During the 2018 season, the Emmaus boys volleyball team rarely was tested. The talent and experience possessed by that group led to back-to-back Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 championships.
Entering the 2019 campaign, head coach Ken Dunkle and his team knew that they would have to work hard for every set, and that showed right off the bat in the season-opener. The Green Hornets were taken to the final game in a five-set match win at Liberty last Friday afternoon in the EPC opener for both teams.
Several former Emmaus High School athletes competed on college teams during the recently completed winter season.
Rochester Institute of Technology senior sprinter Curtis Geiger capped a stellar winter season earlier this month. At the AARTFC Indoor Track and Field Championships, Geiger placed third in the 200-meter dash in 22.43 seconds. He also helped the 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams come in fifth place. A week earlier, he took first in the 200-meter dash (22.22 seconds), second in 60-meter dash (7.01) and second n the 400-meter dash (49.98).
The high school baseball season was supposed to get underway last week, but as often happens with spring sports, the weather didn’t cooperate. For the Green Hornets, getting back onto the field is something they’ve been anticipating since they went 12-4 in the East Penn Conference and 16-6 overall last season, reaching the conference semifinals. The team has 12 seniors on the roster, giving it lots of experience for new head coach Jeremy Haas.
Emmaus diver Brendan McCourt has been getting better and better with each big event. With two District 11 diving championships to his credit, the junior diver came into states with a dream of having a gold medal hung around his neck and he didn’t miss the opportunity. Meanwhile, Emmaus boys swimmers put up good performances to finish 15th in the team standings.
Emmaus girls lacrosse head coach Roxann Betz is entering her third year at the helm of the program. She is no longer new to her players and their talents, and her players know what is expected of them.
Last season showed what the Hornets are capable of and can be capable of as they finished the 2018 campaign 25-16 and qualified for both the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 Tournament.
Perfection, as we know, is impossible to attain, but it wasn’t for the Emmaus girls track team last spring. The Green Hornets went 11-0 during the regular season and earned an EPC regular season title in the process. Surprising? Yes, even to the team’s leader.
“It was not expected last year,” said coach Kami Reinhard. “It was just one of those years that it all came together, having a top finisher in the majority of events.”
The Emmaus boys volleyball team has been a model of consistency over the last two seasons. It has also been the class of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11.
The Green Hornets have won back-to-back District 11 Class 3A championships and also won the EPC title the last two years. It has been one of the best runs since the Hornets dominated the sport in the old EPC two decades ago under head coach Dave Stever.
After taking team gold in the District 11 Swimming and Diving Championships earlier this month, the girls’ swimming team came into states looking for a strong finish. The Hornets got what they hoped for with a medal performance in the 200-yard medley relay and some good finishes in other events this past Friday and Saturday at Bucknell University in Lewisburg.
The senior-laden team of Katie Champagne, Chelsea Gravereaux and Abby Heilenman teamed with freshman Lauren Sharp to finish fifth in the 200-yard medley relay.
The Emmaus boys track team wants to improve on last year’s 8-3 record, which relegated the team to 15th place at the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Meet and 19th at districts. The Green Hornets not only want to improve, their coach expects it.
“It was not a good showing of our team last year,” said head coach Kami Reinhard. “There were several illnesses and injuries that plagued us at the end of the season. I fully expect them to finish significantly higher this year in both the EPC league and district.”
Emmaus’ Caden Wright competed in last weekend’s PIAA Class 3A Wrestling Championship at Hershey’s Giant Center.
Wright, who finished second in both District 11 and the Northeast Region this season, opened this year’s state tournament with a 1-0 decision over Selinsgrove sophomore Coy Bastian, the second-place finisher from the Northwest Region.
Wright dropped his next bout, a 170-pound quarterfinal, 10-2 to Canon McMillen’s Gerrit Nijenhuis, a junior who entered the tournament at 40-3 and went on to win this year’s gold medal.