The Emmaus track and field teams are more than halfway through the season.
The Hornet girls team remains undefeated at 8-0, while the boys team is 7-1 heading into this week.
Emmaus had several first-place finishers in a recent meet at Pocono Mountain West that also included Liberty and Pleasant Valley.
The Hornets’ Abby Dalton (1600), Amanda Lavana (3200), Laurel Widdoss (triple jump) and Kaitlin Renschen (discus) all won individual events in the girls meet, while the girls relay teams won the 4x400 and 4x800.
The Emmaus softball team was playing strong for the first three innings of its game against Parkland, but two miscues in the field to begin the fourth inning proved to cost the Green Hornets as they fell to the Trojans 2-1 Monday afternoon at Parkland High School in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference action.
Leading 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning, Emmaus (7-5 overall, 4-4 EPC) had allowed the first four batters in the Parkland lineup to reach base.
Fresh off a district championship in 2017, questions arose for the Emmaus boys volleyball team after graduating five seniors.
It looks as if most of those questions have been answered early this spring for a Hornet team that appears just as strong as it did a year ago.
Emmaus stayed unbeaten with last week’s dominant sweep over rival Parkland. The Hornets (9-0) jumped out to an 11-5 lead in the first set and downed the Trojans (25-9, 25-15, 25-20) last Tuesday at Emmaus High School. Emmaus had not lost a set all season through the win over Parkland.
For Emmaus junior lacrosse player Grace Hall, Saturday’s game against Southern Lehigh hit home in a special way.
Memorial Field at Emmaus High School was the site of the Third Annual PanCan event in which proceeds and donations benefited HEADstrong Foundation and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. And for Hall, she has a personal attachment during each year’s event.
The Emmaus girls’ lacrosse team opened last week with a rough stretch of back-to-back games. After a 14-6 loss to Easton, Freedom scored a game-winning goal with four seconds to play two days later.
So naturally, the Hornets just wanted to get back on the field to try and get that sour taste out of their mouths. And they did just that against a formidable opponent over the weekend.
What a difference one half can make in a lacrosse game.
The Emmaus boys lacrosse team was leading Parkland 2-1 after the first quarter, and then trailed by one, 4-3 at halftime. But the next 24 minutes (two quarters) proved to be too much for the Green Hornets to overcome, as they did not find the back of the net again, and the Trojans scored seven more times, winning the rivalry game 11-3 last Thursday night at Memorial Field at Emmaus High School in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference action.
The Hornets swept Whitehall and East Stroudsburg North in a track and field meet last Thurday.
Emmaus’ girls team beat the Zephyrs 106-43.5 and tookd down the Timberwolves 117-32. The Hornet boys team beat Whitehall 88.5-61.5 and topped the T-wolves 104-45.
Alanna Smith (100, 200) won a pair of individual events for Emmaus while several of her teammates won one event each.
Emmaus 106.5, W’hall 43.5
Emmaus 117, ES North 32
After a slight bump in the road, the Emmaus offense has come roaring back and the Hornets have won three straight games to push their record to 7-1 overall and 4-1 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. To go with the hot hitting, the team’s pitching has surrendered just four runs over those last three games.
With their first loss of the season coming just a day before, Emmaus got right back to their winning ways, beating a strong Blue Mountain team 2-1. The Eagles figure to be a force in District 11 play and are 6-2 overall on the season.
A game that was supposed to open Emmaus’s season was postponed until mid-April due to some unfortunate weather early this spring.
When Hershey visited the Hornets this past Friday, the Emmaus boys lacrosse team continued its hot start to the season and showed no signs of slowing down. The Hornets broke an early 2-2 tie with four straight goals and defeated the Trojans, 12-4, at Memorial Field.
“We ran the offense and listened to coach,” sophomore Michael Leschinsky said. “We listened to what we have to do and put the ball in the back of the net.”
Nobody really wanted to admit it, but the softball game between Emmaus and Parkland was kind of a big deal. Not only are the two teams rivals who are both pretty good, but first-year Emmaus head coach Brittany Frederick-D’Agostino took over at her alma mater this year after serving as Parkland’s pitching coach the past few seasons.
The game remained scoreless through eight innings when things suddenly became very interesting in the ninth.