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EHS falls in D-11 final

Friday, November 9, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

It had been over a decade since the Emmaus girls volleyball team won a district title. Coming into last week’s finals as the top seed, the Hornets needed only to defeat the four-time defending champs in the title match.

Playing in their first district championship game since 2014 and looking to become just the second girls volleyball program to win a district title since the 1995 team, the Hornets met a tall task in rival and perennial district championship participant Parkland.

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Hornets flood scoreboard, pour 55 points on Eagles

Friday, November 9, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

The Emmaus football team’s offense has so many playmakers that opposing defensive units are often rendered somewhere between bewildered and hopeless. The saying “you can’t stop them, you can only hope to contain them” is about right.

But last week, the Green Hornets’ offense ran into an opponent that literally wiped them out.

A torrential downpour forced the postponement of their Nov. 2 District 11 Class 6A quarterfinal against Nazareth for 24 hours. But the next night the...

Girls soccer falls to Parkland in District 11 semifinal

Friday, November 9, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Sarah Oswald knows a thing or two about soccer. At halftime of the District 11 semifinals, after observing 60 minutes of play between her team and the Lady Trojans from Parkland, she predicted that the scoreless game would need just one goal to determine a winner. She was right. That goal came from Parkland in a 1-0 game that sent the Trojans on to the district championship and ended the season for Emmaus with an 11-6-2 record.

Both teams had opportunities, including when Zoe Schutter...

Emmaus goalie makes most of limited chances

Friday, November 9, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

For three seasons now, goalie Claire Nielsen has been one of the more lonely players on the Emmaus field hockey team.

Most games, she’s standing in front of the goal cage watching way down field as the team’s offense gives her a nice cushion. And on the occasions where she thinks she may get to make a big play, most times, the defense shuts it down before she even gets a chance.

“That happened a lot in my junior and senior years,” said Nielsen with a laugh after receiving...

Hornet girls harriers run at PIAA XC Meet

Friday, November 9, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

Time will tell if the Emmaus girls cross country team gained wisdom at the 2018 PIAA Cross Country Championships on Nov. 3 in Hershey.

Coach Kelly Bracetty’s young squad (six of the seven runners at states were underclassmen) finished with 382 points, good for 16th overall out of 19 schools in the Class 3A results. The Green Hornets’ average time was 21 minutes and 21 seconds.

“Today was a good learning experience for the girls team,” said Bracetty. “This was their first state...

Emmaus advances to D-11 girls volleyball semifinal

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Emmaus senior setter Caroline Bond wanted her season and volleyball career at Emmaus to keep moving on.

Lst Thursday night on the Emmaus home court, the Green Hornets were able to allow Bond and the other senior members of the team the chance to keep playing for a District 11 Class 4A championship by downing Whitehall 3-1 (25-14, 16-25, 25-21 and 25-13) in the district quarterfinal round.

Emmaus was also just happy to get back out on the court after falling in the Eastern...

Boys soccer beats PME to reach semifinal

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

For the fourth time in two seasons, Emmaus and Parkland will meet in the postseason. They met in both the East Penn Conference and District 11 playoffs in each of the past two seasons, in addition to their four regular season meetings over the two years.

The teams are more used to meeting in the District 11 finals, having met in each of the last two championship games, with Parkland having won last year after Emmaus won in an overtime shooutout in 2016. This season, they meet in the...

Emmaus hosts Nazareth Friday night

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

The Emmaus Green Hornets take the first step toward a state football championship Friday night.

The District 11 Class 6A quarterfinals kick off with four games including the second-seeded Green Hornets, who host the seventh-seeded Nazareth Blue Eagles at 7 p.m. on Nov. 2 at East Penn School District Stadium.

“There’s nothing like it,” said coach Harold Fairclough about the postseason. “The playoffs are about the little things. Practicing as it gets dark. Practicing as it gets...

EHS girls soccer shows no rust after time off

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

When the Emmaus girls soccer teams missed the East Penn Conference playoffs, it meant the team would go 12 days between games. In some cases, that can be too long of a layoff for a team to come out sharp in districts. For Emmaus though, the team used the time well and came out rejuvenated to pick up a 3-1 win over Nazareth in the quarterfinals of the District 11 Class 4A playoffs.

The win puts the Lady Hornets into the semis against familiar foe Parkland, who they met twice during the...

Hornets hang on to beat Parkland

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by STEVE ALTHOUSE in Sports

The Emmaus High School Marching Band was performing the 1982 Michael Jackson classic “Thriller” as the Parkland Trojans were on what proved to be their final offensive drive last Friday night. It was an apt musical selection, as this year’s edition of the Battle of Cedar Crest Boulevard was certainly a thriller.

Down four points with two minutes remaining, Trojan quarterback Tanner Lewis had his team on the move for the go-ahead and possible winning touchdown.

But the Green...