The Emmaus Green Hornets wrestling program continues to improve, earning a 37-30 victory over East Stroudsburg South on Jan. 26 in the EPC Duals Championship at Easton Area Middle School.
The win secured Emmaus the ninth seed in the upcoming PIAA District 11 Class 3A Team Championships, scheduled for 6 p.m. on Jan. 31 at Liberty High School against Freedom, the eighth seed.
The struggles have continued for a young Emmaus girls basketball team as they dropped their 10th straight game, falling to Northampton 63-43 on Friday night. The team is now 2-16 overall and 0-12 in the EPC.
The Emmaus boys basketball team came alive after halftime and used a third-quarter spurt to win the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Skyline Division game 52-49 last Friday night at Emmaus High School on senior night.
The Green Hornets, playing in their final home game of the 2018-19 regular season, honored a large number of seniors, eight total, before the game with the Kids. Josh Moyer, Bryce Diehl, Stefan Rollins, Cameron Brooks, Ethan Parvel, Mark Swedberg, Zach Sabol and Devon Boyko round out the 2019 senior class for the Emmaus program.
Easton center midfielder Bethany Hall and Emmaus center back Callen Reid were named the 2018 Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athletes on Sunday at the annual awards banquet in Northampton.
“It was exciting,” said Reid. “I was very honored because there are a lot of people in this room who are very intelligent and very skilled in soccer.”
Reid played varsity soccer for three years and was named 2018 All Conference First Team. Academically, Reid is a member of the National Honor Society and Math League.
District 11 announced its pairings for the team championships.
Action gets underway at three different sites beginning Thursday and wrapping up on Saturday.
For Thursday, wrestling will begin promptly at 6 p.m. Subsequent matches will not begin before 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 adults, $3 students, $3 senior citizens.
For Saturdary, morning session tickets are $6 adults, $3 students, $3 senior citizens.
Saturday evening session tickets are $6. Only District XI passes are to be accepted. No league passes for any session.
The EPC released its schedule for the 2018-19 Wrestling Championship Day.
The event takds place Saturday, Jan. 26 at Easton Middle School. Adult admission is $6 and it’s $3 for students and senior citizens.
Round 1 kicks off at 1:30 p.m.:
13th - Pleasant Vy. vs. Dieruff
15th - Pocono Mt. West vs. Allen
17th - Central vs. Eastburg North
Round 2 starts at 3:15 p.m.:
7th - Parkland vs. Stroudsburg
9th - Emmaus vs. Eastburg South
11th - Whitehall vs. Pocono Mt. East
Round 3 is 5 p.m.:
3rd - Becahi vs. Easton
With each passing week, the Emmaus varsity wrestling program gains an allusive commodity — confidence.
That confidence comes from winning matches and exceeding expectations. But Hornet head coach Thad Smith knows it starts with a fierce work ethic and an attitude his wrestlers will do whatever it takes to be primed for mat combat.
The hard work paid off Jan. 19 as the Green Hornets had a solid showing at the Denver Duals, held at Cocalico High School, finishing third out of eight schools.
It wasn’t quick and it sure wasn’t easy.
But after over two years of discussions, debates, arguments and compromises, the Colonial League and Schuylkill League came up with a cooperative football scheduling agreement that allows 28 teams to play their 10 regular season games against more opponents from schools of a similar size.
Officials from both leagues announced the agreement Thursday at a press conference at Blue Mountain Resort. The agreement will take affect in 2020 and schedules for the first two seasons were handed out at the event.
The Emmaus boys basketball team had faced its first adversity of the 2018-19 regular season earlier this month when it lost its two out of three games in a span of a week. But since January 11, the Green Hornets have won their last three games and righted the ship.
They have depth and are experienced, and they used both last Friday night as senior starter Zach Sabol and senior sixth-man Mark Swedberg combined to score 47 points in a 71-66 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference game over Allen at Emmaus High School.
The Emmaus girls swimming and diving team took its first loss of the season Saturday against perennial power Wilson West Lawn, falling 99-87. On Monday, the Hornets bounced back quickly with a 96-68 win over Stroudsburg.
Kera Reinhard had a big day against Stroudsburg with wins in the 200 individual medley and the 500-yard freestyle events. Abby Heilenman finished second in the IM.