The Emmaus boys cross country team presented its fans with a strong closing performance to the 2019 season, finishing fourth in the District 11 Class 3A Cross Country Championships held Oct. 23 at DeSales University.
Keshav Shankar, who qualified for state competition, paced the Green Hornets and finished 16th overall in 17:23.
The Emmaus girls cross country program has been perfect all season. Why change now?
Placing five girls in the top 20 runners, the Green Hornets stormed to an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title Oct. 16 at DeSales University.
The girls claimed EPC gold with 57 points, easily outdistancing second-place Liberty with 79 points.
A three-game skid brought on by a rash of injuries during the regular season dropped Emmaus out of a sure number-one seed in the East Penn Conference playoffs and into the two-seed. The positioning didn’t matter to the Hornets, who cut their way through the conference bracket for a showdown against number-one Liberty.
The result was a 1-0 Emmaus win on a goal by senior A.J. Febbraro that sealed this year’s league title.
Emmaus field hockey captured its fifth straight East Penn Conference championship last week in a 3-1 win over Parkland at the Zephyr Sports Complex at Whitehall High School. Emmaus dominated much of the play, but Parkland goalkeeper Tess Garchinsky put on an impressive display to keep Emmaus from getting too far in front early on.
In high school football, there are a few laws of the jungle.
When a starting pitcher doesn’t have his best stuff, go to the bullpen.
Control the line of scrimmage, and you control the game.
It’s hard to score lying on your back.
The Emmaus Green Hornets (5-4, 3-4) recovered from a 13-0 deficit to upset Bethlehem Catholic (6-3, 4-3) 27-13 last Friday night at EPSD Stadium. They abided by all those laws to do it.
Seven days before, the Green Hornet defense was torched by Freedom. The game against the Golden Hawks started like it might go the same way.
The Emmaus and Parkland girls soccer teams have met three times this season and the three games have been decided by just two goals.
Unfortunately for Emmaus, it came out on the short end two games while playing Parkland to a scoreless tie in the other contest.
The latest setback came in the championship game of the East Penn Conference playoffs, with the Trojans picking up a 2-1 win over the Hornets.
Salisbury’s senior Shane Artis picked ran to the third straight top-10 Colonial League Championship finish in his stellar career last Thursday at the annual league meet at DeSales University.
The senior took fifth place for the second consecutive year, running the race in 17 minutes and 10.72 seconds.
“I knew coming in here going to be windy and it was going to be tough,” he said after the race. “I was going to have to run pretty smart. Everything had to be played out strategically. Unfortunately the hills got the best of me today, but it wasn’t a bad race overall.”
Emmaus wrapped up the regular season with an impressive 6-0 dismantling of previously unbeaten Parkland (15-1-1).
The Trojans had won their season opener before playing to a 2-2 tie against Pocono Mountain East in their next game. Since that point, they had won 13 straight coming into the game against Emmaus.
Rachel Herbine scored three second-half goals in the win over Parkland, which came into the game with more confidence than at any time they’ve played Emmaus in recent memory.
One might think that having a first-round opponent in the playoffs who you’ve beaten twice during the regular season would make for an easy win. That’s not always the case.
Emmaus (14-3-1) had to face Northampton (12-6-1) to open the EPC quarterfinals on Saturday. The Konkrete Kids had served notice that they were looking for some revenge against Skyline Division opponents now that the playoffs had arrived.
A year of growth for the Emmaus girls tennis team ended with a 4-1 loss to the Parkland Trojans in the District 11 Class 3A championship team semifinal Oct. 10.
“Playing Parkland, the number one-seeded team, was a good test to see what we need to do to get to that level,” said Emmaus head coach Robert Dragotta. “We lost 4-1, but again we played well.”
Entering the 2019 campaign, perhaps the biggest hurdle the squad had to overcome was its inexperience. Just how quickly the team would mature would dictate how will they did.