The Emmaus Girls Tennis team is 3-4 after seven contests this season, but that doesn’t surprise, or concern, head coach Brian Bleam.
“We were looking to improve on last year’s 6-9 record and that continues to be our goal,” Bleam said. “We are looking to improve as the season goes along.”
One of Bleam’s preseason goals was to have “the most agile team” in the conference. He has worked diligently to develop his players’ quickness through various footwork drills and on developing technically and tactically adroit tennis players.
Both Lehigh Valley high school leagues featured battles of unbeaten teams this week.
In the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, Freedom earned a 21-20 win over Parkland. In the Colonial League, Notre Dame (Green Pond) outlasted Northwestern in overtime, 35-34.
Here are recaps of some of this week’s games. For more, see this week’s issues of the Lehigh Valley Press.
Two undefeated Eastern Pennsylvania Conference went head to head and the Patriots came out on top, handing the six-time defending district champs a 21-20 loss.
In a game where both teams had a lot of scoring opportunities that they couldn’t cash in on, Emmaus wound up with a 1-0 win over Northampton to open the high school soccer season this past Saturday.
Grace Eisenhard’s shot bounded back to the front of the net and even though junior Sydney Cole had a Northampton defender on her, the things she learned in camp this summer came into play as she was there to fight off the defender for what looked like an easy goal.
Last Friday night, the Emmaus football team became the Lehigh Valley’s pride and poise boys.
Trailing by seven points with seconds left and looking at a fourth and seven from the Nazareth 8-yard line, Emmaus needed a touchdown and had to keep cool.
The offense sent three wide receivers to the right and quarterback Ethan Parvel then went to his right on a designed rollout.
The Emmaus High School golf team is off to an 11-0 start to the season, picking up its first nine wins over a three-day stretch to start the season.
The Hornets opened the season with a 3-0 effort at an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference quad match. Emmaus scored 410 to beat Central Catholic (457), East Stroudsburg South (591) and Freedom (474) back on Aug. 20 at Brookside Country Club.
After a hard fought 3-2 win over Northampton Friday afternoon, the Emmaus boys soccer team was back at it again just under 24 hours later to face a tough Cumberland Valley team at Memorial Field.
The Hornets never really seemed to get on track and fell 2-0 to the Eagles, who got a goal from Christian Esquivias early in the first half and then another almost halfway into the second half of the game from Eric Leach.
The Emmaus cross country teams opened the season Saturday at the Northampton Invitational at Bicentennial Park in Allen Township.
The Hornet girls team took third place in the Class 3A division, with Keerstin Augustin (seventh place) and Kera Reinhard (12th place) leading the way.
The Emmaus boys team was eighth out of 14 teams at the event. Jacob Brown was the team’s top finisher in 20th place.
Last Friday night’s thrilling 43-42 last-second triumph over Nazareth left Emmaus football players buzzing.
But coach Harold Fairclough knows the season’s third game, which comes this Friday against Whitehall (0-2), is not going to be easy.
“This is the type of game you can get punched in the mouth,” the Hornet head coach said.
The second Friday night of the high school football season saw Emmaus pull out a big win, Northampton get its first East Penn Conference North Division victory and a rare Thursday night game in the Colonial League.
The Red Rovers pulled away late for a 55-21 win over Whitehall.
Easton had a six-point lead at halftime and extended it with five second-half touchdowns.
Harold Reynolds ran for 186 and three touchdowns on 19 carries, while quarterback Nate Nimeh completed 11 of 18 passes for 176 yards and a score.
Emmaus football (1-0) travels north in the season’s second encounter to battle the Nazareth Blue Eagles (1-0), who proved dominant in their opener defeating Pocono Mountain East 35-7.
Nazareth coach Tom Falzone’s roster presents a challenge, according to Emmaus coach Harold Fairclough. The Blue Eagles saw some serious offensive talent leave the field after the 2017 campaign when Jahan Dotson graduated and went to Happy Valley.