With each passing day, news surrounding the worldwide coronavirus pandemic seems to only get worse.
For the PIAA and District 11, the spring sports season appears to be in jeopardy more and more each day. With news of a 10-day shutdown of the school system across the state coming last Friday, everyone in the sports world is playing the waiting game.
The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association has postponed winter sports playoffs for a minimum of two weeks, according to a statement it released today.
The PIAA basketball playoffs were heading into the quarterfinals this weekeend.
The PIAA Swimming Diving Championships, held at Bucknell University, started Wednesday with Class 3A events. Half of the 3A events were completed Wednesday, including boys diving, which was won by two-time state champ Brendan McCourt of Emmaus.
If there was one Emmaus wrestler that exemplified everything a team needs out of leader, senior Caden Wright would be that guy.
The team captain and consummate worker saw his efforts pay off over the weekend in Hershey as he came home with an eighth-place finish at the PIAA Class 3A wrestling championships.
Wright (182 pounds) lost in the medal round to Easton’s Isaiah Reinert 2-1, his fourth straight defeat this season at the hands of the Rover, but it was a victory weekend all together.
The Emmaus swimming and diving teams will be competing in the PIAA Championships on Wednesday and Thursday with hopes of returning from Bucknell University with some shiny new medals around their necks.
The Hornet boys team is coming off their 13th straight District 11 championship, while the girls were runners-up at districts.
After boys and girls preliminary events Wednesday morning, the medals begin to flow.
Make it lucky number 13 for Emmaus as the Hornet boys captured gold in the team standings at the District 11 Swimming and Diving Championships this past weekend. The meet was held at Parkland High School and determines automatic bids to compete in the PIAA championships later this month at Bucknell University.
The Emmaus girls swimming and diving team placed second in the team competition this past weekend at Parkland High School. In all, Emmaus had three first-place finishes in individual events and added another in relays.
Thanks to the depth of the Parkland diving team, which dominated the recent District 11 Diving Championship at Emmaus High School, the Trojans came into the swimming portion of the meet with a 64-28 lead in points over Emmaus. As it turned out, the lead would prove to be insurmountable and Parkland won the girls team championship.
For Emmaus senior Caden Wright, this past weekend’s PIAA Northeast Class 3A Regional tournament was shaping up much like districts just a week prior.
The Hornet grappler, for the second time in as many weeks, was set to meet Easton’s Isaiah Reinert in the semifinal round with a spot in the finals on the line. But after a 2-1 defeat to Reinert in districts, Wright once again found himself on the short end of a one-point decision at regionals, a 3-2 setback on Saturday afternoon at Liberty High School.
J.T. Heinze, an Emmaus resident attending Allentown Central Catholic High School, came into the District 11 Class 2A diving championship with a difficult task as he looked to dethrone two-time defending champion senior Noah Mauro from Saucon Valley High School.
In the end, Mauro grabbed a third gold medal, but Heinze put on an impressive display to finish second and earn a trip to the PIAA meet next month at Bucknell University.
If you ever think it would be a good idea to bet against Brendan McCourt when he sets his sights on something, you need to rethink that. Seriously rethink that.
McCourt came into his fourth District 11 diving championship with two goals, which were basically encompassed into one. The overriding thought was that he wanted to set – or technically, reset – the pool record for an 11-dive meet. If he did that, winning his third straight district gold and advancing to states was going to be pretty much a given.
The Emmaus wrestling team finished a solid 2019-2020 campaign with an eighth place finish at the District 11 3A tournament on Feb. 21-22 at Liberty High School Memorial Gym.
The squad finished with 107.5 points, with the Nazareth Blue Eagles claiming the championship with 291.5 points.