April 29, 2019
By: Tom Meikrantz
 I’ve had the opportunity to witness some teams and individuals have some breakthrough victories in high school sports this spring. Let’s start with tennis. Parkland has been the dominant team on the 3A level for years but Emmaus finally ended the Trojan’s stranglehold over the Green Hornets April 16th with a tight 4-3 win. That marked the first time in 15 years that Emmaus beat its’ biggest rival. Emmaus has the best singles player in 3A tennis in Sean Jaeger who recently won his 2nd straight District XI singles championship. The sophomore breezed 6-0, 6-1 over his friend Gabe Knowles of Nazareth.

   Staying with tennis, another milestone occurred in that same District tournament at Lehigh when senior Tej Laliwala won the 2A singles crown with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Moravian Academy’s Robbie Shaff. Laliwala made history becoming the first Panther to win a District title. Both finals matches featured players who have been friends for a long time.

   Finally, the Freedom boys volleyball team traveled to Emmaus April 23rd hoping to show the EPC they belong in the championship conversation and that they did. The Patriots won the first two sets and went on to beat the Green Hornets 3-1 for the program’s first victory against Emmaus since 2009. This time it was Emmaus seeing a successful run end.

   There’s plenty of spring sports left to maybe witness some more long-time streaks or trends to end.