Whenever Parkland and Emmaus meet, in any sport, it’s a big game. Add to that the fact that the latest go-around in field hockey came in the opening round of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference tournament and the game becomes even bigger. Fortunately for Emmaus (15-0 EPC, 19-0 overall), they’ve got plenty of firepower, combined with a strong defense and were able to walk away with a 4-1 win over their rivals this past Saturday.
When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Well, the going was pretty tough for the Lady Hornets in their season-finale against Central Catholic (8-7-1 EPC, 10-7-1 overall). They trailed 2-0 at the half and needed the win to qualify for districts. Otherwise, their season was over. That’s when Reilly McGinnis got going. The junior scored twice in the second half, one of those goals came off a header, to bring her team back to a 2-2 tie at the end of regulation.
If game one was a sign of what was to come, it was going to be a long night for the Hornets on their home court Monday night in an Eastern Conference volleyball game against Parkland. It went to the final point, and every ball hit over the net received loud cheers from the large crowd in a playoff-like atmosphere, where pink was the color of choice for breast cancer awareness.
After a strong first game for Emmaus, Parkland took the next two games in winning 3-0 by scores of 25-23, 25-13, 25-17.
After missing all of last season with a broken collar bone, Stephen Wolf wants to make the most of his senior season.
He worked his way back onto the field, but the senior running back/receiver had touched the ball just four times on offense through Emmaus’ first five games with one carry and three receptions.
Friday night in the Hornets’ 56-21 win over Northampton, Wolf played an increased role in the offense. He got he ball four times as he ran for a touchdown, caught a touchdown pass and accounted for 137 of his team’s 408 yards against the Kids.
If Emmaus golf head coach Mike Mihalik had dreamed about the perfect scenario for his team at the District 11 championship tournament, it would have looked pretty much like what occurred Monday at Schuylkill Country Club.
The Hornets achieved everything they set out to do at districts. They won the team title, avenging a league tournament loss to Nazareth to advance to Friday’s subregional. The team also produced both of this year’s Class AAA individual champions as Max Harrington earned the boys title and Sam Fritzinger won her second straight girls title.
The Emmaus boys soccer team is going through goalies at a scary pace.
First, Dylan Sosnow went down with a thumb injury before Emmaus’ game against Nazareth. Then, his replacement, Sam Cho went down with an injury in a 3-2 win over Whitehall Monday night.
Sosnow was spectacular throughout the season, but hurt his thumb in warm-ups and had to have two screws inserted.
It’s homecoming week for the Emmaus football team, and the Hornets head into this Friday night’s game against Central Catholic coming off their first victory since week 1 in which several players had break-out nights offensively.
“It was great having multiple guys score for us,” said head coach Randy Cuthbert. “We know what Kyle [Boney] can do, and our offense runs through him, but Stephen Wolf had a big game and Josh Artis played well on both sides of the ball. Lubens [Myers] is only a freshman, but he sparked us with a big play on that kickoff return.”
The Emmaus volleyball team has been dealing with injuries to some of its starters over the course of a few games this season. Sophomore outside hitter Georgia Traynor is back after missing some time, but fellow sophomore middle hitter Adelina Rivera-Woolard was still out when the Green Hornets squared off in a pivotal East Penn Conference match up with Whitehall last Thursday night at Emmaus High School. Those are two key players at the front of the net for Emmaus, but others stepped up their games.
It’s been just over six years since the Emmaus field hockey team took to its home field and didn’t come away with a win. That time, they had to settle for a 3-3 tie against Penn Manor in a nonconference game on September 12, 2009.
That streak was put to the test Saturday in another nonconference game, this time against Owen J. Roberts. Heroics from Meredith Sholder, who scored twice in the span of five minutes, gave Emmaus a 3-2 win over the Wildcats in overtime.
In back-to-back games, the Emmaus girls soccer team has come away with ties against good teams.
First, there was a scoreless tie with Central Catholic (8-3-1 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, 10-3-1 overall), followed by a 1-1 tie with Nazareth (8-2-2, 9-3-2) on Saturday. In their last seven games, Emmaus has gone 3-2-2, putting the Hornets in the discussion for a strong enough push to make districts.