On the Monday following the District 11 Diving Championships, Emmaus swimming head coach Tim O’Connor had to deliver bad news to his girls swimming team. Rival Parkland had swept the top four spots in diving, leaving Emmaus 68 points behind heading into the swimming events at last weekend’s District 11 Championships. Instead of despair, his girls responded with “so there’s a chance.”
“I had to point out that 68 points behind is not good, but they just kept focused on having a chance to catch them and that’s what they set out to do,” said O’Connor.
As teammates on the Emmaus diving team, Andrew Vanim, Brendan McCourt and Drew Stenger are used to battling each other in competitions. On Saturday, they also had to battle the best divers in District 11 as they fought for spots in the PIAA Championships later this month at Bucknell University.
When nobody can remember exactly the last time a specific event took place, odds are it’s been a long time. Such is the case for people trying to remember the last time that Emmaus beat Parkland head-to-head in girls swimming.
While few people are completely sure of the year, it’s generally agreed that it’s been at least a decade, and most likely a couple of years longer since the Lady Hornets beat their Parkland counterparts.
When it comes to swimming, Emmaus and Parkland are always on a collision course and that course ended last Thursday when the two schools came into their final regular season meet undefeated in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. The winner would take home the EPC championship.
In previous seasons, the Emmaus boys had the edge over Parkland, while the Lady Trojans had pretty well handled the Lady Hornets in head-to-head competition.
Hopes of a trip to the District 11 Tournament for the Lady Hornets were dashed by a 49-41 loss to Whitehall in the season finale, giving Emmaus a six-game losing streak to finish the season that left it just short of qualifying for the postseason.
Bri Hart led all scorers with a game-high 13 points and Kathryn DeJohn scored seven for Emmaus. Kylee Cunningham and Brianna Smith each scored 10 points for Whitehall.
Emmaus High School recently celebrated 20 student athletes who signed letters of intent to attend Division 1 or Division 2 college. The group is the largest group of student athletes to get scholarships for colleges and universities from Emmaus for as long as anyone connected with the school can remember.
Not just the amount of students is staggering, but the numbers and accomplishments achieved by those students is astounding, even to athletic director Dennis Ramella.
Nine Emmaus High School female student athletes signed letters of intent last week to continue their education and athletic careers at colleges and universities across the country. Alyson Bohman (volleyball), Christina Carotenuto (field hockey), Madalyn Dorn (field hockey), Samantha Fritzinger (golf), Kira Koehler (field hockey), Reilly McGinnis (soccer), Brittany Morgan (field hockey), Meredith Sholder (field hockey) and Kiyae White (basketball) have all accepted scholarships.
A total of 11 Emmaus High School boys student-athletes officially announced their college plans with letters of intent last week at Emmaus High School. Noah Bacon (soccer), Eric Cichocki (baseball), Tyler Corpora (lacrosse), Kacper Grycel (soccer), David Kachelries (basketball), Braedon LaBar (lacrosse), Carson Landis (football), Ian McCardle (football), Todd Moxey (baseball), Drew Schwindenhammer (football) and Dylan Sosnow (soccer) all made their college commitments official.
As Emmaus prepares for their its meet against Parkland to wrap up the regular season, three Emmaus divers competed in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Diving Competition this past Saturday at Parkland High School. Senior Andrew Vanim finished second in the competition, behind Nazareth’s Steven Stasolla. Emmaus’ Brendan McCourt finished fourth and Drew Stenger was seventh in the competition.
At an EPC meet last month, Stasolla was also the top diver, with McCourt and Vanim finishing second and third, respectively.
This season has been pretty well split into three separate entities for Emmaus girls basketball. The team endured a three-game losing skid early in the season to put them at 3-5 on the year overall, with the highlight being an impressive win over Central Catholic at Rockne Hall three days before Christmas.
From there, head coach Carl Scheitrum challenged his team with the number 42. That was the number he wrote on a white board and circled, stressing to his team that if it could hold opponents to 42 points, it could win a lot of games.