If you thought the District 11 football playoffs were going to be a bit clearer heading into week 10, think again.
While the 1A and 2A scenarios seem to be a bit more cut and dry, 3A and 4A have plenty of narratives heading into the final weekend of the regular season.
Here what’s we know in each of the four classifications.
With a young roster this year, the Emmaus girls volleyball team doesn’t have much playoff experience in its starting lineup, and maybe that showed in the first game of an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference quarterfinal match up last Tuesday night at Liberty.
The Hurricanes controlled game one and took the next one before the Green Hornets bounced back to force a fourth game. But second-seeded Liberty held on to beat seventh-seeded Emmaus 3-1 by scores of 25-14, 25-19, 17-25, and 25-22 to advance to the semifinals of the league tournament.
With the exception of the penalty kick phase of Emmaus’ 1-0 win over Central Catholic in the opening round of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference playoffs, the Hornets have gone over 180 minutes without putting the ball in the net. While soccer may be a low-scoring type of game, at some point, you have to score goals to win.
Emmaus (17-2-1) was bounced from the conference playoffs in the semifinals when it lost to Parkland 2-0 at J. Birney Crum Stadium.
When defenses key on Kyle Boney, Emmaus needs to be ready to adjust.
The Hornets did just that Friday night in a 56-6 rout of Pocono Mountain East.
Emmaus’ fullback Sal Pagano took advantage in the running game, amassing for 104 yards and a pair of touchdown. While quarterback Derek Sheaffer and receiver Josh Artis took advantage in the passing game.
Revenge was in the air last Thursday night for the Emmaus field hockey team.
Meredith Sholder netted the game-winning goal two minutes and thirty seconds into the first overtime period to give the Hornets a 1-0 win over Stroudsburg in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship game at the Zephyr Sports Complex at Whitehall High School.
The win by the Green Hornets made up for a loss last year at the hands of the Mounties in the league title game.
Five games into the season, it looked as if the Emmaus football team’s goal of making it to the postseason was in serious jeopardy. The Green Hornets started 1-4, but improved each game.
Now, riding a three-game winning streak Emmaus (4-4) is the 13th-place team in the District 11/2/4 Class AAAA rankings heading into this week’s meeting with Whitehall. The Hornets still have an outside chance to earn a district playoff berth. That would take a pair of wins in their last two games, but for now they will just focus on this week’s contest against the Zephyrs.
District 11 chairman Bob Hartman and Northwestern athletic director Jason Zimmerman held a teleconference Monday afternoon to discuss playoff scenarios for all four classifications heading into this week’s football action.
With class 1A, 2A and 4A having clearer paths, 3A is the murkiest format for playoff hopefuls heading into this weekend’s action.
Another stellar Emmaus golf season came to a close Monday.
It’s a week earlier than the team usually ends its season as no Hornets will be competing at states this year.
The team not only earned league and district championships this season, but both individual Class AAA District 11 champs were Emmaus golfers.
“With the team championships that we won and the individual titles the kids won at the end of the year it was certainly a successful season,” said head coach Mike Mihalik.
Emmaus head coach Randy Cuthbert is happy that his team has won the last two games, but he thinks it could have won more. The Hornets (3-4 overall) defeated Northampton and Central Catholic in back-to-back weeks, but have lost some games that could have gone their way if the ball bounced the other way.
With a four-game losing streak in the rear view mirror Emmaus is riding high after the 28-21 homecoming win last Friday night over the Vikings.
The win the Emmaus football team has been waiting for all season finally came Friday night.
For the first time in 2015 the Hornets beat a team with a winning record, taking down Central Catholic 28-21 Friday night in Emmaus.