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Boys swim team looks to repeat

Friday, November 30, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Emmaus boys went 11-0 in the EPC last season and 12-1 overall. They also won their 11th straight District 11 championship and performed well in states. With their biggest roster in recent years, Emmaus has plenty of young swimmers pushing for spots and it’s created great competition, especially on the boys side, which head coach Tim O’Connor welcomes.

While there are big numbers, the team has just three seniors and six juniors. There are a total of 13 boys sophomore and freshmen...

Hornets win four of last six games

Friday, November 30, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The Emmaus ice hockey team had a rough start to its 2018-19 campaign, losing its first four games. But since it has gotten back on the right path with wins in four of its last six outings.

“We opened the season with four very difficult games: Parkland, Freedom and two games against Northampton,” said Hornet head coach Keith Hurlburt. “These are the top teams in the league and we struggled a bit.

“Since then we have played very well and won four of the last six games. I was...

EHS falls in district title game

Monday, November 26, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

The most successful season in Emmaus Green Hornets football history ended with a thud Saturday as the Hornets were beaten by Freedom 49-17 in the District 11 Class 6A final at Andrew S. Leh Stadium in Nazareth.

The Hornets ended the season 11-2, while Freedom (12-1) claimed the school’s first-ever District 11 championship and advanced to the PIAA quarterfinals to play District 12 representative St. Joseph’s Prep.

Emmaus’ only two defeats this season came to Freedom. The first...

Girls volleyball falls in state tournament

Friday, November 23, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The Emmaus girls volleyball team was able to check off all of its major goals this season.The team won a large number of games during the regular season, qualified for both the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 Class 4A playoffs, and competed in the state playoff tournament.

But the Hornets’ magical 2018 run came to an end in the first round of the state playoffs. Emmaus fell to District 1’s Garnet Valley by scores of 25-17, 25-20, 25-23 at Upper Dublin High School....

Hershey ends Hornets’ season

Friday, November 23, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Emmaus had gone 26 straight games without allowing more than one goal in a game and they hadn’t been beaten in those 26 games. In fact, over the past five seasons, Emmaus has allowed more than one goal in a game just six times.

The first was in 2014 when they lost to Palmyra 4-0 in the state semifinals, and the following season, they beat Owen J. Roberts 3-2 during the regular season, marking the only time in the season that they allowed more than one goal in a game. In 2016,...

EHS reaches D-11 title game

Saturday, November 17, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

To win a high school football playoff game, teams have to execute, concentrate, limit mistakes and make some big plays.

The Emmaus Green Hornets did all of that in an entertaining 31-24 District 11 Class 6A semifinal playoff win over the Easton on Nov. 10 at East Penn School District Stadium. With the win, the Hornets advance to the District 11 Class 6A final for the first time in their history on Nov. 16, where they will battle the Freedom Patriots. The Patriots earned their trip...

Boys soccer falls to Galloping Ghosts

Saturday, November 17, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Injuries and a tough postseason schedule finally caught up with the Emmaus boys soccer team as it fell to Abington 4-0 in the opening round of the PIAA soccer championship.

The Hornets limped into the game with a number of players banged up, but were hoping to find a way to win just as they had been doing since late in the regular season when injuries started to mount.

Emmaus had lost an overtime battle with Freedom in the District 11 championship game and because of that loss...

Field hockey reaches state semifinal

Saturday, November 17, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Emmaus captured its third straight one-goal win in the postseason with a thrilling 2-1 win over Central Bucks East to advance to the semifinals of the PIAA Class 3A field hockey championship. Not only was the latest victory a one-goal game, but it took double-overtime to decide the outcome. Emmaus had previously beaten Downingtown West 1-0 and finished off their District 11 championship run with a 1-0 win over Easton.

The game against Downingtown West featured a 37-minute fog delay in...

Pates top EHS for boys soccer title

Friday, November 9, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

As a Freedom player lay on the turf at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown, Freedom had pressure on Emmaus’ goal early in the second overtime. With the player obviously injured, the referees made the call to not blow the whistle and kill the Freedom opportunity.

It was the right decision, but it turned out to have a bad result for Emmaus when Brad Turocy fired a shot past goalie Aidan Connolly to beat Emmaus 1-0 in the District 11 Championship.

“They’re not going to stop the...

Win streak reaches 30 years

Friday, November 9, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

There are very few local sports programs that can even enter into a discussion about the most impressive local sports streaks of all-time when they’re compared to what is now a 30-year win streak for Emmaus field hockey in District 11 title games. Head coach Sue Butz-Stavin and her team picked up number 30 last Wednesday at Whitehall High School when they downed Easton 1-0.

“Every year, you guys in the media just keep adding extra numbers onto it, but we try to do what’s best for the...