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Boys look to continue D-11 dominance

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Last season was very much like many others before it for the Emmaus boys swimming and diving teams. The Hornets put together a perfect regular season and then won their 13th straight District 11 team title. At states, they returned with state gold around the neck of diver Brendan McCourt, who went on to commit to diving for the University of Texas after his high school career.

The fact that last year’s success came a lot from the sophomore and junior classes gives the team a lot of...

Ice hockey team battles Trojans

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The Emmaus ice hockey team is young and inexperienced this year, with a lot of freshmen and sophomores getting significant playing time.

The results so far this season haven’t gone the way the Green Hornets would have hoped.

Emmaus suffered its latest setback to defending league champion and rival Parkland 5-2 last Friday night at the Bethlehem Steel Ice Center in Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey action.

The defeat came after the Green Hornets (2-9-1 overall) second...

EHS girls beat NWL to start season 1-1

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

No matter how good your opponents are, you never want to start a season with two straight losses.

The Emmaus girls basketball team had Boyertown and Northwestern Lehigh as its season-opening games last Friday night and Saturday afternoon, setting up a difficult test to open the year. The Hornets came through the stretch with a 1-1 record, but were energized by how they played in the two games.

Against Boyertown (1-0), Emmaus was down by 10 at halftime, but came back to tie the...

Wright leads young team

Thursday, December 5, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

Emmaus wrestling coach Thad Smith loves the sport for many reasons. Primarily because on the mat there’s no place to hide.

“Wrestling is one-on-one and you can’t make any excuses,” Smith said when asked about the sport. “You win, you get the credit. You lose, you get the blame. Hard work pays off and you get out of wrestling what you put into it.”

Smith’s 2019-20 team is a work in progress, but with great potential.

“We are a young team with veteran leadership,” the...

EHS boys hit hard by graduation

Thursday, December 5, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The Emmaus boys basketball team came one shot away from winning the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title last season and fell one win short of playing for the District 11 Class 6A championship. The Hornets still qualified for the league tournament last season despite the lack of a postseason title.

The 2019-20 version of the Green Hornets team will look a lot different. Eight seniors graduated, including five starters and multiyear contributors to the program.

With all of that...

Girls look to improve on last year

Thursday, December 5, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Emmaus girls basketball team looks to turn around its misfortunes from last season that saw it go winless in the East Penn Conference and finish with a 2-20 overall record.

Even coming off of a rough season, this year’s team seems to have a bit more spring in its step than in recent years and appears poised to start turning things around behind head coach Kelsey Gallagher, who enters her third season as the team’s head coach.

“This year’s group is really fun and with the 24...

Hornet ice hockey team seeks first win

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 by The Press in Sports

While the high school winter sports season has a few weeks yet before game officially begin, scholastic ice hockey, a club sport, is already well into its season.

The Emmaus team is still searching for its first win. The Hornets are 0-6-1 as they near the halfway point of the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League schedule.

Emmaus has suffered losses to Freedom, Nazareth, Northampton (twice), Southern Lehigh and Phillipsburg. The Hornets’ tie came in their second meeting with...

Field hockey falls in state semifinal

Thursday, November 21, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Emmaus field hockey season came to an end recently with a 1-0 loss to Wilson in the PIAA Class 3A semifinals. The loss was the first of the season for Emmaus, which finish the season at 26-1-0. Wilson went on to defeat Lower Dauphin 2-1 in a shootout to take the state championship.

While Emmaus is used to having high-scoring teams that don’t allow many goals, this year’s team took it to new heights. The team allowed just 12 goals overall, five of which came in the postseason...

Two former Hornets end football careers

Thursday, November 21, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Sal Pagano and Brett Poling were teammates on the Emmaus football team until their graduation in 2016. After high school, the two friends stayed together both in school and on the football field with both deciding to attend Moravian College.

They also added a new role as roommates and that’s lasted through all four years of their college careers.

Now, the two have completed their college football careers and are approaching the end of their college days as seniors at Moravian....

Jaindl runs to fourth place at NCAA Regional

Thursday, November 21, 2019 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Several former Emmaus High School athletes competed on college teams during the fall season. Here’s a look at some of them.

Moravian College senior Greg Jaindl will compete in this weekend’s NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships in Kentucky. Jaindl qualified for nationals by placing fourth in the Mideast Regional 8,000-meter run in 24:48.8, tied for the best finish at regionals in program history. He came in second place at the Landmark Conference Championship 8,000-meter run...