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Pool general

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in HS Sports

Marc Primelo is the kind of guy that every team needs - someone who is competitive, knows how to rally the troops and yet keeps things a little loose. Primelo can often be found leading his team prior to meets by donning a towel as a cape and doing his best Julius Ceasar impression. But when he gets in the pool, it's all business.

"I try to help the team any way that I can. I know that everybody works hard and gives their best and I just try to support them, because it's not always...

District trip is short for wrestlers

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in HS Sports

The senior Emmaus wrestlers made their first trip to districts in their high school career, but unfortunately, it was a short stay. An old nemesis, the Northampton Konkrete Kids, came from behind to knock the Hornets out of districts in the preliminary round, taking a 48-27 win.

Things started well for the Hornets, who jumped out to an early lead, taking the first four bouts - Jacob Younger (132 pounds), Cole Franklin (138), Jansen Grabowski (145) and Mac Lawrence (152) all picked up...

Hixson peaking as districts approach

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in HS Sports

Swimming has always been a part of Jesse Hixson's life.

She started the sport at a young age and has continued with her passion through high school. The Emmaus senior competes in both individual and relay events and says the 200 freestyle relay is her favorite.

Hixson's senior season has had its ups and downs. The up part actually started late last season when she put on a late push and showed improvement in her times. Coming into the season, Hixson was a strong part of the...

Daichendt methodical on mats for Hornets

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in HS Sports

Gordon Daichendt is known for keeping himself busy.

In addition to getting grades good enough to be accepted at Penn State Berks, Daichendt wrestles and plays soccer. He's also a member of the Emmaus fitness team that has won four straight national championships, a far cry from what his senior class has endured in wrestling.

Daichendt's class has never been to districts for wrestling, but it's looking very much like they'll get that opportunity this year. The Hornets currently...

Hockey supports good cause

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in HS Sports

On Friday nights in the Fall, five-year old Sam Mackaravitz walked to the 50 yard line with the Emmaus football team captains for the ceremonial coin flip. It was a gesture the Green Hornets were proud to do every home game.

Friday night, Sam found himself on the ice at the Lehigh Valley Ice Arena in Whitehall to drop the opening puck for the Emmaus hockey game against Pleasant Valley/Quakertown.

Sam is fighting a type of pediatric cancer. He is receiving treatment until 2015,...

Balance has been big for Bacon

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in HS Sports

If the Emmaus girls are going to make districts this season, it will all come down to the final game of the year against the Central Catholic Vikettes. Initially, this would have been a road game, but thanks to a bomb scare at Emmaus High School earlier this season, the two schools switched their home games, giving the Hornets a home game to end the season.

If it does come down to that final game, senior Kelsey Bacon is ready.

"It would be great. We just have to play the rest...

Physicality doesn't phase Emmaus

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in HS Sports

Goaltender Michael Smoker said it was just hockey, but the physicality, and sometimes chippy play, made for a hockey type of environment.

"That kind of stuff just happens sometimes in hockey," Smoker said. "Their bigger guys stepped up and started hitting, and we didn't back down."

Emmaus rose to the occasion, doing its talking on the scoreboard. Three goals in the first two periods was enough to defeat Pleasant Valley/Quakertown 3-1 Friday night at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena....

Boys clinch berth in district field

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 by TODD KRESS Special to the Press in HS Sports

The opportunity to secure a postseason birth in the District 11 4A boys basketball tournament was at stake for the Emmaus boys basketball team during last week's game against Bethlehem Catholic.

With that on their mind, and an opportunity to respond to a tough loss to Liberty two days earlier, the Hornets dismissed the Hawks on Thursday night, 66-52, at Bethlehem Catholic High School.

"We're eager to get into the postseason," said Nate Feiertag. "With this win we're now...

Larsen passing on wisdom in senior season

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in HS Sports

As a senior, David Larsen is looked at to be one of the leaders on the Emmaus swim team and he handles that role in many different ways.

Perhaps the best aspect of Larsen as a leader is that he is looking to pass on what he has learned from teammates who graduated ahead of him on to the swimmers that are coming along now and will find themselves in leadership roles in the near future.

"After three years being here, I've been taught many things by the seniors ahead of me, so I...

Emmaus rifle team takes aim at state crown

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by SHANE BAGLINI Special to the Press in HS Sports

The Emmaus Rifle team is one of the top rifle teams in the state, and the experience of head coach Bob Johnston plays a large role in that success.

Johnston requires a certain level of commitment from those who sign up, including evenings free for practice and matches. For those who may not know what type of student athletes participate in the sport, Johnston describes it best.

"I've seen football players that weighed in at around 250 pounds, and I've had diminutive little kids...