With a few veteran leaders and a lot of young players, the Emmaus boys lacrosse team will improve as the 2017 season goes along.
The Hornets had a mid-term exam last week when they headed to Parkland’s new turf field for their first of two meetings with the Trojans this spring.
While Emmaus came out on the short end of a 6-4 final, there were plenty of positives to take away from the game.
Emmaus girls lacrosse head coach Roxann Betz, in her first year at the helm, saw a lot of good things from her young team last Saturday afternoon.
Earlier in the week, the Hornets saw their undefeated mark in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference come to an end when they lost to Easton. They had won the previous five league contests, including a one-goal victory against defending champ Parkland.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Track and Field Championships are just a couple weeks away and some Emmaus athletes are starting to jockey for seeding position for the postseason.
The following is a list of the top five performers in each event this season along with the top Emmaus performer in each event.
100 — 1. Julian Liaci (Naz) 10.2, 2. tie Jahvanne Alexander (Allen), Zaheer Seabrooks (BC) 10.7, 4. tie Khalil Edwards (PMW), Eddie Brown (ESN), Izaiah McPherson (Em) 10.8;
The Emmaus girls track and field team beat Pleasatn Valley by the slimmest of margins, winning via criteria after a 75-75 tie. The Hornet boys team fell to the Bears.
The following are results from the meet.
Pleasant Vy. 86.5, Emmaus 63.5
At the beginning of the season, Emmaus’ third-year boys volleyball head coach Ken Dunkle knew he had a lot to make up for in production lost from graduation, but the talent was there.
Consistency was the key thing Dunkle wanted to see from his team if it was to accomplish its goals of postseason titles.
If the first four weeks of the season is any indication, the Hornets are heeding the word of their coach and playing consistently.
A week from now, the regular season for high school tennis will be over, and the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Tournament will have crowned a champion. For Emmaus, a big 6-0 start has shrunk to a 6-3 record, with losses to Nazareth (10-1, 11-1), Parkland (11-1, 12-1) and Northampton (7-5, 8-5). The losing skid has come at the hands of some of the best teams in the area, and everybody knew the final stretch of the season was going to be a difficult one.
While their opponents from Blue Mountain High School were going through infield practice Saturday, the Lady Hornets were having a sing along around their bench. Perhaps they want to add the ‘80s girl’s anthem Girls Just Want to Have Fun to their playlist. The song may be too outdated for them, but it’s really what their team is all about this season.
With Parkland’s Michael Jenkins making it tough to score runs, Emmaus coach Mike Mihalik decided to have his team get a little aggressive late in the game Monday, and it paid off. The end result was a 3-2 Emmaus win and momentum going into other big games.
With the game scoreless going to the top of the sixth inning, Jake Hahn led off with a base-hit, which opened the door to being more aggressive for the Hornets (4-1 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, 6-2 overall). Zach Schrader followed with a well-executed hit-and-run to move pinch-runner Randy Weldon to second with one out.
The Emmaus track and field teams picked up wins over Whitehall and East Stroudsburg North last week.
The Hornets, which hosted the meet, won the boys meet by scores of 79.5-70.5 (over Whitehall) and 99-51 (over East Stroudsburg North). The Emmaus girls team beat Whitehall 77-73 and topped the Timberwolves 104.5-44.5.
Four Emmaus athletes won individual events in the boys meet, including Sean McFarland (400), Del Vierling (1600), Charlie Norelli (3200) and Josh Artis (high jump). The Hornets also won two of the three relays.
Winning cures all, and the best remedy for a loss is following it up with a win. That’s just what the Emmaus boys lacrosse team did last week over a two-day span.
After a 12-8 defeat to defending Eastern Pennsylvania Conference champion Easton last Monday, the first loss of the season for the Green Hornets, they followed up less than 24 hours later, taking down Liberty 13-0 last Tuesday night at Memorial Field.
It was a welcome sight for sixth-year head coach Scott Ketcham.