The Emmaus wrestling program’s week of championship caliber competition produced great efforts and mixed results in postseason competition.
The Green Hornets battled all the way in a classic match with Liberty at the East Penn Conference Duals on Jan. 25 at Easton Middle School.
“I thought some wrestlers really wrestled well against Liberty,” said coach Thad Smith. “Some had little mental breakdowns. Such as not knowing the score or where they were on the mat on in the match.”
The Emmaus boys basketball team has had a tough time lighting up the scoreboard during the 2019-20 season. That theme continued last week when the Hornets fell to Parkland 66-47 last Tuesday night in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Skyline Division contest at Emmaus High School.
The Green Hornets (5-14 overall, 4-9 EPC) lost their third straight game and second to the Trojans (12-7, 9-4) this season in their fourth-lowest scoring output of the year.
When the Emmaus swimming schedule is released each season, all eyes search for one key date. When is the meet against Parkland?
Over the past few seasons, the meet has moved around a few times, even moving up on the schedule one season to take advantage of alumni being home for the holidays. This season, the meet falls on a Saturday with the two teams set to face each other at Emmaus in just a few days.
Whether or not the Emmaus girls basketball team qualifies for districts, one has to admit that the Lady Hornets are going down fighting. Every time it seems they’re in trouble – either in an individual game or in fighting for a playoff spot – they come firing back.
In a recent loss to Parkland, the Lady Trojans pulled away late in the game thanks to hot foul-shooting that made it a 44-27 final. Emmaus (8-10 overall, 4-9 EPC) had cut an 18-point lead down to 12 in the fourth quarter before the foul-line heroics.
The Emmaus wrestling program thrived during the new year’s first two weeks.
On Jan. 3, the Green Hornets dominated East Stroudsburg South, 60-12. The victory showcased the team’s depth.
“The match against East Stroudsburg was a total team effort,” said Hornet head coach Thad Smith. “Every wrestler did their job to help the team win. Overall, I was very pleased with the performance and hope this sets up a successful run through the second half of the season.”
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference announced the pairings for the wrestling championships.
The event will take place at Easton Area Middle School on Saturday, Jan. 25.
Cost for admission is as follows: adults $6, students $3, senior citizens $3.
Introductions will take place before the championship match.
Championship awards will take place after the championship match.
Round 1 (2 p.m.)
Weigh-ins: 1 p.m.
13th Place – PM East vs. PM West
15th Place – Dieruff vs. ES North
17th Place – Allen vs. Central Catholic
The Emmaus girls basketball team put together a five-game winning streak to reach .500 on the season, but Stroudsburg (15-2 overall, 9-2 EPC) prevented Emmaus from moving over that mark when the it downed the Lady Hornets 58-53 last weekend.
The loss dropped Emmaus to 7-8 overall and 4-7 in the East Penn Conference.
The team is looking to finish with a .500 record either in the conference or overall to qualify for districts.
Emmaus High School senior volleyball player Macy Van Den Elzen was named the 2019-20 Gatorade Pennsylvania Volleyball Player of the Year.
It is the 35th year of the award and the first time a Green Hornets student-athlete received the honor.
“I’m really humbled by it,” said Van Den Elzen. “It’s an incredible honor to be a part of this 35-year prestigious award. Gatorade’s Pay it Forward program gave me the opportunity to donate a $1,000 grant to Special Olympics. That’s what I’m most proud of.”
The Emmaus boys and girls swimming and diving teams took on highly touted Wilson-West Lawn last weekend at Emmaus High School. The teams came away with split results, with the Hornet boys downing Wilson 105-81 while the girls suffered their first loss of the season, falling 126-60 to the Bulldogs. The win has the EHS boys team a perfect 9-0 on the season, while the girls are now 8-1.
The Emmaus swimming teams competed in the highly competitive Wilson Relays on Saturday and came out of the event with good results.
As a team, the boys finished in third place with a score of 272 points with La Salle College High School winning the meet with a score of 315. The girls placed fifth with Wilson West Lawn winning the meet with a score of 311 compared to Emmaus’ 231. Boys teams had nine top-five finishes while the girls team had five. Emmaus also had three second-place finishes in mixed events.