This football season featured a bevy of playmakers in District 11.
Many of those players eclipsed school records and some even took down district records on their way to memorable season.
The following is a list of those accomplishments compiled by statistician Duke Helm through the first week of the postseason.
In Randy Cuthbert’s first season as Emmaus’ head football coach, the Hornets reached the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Last season, Cuthbert’s second at the helm, the Hornets stuck around a week longer by reaching the title game.
This year, the team wants to keep up the progress by winning the EC title.
With a 61-22 win over Williamsport last Friday night, the Hornets earned a place in this week’s championship game. They will host Reading, which beat Pleasant Valley last week to get into the EC title game.
In case Phantoms fans forgot what minor league hockey is all about, the Flyers gave them a not-so-gentle reminder when they recalled two popular players to provide help for the parent club.
Forward Taylor Leier and defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere were recalled, delivering a blow to the Phantom lineup.
Leier, 21, recorded four goals and five assists in 14 games with the Phantoms this season, his second in the AHL.
After an hour-and-a-half bus ride to Central Columbia High School for the PIAA Class AAA field hockey quarterfinals, Emmaus came out a little flat against Wilkes-Barre Coughlin. A second-half surge turned the game around and the Lady Hornets enjoyed the ride home after beating the Crusaders 5-1 to advance in the state playoffs.
“We just didn’t have the mojo going,” said head coach Sue Butz-Stavin. “We did some things, but we were a little careless with the passes and stuff. Once things started clicking a little better, we drew a few more corners and finished”
Most fans, players and coaches agree that using penalty kicks to determine the outcome of a soccer game is not the best way to decide the winner, especially in the postseason.
Unfortunately for Emmaus that’s exactly what happened and the Hornets came up on the wrong end of the penalty kick against Conestoga in the first round of the PIAA layoffs, losing the penalty kicks 6-5 and the game 2-1.
The third annual Scheitrum Classic was held at Emmaus High School recently to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. This year’s tournament featured 18 teams – 13 varsity and five junior varsity – playing in games throughout the weekend in both the main gym and auxiliary gym at Emmaus. This year’s tournament raised $1,000 that will be donated to the American Cancer Society. Through its three years, the Scheitrum Classic has now raised $2,500 for the American Cancer Society.
Why hunt elk out West when you can stay in the Keystone State and bag an 894-pound, 7x6 racked bull elk? That’s what Rodney Hoover of Martinsburg did on Nov. 2 during Pennsylvania’s lottery draw elk hunt.
According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, more than 73 percent of hunters taking part in the 2015 elk hunt took home a trophy elk. Of that, 85 elk were taken during the regular, one-week elk season that ended Nov. 7.
Those licensed to hunt antlered elk - or bulls - had a 95-percent success rate. That’s better than most high-priced elk hunts out West or New Mexico.
Five weeks into the season it looked as though the Emmaus football team was just looking to finish the season and move on from a disappointing year. But the senior class didn’t want to go out that way.
With four wins out in their next five games, the Hornets reached the Eastern Conference playoffs. They might have come up just short of their goal to qualify for districts, but the consolation prize is getting to play for a title this Friday night on their home field.
In their three previous meetings this season, Parkland and Emmaus played to a scoreless tie and a 1-0 Emmaus win in their regular season meetings, along with a 3-2 Parkland victory in the league championship. Their fourth meeting was for the District 11 championship and a trip to the PIAA playoffs and Emmaus came away with a hard-fought 2-0 win.
The trip to states allows Emmaus to meet a goal that the team set at the beginning of the season.
For two and a half quarters, the Emmaus football team looked like it might pull off an upset against Parkland. A win was in the Hornets’ grasp last Friday night in Orefield.
Emmaus scored first and trailed by only two points with just over a minute left in the third quarter, but the Trojans’ athleticism took over and was too much for the Hornets in a 35-12 loss that ended the regular season.
While a win could resulted in a district playoff berth, Emmaus (5-5) still goes on to the Eastern Conference playoffs this weekend.