The Emmaus golf team wrapped up the regular season last week with a win over Stroudsburg. The win gives the Hornets the regular season Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title with a 14-1 record in league play.
“We’re a pretty strong team,” said Hornet senior Connor Wambold, a three-year varsity player. “We lost some players last year but we have some freshmen that can play pretty well.”
Just as quickly as the Emmaus girls soccer team lost a bit of its swagger, the Hornets got it right back. A disappointing loss to Pocono Mountain East was met with a challenge from head coach Sarah Oswald. She asked her team to win three conference games this past week to put it back in good standing in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
The challenge was accepted and Emmaus picked up wins against Stroudsburg (3-6-0, 4-6-0), Northampton (5-3-1, 6-3-1) and Bethlehem Catholic (3-5-0, 3-5-0) by a combined score of 20-2, putting Emmaus back in the hunt in the EPC.
The Emmaus boys and girls cross country teams had a solid showing last week in EPC competition.
The girls (5-1) won all three of its races last Wednesday against Pleasant Valley (15-50), Pocono Mountain East (15-48) and Pocono Mountain West (15-50). The boys (3-3) picked up convincing victories over Pocono Mountain East (17-45) and Pocono Mountain West (15-50), while coming up short against Pleasant Valley (27-30).
Even before the tennis season got underway, Emmaus coach Dimitri Diamandopoulos warned that the schedule was much tougher late in the season than it was early in the season.
When the team won its first five matches, he was still singing the same tune. When they were 6-1, he pointed out remaining matches against Freedom, Nazareth, Parkland and other teams who were all strong.
It was a long time coming. For the entire Emmaus girls volleyball roster, it hadn’t happened during any of their high school careers.
When the Green Hornets took down rival Parkland in straight sets (25-22, 25-15, 25-16) last Wednesday night at Emmaus High School, it was the first victory for Emmaus over the Trojans since the 2013 season.
The high school football season has hit the halfway mark. Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic remained unbeaten in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with wins Friday night.
In the Colonial League, Northwestern routed Pen Argyl for its second straight win this season.
The Hornets posted their first shut out of the season with a 35-0 win over Northampton.
With league tournaments less than two weeks away and district competition in the weeks that follow, the Emmaus golf team remains unbeaten.
The Hornets won recent tight matches over Southern Lehigh and Northampton to improve to 15-0.
Emmaus faced Parkland Tuesday and wraps up the regular season Thursday at Stroudsburg. Next Tuesday (Sept. 26) the team will compete in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Championship at Woodstone.
The Hornets beat Southern Lehigh 386-396 at Brookside Country Club Monday. Individual scores were not reported.
The Emmaus girls soccer team seemed to be rolling with wins over Whitehall and Nazareth followed by a 2-2 tie against Central Catholic that saw the Hornets fall behind early and then rally to tie the Vikettes. After that came a 9-0 win against East Stroudsburg North and a 1-0 nonleauge loss at Wilson West Lawn against a tough Owls team.
The Hornets figured to bounce back against Pocono Mountain East (6-1) on Saturday. Instead, the team came out flat and lost 4-1.
Sone Ntoh expected to be part of a backfield tandem at Emmaus this season. The Hornet coaching staff and fans expected that too. But with an injury to his running mate, Ntoh moved into a lead role as the feature back and has been Emmaus’ workhorse for the past three games.
Saturday the junior tied his career high with four touchdowns in a 63-13 win over Pocono Mountain West. He carried the ball just nine times for 136 yards.
The Emmaus girls volleyball team has shown its talent at the beginning of the 2017 season.
The Hornets swept Bethlehem Catholic 3-0 last Wednesday.