawn grabbing first on the girls side as well.

The meet sort of kicks off the competition after...

Grapplers compete at Zephyr Duals

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by The Press in Sports

The Emmaus wrestling team went 2-2 at last weekend’s Whitehall Duals Wrestling Tournament.

The Hornets were the No. 11 seed in the 16-team bracket and lost to No. 6 East Stroudsburg South in their first match, 46-27. They bounced back to beat Catasauqua 54-24 in the losers bracket and followed that with a 40-30 win over Southern Lehigh to advance to the ninth-place match.

Emmaus lost its final match to Quakertown, 61-15 to finish 10th at the event.

The Hornets also...

Hornets beat Reading in overtime

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Leah Tannous is having fun playing out her senior season on the court at Emmaus.

This season’s team is especially close and its found a new sort of bond under coach Kelsey Gallagher, who is in her first season with the team. Even though Tannous is happy, there are a few things she wouldn’t mind changing.

“Obviously, I wish we had more wins, but I think that will come,” said Tannous. “We’re a very close team and get along great together.

“As great as it is being a senior...

Seven Hornets place at tourney

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Kordell Waiters admits that he’s still battling some nerves in his first season wrestling at the varsity level.

The freshman gets a little more comfortable each match and it’s been showing. He led the Hornets with a second-place finish at last week’s Tony Iasiello Christmas City Wrestling Tournament at Bethlehem Catholic. He was one of seven Hornet place-winners at the 50th annual event in which Emmaus finished third as a team.

“I feel like I wrestled great,” said Waiters, who...