Why hunt elk out West when you can stay in the Keystone State and bag an 894-pound, 7x6 racked bull elk? That’s what Rodney Hoover of Martinsburg did on Nov. 2 during Pennsylvania’s lottery draw elk hunt.
According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, more than 73 percent of hunters taking part in the 2015 elk hunt took home a trophy elk. Of that, 85 elk were taken during the regular, one-week elk season that ended Nov. 7.
Those licensed to hunt antlered elk - or bulls - had a 95-percent success rate. That’s better than most high-priced elk hunts out West or New Mexico.
Five weeks into the season it looked as though the Emmaus football team was just looking to finish the season and move on from a disappointing year. But the senior class didn’t want to go out that way.
With four wins out in their next five games, the Hornets reached the Eastern Conference playoffs. They might have come up just short of their goal to qualify for districts, but the consolation prize is getting to play for a title this Friday night on their home field.
In their three previous meetings this season, Parkland and Emmaus played to a scoreless tie and a 1-0 Emmaus win in their regular season meetings, along with a 3-2 Parkland victory in the league championship. Their fourth meeting was for the District 11 championship and a trip to the PIAA playoffs and Emmaus came away with a hard-fought 2-0 win.
The trip to states allows Emmaus to meet a goal that the team set at the beginning of the season.
For two and a half quarters, the Emmaus football team looked like it might pull off an upset against Parkland. A win was in the Hornets’ grasp last Friday night in Orefield.
Emmaus scored first and trailed by only two points with just over a minute left in the third quarter, but the Trojans’ athleticism took over and was too much for the Hornets in a 35-12 loss that ended the regular season.
While a win could resulted in a district playoff berth, Emmaus (5-5) still goes on to the Eastern Conference playoffs this weekend.
While Emmaus and Stroudsburg aren’t close in proximity, their field hockey programs are developing somewhat of a rivalry. The latest battle came this past Saturday when an overtime goal from Leah Zellner gave Emmaus a 2-1 win in overtime for the Hornets’ 27th straight District 11 championship.
It was the second win for Emmaus over the Mounties in the postseason after they took a 1-0 decision in overtime to win the EPC Championship, avenging last season’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of Stroudsburg for the conference title.
Cross country coach Dan Wessner has been by Katie Bacher’s side each time she has made the trip to Hershey, including the last three state meets. After placing 60th as a sophomore and moving up to 38th the following season, Wessner believed Saturday could be the day the Emmaus senior finally cracked the top 25 to earn a medal.
Instead, beyond reasons out of her control, Bacher slipped to 89th place in the Class AAA girls race, a mark she wasn’t pleased with one bit. And no one felt more heartbroken than her mentor and coach.
At 1-4 just five games into the 2015 season, not many people outside of the Emmaus football program believed the Green Hornets would make, or were even worthy of playing in the postseason. But that was just one half of the season.
Over its next five games Emmaus went 4-1 with the lone loss coming to Eastern Pennsylvania Conference champion Parkland last Friday night. The loss kept the Hornets out of districts, but they still qualified to play in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
It looked to be a mismatch from the get-go. The height at the net for the Parkland girls volleyball team was a huge advantage for the Trojans both offensively and defensively in the 3-0 win last Tuesday night at Whitehall high school in the District 11 Class AAA semifinals. Parkland won by scores of 25-8, 25-10, and 25-13. These two teams are in the final four of the district nearly every year battling for the title. This year was no different.
Kira Koehler is one of the more selfless players at Emmaus. The junior forward scored six goals in Emmaus’ 9-1 win over Northampton in the District 11 quarterfinals and isn’t even sure if that’s a career-high. Instead, she quickly turned the discussion to how much her teammates helped her and how well they played in the win.
It was a difficult season for the Emmaus girls soccer team and Sarah Oswald, the team’s first-year coach. The Hornets were eliminated from District 11 playoffs with a 3-1 loss to Parkland in the district quarterfinals.
Things started well for Emmaus when Bella Kober scored with 9:56 to play in the first half, giving Emmaus a 1-0 lead.