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Wright earns state medal

Thursday, March 12, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

If there was one Emmaus wrestler that exemplified everything a team needs out of leader, senior Caden Wright would be that guy.

The team captain and consummate worker saw his efforts pay off over the weekend in Hershey as he came home with an eighth-place finish at the PIAA Class 3A wrestling championships.

Wright (182 pounds) lost in the medal round to Easton’s Isaiah Reinert 2-1, his fourth straight defeat this season at the hands of the Rover, but it was a victory weekend...

Wright reaches states

Thursday, March 5, 2020 by TODD KRESS in Sports

For Emmaus senior Caden Wright, this past weekend’s PIAA Northeast Class 3A Regional tournament was shaping up much like districts just a week prior.

The Hornet grappler, for the second time in as many weeks, was set to meet Easton’s Isaiah Reinert in the semifinal round with a spot in the finals on the line. But after a 2-1 defeat to Reinert in districts, Wright once again found himself on the short end of a one-point decision at regionals, a 3-2 setback on Saturday afternoon at...

Girls take silver at D-11 meet

Thursday, March 5, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Emmaus girls swimming and diving team placed second in the team competition this past weekend at Parkland High School. In all, Emmaus had three first-place finishes in individual events and added another in relays.

Thanks to the depth of the Parkland diving team, which dominated the recent District 11 Diving Championship at Emmaus High School, the Trojans came into the swimming portion of the meet with a 64-28 lead in points over Emmaus. As it turned out, the lead would prove to...

EHS boys win District 11 title

Thursday, March 5, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Make it lucky number 13 for Emmaus as the Hornet boys captured gold in the team standings at the District 11 Swimming and Diving Championships this past weekend. The meet was held at Parkland High School and determines automatic bids to compete in the PIAA championships later this month at Bucknell University.

The boys came into the swimming portion of the championships trailing Parkland 61-20 in the team standings after the diving portion was held the previous weekend at Emmaus....

Wright, Groller earn District 11 bronze

Thursday, February 27, 2020 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

The Emmaus wrestling team finished a solid 2019-2020 campaign with an eighth place finish at the District 11 3A tournament on Feb. 21-22 at Liberty High School Memorial Gym.

The squad finished with 107.5 points, with the Nazareth Blue Eagles claiming the championship with 291.5 points.

Three Green Hornets - Kordell Waiters at 138 pounds, Jared Groller at 170, and Caden Wright at 182 stood out. Groller and Wright each took third place with outstanding performances. Groller...

McCourt earns gold

Thursday, February 27, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

If you ever think it would be a good idea to bet against Brendan McCourt when he sets his sights on something, you need to rethink that. Seriously rethink that.

McCourt came into his fourth District 11 diving championship with two goals, which were basically encompassed into one. The overriding thought was that he wanted to set – or technically, reset – the pool record for an 11-dive meet. If he did that, winning his third straight district gold and advancing to states was going to be...

ACC’s Heinze takes silver at districts

Thursday, February 27, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

J.T. Heinze, an Emmaus resident attending Allentown Central Catholic High School, came into the District 11 Class 2A diving championship with a difficult task as he looked to dethrone two-time defending champion senior Noah Mauro from Saucon Valley High School.

In the end, Mauro grabbed a third gold medal, but Heinze put on an impressive display to finish second and earn a trip to the PIAA meet next month at Bucknell University.

Mauro, who holds some local notoriety after...

McCourt looks for big finish

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

If Brendan McCourt was a basketball player, he would be a Michael Jordan type player, the guy you want to put up the last shot in a close game.

He showed that the last time he was on a diving board in a competition when he needed a big final dive to break his personal best and the team record. In basketball terms, it was nothing but net.

He drained not just a shot, but a three-pointer and got the records he wanted.

With the District 11 diving championship at Emmaus this...

Allen, Bethlehem Catholic win EPC titles; SL, Notre Dame take Colonial League crowns

Saturday, February 15, 2020 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Four top-seeded teams earned league basketball championships this week as tournaments were completed in both the East Penn Conference and Colonial League.

In the EPC title games, Allen boys beat Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic girls held off Nazareth Thursday night at the PPL Center. In the Colonial League, Southern Lehigh upended Bangor for the boys title and Notre Dame (Green Pond) took down Moravian Academy for the girls championship Friday at Freedom High School.

The No. 1...

EHS girls cap improved season

Sunday, February 16, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

At some point down the road, this past season may be one that can be looked back on as a turning point for the girls basketball team at Emmaus.

After winning just two games overall and none in the East Penn Conference during the 2018-19 season, this year’s team finished the year 10-12 overall, with five of those wins being against league opponents.

The Hornets were in the hunt for a District 11 playoff spot – their first since 2013 – right up until their penultimate game...