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PIAA suspends winter postseason

Thursday, March 12, 2020 by The Press in Sports

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.

Wright earns state medal

Thursday, March 12, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

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.

EHS teams head to BU

Thursday, March 12, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

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.

Girls take silver at D-11 meet

Thursday, March 5, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

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.

Wright reaches states

Thursday, March 5, 2020 by TODD KRESS in Sports

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.

ACC’s Heinze takes silver at districts

Thursday, February 27, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

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.

McCourt earns gold

Thursday, February 27, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

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.