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Field hockey wins back-to-back games

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

After a big 5-1 win over previously undefeated Easton on Friday, the Emmaus field hockey team had less than 24 hours before it had a nonconference showdown with Downingtown East the following day. There was no sign of fatigue as Emmaus (12-0-0 EPC, 14-0-0 overall) remained undefeated with a 6-0 win over the Cougars.

Kacie Patton and Mackenzie Bruns each scored two goals for Emmaus, who also got goals from Riley Baughman and Kayla Kisthardt. In addition to her goal, Baughman picked up...

Cox wins league golf title

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

The Emmaus golf team got its postseason started last week at Eastern Pennsylvania Golf Championships at Woodstone Golf Club.

The Hornets’ Michelle Cox won this year’s girls title while teammate Mitch Machulsky claimed second place in the boys tournament. Emmaus, which won its second straight EPC regular season title this year, finished a close second in the team standings at the league tournament.

Cox, a sophomore, shot 7-over par 79 for first place and her second straight...

Emmaus girls tennis caps regular season

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

The 2018 Emmaus girls tennis team served and volleyed with modest improvement during the recently completed 2018 regular season and the Hornets’ coach, Brian Bleam, thinks his team’s best days could be ahead.

“I think we did pretty good,” said the first-year coach in assessing his team’s 7-8 record, an improvement from last year’s 6-9 mark. “I was hoping for a .500 season and we were very close to that. This past season was a bit of a learning process.”

Emmaus nearly pulled off...

EHS routs Liberty

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

The Emmaus Green Hornets’ ground attack took the wind of the Liberty Hurricanes during a dominant 34-6 victory on Sept. 28 at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium. The win kept Emmaus undefeated (6-0, 4-0 EPC) and kept the Hornets in a first-place tie with Freedom (5-0, 4-0 EPC) in the East Penn Conference South Division.

Statistics never tell the entire story of any football game, but they do tell some things. The Hornets ran the ball early and often in the first half (23 times for...

Hornets must stop Central Catholic RB Bachman

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

The Emmaus football team’s seventh game of the 2018 season puts them helmet-to-helmet with the Allentown Central Catholic Vikings (3-3, 1-3) at 7 p.m. on Oct. 6 at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown.

Coach Bob Pietrobon’s Vikings are fighters. After surrendering 75 points to Whitehall on Sept. 14 in a 75-35 loss, the Vikings regrouped and potentially salvaged their season.

In their Sept. 28 match up with Easton, Central Catholic gave the Red Rovers everything they could handle...

Emmaus shuts out Bears

Friday, September 28, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

The Emmaus football team recorded a win Friday as it swarmed the Pleasant Valley Bears during a lopsided Sept. 14 contest, scoring 42 points in the first quarter en route to a convincing 56-0 win and a 4-0 record.

Hornet head coach Harold Fairclough told anyone who would listen that good teams do not play down to their competition. Clearly his troops got the message, eradicating any hopes the struggling Bears (0-4) may have had of pulling a massive upset or even making the game...

Girls top Red Rovers

Friday, September 28, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

After a big win over Parkland, the Emmaus girls soccer team had a bit of a letdown with a 4-0 loss to Nazareth and a 2-0 loss to Whitehall. Sandwiched between the two losses was a 2-1 win over Wilson West Lawn. The Hornets quickly got things back on track and downed Easton 2-1 last week.

The Red Rovers came out firing against Emmaus with three shots on goal in the first five minutes of the game. Goalie Alexa Ryan was impenetrable and turned aside all three shots.

“They were...

EHS field hockey improves to 6-0

Friday, September 28, 2018 by TODD KRESS in Sports

It’s hard to find a flaw with the Emmaus field hockey team. But if there’s one thing through the Hornets’ first six games that could be a cause for concern, it’s the fact that they haven’t been tested yet in 2018.

Emmaus (6-0) cruised to a dominant win over Hazleton on Saturday afternoon. Riley Baughman and Annika Herbine each scored four goals in the Hornets’ 12-0 shutout at Memorial Field.

“Regardless of their age group and being young, [Hazleton] has hockey ability and they...

Former EHS players remain close

Friday, September 28, 2018 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

The ultimate measure of a high school coach isn’t always wins and losses. At the scholastic level, a coach’s legacy can be judged more by the impact he has on his players in the long term.

Former Emmaus High School head coach Al Neff left a lasting impact. He began his career at EHS in 1953 as offensive coordinator under Luke Lobb.

He eventually took over the head coaching reigns and guided the Hornets to their first league title, which came in 1962 when quarterback Evan Burian...

Boys soccer builds five-game streak

Friday, September 28, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

It wasn’t the prettiest game of soccer, but Emmaus was still able to pick up a 2-0 win over Whitehall. The game was marred not only by the rain, but five yellow cards were handed out and there were two ejections from the game.

Emmaus had the upper hand through most of the first half and kept constant pressure on Zephyrs’ goalie Justin Mattison, who turned aside some big shots. Thomas Hanvey played a ball into the box perfectly for teammate Jake Groh, who beat Mattison for the first...