With the school year wrapped up, boys varsity summer league basketball is beginning to heat up.
This weekend begins the first of two major local summer basketball tournaments, with the Cedar Beach Showcase, otherwise known as the Bash at the Beach, opening up its double-elimination style format Thursday.
But teams have been going at it in the Cedar Beach Summer League for weeks. The league wrapped up its first half of the regular season last Thursday.
The Emmaus High School baseball team saw its baseball season come to an end with a 7-3 loss to Pocono Mountain East in the District 11 quarterfinals.
Emmaus finishes the season with a mark of 16-6 after finishing their Eastern Pennsylvania Conference schedule at 12-4. The 2018 season almost mirrored the results of the previous year when it went 16-7, 12-4 and lost to Parkland in the EPC semifinals and to Liberty in the district semifinals.
Emmaus softball came into the season with extremely high expectations. After a 20-5 campaign in 2017 and five seniors on their roster, it was assumed that the Lady Hornets would simply breeze through the season.
Nothing is ever easy in the East Penn Conference and after starting 4-0 with three of the wins coming against non-conference opponents, reality started to set in. Emmaus went on to lose three straight and then take a bit of a roller coaster ride through much of the schedule with a win or two followed by a loss or two. The team finished the season 11-10 overall.
Against Council Rock North, the Emmaus boys volleyball team had a major test of character and responded accordingly.
The Hornets, who have breezed through opponents in three games for much of the season, battled through the final two games after a potentially momentum-changing swing and rallied for a 3-1 (25-17, 25-22, 23-25, 25-21) victory over the Indians in a PIAA Class 3A quarterfinal match at Exeter High School.
After four years as one of Emmaus’ top distance runners, senior Abby Dalton had the pleasure of finishing her high school career on the biggest stage this state has to offer for high school track and field competitors.
Dalton, along with a foursome of teammates, competed in the PIAA Track and Field Championships last weekend at Shippensburg University’s Seth Grove Stadium.
Dalton ran the 3200-meter run in 11:21.62 on a hot and humid day in central Pennsylvania to take 13th place in Class 3A.
The Emmaus High School baseball and softball teams saw their season come to an end last week in the District 11 Class 6A playoffs.
The Hornet baseball team, which was the No. 3 seed in districts, lost 7-3 to Pocono Mountain East in the quarterfinal round last Thursday at Church Lane Park.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 6-1 lead after two innings and added a run in the top of the fifth inning before Emmaus put up a pair of runs in the fifth.
The Emmaus senior core has been playing together for years. Seniors James Haag and Cam Parsons have been playing together even longer, back to when they were maybe 10 or 11 years old.
The chemistry between those two was quite clear in Thursday’s District 11 Class 3A boys volleyball championship game. And it was only fitting the two would connect for the match-ending point.
In the third meeting between the Emmaus and Parkland boys lacrosse teams this season, the Green Hornets had a tough time scoring goals.
Recording just one goal in the first half, Emmaus dug itself into a hole that it could not get out of, falling to the Trojans 13-5 in the District 11 3A championship game last Thursday night at Lehigh University’s Ulrich Sports Complex. It was a rematch of last year’s district title game, also won by Parkland.
The following are results from last week’s District 11 Track and Field Championships, held at Whitehall High School.
Results include the top three finishers in each event and all Emmaus finishers.
1. Easton 69, 2. Stroudsburg 65.5, 3. Emmaus 63, 4. tie Liberty, Southern Lehigh 56, 6. Blue Mountain 51, 7. Saucon Valley 33, 8. Whitehall 32, 9. Nazareth 31, 10. Parkland 28.
Abby Dalton entered the District 11 Class 3A track and field championship meet as the top seed in both the 1600- and 3200-meter runs, and she did not disappoint. Dalton won the 1600, running for a personal-best time of 5:03.45, and had a time of 11:00.83 in the 3200 for second place last Wednesday and Thursday at Whitehall High School.
It is the first district championship for Dalton.