Emmaus starts just one senior, and plays just one other in the regular rotation. While that bodes well for the future, a bit of the Hornets’ inexperience showed late in last week’s game against Liberty.
It turns out a 10-point lead early in the fourth quarter wasn’t enough of a cushion. The Hurricanes (3-8 overall; 2-6 in EPC) finished the game on a 13-0 run to hand Emmaus a tough 34-31 defeat last Friday at Liberty High School.
Plenty of history was made in 2018 for the Cedar Crest College women’s volleyball team. And former Emmaus High School standout Tiffany Hoppes was at the center of it.
Hoppes even set some personal history this past fall with the Falcons.
Cedar Crest (18-8 overall, 6-2 in CSAC) won its first ever playoff match this season, defeating Clarks Summit University in five sets in the Colonial States Athletic Conference quarterfinal in late October. It was the first time the Falcons had been to the playoffs since 2012.
When Megan Forstburg was at Emmaus, she spent much of her high school volleyball career as a hitter. And a great one at that.
But when she arrived at Shippensburg, head coach Leanne Piscotty tried Forstburg out at a number of new positions.
“I came in my freshmen year and started setting, which was nuts,” Forstburg said. “And then in my sophomore year, [Piscotty] was like, ‘OK, you are going to play defense now.’ I was like, ‘OK, I’ll try.’
“I played defensive specialist my freshman year, and then got to libero my sophomore and junior years.”
One of the biggest college football rivalries continues its tradition when Army and Navy kick off on Saturday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. And one of Emmaus’ former stars will suit up for the rivalry his last time.
Andy Davidson, a senior running back for Army at West Point, is days away from the 119th meeting. It will be the second-to-last game for Davidson, who has had a remarkable college career at Army.
As the seconds ticked away during last week’s East Penn Conference field hockey championship, Emmaus found itself in unfamiliar territory. The unbeaten Hornets were tied with No. 2 seed Easton late in the game after the Red Rovers opened the game with an early goal.
But senior midfielder Kacie Patton, who was named a First Team EPC all-star prior to the game, was more than willing to play the role of hero.
Emmaus field hockey head coach Sue Butz-Stavin admits Saturday’s win over Parkland wasn’t one of the Hornets’ better outings through 19 games. But at this point in the season, it’s a win-and-advance motto across the Lehigh Valley.
The Hornets lived to fight another day, but Butz-Stavin understands a lot must change moving forward in the playoffs.
Emmaus (19-0 overall, 17-0 in EPC) scored three first-half goals and disposed of Parkland, 4-0, on Saturday at Memorial Field in the first round of the East Penn Conference tournament.
Despite its sluggish start in the first half, there was no yelling at halftime from Emmaus boys soccer head coach John Cari. Instead, there were words of encouragement and a few adjustments.
It only took a few minutes to see how much different the Hornets looked coming out of halftime against rival Parkland.
It’s hard to find a flaw with the Emmaus field hockey team. But if there’s one thing through the Hornets’ first six games that could be a cause for concern, it’s the fact that they haven’t been tested yet in 2018.
Emmaus (6-0) cruised to a dominant win over Hazleton on Saturday afternoon. Riley Baughman and Annika Herbine each scored four goals in the Hornets’ 12-0 shutout at Memorial Field.
The Limeport Bulls kept getting knocked down. But they always found a way to get back up.
After facing a 1-0 deficit to top seeded Northampton in the Blue Mountain League championship series, the Bulls fought back to even things up. The Giants took Game 3, and Northampton led for much of the next game, which would have clinched a title for the Giants.
The irony is a bit chilling. Perhaps unsettling and alarming even.
On a Sunday back in 1988, Ted Brennan’s father suffered a heart attack in church when he was 51 years old. He didn’t survive.
Nearly 30 years later to the day, and at the same age as his father, Ted suffered one as well.