The Emmaus girls swimming and diving team is coming off one of its better seasons in years.
Last season, the Hornets beat Parkland to complete an 11-0 season and win the East Penn Conference championship. Then they took team gold in districts and went to Bucknell University and put on a good showing in states. Unfortunately, that team was senior-laden and lost a lot of talent, leaving some holes for this year’s squad to patch up.
The Emmaus boys basketball team dropped its first two games of the season over the weekend.
The Hornets lost a nonleague game against Southern Lehigh Friday night, 46-41. They fell to Abington Heights on Saturday, 51-33.
On Friday, Chris Andrews led the Spartans with a game-high 23 points. Darryl Coleman chipped in with 10 points.
Emmaus’ Jayden Walsh (12 points) and Ryan Todd (11 points) led the way against Southern Lehigh. The Hornets held a 22-20 hafltime lead but were outscored 14-9 in the third quarter as the Spartans took a three-point lead into the final period.
No matter how good your opponents are, you never want to start a season with two straight losses.
The Emmaus girls basketball team had Boyertown and Northwestern Lehigh as its season-opening games last Friday night and Saturday afternoon, setting up a difficult test to open the year. The Hornets came through the stretch with a 1-1 record, but were energized by how they played in the two games.
The Emmaus girls basketball team looks to turn around its misfortunes from last season that saw it go winless in the East Penn Conference and finish with a 2-20 overall record.
Even coming off of a rough season, this year’s team seems to have a bit more spring in its step than in recent years and appears poised to start turning things around behind head coach Kelsey Gallagher, who enters her third season as the team’s head coach.
The Emmaus boys basketball team came one shot away from winning the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title last season and fell one win short of playing for the District 11 Class 6A championship. The Hornets still qualified for the league tournament last season despite the lack of a postseason title.
The 2019-20 version of the Green Hornets team will look a lot different. Eight seniors graduated, including five starters and multiyear contributors to the program.
Emmaus wrestling coach Thad Smith loves the sport for many reasons. Primarily because on the mat there’s no place to hide.
“Wrestling is one-on-one and you can’t make any excuses,” Smith said when asked about the sport. “You win, you get the credit. You lose, you get the blame. Hard work pays off and you get out of wrestling what you put into it.”
Smith’s 2019-20 team is a work in progress, but with great potential.
“We are a young team with veteran leadership,” the coach said. “I see two senior starters and the other weights will be underclassman.”
While the high school winter sports season has a few weeks yet before game officially begin, scholastic ice hockey, a club sport, is already well into its season.
The Emmaus team is still searching for its first win. The Hornets are 0-6-1 as they near the halfway point of the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League schedule.
Emmaus has suffered losses to Freedom, Nazareth, Northampton (twice), Southern Lehigh and Phillipsburg. The Hornets’ tie came in their second meeting with Nazareth, 4-4 on Nov. 4.
Several former Emmaus High School athletes competed on college teams during the fall season. Here’s a look at some of them.
Moravian College senior Greg Jaindl will compete in this weekend’s NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships in Kentucky. Jaindl qualified for nationals by placing fourth in the Mideast Regional 8,000-meter run in 24:48.8, tied for the best finish at regionals in program history. He came in second place at the Landmark Conference Championship 8,000-meter run in 26:23.43 and was named an All-Conference First Team selection.
Sal Pagano and Brett Poling were teammates on the Emmaus football team until their graduation in 2016. After high school, the two friends stayed together both in school and on the football field with both deciding to attend Moravian College.
They also added a new role as roommates and that’s lasted through all four years of their college careers.
The Emmaus field hockey season came to an end recently with a 1-0 loss to Wilson in the PIAA Class 3A semifinals. The loss was the first of the season for Emmaus, which finish the season at 26-1-0. Wilson went on to defeat Lower Dauphin 2-1 in a shootout to take the state championship.