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NFHS adopts new rules

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

It’s late in a high school basketball game and the score is close. Time is running out, so the coach of the team trailing on the scoreboard instructs his players to start fouling in an effort to stop the clock and hope that the opposing team misses their foul shots. The strategy turns the final minute of a game into a 10-minute affair.

That could be a thing of the past if the National Federation of State High School Associations has its way. The NFHS adopted rules changes for the...

Girls battle undefeated Trojans to double OT

Friday, November 10, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Even though Parkland has gone undefeated so far this season, one could make an argument that Emmaus (15-8-1) had the momentum coming into the District 11 Class 4A girls soccer championship, thanks to dominating the second half of play against the Lady Trojans in the league championship. Emmaus played a near-perfect game last week, taking Parkland to double-overtime before falling 1-0 to finish as the silver medalists in District 11.

“We didn’t really talk about a game plan coming into...

Volleyball falls to Nazareth

Friday, November 10, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

It felt like déjà vu for the Emmaus girls volleyball team.

Emmaus and Nazareth met again on the court for the second time in nine days, the third time this month. And once again the Blue Eagles got the better of the Hornets.

Nazareth took down Emmaus in the District 11 Class 4A semifinals in five games (25-16, 23-25, 22-25, 25-22, 15-9) on Thursday, Oct. 26.

“They were all hard-fought matches,” said Emmaus head coach Gwen Millets. “It is such a pleasure to play a great...

Freedom ends Hornets’ football season

Friday, November 10, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

It seemed as if every time Emmaus needed a stop on defense, Freedom had an answer on offense.

The host No. 3 seed Hornets trailed just 6-0 at halftime, yet it felt like much more than that. In the second half, No. 6 Freedom separated itself to pull off the upset on Friday night at Emmaus High School.

The Patriots built on that 6-0 lead with two quikc third-quarter touchdowns. Emmaus got on the scoreboard finally late in the third quarter and once more in the fourth, but Freedom...

Trojans top EHS boys soccer

Friday, November 10, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Emmaus coach John Cari wasn’t about to make any excuses for his team’s 2-0 loss in the District 11 championship game against Parkland.

It was the fourth time this season that the Trojans downed Emmaus and the game was filled with officiating that was disputed by both sides and yellow cards that were handed out pretty freely late in the game.

“It was just too little, too late,” said Emmaus head coach John Cari, whose team was looking for a third straight district title. “I think...

Field hockey survives OT final

Friday, November 10, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The annual tradition of Emmaus field hockey winning the District 11 championship continued last week when the Hornets downed Easton 2-1 in overtime to win their 29th straight district championship. Now, the team turns its focus to winning its third straight PIAA championship.

The win over Easton didn’t come easily, with Emmaus battling a number of illnesses and injuries. Emmaus was without Olivia Krogermeier, who is battling a calf injury and wasn’t cleared to play, but was cleared to...

Dalton earns state medal

Friday, November 10, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Abby Dalton recalled four years ago, during her first trip to the state cross country meet, the “experts” that showed her the way. On Saturday, she was one of those experts in her final trip to Hershey.

Dalton placed 25th and earned the final medal of the PAA Class 3A girls race, running a time of 19:36 to pace the Hornet finishers. Dalton also provided guidance to freshman Kera Reinhard, who placed 103rd in 20:32.

“I’m the expert,” Dalton said. “I had a bunch of experts when I...

Dalton, Reinhard head to Hershey

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

While two young but up and coming Emmaus cross country teams competed at last Wednesday’s District 11 Championships, a pair of veteran runners took part in their final high school meet in the Lehigh Valley.

The Hornets finished fourth as a team in the boys and girls competitions. Each team had just one senior running and several younger harriers who could make Emmaus one of the top teams over the next three years.

Senior Abby Dalton led the Hornet girls team with an eighth-...

Parkland pummels Hornets

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Coming off one of its best games of the season, the Emmaus football team seemed ready to give an undefeated Parkland team a fight in the regular season finale last Friday night.

But the Trojans had other ideas. They capped their perfect regular season with a 42-7 win over the Hornets.

Parkland came out throwing the ball, with quarterback Michael Ruisch completing 16 of 23 first-half passes for 289 yards. He finished the game with 355 passing yards and three touchdowns.


Emmaus ice hockey gets blanked by rival PHS

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The Emmaus and Parkland ice hockey teams have sometimes had a good rivalry in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey league.

But when these two teams met for the first time this season on October 23, one team came out and dominated the score column.

The Trojans scored four times the first two periods en route to an 8-0 over Emmaus at the PPL Center.

It was the second straight loss for Emmaus after falling to Freedom 4-1 in its previous game.

“Parkland played an...