With a strong feeder system, it’s not surprising that a freshman would have a standout season for Emmaus field hockey. It’s happened before and it will likely happen again. This season, it’s happening with Rachel Herbine, who scored her 51st goal in a 4-1 win over Easton that gave Emmaus its 31st consecutive district championship.
Emmaus golfer Michelle Cox earned a state medal last week. The junior shot 5-over par for 36 holes at the two-day PIAA state championship tournament to finish fourth in the Class 3A girls field.
Cox, an three-time East Penn Conference champ and the 2019 District 11 girls champ, shot 75 in the first round and 74 the second day of competition at Heritage Hills Golf Course in York. She played in the No. 1 spot for Emmaus this season and finished the year with three postseason medal.
Cox improved in her finish at states last year when she was 12th overall.
The last time that Emmaus (19-3) and Freedom (11-10) boys soccer teams met, Emmaus beat the Patriots 6-0 in the quarterfinals of the EPC playoffs.
Freedom downed East Stroudsburg South in the first round of districts to force the rematch with Emmaus in the quarterfinals.
While Freedom played a much stronger game than in the last meeting, the Patriots were still outplayed by Emmaus, who picked up a 2-0 win to advance to the District 11 semifinals.
In a quirk of scheduling, the sixth-seeded Freedom girls soccer team essentially hosted the number-two seed Emmaus last week in the semifinals of the EPC playoffs when the two teams met at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.
Fortunately for the Hornets, the location didn’t matter and Emmaus downed the Patriots 3-0 a couple weeks ago.
In the District 11 quarterfinals, Freedom had to travel to Emmaus’ home field and this time around it was Freedom that came out on top with a 2-1 win that eliminated Emmaus and ended their season with a 15-5-1 overall record.
The 2019 Emmaus girls tennis season featured progress and improvement. After an 8-10 regular season record in 2018, the Green Hornets went 13-5 this year and played competitively in the postseason.
“I feel that we really improved over the course of the season, which is all you can ask a team to do,” said first-year head coach Robert Dragotta. “I am pleased with how much better a tennis team we are today compared to the beginning of the season.”
In her first season as head coach, Brianne Giangiobbe has the Emmaus girls volleyball team in the postseason competing for championships.
Following a setback in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinals, the Green Hornets (16-5) were victorious in their first district game. Emmaus earned the No. 3 seed for districts and took down sixth-seeded Pleasant Valley (11-7) in straight sets 3-0 by scores of 25-9, 25-20 and 25-9 last Thursday night at Emmaus High School in the District 11 Class 4A quarterfinals.
Salisbury girls tennis head coach Rob Benson knew the likelihood of juniors Bryn Kubinsky and Paige Gibbons teaming up for a third straight year in the District 11 Class 2A doubles tournament was high. That’s why the Lady Falcons’ top two singles players practiced together at doubles throughout the regular season often.
That extra time on the court certainly paid off. Kubinsky and Gibbons won three matches in the Class 2A tournament and picked up a top-four finish at Parkland High School two weeks ago.
The fall turkey hunting season gets underway this Saturday (Nov. 2) in some parts of the state, some of which have split seasons (consult the Hunting/Trapping Digest for dates). The exceptions are in Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) 5C and 5D and that’s due to low turkey population numbers.
In some areas, the dates were adjusted because of low numbers due to several cold, wet springs that limited turkey reproduction.
For the first time in a decade, the Emmaus girls cross country team earned a District 11 Class 3A title with a superb performance Oct. 23 at DeSales University.
Their 50-point performance easily outdistanced a quality Liberty squad, which earned second place with 72 points. What made the victory more impressive was the team did it without its No. 5 and 6 runners, out due to injuries and illness.
On a night in which its offense was nearly extinct, the Emmaus football team was defeated last Friday night by the Parkland Trojans 24-3 (8-2) in each school’s regular season finale at Parkland School District Stadium.
Too many mistakes and too much Parkland defense made this installment of the “Battle for Cedar Crest” a miserable one for Emmaus. The Green Hornets (5-5) were held to their lowest scoring output of the season. In 53 plays, Emmaus managed just 128 yards and eight first downs and converted only four of 14 third-down plays.