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Boys soccer falls to Galloping Ghosts

Saturday, November 17, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Injuries and a tough postseason schedule finally caught up with the Emmaus boys soccer team as it fell to Abington 4-0 in the opening round of the PIAA soccer championship.

The Hornets limped into the game with a number of players banged up, but were hoping to find a way to win just as they had been doing since late in the regular season when injuries started to mount.

Emmaus had lost an overtime battle with Freedom in the District 11 championship game and because of that loss...

Field hockey reaches state semifinal

Saturday, November 17, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Emmaus captured its third straight one-goal win in the postseason with a thrilling 2-1 win over Central Bucks East to advance to the semifinals of the PIAA Class 3A field hockey championship. Not only was the latest victory a one-goal game, but it took double-overtime to decide the outcome. Emmaus had previously beaten Downingtown West 1-0 and finished off their District 11 championship run with a 1-0 win over Easton.

The game against Downingtown West featured a 37-minute fog delay in...

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...

Hornet football hosts physical Red Rovers

Friday, November 9, 2018 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

The second-seeded Emmaus football team welcomes the third-seeded Easton Red Rovers in a District 11 Class 6A semifinal game at 7 p.m. on Nov. 9 at East Penn School District Stadium.

The Rovers are one of the most consistently successful programs in the Lehigh Valley. At times, coach Jeff Braido’s 2018 squad has struggled, suffering consecutive defeats to Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic. However Easton has won three consecutive games, including a 39-19 District 11 Class 6A quarterfinal...

Pates top EHS for boys soccer title

Friday, November 9, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

As a Freedom player lay on the turf at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown, Freedom had pressure on Emmaus’ goal early in the second overtime. With the player obviously injured, the referees made the call to not blow the whistle and kill the Freedom opportunity.

It was the right decision, but it turned out to have a bad result for Emmaus when Brad Turocy fired a shot past goalie Aidan Connolly to beat Emmaus 1-0 in the District 11 Championship.

“They’re not going to stop the...

Win streak reaches 30 years

Friday, November 9, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

There are very few local sports programs that can even enter into a discussion about the most impressive local sports streaks of all-time when they’re compared to what is now a 30-year win streak for Emmaus field hockey in District 11 title games. Head coach Sue Butz-Stavin and her team picked up number 30 last Wednesday at Whitehall High School when they downed Easton 1-0.

“Every year, you guys in the media just keep adding extra numbers onto it, but we try to do what’s best for the...