East Penn Press

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Hornets draw So. Parkland in legion playoffs

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Just as most coaches are after a loss, Emmaus Legion manager Tom Cichocki was admittedly not feeling too great after a 4-1 loss to South Parkland in the regular season finale on Sunday.

The loss brought out more frustration than anything in Cichocki, because of how the team lost, thanks in part to bad calls from umpires early in the game and an uninspired performance from his team.

On back-to-back plays in the second inning, the field umpire missed two obvious calls and refused to ask the home plate umpire for a second opinion when asked by Cichocki.

Young Lower Mac team gains experience

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

As it turned out, when the Emmaus and Lower Macungie Lehigh Valley Legion rosters were set for the 2017 season, Lower Macungie got much of the younger talent. The Mustangs did get some quality pitching, including Matt Lanzone, who was the ace of the Emmaus varsity staff this past season. They also got senior Todd Moxey, who can contribute both at the plate and on the mound, and first baseman/pitcher Adam LeMaster.

Emmaus hovers around .500 in LVL

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

With the Emmaus Legion team hovering right around the .500 mark this season, a Sunday doubleheader against rival Lower Macungie seemed the perfect spot for the team to try to burst out for a late season run.

After taking the opener 6-5, Lower Macungie rallied back in the second game to grab a 7-6 win over Emmaus, splitting the two games.

In the opener, Emmaus got an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning when Eric Cichocki led off the game with a ground ball to short that was booted, allowing Cichocki to reach base.

LM Connie Mack looks for strong finish

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by CHRISTOPHER HIPPENSTEEL in Sports

In its opening matchups, the Lower Macungie Connie Mack baseball team seemed the pre-eminent contender for the league title. Lower Mac opened the season by dominating its first four opponents, scoring a cumulative total of 37 runs and blowing out two opponents, Catasauqua and Bangor, by 10-run margins.

Lower Mac owed its early success to its command behind the plate.

““To start, we’re hitting the ball pretty well, which is opposite of previous years,” said head coach Tim Hertzog. “We’re winning a lot of high-scoring games.”

LV falls in first round of Carpenter Cup

Monday, June 26, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

The Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup baseball team lost in the opening round of this year’s tournament, falling to Jersey Shore Thursday 4-2.

Lehigh Valley struck out 15 times in the nine-inning game and managed just three hits off Jersey Shore, which used five pitchers in the game.

“We expected more out of our bats,” said LV head coach Ted Plessl. “Other than one hanging curveball we were in the ballgame, but down here we know you have to score runs in order to compete. They’re all good hitters but we just didn’t get it done today at the plate.”

Brosky earns silver at Patriot League Meet

Monday, June 26, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Several Emmaus High School graduates competed in college athletic teams during this past spring season.

Lehigh University junior Hanna Brosky was a member of the Mountain Hawks’ 4x800 meter relay team that placed second in the recent Patriot League Outdoor Championships. The foursome finished in 8:51.93. As a member of the 4x400 meter relay team, Brosky helped the Mountain Hawks to a seventh-place finish in 3:53.82. The junior nearly placed high enough in the 800-meter run to earn Lehigh team points, coming in eighth place.

Gold team wins 47th Annual McDonald’s All-Star Classic

Monday, June 26, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

The top senior high school football players in the Lehigh Valley got one last chance to suit up and take the field last Thursday night in the 47th Annual McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star Football Classic.

Three Emmaus players were part of the Red team, which lost 37-34 to the Gold team.

“We all banded together and put 100 percent effort,” said Emmaus defensive back Brian Mantone. “We played for a great cause. At the end of the day we want to win, but when you play for a great cause and put everything in that you have, you can walk away and sleep well at night.”

LV falls in Carpenter Cup opener

Monday, June 26, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

The Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup baseball team lost in the opening round of this year’s tournament, falling to Jersey Shore Thursday 4-2.

Lehigh Valley struck out 15 times in the nine-inning game and managed just three hits off Jersey Shore, which used five pitchers in the game.

“We expected more out of our bats,” said LV head coach Ted Plessl. “Other than one hanging curveball we were in the ballgame, but down here we know you have to score runs in order to compete. They’re all good hitters but we just didn’t get it done today at the plate.”

EHS volleyball exits in state semi

Thursday, June 15, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

The Emmaus volleyball team was exactly where it hoped to be last Tuesday night as the PIAA Class 3A semifinals were being played. But when Saturday’s state final rolled around, the Hornets were not the ones on the court competing for the big prize as they had hoped all season long.

Emmaus fell in last week’s semifinal round, dropping a four-game match to District 3 champ Central York 22-25, 25-15, 25-23, 27-25. The Panthers went on to beat North Allegheny in four games for this year’s state title.