Heading into the season, Emmaus girls volleyball coach Gwen Millets knew she had a young team that lacked varsity experience. But even after losing four players to graduation last year, the Green Hornets have started off the season with wins in four of their first five matches. The lone loss come to Nazareth.
Boys soccer games between Emmaus and Parkland have always been intense, and sometimes chippy. The players and coaches know each other well, and each program wants and expects to win, so that makes each game of this rivalry better.
But last Saturday night at Lehigh County Sports Complex, the two teams came together for a good cause.
For the last three years, the two rivals have joined forces in helping to raise money for students with cancer.
The game should have been over twice, or so it seemed. But two goals were disallowed, which prevented any scoring in another chapter of the Emmaus-Parkland boys soccer rivalry last Saturday night at Lehigh County Sports Complex.
The Green Hornets found the back of the net off of a corner kick late in the first half, but it was called offside. The Trojans ripped a shot that pierced the net but the final whistle blew just as the kick was made and did not count.
Coming off a tough 3-2 loss to Nazareth (25-19, 20-25, 25-23, 16-25, 10-15) at the beginning of last week, the Emmaus girls volleyball team had hopes of rebounding from its first conference loss of the season.
The Hornets did so with a dominant performance two days later against Northampton divisional play in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s Skyline Division. The Hornets (4-1 overall, 4-1 in EPC) downed the Konkrete Kids (2-5 overall, 1-4 in EPC) in straight sets (25-14, 25-14, 25-10) on Thursday at Emmaus High School.
A 2-0 win over Downingtown West over the weekend may have been a big moment for the boys soccer team. The Whippets are perennially a pretty strong team and to shut them out could have been just the type of game that Emmaus will need to beat some of the stronger competition in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
After going 5-3 in the first half of the season, Emmaus now enters a stretch of tough matches against opponents like Stroudsburg, Nazareth, Parkland and Central Catholic. Actually, the streak started this past Monday when Emmaus faced Northampton and had to do so without number-one singles player Elise VanOrmer.
Even though they dropped their one and two singles matches, the Lady Hornets still played well enough to beat the Konkrete Kids 4-3.
Emmaus field hockey coach Sue Butz-Stavin is now the all-time leader in wins by a high school field hockey coach after her team defeated Dieruff 15-0 last week. The win was the 840th in the 40-year career of Butz-Stavin, whose team has a current streak of 26 straight District 11 championships to its credit. The win pushed Butz-Stavin past former Shore Regional coach Nancy Williams, who finished her career after the 2013 season.
Emmaus girls soccer opened its season with games on back-to-back days, and unfortunately for the Hornets, they weren’t able to pick up a win in either game.
In the opener against Eastern Pennsylvania Conference rival Easton, Emmaus fell 2-1 and followed that up with a 4-0 loss to Central Bucks East on Saturday. CB East made it to the PIAA Class AAA semifinals last season and has the core of its team back on the field for this season.
The objective heading into the first game of the season was for the Emmaus football team to fight through any adversity that might arise.
It got tested on the first play of the game, when East Stroudsburg North’s Eddie Brown ran the opening kick off back for a touchdown.
The Hornets responded on their first play from scrimmage, a 74-yard run by Sal Pagano to the Timberwolves’ five-yard line. They got in the end zone three plays later to take the lead. They found the end zone six more times en route to a 49-19 win.
After a pair of deflating losses in Games 3 and 4 of their Blue Mountain League semifinals matchup against Northampton, Limeport co-manager Mike Cudwadie knew two things: The Bulls needed a quick start and their bats needed to come alive in Game 5.
Limeport scored 15 runs in Games 1 and 2 of that series to take a 2-0 lead. But the bats seemed to disappear after Northampton evened the series at two games apiece and held the Bulls to just one run.