For the fourth time in two seasons, Emmaus and Parkland will meet in the postseason. They met in both the East Penn Conference and District 11 playoffs in each of the past two seasons, in addition to their four regular season meetings over the two years.
The teams are more used to meeting in the District 11 finals, having met in each of the last two championship games, with Parkland having won last year after Emmaus won in an overtime shooutout in 2016. This season, they meet in the semifinal round of districts.
Emmaus senior setter Caroline Bond wanted her season and volleyball career at Emmaus to keep moving on.
Lst Thursday night on the Emmaus home court, the Green Hornets were able to allow Bond and the other senior members of the team the chance to keep playing for a District 11 Class 4A championship by downing Whitehall 3-1 (25-14, 16-25, 25-21 and 25-13) in the district quarterfinal round.
Emmaus was also just happy to get back out on the court after falling in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinals to Nazareth a week prior.
It was just another Parkland-Emmaus boys soccer postseason game. Another one-goal, overtime thriller that has become the norm when the two teams meet, especially in the postseason.
The Trojans and Hornets were tied at halftime, and then tied at the end of regulation and again after both 15-minute overtime periods. The game would have to be decided in penalty kicks.
Like the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, the Parkland Trojans will field a quality football team. Their reputation is well-known and they are an established Lehigh Valley powerhouse. They consistently turn out well-disciplined, fundamentally sound football teams. They usually have great individual talent and are always well coached. They are a football machine.
Sue Butz-Stavin was inducted into the inaugural District 11 Hall of Fame Class on Sunday.
The long-time Emmaus field hockey coach was unique among the group of 14 that were honored at the Holiday Inn in Breinigsville.
The group included eight former star athletes and six coaches. But of the six, Butz-Stavin is the only one who is still coaching.
“To be honored by such a distinguished group and to be part of the first class in District 11 is quite an honor,” said Butz-Stavin. “I was a little surprised (when I found out), being someone who is still coaching.”
One thing is certain about the Emmaus girls cross country team: it doesn’t quit.
Without two of its top runners in Kera Reinhard and Clara Kennedy, it would have been easy to offer excuses and marginal resistance during the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Cross Country Championships on Oct. 16 at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course. Instead the Green Hornets pulled together and offered a solid performance, finishing third overall with 105 points. Easton claimed first place with 78 points and Parkland finished second with 99 points.
The football gods are fickle. Their criteria for deciding the outcome of games is unknown and they never give interviews. In fact, no one knows where they set up shop and why they care so much about high school football games.
The Emmaus girls volleyball team might have nightmares about playing against Nazareth. The Blue Eagles have been a thorn in the side of the Green Hornets the last two years.
That continued last Thursday night.
Fourth-seeded Nazareth was once again on the winning end of things in last week’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference playoffs, taking down number one seed Emmaus 3-1 by scores of 27-25, 17-25, 25-19 and 27-25 in a semifinal match at Whitehall High School.
As the seconds ticked away during last week’s East Penn Conference field hockey championship, Emmaus found itself in unfamiliar territory. The unbeaten Hornets were tied with No. 2 seed Easton late in the game after the Red Rovers opened the game with an early goal.
But senior midfielder Kacie Patton, who was named a First Team EPC all-star prior to the game, was more than willing to play the role of hero.
For more than 44 minutes, the Emmaus football team was the better football team in its battle against Freedom last Friday night at East Penn School District Stadium. The stats showed it and for more than 44 minutes the scoreboard proved it.
When Lubens Myers (20 carries for 148 yards) took it to the house on a 4-yard run with 3:39 left in the fourth quarter, the Hornets led 24-9. The Patriots were in position for a very quiet bus ride back to Bethlehem.
Emmaus was simply the better football team. Until they weren’t.