There are very few local sports programs that can even enter into a discussion about the most impressive local sports streaks of all-time when they’re compared to what is now a 30-year win streak for Emmaus field hockey in District 11 title games. Head coach Sue Butz-Stavin and her team picked up number 30 last Wednesday at Whitehall High School when they downed Easton 1-0.
As a Freedom player lay on the turf at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown, Freedom had pressure on Emmaus’ goal early in the second overtime. With the player obviously injured, the referees made the call to not blow the whistle and kill the Freedom opportunity.
It was the right decision, but it turned out to have a bad result for Emmaus when Brad Turocy fired a shot past goalie Aidan Connolly to beat Emmaus 1-0 in the District 11 Championship.
The second-seeded Emmaus football team welcomes the third-seeded Easton Red Rovers in a District 11 Class 6A semifinal game at 7 p.m. on Nov. 9 at East Penn School District Stadium.
The Rovers are one of the most consistently successful programs in the Lehigh Valley. At times, coach Jeff Braido’s 2018 squad has struggled, suffering consecutive defeats to Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic. However Easton has won three consecutive games, including a 39-19 District 11 Class 6A quarterfinal win Nov. 2 over Northampton. At one point, during a driving rainstorm, Eason led 39-0.
Time will tell if the Emmaus girls cross country team gained wisdom at the 2018 PIAA Cross Country Championships on Nov. 3 in Hershey.
Coach Kelly Bracetty’s young squad (six of the seven runners at states were underclassmen) finished with 382 points, good for 16th overall out of 19 schools in the Class 3A results. The Green Hornets’ average time was 21 minutes and 21 seconds.
“Today was a good learning experience for the girls team,” said Bracetty. “This was their first state meet for many of them. They really didn’t know what to expect at the start.”
For three seasons now, goalie Claire Nielsen has been one of the more lonely players on the Emmaus field hockey team.
Most games, she’s standing in front of the goal cage watching way down field as the team’s offense gives her a nice cushion. And on the occasions where she thinks she may get to make a big play, most times, the defense shuts it down before she even gets a chance.
A 2-0 win over Stroudsburg Monday night has Emmaus poised for its 30th straight District 11 championship in field hockey. The Lady Hornets got two second half goals from Riley Baughman off assists from Kaitlyn Csensits and Annika Herbine to advance to the finals against Easton. The championship will be played Wednesday at Whitehall high School and will feature the top two seeds in districts, with both teams advancing to the PIAA tournament.
The Emmaus cross country boys and girls program had a great afternoon Oct. 24 at the District 11 Cross Country Championships held at the Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
The fairly young Emmaus girls squad, which ran a smart and spirited race collectively to finish second out of 14 schools. They had an average time of 20:40 and all of the Hornet girls runners finished in the top 32 out of 106 participants.
The Emmaus High School Marching Band was performing the 1982 Michael Jackson classic “Thriller” as the Parkland Trojans were on what proved to be their final offensive drive last Friday night. It was an apt musical selection, as this year’s edition of the Battle of Cedar Crest Boulevard was certainly a thriller.
Down four points with two minutes remaining, Trojan quarterback Tanner Lewis had his team on the move for the go-ahead and possible winning touchdown.
When the Emmaus girls soccer teams missed the East Penn Conference playoffs, it meant the team would go 12 days between games. In some cases, that can be too long of a layoff for a team to come out sharp in districts. For Emmaus though, the team used the time well and came out rejuvenated to pick up a 3-1 win over Nazareth in the quarterfinals of the District 11 Class 4A playoffs.
The win puts the Lady Hornets into the semis against familiar foe Parkland, who they met twice during the regular season, splitting the two games.
The Emmaus Green Hornets take the first step toward a state football championship Friday night.
The District 11 Class 6A quarterfinals kick off with four games including the second-seeded Green Hornets, who host the seventh-seeded Nazareth Blue Eagles at 7 p.m. on Nov. 2 at East Penn School District Stadium.
“There’s nothing like it,” said coach Harold Fairclough about the postseason. “The playoffs are about the little things. Practicing as it gets dark. Practicing as it gets colder. A lot of teams are already turning in their uniforms and we’re still playing.”