Emmaus High School senior volleyball player Macy Van Den Elzen was named the 2019-20 Gatorade Pennsylvania Volleyball Player of the Year.
It is the 35th year of the award and the first time a Green Hornets student-athlete received the honor.
“I’m really humbled by it,” said Van Den Elzen. “It’s an incredible honor to be a part of this 35-year prestigious award. Gatorade’s Pay it Forward program gave me the opportunity to donate a $1,000 grant to Special Olympics. That’s what I’m most proud of.”
The Emmaus boys and girls swimming and diving teams took on highly touted Wilson-West Lawn last weekend at Emmaus High School. The teams came away with split results, with the Hornet boys downing Wilson 105-81 while the girls suffered their first loss of the season, falling 126-60 to the Bulldogs. The win has the EHS boys team a perfect 9-0 on the season, while the girls are now 8-1.
The Emmaus swimming teams competed in the highly competitive Wilson Relays on Saturday and came out of the event with good results.
As a team, the boys finished in third place with a score of 272 points with La Salle College High School winning the meet with a score of 315. The girls placed fifth with Wilson West Lawn winning the meet with a score of 311 compared to Emmaus’ 231. Boys teams had nine top-five finishes while the girls team had five. Emmaus also had three second-place finishes in mixed events.
Emmaus High School junior Shep Henseler has had his role within his team change recently.
He began the 2019-20 season coming off the bench without a high minutes per game total. Toward the middle of the season then his minutes started to increase.
Over the last few games Henseler has entered the starting lineup and has shined for head coach Steve Yoder and his program.
Emmaus High School’s varsity cheerleaders won their division and a ticket to the state championships after competing in the District 11 Cheerleading Competition on Jan. 4 at Easton Area Middle School.
“It has been our goal to get to states, but winning the division title was icing on the cake,” said Emmaus cheerleading head coach Lori Schaeffer.
The Hornets were up against Nazareth in the large division, where only one squad would make it to states. Nazareth had placed higher against Emmaus at the East Penn Conference Championship, so the competition was intense.
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Since its loss to the defending state champion Bethlehem Catholic team on the second day of the year, Emmaus rattled off four wins in an eight-day stretch to bring its season record to 6-7 overall.
The Hornets have won the four games by an average of 15 points and came from behind to beat Wilson West Lawn 46-41 Saturday at Emmaus.
From his first dive, Brandan McCourt took the lead in the East Penn Conference mid-season diving meet and never looked back from there. The 11-dive meet is an opportunity for divers to gauge where they are in the competition for conference and district championships later in the season and right now, the gauge is pretty high for McCourt.
The Emmaus wresting program dished out a few lumps and took a few as well during the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic, held Dec. 28-29 at Liberty High School.
Four Green Hornets - Geovanni Lainez at 113, Evan Camire wrestling at 126, 138-pounder Kordell Waiters and Cody Lafaver in the 220-pound category - claimed first-round victories. Marco Albanese at 106, Caden Wright at 182, James Santichen at 285 along with Waiters were victorious in the tournament’s second round.
Trailing by three goals to Parkland, winner of the last nine Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League titles, Emmaus could have given up, but that’s not what happened.
The Green Hornets battled back and almost made it all the way back. They scored two consecutive goals in the third period and threatened to tie the score, but could not make it all the way back, falling to the Trojans 4-2 on Monday, Dec. 30 at the Lehigh Valley rink.
Emmaus has lost four straight games and is now 2-11-1 overall for five points.
It has been an up-and-down 2019-20 season thus far for the Emmaus boys basketball team.
Following the graduation of a successful senior class last year, including its entire starting lineup and sixth-man, head coach Steve Yoder knew this year would be difficult and would take some time to get some inexperienced varsity players acclimated to the new level.