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EHS baseball had big plans for season

Thursday, April 16, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The 2019 version of the Emmaus High School baseball team reached the semifinals of the EPC playoffs and then went so far as to reach the finals in the District 11 playoffs, falling to Liberty 3-1 at DeSales University. In states, Emmaus was eliminated by Central Bucks South in the quarterfinals.

Even though 12 seniors graduated from that team, this year’s Hornets still would have had 13 seniors and plenty of experience to make a run at least similar to last season and possibly even...

Hornet softball was set to take another leap forward in ‘20

Thursday, April 16, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Last spring the Emmaus softball program put together its best season in some time. The Hornets reached the semifinals in both the East Penn Conference and District 11 playoffs. Graduation did take away five players, including Hannah Palinkas and Abby Bartels, their top pitcher and catcher, respectively. Even with those losses, the team was in a good position to improve on its 2019 season.

In her third season as EHS softball head coach, Brittany D’Agostino also had high hopes. This...

Spring sports season canceled

Thursday, April 16, 2020 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

A possibility that was long-feared became a reality last Thursday when the PIAA announced the cancellation of all remaining winter sports championships and the spring sports season.

The decision came after Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement earlier in the day that Pennsylvania schools will be closed to in‐person learning for the remainder of the school year.

“Today’s decision by the PIAA Board of Directors was difficult for everyone,” said PIAA Executive Director Dr. Robert A....

BREAKING: Gov. Wolf closes schools

Thursday, April 9, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

The local sports scene has taken the lead from Governor Tom Wolf during the coronavirus pandemic, but today’s news that all Pennsylvania schools would remain shut down for the rest of the school year might be the final nail in the coffin.

The Governor announced on Thursday the news that shouldn’t surprise anyone about schools being shutdown the rest of the year.

“We must continue our efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus during this national crisis,” Wolf said in a news...

BREAKING: PIAA cancels winter championships, spring season

Thursday, April 9, 2020 by The Press in Sports

In accordance with Governor Tom Wolf’s announcement earlier today that Pennsylvania schools will be closed to in-person learning for the remainder of the school year, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, Inc. (PIAA) has canceled all remaining winter and spring sports and championships.

“Today’s decision by the PIAA Board of Directors was difficult for everyone. Their thoughts remain on the thousands of student-athletes, coaches, officials and family members affected...

EHS relay team had high hopes for 2020

Thursday, April 9, 2020 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

The coronavirus has stolen much. It cannot, however, steal the desire of great competitors.

The virus has sidelined four Emmaus Green Hornet 4x100-meter relay runners. Seniors Alanna and Kayla Smith, Mackenzie Dries and Breyanna Roper will be unable to break the 4x100 school record.

The record, set in 2014 by Annae Wetherhold, Chanel Boothman, Amber Blunt and Devyn Hannis, is 48.63. The current foursome’s best mark, set in 2018, is 48.91.

The girls had hoped to do the...

Schantz battled back to play shortened season

Thursday, April 9, 2020 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Shippensburg University senior Morgan Schantz had worked hard to get back to full strength and be able to play one final season on the women’s lacrosse team. But just as her hopes were running high, they were taken away in an instant.

The 2016 Emmaus High School graduate came back from an injury and had played a third of the 2020 season. The Raiders were 3-3 overall and had just played their first conference game at West Chester University on March 11. But then the NCAA and...

Spring sports season still on hold

Thursday, April 9, 2020 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

One of the most difficult aspects of current situation is all of the unknowns.

No one knows for sure when the coronavirus will subside, when life will return to normal. If life will ever return to normal.

With sports seasons on hold at every level, no one knows if there will be a scholastic spring sports season in 2020. If any sports get played this season, it’s unclear how much of a season will take place and what it might look like.

One thing is for certain, according...

2020 spring sports season remains on hold

Thursday, April 9, 2020 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

One of the most difficult aspects of current situation is all of the unknowns.

No one knows for sure when the coronavirus will subside, when life will return to normal. If life will ever return to normal.

With sports seasons on hold at every level, no one knows if there will be a scholastic spring sports season in 2020. If any sports get played this season, it’s unclear how much of a season will take place and what it might look like.

One thing is for certain, according...

Trout season opens without prior notice

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

by Nick Hromiak

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission pulled a fast one on trout anglers. Instead of the consolidated Apr. 18 trout opener that was scheduled, a last-minute decision from the PFBC said trout season opened Tuesday, April 7.

“We realize this change is a disruption to tradition,” Tim Schaeffer, PFBC Executive Director, said in a news statement. He went on to say anglers still need to follow social distancing (six-feet apart and wear masks) and that trout that...