The three baseball games between Emmaus and Northampton have resulted in one of the better series of games in the Lehigh Valley this season.
The two teams met in the second game of the regular season and Emmaus shut down Northampton 2-0, with Kellan Tulio throwing six hitless innings that gave Northampton a streak of 13 straight innings without a hit to start the season.
The two teams met again in late April and it was Kids pitcher Evan Zwolenik who had the hot hand, striking out 10 Emmaus hitters in a 3-2 Northampton win.
What do you get when you put together basketball and track?
For Keyon Carrol-Herring, the answer is high jumping. The Emmaus senior finished in second place May 16 at the District 11 Track and Field Championships at Whitehall High School. That earned him a to Shippensburg University to compete in the PIAA Championships on May 24 and 25.
Carrol-Herring has only been high jumping for two years, which is a lot less than his time on the hardwood playing basketball.
The Emmaus boys volleyball team dealt with some unexpected adversity all season. Unlike the past few seasons, this year’s team had a young and inexperienced roster and then injuries and roster turnover made it more difficult to win matches in a balanced Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11.
Rain is once again altering league playoff schedules in the area. This time, Colonial League and EPC softball playoff games have been pushed back from Tuesday to Wednesday.
In the Colonial League, Notre Dame will take on Bangor at Pates Park at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, followed by the Northwestern-Palmerton game at 7 p.m. League finals are still scheduled for Thursday, May 16, at 7 p.m. at Pates Park.
Heavy rains are forcing the East Penn Conference and Colonial League to alter their league playoffs, and there was also a change to the District 11 track and field meet scheduled for this week.
The District 11 track and field meet scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday of this week has been pushed back a day. The meet will now take place Wednesday and Thursday, May 15 and 16, at Whitehall High School. Event schedules will remain the same with Tuesday’s events moving to Wednesday and Wednesday’s events moving to Thursday.
The East Penn Conference announced baseball pairings for the playoffs.
Action gets underway on Saturday, May 11, with four games.
Liberty earned the top seed and will take on 8-seed Whitehall at 12 p.m. at Liberty High School.
Parkland takes the second seed and will host rival Emmaus, which ended as the 7-seed. That game is at 11 a.m. at Parkland.
Northampton earned the third seed and will host Pleasant Valley, the 6-seed, at 12 p.m.
The 4-seed went to Stroudsburg, which will host Easton, the 5-seed at 11 a.m.
The EPC announced pairings for the softball playoff tournament.
Play begins Thursday, May 9, moving up a day from Friday because of the threat of storms.
Parkland earned the top seed and will host 8-seed Whitehall.
Emmaus is the second seed and will host 7-seed Easton. Northampton took the third seed and will host 6-seed Nazareth.
Freedom, the 4-seed, hosts Stroudsburg which is the 5-seed.
It has been a tough last week or two for Emmaus volleyball head coach Ken Dunkle and his team. The two-time defending District 11 Class 3A champs have lost two players recently because of different reasons. One-time starter Ethan Parvel left the program and regular starter Stephen Reynolds has been injured.
After nearly a week off since their last match, the Green Hornets got off on the right foot Monday evening. They won the first set, but then dropped the final three sets in falling to Liberty 3-1 by scores of 25-11, 17-25, 23-25 and 18-25 at Emmaus High School.
Skillfully stroking his way through the competition at the District 11 Class 3A boys tennis championship, Sean Jaeger stood in the winner’s circle less than totally satisfied with his performance en route to winning his second straight title.
With catching being a position that’s physically difficult to play, it’s not unusual for injuries to hit and make coaches go to their number-two catcher at some point. But for the top two catchers on a team to go down with injuries on the same night before three innings of a game are even completed is too much for most teams to handle.
For Emmaus, losing two catchers on the same night wasn’t easy, but the Hornets were actually able to find a number-three catcher who may be able to handle the spot the rest of the way.