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Soccer team will graduate seven seniors

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Like most teams, Emmaus came into the season with plans for winning a state championship. For much of the season that dream stayed alive and the team stayed right on track with gold medals in both the East Penn Conference and districts.

There was a tough awakening though in states where the Hornets went up against District 1 opponent Lower Merion and left the pitch at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown on the wrong end of a 1-0 game.

“It was a tough loss, there’s no doubt...

Field hockey extends streak

Friday, November 8, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

And the beat goes on. Make it 31 straight District 11 championships for Emmaus field hockey under head coach Sue Butz-Stavin, the winningest coach in high school field hockey history.

The Lady Hornets beat Easton 4-1 in the district finals to take home more gold and give Butz-Stavin the 969th win of her career, stretching the team record to 24-0-0 this season.

On a cold, misty night at the Zephyr Sports Complex in Whitehall, Emmaus came out firing on all cylinders. Just over...

Hornets fall just short in title match

Friday, November 8, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

In the rubber match against the Emmaus and Parkland girls volleyball teams, neither team gave in, and several sets were decided by just a few points. One set even went well past the 25-point victory.

The third-seeded Green Hornets (18-7 overall) played energized and were ready for the bright lights, but their fight came up just short, and the fifth-seeded Trojans (17-5) once again stepped up when it mattered most in winning the District 11 4A title 3-1 by scores of 35-33, 25-17, 17-25...

Herbine nets 51 goals in first season

Friday, November 8, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

With a strong feeder system, it’s not surprising that a freshman would have a standout season for Emmaus field hockey. It’s happened before and it will likely happen again. This season, it’s happening with Rachel Herbine, who scored her 51st goal in a 4-1 win over Easton that gave Emmaus its 31st consecutive district championship.

The 51 goals puts Herbine in some pretty strong company. Emmaus has one of the four high school players to rack up over 200 goals in a career in Meredith...

Defense dominated in districts

Friday, November 8, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

It’s often said that defense wins championships. In football, coaches talk about the defense needing to be strong as the key component of winning. In baseball, it’s all about pitching and keeping the other guys off the base paths. It’s much the same in soccer.

A good defense can make up for any potential shortcomings on offense and keep a team strong enough to win a championship. Fortunately for the Emmaus boys soccer team, there’s a solid offense helping to drive the team, but wins...

Emmaus girls harriers end stellar season at state meet

Friday, November 8, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

It ended on a mid-autumn Saturday afternoon in a town made famous for chocolate. It ended after a superb regular season and a district title and only after some life lessons had been learned.

The Emmaus girls cross country team concluded a successful season with a 12th-place finish in a field of 19 schools at the PIAA Class 3A girls race last Saturday in Hershey. The Green Hornets accumulated 263 points in the race, with an average time of 20:29.

Throughout the season, Hornet...

EHS Boys soccer wins D-11 title

Friday, November 8, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Emmaus boys soccer team fought its way to a District 11 championship with wins over Stroudsburg in the semifinals and Whitehall in the finals. The win over Stroudsburg featured a combination of strong outings by both the offensive and defensive units, while the win over Whitehall was led primarily by the defense, which delivered shutouts in both games to get the wins to secure district gold and a trip to states.

Against the Mounties (13-6-2), both teams had early opportunities,...

Freedom tops EHS

Friday, November 8, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

It wasn’t a historic passing night for Freedom and it wasn’t a mercy-rule victory, but it was enough to push the Patriots into the District 11 Class 6A semifinals following last week’s 42-21 win over Emmaus.

Instead of passing at will on the Hornets like Freedom did during their regular season encounter, the Pates (10-1) churned out 243 yards on the ground and five rushing touchdowns to eventually pull away from a feisty Emmaus (5-6) squad.

While the running game was working...

EHS tops PV in quarterfinal

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

In her first season as head coach, Brianne Giangiobbe has the Emmaus girls volleyball team in the postseason competing for championships.

Following a setback in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinals, the Green Hornets (16-5) were victorious in their first district game. Emmaus earned the No. 3 seed for districts and took down sixth-seeded Pleasant Valley (11-7) in straight sets 3-0 by scores of 25-9, 25-20 and 25-9 last Thursday night at Emmaus High School in the District 11...

Girls tennis improved through 2019 season

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

The 2019 Emmaus girls tennis season featured progress and improvement. After an 8-10 regular season record in 2018, the Green Hornets went 13-5 this year and played competitively in the postseason.

“I feel that we really improved over the course of the season, which is all you can ask a team to do,” said first-year head coach Robert Dragotta. “I am pleased with how much better a tennis team we are today compared to the beginning of the season.”

A talented and hard-working...