At 1-4 just five games into the 2015 season, not many people outside of the Emmaus football program believed the Green Hornets would make, or were even worthy of playing in the postseason. But that was just one half of the season.
Over its next five games Emmaus went 4-1 with the lone loss coming to Eastern Pennsylvania Conference champion Parkland last Friday night. The loss kept the Hornets out of districts, but they still qualified to play in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
It looked to be a mismatch from the get-go. The height at the net for the Parkland girls volleyball team was a huge advantage for the Trojans both offensively and defensively in the 3-0 win last Tuesday night at Whitehall high school in the District 11 Class AAA semifinals. Parkland won by scores of 25-8, 25-10, and 25-13. These two teams are in the final four of the district nearly every year battling for the title. This year was no different.
Kira Koehler is one of the more selfless players at Emmaus. The junior forward scored six goals in Emmaus’ 9-1 win over Northampton in the District 11 quarterfinals and isn’t even sure if that’s a career-high. Instead, she quickly turned the discussion to how much her teammates helped her and how well they played in the win.
It was a difficult season for the Emmaus girls soccer team and Sarah Oswald, the team’s first-year coach. The Hornets were eliminated from District 11 playoffs with a 3-1 loss to Parkland in the district quarterfinals.
Things started well for Emmaus when Bella Kober scored with 9:56 to play in the first half, giving Emmaus a 1-0 lead.
The Pleasant Valley Bears probably won’t be sending a Christmas card to the Emmaus boys soccer team this year. After all, the Hornets have bounced the Bears from districts in three of the last five years now after a 3-1 win over Pleasant Valley Saturday at the Zephyrs Sports Complex in Whitehall.
The loss eliminated the Bears and sent Emmaus to the semifinals for the sixth straight season. Liberty will provide the competition for Emmaus in the next round.
The Emmaus girls volleyball team used their athleticism, and the friendly confines of their home gymnasium, to dispatch of Pleasant Valley 3-0 by scores of 25-13, 25-21, and 25-11 last Thursday night in the District 11 3A quarterfinals.
The Green Hornets advanced to the semifinals, a spot they have been familiar with for the last couple of years, and will face a familiar opponent in Parkland.
Life gives second chances. Sports are no exception.
When it comes to Emmaus cross country runners Katie Bacher and Abby Dalton, the duo knows all about getting another opportunity.
Bacher finished last week’s District 11 Class AAA Cross Country Championships as the fifth-fastest girls runner. Dalton placed shortly behind her counterpart, taking 10th place and earning the final medal of the Class AAA girls’ field. Both qualified for the upcoming state meet on Saturday for the second straight year.
If you thought the District 11 football playoffs were going to be a bit clearer heading into week 10, think again.
While the 1A and 2A scenarios seem to be a bit more cut and dry, 3A and 4A have plenty of narratives heading into the final weekend of the regular season.
Here what’s we know in each of the four classifications.
With a young roster this year, the Emmaus girls volleyball team doesn’t have much playoff experience in its starting lineup, and maybe that showed in the first game of an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference quarterfinal match up last Tuesday night at Liberty.
The Hurricanes controlled game one and took the next one before the Green Hornets bounced back to force a fourth game. But second-seeded Liberty held on to beat seventh-seeded Emmaus 3-1 by scores of 25-14, 25-19, 17-25, and 25-22 to advance to the semifinals of the league tournament.
With the exception of the penalty kick phase of Emmaus’ 1-0 win over Central Catholic in the opening round of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference playoffs, the Hornets have gone over 180 minutes without putting the ball in the net. While soccer may be a low-scoring type of game, at some point, you have to score goals to win.
Emmaus (17-2-1) was bounced from the conference playoffs in the semifinals when it lost to Parkland 2-0 at J. Birney Crum Stadium.