The Emmaus Green Hornets wrestling program has performed well early, earning a 6-1 overall record and a 1-1 East Penn Conference mark in its first seven matches.
The Emmaus ice hockey team is young and inexperienced this year, with a lot of freshmen and sophomores getting significant playing time.
The results so far this season haven’t gone the way the Green Hornets would have hoped.
Emmaus suffered its latest setback to defending league champion and rival Parkland 5-2 last Friday night at the Bethlehem Steel Ice Center in Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey action.
The defeat came after the Green Hornets (2-9-1 overall) second win of the season, a 6-2 victory over Easton on November 25th.
Last season was very much like many others before it for the Emmaus boys swimming and diving teams. The Hornets put together a perfect regular season and then won their 13th straight District 11 team title. At states, they returned with state gold around the neck of diver Brendan McCourt, who went on to commit to diving for the University of Texas after his high school career.
The fact that last year’s success came a lot from the sophomore and junior classes gives the team a lot of high expectations for the upcoming season.
The Emmaus girls swimming and diving team is coming off one of its better seasons in years.
Last season, the Hornets beat Parkland to complete an 11-0 season and win the East Penn Conference championship. Then they took team gold in districts and went to Bucknell University and put on a good showing in states. Unfortunately, that team was senior-laden and lost a lot of talent, leaving some holes for this year’s squad to patch up.
The Emmaus boys basketball team dropped its first two games of the season over the weekend.
The Hornets lost a nonleague game against Southern Lehigh Friday night, 46-41. They fell to Abington Heights on Saturday, 51-33.
On Friday, Chris Andrews led the Spartans with a game-high 23 points. Darryl Coleman chipped in with 10 points.
Emmaus’ Jayden Walsh (12 points) and Ryan Todd (11 points) led the way against Southern Lehigh. The Hornets held a 22-20 hafltime lead but were outscored 14-9 in the third quarter as the Spartans took a three-point lead into the final period.
No matter how good your opponents are, you never want to start a season with two straight losses.
The Emmaus girls basketball team had Boyertown and Northwestern Lehigh as its season-opening games last Friday night and Saturday afternoon, setting up a difficult test to open the year. The Hornets came through the stretch with a 1-1 record, but were energized by how they played in the two games.
The Emmaus girls basketball team looks to turn around its misfortunes from last season that saw it go winless in the East Penn Conference and finish with a 2-20 overall record.
Even coming off of a rough season, this year’s team seems to have a bit more spring in its step than in recent years and appears poised to start turning things around behind head coach Kelsey Gallagher, who enters her third season as the team’s head coach.
The Emmaus boys basketball team came one shot away from winning the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title last season and fell one win short of playing for the District 11 Class 6A championship. The Hornets still qualified for the league tournament last season despite the lack of a postseason title.
The 2019-20 version of the Green Hornets team will look a lot different. Eight seniors graduated, including five starters and multiyear contributors to the program.
Emmaus wrestling coach Thad Smith loves the sport for many reasons. Primarily because on the mat there’s no place to hide.
“Wrestling is one-on-one and you can’t make any excuses,” Smith said when asked about the sport. “You win, you get the credit. You lose, you get the blame. Hard work pays off and you get out of wrestling what you put into it.”
Smith’s 2019-20 team is a work in progress, but with great potential.
“We are a young team with veteran leadership,” the coach said. “I see two senior starters and the other weights will be underclassman.”
While the high school winter sports season has a few weeks yet before game officially begin, scholastic ice hockey, a club sport, is already well into its season.
The Emmaus team is still searching for its first win. The Hornets are 0-6-1 as they near the halfway point of the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League schedule.
Emmaus has suffered losses to Freedom, Nazareth, Northampton (twice), Southern Lehigh and Phillipsburg. The Hornets’ tie came in their second meeting with Nazareth, 4-4 on Nov. 4.