The Emmaus boys basketball team has been in its fair share of big games this season, including four match ups against the third-ranked team in the state in Parkland.
Saturday afternoon, just days after their fourth loss this season to Parkland, the Green Hornets (19-8) took on Pocono Mountain West with their season on the line in a District 11 third-place game. Facing a win-or-go-home situation, Emmaus came up with it’s most important win of the season.
They have had to do it all season, and last Saturday night at Freedom High School junior guards David and Matt Kachelries came up big to salvage the Emmaus boys basketball season.
The Kachelries brothers combined to score 38 of their team’s 48 points to help defeat Allen 48-43 in the District 11 4A quarterfinals.
“They’re both all-stars and they played like all-stars tonight,” said head coach Steve Yoder. “Good players play really well in big moments and I’m glad they are wearing the green and gold.”
Head coach Steve Yoder’s game plan was simple: slow down the pace of the game to keep the ball in the hands of his offense and out of Parkland’s.
Emmaus slowed down the tempo, but could not slow down the top-seeded Trojans enough. Parkland struggled to find a rhythm, but ultimately found a way to beat the Green Hornets for the third time this year 44-36 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinals last Wednesday night at Liberty High School.
The regular season did not end the way the Emmaus boys basketball team had hoped it would. Needing to beat Whitehall last Wednesday night in the season finale to clinch a first-round home game in the opening round of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference tournament, the Green Hornets fell to the Zephyrs in overtime and dropped from the number three seed to the fifth seed.
That loss did not seem to sit well, as the Hornets bounced back three days later to take down fourth seeded Stroudsburg 53-43 last Friday night at Stroudsburg High School.
Coming into the final game of the season, the Emmaus ice hockey team was unbeaten in its last three games and hadn’t lost since a 7-6 setback on December 21.
And after one period of play last Monday night it looked as if the Green Hornets (5-9-1) were going to continue their unbeaten streak, up 3-1 after one.
But three straight goals and some heavy hitting helped Easton to a 7-6 regular season finale win at the Bethlehem Steel Ice Center.
Two days after scoring his 1000th point at home in front of his family, David Kachelries was back at it, but with some help from one of his family members in his brother Matt.
David and Matt Kachelries combined to score 49 points and lead a comeback effort for a crucial 74-67 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference road win at Central Catholic last Friday night.
When Brian Hunter was a senior at Emmaus back in 2007, he scored his 1000th career point in the Emmaus High School gym. A young David Kachelries was in attendance that night. Little did he know his day would come.
Kachelries scored his 1,000th career point in the same fashion as Hunter had, with a long-range three-pointer. It came in last week’s 66-57 win over Northampton.
“It was great. It was perfectly lined up,” Kachelries said. “To do it in front of friends and family is awesome. I needed 15 and when I was at 12, I knew I was going for the three. It was a great feeling.
Head coach Steve Yoder knew it was going to be a tough game, but he didn’t want to make any excuses.
Nazareth was playing in front of its home crowd and seeking revenge after a 49-45 loss to Emmaus back in December that knocked the Blue Eagles from the ranks of the unbeaten.
A 50-point second half surge helped lead Nazareth past Emmaus (14-4 overall, 9-3 EPC) 73-65 last Friday evening at Nazareth Area High School.
Soccer is often referred to as the beautiful game. Last Sunday night at the Northampton Community Center, soccer was the main attraction, albeit off of the field.
Scholar athletes from Lehigh Valley high schools were recognized, with a male and two females earning the honors of a scholarship award.
When longtime Catasauqua Area High School head coach Trajano Bastidas was inducted into the Lehigh Valley Soccer Hall of Fame, he talked about his passion for the sport, and how he grew up around the game and gave the love of it to his three sons.
Rising senior Katie Bacher wanted to be the best she could be in cross country. In the end, the hard work and dedication paid off as she took home the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference MVP honors during the 2014 season last fall, even while battling health issues.
Bacher was also named the East Penn Press Female Athlete of the Year for her achievements in cross country and track and field.