Several Emmaus High School graduates competed in college athletic teams during this past spring season.
Lehigh University junior Hanna Brosky was a member of the Mountain Hawks’ 4x800 meter relay team that placed second in the recent Patriot League Outdoor Championships. The foursome finished in 8:51.93. As a member of the 4x400 meter relay team, Brosky helped the Mountain Hawks to a seventh-place finish in 3:53.82. The junior nearly placed high enough in the 800-meter run to earn Lehigh team points, coming in eighth place.
The top senior high school football players in the Lehigh Valley got one last chance to suit up and take the field last Thursday night in the 47th Annual McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star Football Classic.
Three Emmaus players were part of the Red team, which lost 37-34 to the Gold team.
“We all banded together and put 100 percent effort,” said Emmaus defensive back Brian Mantone. “We played for a great cause. At the end of the day we want to win, but when you play for a great cause and put everything in that you have, you can walk away and sleep well at night.”
The Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup baseball team lost in the opening round of this year’s tournament, falling to Jersey Shore Thursday 4-2.
Lehigh Valley struck out 15 times in the nine-inning game and managed just three hits off Jersey Shore, which used five pitchers in the game.
“We expected more out of our bats,” said LV head coach Ted Plessl. “Other than one hanging curveball we were in the ballgame, but down here we know you have to score runs in order to compete. They’re all good hitters but we just didn’t get it done today at the plate.”
The Emmaus volleyball team was exactly where it hoped to be last Tuesday night as the PIAA Class 3A semifinals were being played. But when Saturday’s state final rolled around, the Hornets were not the ones on the court competing for the big prize as they had hoped all season long.
Emmaus fell in last week’s semifinal round, dropping a four-game match to District 3 champ Central York 22-25, 25-15, 25-23, 27-25. The Panthers went on to beat North Allegheny in four games for this year’s state title.
At a recent signing ceremony, 12 Emmaus High School student athletes officially announced their college choices, signing letters of intent to attend colleges and universities to further their academic and athletic careers. The athletes represented nine different sports and chose 11 different institutions.
Emmaus softball players Hannah Palinkas, Alexis Ruth, and Maddy Clark have been named to the 2017 Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup softball tournament team.
“I heard a lot of great things about it, and I wanted to see what it was like,” said Palinkas, a sophomore pitcher.
The Carpenter Cup is a Philadelphia Phillies-sponsored tournament, which will be played the week of June 19 at FDR Field in Philadelphia. It features teams comprised of high school sophomores and juniors from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
The excitement of the Emmaus boys basketball team’s historic 2016-17 season is in the rear view mirror. A new group of Hornet players took the court in front of Lehigh Valley fans recently as the Allentown Summer Basketball League recently got underway.
With the graduations of four-year varsity players David and Matthew Kachelries, along with program staples Eric Cichocki and Daryn Lewis, the Green Hornets are looking for new leaders to step up and take control of the team.
The players on the Emmaus softball team were understandably upset after their loss to Liberty in the district semifinals. As the team gathered on an out-of-the-way set of bleachers at Patriots Park, more tears started to flow. Then, assistant coach Amy Oswald, who played for coach John Eyer on a team that won districts 10 years earlier, started to wipe tears from her eyes.
With two pretty young teams, you get the feeling that Emmaus and Liberty are set for some pretty big battles over the next couple of seasons.
The first two real salvos in the war came in softball’s postseason this year when Emmaus downed the Hurricanes 3-2 in eight innings in the EPC semifinal before Liberty took revenge, winning the District 11 Semifinals 11-2 over the Hornets last week at Patriots Park in Allentown.
Nearly every championship team in any sport and any level needs to overcome some adversity to get to the top.
Although the Emmaus boys volleyball team wasn’t challenged often in the regular season or even in the league and district playoffs, the Hornets had to battle back twice in Saturday’s state quarterfinal against Pennridge.