The 2016 season could be historic for the Emmaus boys lacrosse team. The Green Hornets will be searching for their fourth straight District 11 title, which would be the most of any school in boys lacrosse since it became a varsity sport.
Emmaus finished last season at 14-7 and earned a berth into the state tournament.
The Emmaus swim team overcame a couple of early issues at the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships at Bucknell University last week and made the event an overall success. Freshman Katie Champagne was disqualified in the 200-yard individual medley and the 200-yard freestyle team was also disqualified in events on the opening day of the meet, but that didn’t set the tone for the meet overall.
Seven swimmers from Emmaus High School will compete in individual events at this week’s PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships being held at Bucknell University in Lewisburg.
The seven, along with two relay teams on both the boys and girls teams, all qualified for spots at the recent District 11 Championships, where the Emmaus boys were crowned district champions.
POTTSVILLE – Unless you’ve watched the Emmaus boys’ basketball team play on more than one occasion and not a Johnny-come-lately, nothing should surprise you about this scrappy squad.
Unyielding through a frenzied, physical matchup with one of the state’s top ranked class 4A teams Reading High, the Green Hornets (20-9) seemed so determined to continue a season of hope that even at the end of the game in a jammed-packed Martz Hall, they kept playing like it was a schoolyard meeting.
It wasn’t the way the PIAA tournament was supposed to go for Emmaus senior Lucas Schaf. Coming off a medal performance at last year’s state tournament, the expectations were to equal or surpass his eighth-place finish from a year ago.
But the reality of any PIAA wrestling championship is that you never know what’s going to happen and for Schaf (132), his road and career at Emmaus ended with a 3-1 overtime loss to North Penn’s Ryan Vulakh in the second round of consolations during day two of AAA action.
Emmaus may only be sending one wrestler to the PIAA tournament in Hershey this week, but that doesn’t mean the Hornets will be lacking quality when Class 3A action kicks off at the Giant Center Thursday afternoon.
Emmaus senior Lucas Schaf will get another crack to add to his state medal collection when he prepares for the 132-pound bracket.
There was no argument over who got to hoist the District 11 trophy over the heads of their teammates after the Emmaus boys captured the District 11 Swimming and Diving Championship for the ninth straight season. Lone senior Tom Schlechter did the honors, with others later joining in after Emmaus finished ahead of second place Liberty 388-353.5, with Parkland finishing third with 314.5 points.
Emmaus’ swimming program is a perennially strong program that has gathered a string of conference championships, district championships and even state champions. The boys just picked up their ninth straight district title and they’ve got an 11-season streak of winning conference championships. On the girls side, things have been a little leaner. Their last conference title came in 2008 and their last District 11 championship was in 2007, although they have been district runner-up in seven of the last eight seasons.
As the third-place team out of District 11, Emmaus entered Saturday’s game against District 12 runner-up Martin Luther King High School as an underdog.
Despite the Cougars’ 15-12 overall record, their reputation preceded them as they were a state semifinalist last year and play in one of the state’s strongest areas for high school basketball.
Emmaus senior Lucas Schaf certainly has a past with Bethlehem Catholic’s Joey Gould.
The two met earlier this season, with Schaf coming out victorious due to an injury default by Gould. Gould beat Schaf three times a junior, but Schaf got the all-important victory when the duo met up in last year’s state tournament.