Emmaus was one of just two EPC teams to beat Parkland this season and Parkland players readily admitted they wanted another shot at the Hornets.
The Trojans got their chance when the two rivals met in the District 11 semifinal game last week at Patriots Park in Allentown. The result was a 10-0 Parkland win that eliminated Emmaus from districts, ending their season.
Momentum is something that every team wants to have.
The Emmaus boys lacrosse team was outscored 5-1 in the second half of its first-round state playoff game and fell 7-3 to District 12’s St. Joe’s Prep last Friday evening in the PIAA Class 3A tournament at Northampton High School’s Al Erdosy Stadium.
The loss defeat came after Emmaus took down two-time defending District 11 champion Parkland to win the program’s first district title since 2015.
The Emmaus baseball team was probably one of the better teams to ever be seeded eighth in District 11 Class 6A tournament. A funk of six straight losses during the season dropped the Hornets’ seeding, but the losses were more of a mirage than anything. The lower ranking may have made their postseason run a little sweeter by giving them the chance to knock off higher seeded opponents along the way to reaching the district finals against number-two seed Liberty.
For a team that lost its last six regular season games and hung on to get a spot in the EPC playoffs and districts, Emmaus is doing some damage to other team’s chances in the postseason. First came an upset of Parkland in the EPC playoffs, then chipping apart Northampton’s Konkrete Kids in the first round of districts. On Sunday, Emmaus beat Easton for a trip to the District 11 Class 6A finals and a spot in the PIAA playoffs. Not bad for a team seeded eighth in the district.
Kellan Tulio came into the season as the ace of the Emmaus pitching staff. Each of his starts had scouts from major league teams in attendance to get an idea of whether they would consider drafting him in the MLB Draft, which takes place next week.
An oblique injury interrupted Tulio’s season, but Emmaus had another pitcher, Braden Waller, emerge to take over as the staff ace after opening the season as the team’s closer.
Dangerous storms over the past two days have caused many changes in the District 11 playoff schedules.
Many of the classes will try to get their finals in beginning as early as this morning in baseball, with a lot of action attempting to take place this afternoon before another potential round dangerous storms could once again take place.
Here is our up-to-date schedule as of 10 a.m. Thursday morning:
Finals, Thursday, May 30
No. 8 Emmaus vs. No. 2 Liberty at Coca-Cola Park, 4:30 p.m.
Finals, Thursday, May 30
The Parkland boys lacrosse team has not only been a thorn in the side of Emmaus over the last couple of years, but it has also given the same feeling to every other District 11 boys program.
The Trojans had won the last two district championships, and grabbed a couple of Eastern Pennsylvania Conference titles along the way. They entered this year’s district title game undefeated at 20-0.
The Emmaus track and field teams sent three individuals and three relays teams to the PIAA Class 3A Track and Field Championships, which were held Friday and Saturday at Shippensburg University’s Seth Grove Stadium.
Several seniors capped stellar high school careers at the meet, while a few juniors and sophomores got their first taste of state championship competition and will look to have another next spring.
Leading the way for Emmaus was senior Keyon Carroll-Herring, who placed 14th in high jump at 6 feet, 2 inches.
The Emmaus boys tennis program had a new boss and a new attitude during 2019.
Brian Bleam, in his first season as the team’s head coach, imported a philosophy that focused on consistent improvement. Whether it was conditioning, footwork, fundamentals, strategy, developing new volleys, the Green Hornets knew each practice and each match was an opportunity to become a better tennis players.
There’s just something about Northampton softball pitcher Kaira Zamadics that Emmaus hitters have had a hard time figuring out this season.
Zamadics allowed just four hits and shutout Emmaus 2-0 in late April and the Hornets ran into her again in the East Penn Conference semifinals.
Zamadics worked her magic in beating Emmaus by an identical 2-0 score in that league playoff game. The win was Northampton’s third in three meetings with the Hornets this season.