Michelle Cox knows she could have played better in Monday’s PIAA East Regional Golf Championships. But she also knows that she accomplished her primary goal and will advance to next week’s state championship tournament.
The Emmaus sophomore shot 7-over par 79 at regionals to finish in a four-way tie for fifth place Monday at Golden Oaks Golf Course in Fleetwood.
“I was fine until the last six holes,” she said. “The last six holes I was six over (par) so that’s never fun. I made myself nervous, but moving on is what matters.
The Emmaus football team has little time to sulk as it prepares for a its next encounter of the 2018 campaign against a rugged Bethlehem Catholic squad that is 6-2 overall and 4-2 in league play.
Coach Joe Henrich’s Golden Hawks are playing clutch football down the stretch. Last week they were tied 7-7 at half against Easton. The Golden Hawks dominated play in the second half and scored the last 21 points to win going away 28-7, their third straight win.
Emmaus field hockey head coach Sue Butz-Stavin admits Saturday’s win over Parkland wasn’t one of the Hornets’ better outings through 19 games. But at this point in the season, it’s a win-and-advance motto across the Lehigh Valley.
The Hornets lived to fight another day, but Butz-Stavin understands a lot must change moving forward in the playoffs.
Emmaus (19-0 overall, 17-0 in EPC) scored three first-half goals and disposed of Parkland, 4-0, on Saturday at Memorial Field in the first round of the East Penn Conference tournament.
For a while, it looked like Emmaus was going to pull off a big Senior Night win over Whitehall, which came into the game with just one loss in the East Penn Conference. However, the Zephyrs’ Kate Bonshak put up two goals in the second half to lead Whitehall to a 2-1 win over Emmaus.
As a nod to the seniors, Hornet head coach Sarah Oswald started with seniors in the lineup, including having Allie Stanley in goal. Stanley played about 10 minutes before starter Alexa Ryan took over for the Hornets.
The Emmaus girls cross country team capped an undefeated regular season with a 5-0 showing at last week’s final regular season meet.
The host Hornets edged Parkland 27-28 at the meet to hand the Trojans their only loss of the season. Emmaus also beat Allen (15-50), Dieruff (15-50), Central Catholic (15-50) and Whitehall (19-42) at the meet to finish this season at 17-0.
The performance was unlike the 2018 Emmaus girls volleyball team this season. The Green Hornets had won their first 12 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference matches, including wins over some of the top teams in the league.
But the last full week of the regular season was unkind to the Hornets.
Emmaus dropped two East Penn Conference matches last week, falling to Parkland and then Nazareth.
But the Green Hornets (14-3 overall, 13-2 EPC) bounced back on senior night, and took down Whitehall 3-0 by scores of 25-19, 25-16 and 25-12 last Thursday night at Emmaus High School.
The eighth week of the 2018 high school football season saw two unbeaten teams fall as Freedom downed Emmaus and Northwestern took out Saucon Valley.
Here are recaps of some teams from around the area. See this week’s editions of the Lehigh Valley Press for more about your local teams.
The Patriots scored a pair of late touchdowns to tie the game before winning with a two-point conversion in overtime to improve to 8-0 while handing Emmaus (7-1) its first loss.
The East Penn Conference announced pairings for championship week in field hockey and boys and girls soccer.
Field hockey action gets underway Saturday.
Emmaus earned the top seed and will take on Parkland, the eighth seed at Emmaus at 1 p.m.
Liberty is the four seed and will host Stroudsburg the fifth seed at 2:30 p.m. at BASD.
Pocono East is the third seed and will host sixth-seed Nazareth at 1:30 p.m. Easton is the second seed and will host Northampton at noon.
The semifinals are Tuesday, Oct. 16 with the finals on Thursday, Oct. 18.
The Allentown Central Catholic Vikings did their best to hang around against the Emmaus football team during the first quarter of their Oct. 6 clash at J. Birney Crum Stadium. After Emmaus scored on its first possession to take a 8-0 lead, the Vikings responded and cut the deficit to 8-7.
But throughout the season the Green Hornets have displayed a penchant for going for the jugular. They used the rest of the game to pull away from the Vikings.
The Emmaus golf team wanted a postseason and title and some revenge. The Hornets got both, and more. The Hornets not only won this year’s team title, but they also crowned the team’s first boys individual champion since Brian Belden back in 2004.
The Hornets topped Northampton for the team title, 315-323, and senior Mitch Machulsky shot 75 and won the boys individual gold medal on the third hole of a playoff against Northampton’s Andrew Hozza Monday at Lehigh Country Club.
“I feel great,” said Machulsky. “It’s honestly the best round I’ve ever played.