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.
The Pleasant Valley Bears probably won’t be sending a Christmas card to the Emmaus boys soccer team this year. After all, the Hornets have bounced the Bears from districts in three of the last five years now after a 3-1 win over Pleasant Valley Saturday at the Zephyrs Sports Complex in Whitehall.
The loss eliminated the Bears and sent Emmaus to the semifinals for the sixth straight season. Liberty will provide the competition for Emmaus in the next round.
The Emmaus girls volleyball team used their athleticism, and the friendly confines of their home gymnasium, to dispatch of Pleasant Valley 3-0 by scores of 25-13, 25-21, and 25-11 last Thursday night in the District 11 3A quarterfinals.
The Green Hornets advanced to the semifinals, a spot they have been familiar with for the last couple of years, and will face a familiar opponent in Parkland.
Life gives second chances. Sports are no exception.
When it comes to Emmaus cross country runners Katie Bacher and Abby Dalton, the duo knows all about getting another opportunity.
Bacher finished last week’s District 11 Class AAA Cross Country Championships as the fifth-fastest girls runner. Dalton placed shortly behind her counterpart, taking 10th place and earning the final medal of the Class AAA girls’ field. Both qualified for the upcoming state meet on Saturday for the second straight year.