There’s nothing like a couple of wins to get a team back on track and build some confidence. The Lady Hornets picked up back-to-back wins against Scranton and Dieruff to close out the 2018 portion of their schedule and it provided them with a needed lift.
“Winning always makes things easier and you could sense a little confidence boost after those games,” said Emmaus head coach Kelsey Gallagher. “Of course, we would have liked to get those wins earlier in the season but they came at a pretty good time to give us some confidence and get us heading in the right direction.”
The first month of the winter sports season can be a hectic one. With scheduled time off for Christmas and the New Year, time for training and working on specific things can be rare as games come fast and furious.
That’s been the case for Emmaus swimming, which opened the season with the Cedar Crest Classic and then had meets with Whitehall, Liberty and Nazareth on the schedule.
The latest triumph saw the Emmaus girls down Nazareth 132-52, while the boys beat the Blue Eagles 114-71. Both teams have opened the season with a 3-0 start.
It wasn’t easy, but the Lady Hornets picked up their first win of the season in a nonconference game against the Scranton Lady Knights.
Emmaus shut down the Knights offense in overtime for a 54-44 win heading into the Christmas break.
Two months ago, Mike Mihalik stepped down as the coach of the Emmaus baseball team when he took the position as supervisor of secondary curriculum for the East Penn School District. The demands of the job just aren’t compatible with full-time coaching duties.
Pending board approval, Jeremy Haas, an assistant under Mihalik, will take over as the head coach for the 2019 season.
Haas played high school ball at Southern Lehigh and was a four-year varsity player. Collegiately, Haas played at George Mason University and was a center fielder, taking a starting role for two seasons.
Nobody said things would go easily for the Emmaus Lady Hornets this season, especially in the early going. With a young team, the growing pains are hitting full force early on, but those pains are bringing some positive signs with them.
Senior Anne Glowacki leads the team in scoring through the early going, averaging 7.5 points per game, with junior Alyssa Burkhart averaging six points per game. Both players have looked to do their part to help pull a struggling offense along.
The Emmaus boys and girls swimming and diving teams are both off to a 2-0 start to the season with wins over Whitehall and Liberty. One of the things that jumps out is the performance of the diving squad, which is seeing a resurgence.
In the win over Liberty, the girls captured three of the top five spots, while the boy swept the top three spots against the Hurricanes.
The Lady Tigers from Northwestern Lehigh put up 51 points in a win over Whitehall Friday night, so Emmaus knew it would be a tough opponent when they squared off against Northwestern Saturday afternoon on the Hornets’ home court.
The Tigers showed no fatigue from playing the night before and came out red hot with junior Sydney Sevrain leading the way with eight first-quarter points. Northwestern picked up a 50-34 nonconference win over Emmaus in the Hornets’ season opener.
The Lady Hornets finished last season at 8-14 overall and are tasked with trying to improve on that record even though they lost their top three scorers from last season to graduation. Add to that an ACL injury to Megan Navitsky, who was fourth on the team in scoring last season, and there’s a lot of rebuilding for the team to do in the 2018-19 season.
Gone are Kathryn DeJohn, Cayley Grabowski, Bri Hart, Leah Tannous and CC Wippel. Grabowski was injured for all of last season and spent the year serving as a student-coach under first-year coach Kelsey Gallagher.
The Emmaus boys went 11-0 in the EPC last season and 12-1 overall. They also won their 11th straight District 11 championship and performed well in states. With their biggest roster in recent years, Emmaus has plenty of young swimmers pushing for spots and it’s created great competition, especially on the boys side, which head coach Tim O’Connor welcomes.
While there are big numbers, the team has just three seniors and six juniors. There are a total of 13 boys sophomore and freshmen swimmers on this year’s team.
There was a time when people speaking about high school swimming in the Lehigh Valley spoke mainly about Emmaus and Parkland. Those days are changing, as the Liberty girls finished last season 13-1 overall and were perfect in the EPC. Girls teams from Easton and Nazareth both won eight EPC meets. The Emmaus girls finished second to Parkland in districts last season, but continue to close the gap between the two rivals.