For 18 seasons now, John Eyer has led the Emmaus High School softball program through a lot of successful seasons. In 2000, Eyer took the team to its only state championship and he’s guided it through ups and downs in every season since.
The ups have well outweighed the downs, to the point where Eyer recently celebrated his 250th win as the Emmaus coach.
The team is experiencing a resurgence this season as it plays in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference playoffs, looking for its first conference championship since 2001.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Track and Field Championships were held Tuesday-Wednesday, May 9-10 at East Stroudsburg South High School
The following results include the top four finishers in each event as well as all Emmaus competitors that finished events.
EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA CONFERENCE
TRACK AND FIELD
Tuesday, May 9
3200 – 1. Seth Slavin (PV) 9:38.02, 2. Ryan Murphy (PV) 9:43.52, 3. Gabe Sullivan (PV) 9:47.03, 4. Del Vierling (Emm) 9:48.60, 13. Mason Brown (Emm) 10:18.04.
Emmaus girls lacrosse head coach Roxann Betz understood how big of a challenge it would be to take down No. 2 seeded Easton last Thursday in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinals.
Not only did the Hornets suffer one of their two league losses to the Red Rovers last month, Emmaus was playing without two of its top players this time around.
Maybe it’s Tina The Turtle, or maybe it’s something else. Tina, a stuffed turtle who can generally be found watching Emmaus softball games from atop the water dispenser, has become a good luck charm for Emmaus softball. As proud as Tina may be of her role, the players are using more than luck to produce wins, as they’ve advanced to the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title game with wins over Stroudsburg and Liberty.
The East Penn Conference softball playoffs will look to beat the rain and get under way Friday afternoon.
By virtue of a perfect mark, the Parkland Trojans are this year’s number-one seed. They will face off against Northampton, which sneaks in as the number-eight seed. The two, of course, are very familiar Skyline Division opponents.
Liberty will take the second seed after finishing 14-2 in the EPC. They will take on seven-seed Whitehall, which is coming off a 9-8 shootout loss to Easton on Thursday afternoon in a game that featured seeding implications.
Having to play three games in four days this week to finish out the regular season, Emmaus needed its pitchers to make the most of their allotted innings. Last Monday night a senior took the initiative.
Matt Lanzone went six innings, giving up just five hits and two runs in leading his team to a 7-2 win against Nazareth at Emmaus Community Park.
Despite some possible weather woes, April is the typical month when races across the Lehigh Valley and neighboring area tend to take shape. This spring has proved once again to be a bearing one with the possibilities of productive summer and fall seasons ahead.
Emmaus recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of its 4-mile classic April 9. A total of 361 runners participated in ideal conditions in the annual race that runs through the town. Proceeds from the race benefitted the Ed Thompson/ Nicole Reinhart Memorial Scholarship fund.
After a successful first-year in college, Emmaus High School gradaute Trey Hinkle wanted to make a change. The 2015 graduate suited up for Centenary University baseball in his first college season. And he immediately made an impact at the Hackettstown, NJ, school.
He was named to the ECAC Division III South Region First-Team and was the D3baseball.com Mid-Atlantic Region Rookie of the Year.
Emmaus swept Central Catholic in last week’s track meet as the Hornet boys team won 113-46 and the girls beat the Vikettes 95-54.
Chase Pavelko won three events (pole vault, long jump and triple jump) for Emmaus, while Del Vierling came up with a pair of wins (800, 1600). The Hornet boys swept the three relay races.
In the girls meet, nine different Hornets took first place in 10 events as only Amber Ziegler won two events (high jump, triple jump).
Emmaus 113, Central Catholic 46
As much as they tried, the Hornets could never take momentum back from Parkland and hold onto it during Monday’s boys lacrosse game. If they could have just gotten that one go-ahead goal, it might have been a different outcome.
Emmaus tied Monday night’s boys lacrosse game five times after the Trojans scored the opening goal. But Parkland had an answer all five times before pulling away late for a 12-9 win over the Hornets at Memorial Field.