While both the Emmaus boys and girls swim teams picked up easy wins against Pocono Mountain West and East Stroudsburg North and South on Saturday, the quad-meet was anything but dull. The four schools all piled into the natatorium at Emmaus to do battle and the energy level was high right from the first heat.
The Emmaus boys and girls teams are both 10-1 on the season, with two competitive meets against Liberty and Parkland to wrap up the regular season.
Emmaus came into the season with a young team featuring just two seniors on its roster in Zoe Stein and Kiyae White. Both have been through rough times with the program, including seeing White lose her junior season to a knee injury and going down with a second knee injury against Central Catholic Friday night that appears to have ended her season.
Stein has been a constant. While she doesn’t put up gaudy stats, she’s a quiet leader on the team and is the type of player that makes the team better by contributing in ways that don’t show up on stat sheet.
With just over two weeks until the season finale against rival Parkland, the Emmaus swim teams have both rebounded well after suffering their first defeats of the season to Wilson West Lawn recently. Both the boys and girls teams took losses, but both also rebounded to pickup wins over Easton and Dieruff, leaving them with identical 6-1 records.
Both teams seem to be hitting their stride and are getting a lot of help from divers in picking up points in meets. In fact, Andrew Vanim and Brendan McCourt recently hit school milestones while competing in the Wilson Relays.
On the heels of a near miss in an upset opportunity against Parkland and a drubbing of a good Pleasant Valley team, the Emmaus girls basketball team looked to build on that momentum as it headed into the toughest stretch of the 2016-17 schedule.
While the confidence was high, Emmaus dropped two straight, falling to top teams Nazareth (11-1, 16-2) and Easton (11-1, 16-2), by combined scores of 146-73.
The Emmaus girls basketball team is closing in on a district playoff spot. With an impressive 63-30 dismantling of a pretty good Pleasant Valley team on Friday, Emmaus moved to 7-3 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and 9-7 overall. With all conference games left on the schedule, just one more win will lock up a postseason spot for the Lady Hornets.
After missing last season with a knee injury, Kiyae White has returned to the basketball court on a mission. In her senior season, White is looking to help lead Emmaus to the postseason. The senior has, at times, carried the team on her shoulders, while at other times, has turned the keys to the offense over to other players who were hot.
It really wasn’t that long ago when the Emmaus diving program struggled to compete against most other teams in the area. They would have an occasional strong showing, but consistency was a main issue. Lately though, that has all changed and that was evident Saturday during the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Diving meet held at Emmaus.
In their first meet since before Christmas, both the Emmaus boys and girls swim teams stretched their records to 3-0 on the season with wins over Freedom. The girls team downed the Lady Patriots 119-64, while the boys picked up a 113-70 win in their home pool.
The girls jumped to an early lead taking first and second in the 200-yard medley relay and then saw Katie Champagne win the 200 yard freestyle before they swept the top three spots in the 200 yard individual medley, with Kelly Harvey taking first, Maggie Champagne second and Marissa Decker third in the event.
Not many teams can go into Rockne Hall at Central Catholic High School and come out with a win over the girls basketball team. It had been a long time since Emmaus was able to accomplish that feat, but the Hornets can cross that off their bucket list.
Emmaus went into Rockne last Thursday and came away with a 40-39 win over the Vikettes in a game that not only built confidence for the Hornets, but sent a bit of a message that they can no longer be thought of as an easy win for opponents.
The second annual Cedar Crest Invitational was held Saturday at Parkland High School.
The event, organized by Emmaus head coach Tim O’Connor and Parkland head coach Rob Robitaille, brings six other schools in for opening day of the varsity swimming and diving season. The event doesn’t track points and has no consideration in any season standings, but it does give the swimmers an opportunity to gauge where they are at the start of the season.