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Betz, girls lax seek EPC title

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Every year at the start of a new season, there are fresh faces around, whether it is the players or the coaches. This year, the Emmaus girls lacrosse program will have a new leader running the show in Roxann Betz, who takes over for previous head coach Nancy Debellis. Betz was an assistant coach for the program the last three years and knows what is expected.

“I am excited to take on a new role within our program,” said Betz. “It is my task to help these girls learn a brand-new system...

Softball team looks to finish games

Thursday, March 30, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Coming into its final five games of the 2016 softball season, Emmaus was right on the cusp of qualifying for districts, with a 5-6 record in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and a 7-7 overall record.

The Hornets’ final five games could make or break their season and all of them came against Skyline Division opponents, which was stacked as usual.

Emmaus lost to Northampton and then dropped a hard-fought 5-4 game to Nazareth before another loss to Parkland, which eliminated...

Runs will be a strength for T&F

Thursday, March 30, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Dan Wessner is about to embark on his second season in charge of the Emmaus boys and girls track and field teams. He’ll be doing so, however, without a number of key distance runners who had become the face of the Hornets’ track and field program in recent years.

The list of Hornet boys that Wessner lost to graduation includes Ryan Paradise, Greg Jaindl and Jake Feiertag, all of whom are running in college. Those three, along with Kyle Kleinberg, guided Emmaus to a silver medal at...

EHS boys volleyball returns solid core

Thursday, March 30, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Looking down at his roster at the beginning of this spring season, third-year Emmaus boys volleyball head coach Ken Dunkle saw a lot of familiar faces. The team returns experience despite losing five seniors to graduation after the 2016 season.

The Green Hornets ended last year 15-3 overall, falling in their last two games to Parkland in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title game, and Liberty in the District 11 semifinals.

“We had a solid season last year with only one...

Baseball returns nine seniors

Thursday, March 30, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

With March snowstorms in each of the past two years now, local baseball teams have gotten used to practicing indoors in gyms or anywhere they can find space.

If Emmaus’ first game is any indication, the Hornets might not have really missed having time on the field because of the snow, as they came out of the box with a 12-1 win over Reading.

This year’s team has a good crop of returning seniors to help give the team a lot of leadership, which could be one reason why it didn’t...

Rifle team earns state silver medal

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Emmaus finishing in the top five at states this season wasn’t necessarily a surprise; it’s the fourth straight year, all under head coach Peter Chromiak, that the Hornet rifle team has finished in the top five.

But placing second as a team might have been a bit unexpected as that was the their top finish in over a decade.

Emmaus secured silver with a team score of 973, only behind champion Woodland Hills, which scored a 978.

The last time Emmaus finished this high was in...

Boys lax seeks return to top

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

For the first time since the start of the 2013 season, the Emmaus boys lacrosse team will not open the year as defending District 11 champions. The Green Hornets lost their last two games of 2016 to Easton in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinals, and to Parkland in the district quarterfinals.

The end to the season was a far cry from what the program has done the last five years under head coach Scott Ketcham. Emmaus has a league title and three district championships in the...

STATE CHAMPS! Becahi girls win state 4A title

Friday, March 24, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The Bethlehem Catholic girls basketball team captured its first state title on Thursday night, knocking off Villa Maria of Erie 46-27 in the girls 4A final.

Becahi was 0-for-2 to that point in state title games, falling as recently as 2013, but this time things would be different, as the Hawks won again using a familiar approach in their playoff run - a quick start.

A ten-point run in the first quarter paved the way and the girls, who again held an opponent to single digits in...

Swimmers compete at state meet

Thursday, March 23, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Looking over the results of the Emmaus swimmers at the PIAA Swimming Championships, which were held last weekend at Bucknell University, it’s easy to see the battle between the young girls swimmers and the upperclassmen boys swimmers. Much of the success on the boys side came from senior swimmers, while the sophomore class had big finishes on the girls side.

Senior Ethan Carr gave a strong showing with a fifth-place finish in the 200 individual medley at states and then put together...

Boys tennis team has new line up

Thursday, March 23, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

No matter what sport it is, opening day is special. For tennis, Emmaus played its opening match – a 7-0 win over Bethlehem Catholic – on the eve of the season’s biggest snow storm and hasn’t been able to get back on the courts since.

The revamped lineup that saw Emmaus lose all of its starting singles players and some of its doubles players as well, had little trouble against the Golden Hawks.

No. 1 singles player Marco Maricic won 8-3, as did No. 2 Austin Long. Number-three...