Emmaus cross country coach Dan Wessner knows what it takes to succeed at the PIAA Championships, having led the girls team to Class AAA titles in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
But Wessner also knows that sometimes it takes a little bit of good luck just to get to Hershey.
Emmaus edged Easton 93-94 for the second state-qualifying berth at the District 11 meet, the second straight year the Red Rovers were edged by a single point for the runner-up spot by the Green Hornets.
The Emmaus football team was looking to qualify for districts for the first time since 2008 with a victory over Parkland in last week's season finale.
The Green Hornets will have to try again next season.
Emmaus (6-3 in LVC, 6-4 overall) came up just short to Parkland, 37-30 last Friday night at Parkland Football Stadium as the Trojans (8-1, 9-1) took the game and a share of the Lehigh Valley Conference title as Whitehall finished with an identical record.
"I'm proud of...
Emmaus football has never won the Eastern Conference playoff championship.
The Green Hornets are looking to change that over the next two weeks.
The first stop on the road to the Class AAAA Eastern Conference championship is a semifinal contest against Delaware Valley from District 2, who went 5-5 this fall. This Friday at 7 p.m. the Warrios visit at East Penn School District Stadium.
"This is great because it allows us to get more work in," said head coach Randy...
Up until last week's District 11 Class AAA semifinal, there has only been one team that had taken a game from the Parkland volleyball team all season. Emmaus (18-3) had won game three of the four-game set in the Lehigh Valley Conference finals back on October 16.
The LVC champion Trojans (19-1) cruised through their first 19 matches, but that all came to an abrupt end last Tuesday night in the district semifinal game at Whitehall High School.
The Green Hornets played near...
Perhaps one of the keys to Sue Butz-Stavin as a field hockey coach is that she doesn't look at just winning the game. She stresses winning little games within the game that help to lead her teams to success.
That success has now stretched to 25 straight District 11 titles with a 5-1 win over Pleasant Valley, which has been the victims in 10 of those 25 championship games.
"There are wars to win within a game," said Butz-Stavin. "The first five minutes, after you score a goal,...
After a disappointing quick exit in the Lehigh Valley Conference playoffs, Emmaus was hoping for a better turnout in districts. Unfortunately, the Lady Hornets found themselves disappointed again when they lost to Whitehall 5-0 in the first round of District 11 girls soccer playoffs.
During the regular season, the Lady Hornets were also disappointed by Whitehall, which grabbed a 3-1 win over Emmaus back in mid-September when the Zephyrs were still struggling to win games. That loss...
Emmaus' defense held five of its last six opponents under 20 points heading in to last Friday's game against Nazareth, which had put up 62 points the week before.
The stingy Green Hornets made it six of their last seven thanks in large part to the defensive effort. Emmaus defeated Nazareth on senior night at East Penn School District Stadium, 29-14.
The defense really stepping up recently. It allowed only 19 points to Lehigh Valley Conference co-leader Whitehall in week eight...
Friday night's game against Parkland will determine if Emmaus gets into the District 2-4-11 Subregional or the Eastern Conference
This Emmaus football team has been on a roller coaster of a season thus far. It started off riding low and under the radar, while dipping lower after starting the season 0-2. Five straight victories shot the Green Hornets back in to the public eye as well as the top of the Lehigh Valley Conference.
Losing to Whitehall caused a downslope on the coaster, but this week Emmaus is nearing the end of the ride.
The Hornets (6-2 in LVC, 6-3 overall) travel to Parkland Football Stadium...
Emmaus senior Hanna Brosky is looked at as one of the veterans on the Hornet girls' cross-country team. Sophomore Katie Bacher is a relative newcomer to the team, as this season is her first running cross country.
Throughout the season, the two have helped each other tremendously in various aspects of one another's running.
During last week's District 11 Cross Country Championships at Bethlehem Golf Club, that continuous hard work paid off in a great way.
The Emmaus boys soccer team may be playing some of its best soccer of the season and it's coming at the right time.
After a disappointing loss to Easton in the Lehigh Valley Conference semifinals, the Hornets have rattled off two impressive wins in districts, outscoring Pottsville and Northampton by a combined 15-0.
Sophomore Cory Ross had a goal and two assists in the 10-0 win over Pottsville and added another assist against Northampton. He believes that his team learned...