Emmaus High School junior Shep Henseler has had his role within his team change recently.
He began the 2019-20 season coming off the bench without a high minutes per game total. Toward the middle of the season then his minutes started to increase.
Over the last few games Henseler has entered the starting lineup and has shined for head coach Steve Yoder and his program.
Trailing by three goals to Parkland, winner of the last nine Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League titles, Emmaus could have given up, but that’s not what happened.
The Green Hornets battled back and almost made it all the way back. They scored two consecutive goals in the third period and threatened to tie the score, but could not make it all the way back, falling to the Trojans 4-2 on Monday, Dec. 30 at the Lehigh Valley rink.
Emmaus has lost four straight games and is now 2-11-1 overall for five points.
It has been an up-and-down 2019-20 season thus far for the Emmaus boys basketball team.
Following the graduation of a successful senior class last year, including its entire starting lineup and sixth-man, head coach Steve Yoder knew this year would be difficult and would take some time to get some inexperienced varsity players acclimated to the new level.
The Emmaus boys basketball team was outscored 39-26 in the second half in falling to Whitehall 64-52 last Tuesday night in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Skyline Division action at Emmaus High School.
“We had too many unforced turnovers and did not execute well enough on offense or defense,” said Hornet head coach Steve Yoder. “As a result, Whitehall was able to pull away. It was a combination of Whitehall executing very well, and us not matching that execution.”
The Emmaus wrestling team found itself trailing Parkland early on last week as the Trojans were victorious in three of the first four, but that changed rather quickly and in a big way over the final 10 matches.
The Green Hornets earned two consecutive pins to take the lead and won eight of the last 10 bouts to defeat the Trojans 48-19 last Wednesday night in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference action at Parkland High School.
The win was the second straight for Emmaus, which took down Pocono Mountain East back on December 13.
The 2019-20 edition of the Emmaus boys basketball team has a lot of youth and inexperience. from 12th-year head coach Steve Yoder’s perspective.
After losing a majority of its top scorers last season, including all five starters, the Green Hornets feature plenty of fresh, new faces this year under 12th-year head coach Steve Yoder.
The young Emmaus team showed plenty of positive signs in its Eastern Pennsylvania Conference opening game, leading for nearly half of the contest before falling to rival Parkland 61-49 last Tuesday night at Parkland High School.
The Emmaus ice hockey team is young and inexperienced this year, with a lot of freshmen and sophomores getting significant playing time.
The results so far this season haven’t gone the way the Green Hornets would have hoped.
Emmaus suffered its latest setback to defending league champion and rival Parkland 5-2 last Friday night at the Bethlehem Steel Ice Center in Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey action.
The defeat came after the Green Hornets (2-9-1 overall) second win of the season, a 6-2 victory over Easton on November 25th.
The Emmaus boys basketball team came one shot away from winning the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title last season and fell one win short of playing for the District 11 Class 6A championship. The Hornets still qualified for the league tournament last season despite the lack of a postseason title.
The 2019-20 version of the Green Hornets team will look a lot different. Eight seniors graduated, including five starters and multiyear contributors to the program.
In the rubber match against the Emmaus and Parkland girls volleyball teams, neither team gave in, and several sets were decided by just a few points. One set even went well past the 25-point victory.
In her first season as head coach, Brianne Giangiobbe has the Emmaus girls volleyball team in the postseason competing for championships.
Following a setback in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinals, the Green Hornets (16-5) were victorious in their first district game. Emmaus earned the No. 3 seed for districts and took down sixth-seeded Pleasant Valley (11-7) in straight sets 3-0 by scores of 25-9, 25-20 and 25-9 last Thursday night at Emmaus High School in the District 11 Class 4A quarterfinals.