Last year the Emmaus boys basketball team did not have much luck against the Lehigh Valley Conference and District 11 Class AAA champion Central Catholic. The Vikings got the better of the Green Hornets twice, by wide margins.
After eight minutes last Tuesday night, it looked as if a similar outcome was in store. But in the second quarter, Emmaus found its way.
Coming off a dominant performance in the US Military Duals in South Carolina two weeks ago, the Emmaus wrestling team had a few days off to prepare for its next match. They may not have needed that much time.
The Green Hornets rolled to a 71-3 victory over Central Catholic last Thursday night on senior night at Emmaus High School for their 14th win of the season.
Two straight pins from Dan Oberle (182 pounds) and Tom Alcaro (195) put Emmaus in front of Parkland for the first time all night with two bouts remaining.
But it was a pin in the next match by the Trojans' best wrestler, Omar Haddad, at 220 pounds, which gave Parkland the lead back. A decision from Jahan Worth in the final bout (285) clinched the Trojans' 31-25 win over the Green Hornets 31-25 last Wednesday night at Parkland High School.
In some of their losses this season, the Emmaus boys basketball team has had trouble putting up points. That was not the case last Tuesday night against Bethlehem Catholic at Emmaus High School.
Four players scored in double figures, and the Green Hornet defense stifled the Golden Hawks all night in an 89-55 victory.
David Kachelries (19 points), Joey Polcynski (12), Brandon Rapose (10) and Jacob Feiertag (10) all hit the double-digit plateau, and Tyler Prescott (9 points) was one point shy of taht category.
The scoreboard after the final whistle showed 63 shots on goal for the losing team, but just 23 for the winning team. That stat line summed up the quality over quantity in the 8-4 win that Emmaus/Pleasant Valley had over the Diocese team last Monday night at the Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.
The Green Hornets made the most of their shots, while the Diocese team, which is made up of players from Central Catholic, Bethlehem Catholic, and Notre Dame (Green Pond) couldn't get enough past Hornet senior goalie Michael Smoker.
There were some notable streaks snapped last Tuesday night at Emmaus High School. In a back-and-forth affair which saw big leads evaporate for both teams, Emmaus lost a big advantage and then fought back to take down Allen in another classic between the two teams.
The victory ended a four game-losing streak for the Green Hornets, and snapped a seven-game winning streak for the Canaries.
Emmayus boys basketball head coach Steve Yoder knew before the season started that he wanted to challenge his team and play against good competition. Through the last four games, he has seen just that.
The Green Hornets came off their first ever trip to the Mirabito Stop-DWI Holiday Classic in Binghamton, NY, during the weekend in between Christmas and New Years with three losses in three games to top-level teams.
Although the Emmaus wrestling team has started off the year slow, with a 3-4 record, the Hornets last two dual meets each of the past two weekends have shown just what they can do in 2015.
Coming off a team championship two weeks ago at the Trojans Wars dual meet at Chambersburg High School, Emmaus wrestled in the Zephyr Duals at Whitehall High School, along with 14 other teams last Saturday.
The Emmaus boys basketball team was having a tough time with Stroudsburg.
The two teams traded leads 15 different times over the course of the first three quarters before a dominating 32-point fourth quarter propelled the Green Hornets to a 68-50 win over the Mounties last Tuesday night at Emmaus High School.
It was the fourth game in five days for Emmaus, and the Hornets went 3-1 in that span.
Joey Polcynski opened up the scoring with a dunk in transition and the Green Hornets looked to be starting off fast, but Stroudsburg answered every basket with one of its own.
The Emmaus wrestling team fell in the opening round of the District 11 tournament to defending champion Nazareth, but with a large group back with a lot of post season experience, the Green Hornets will look to improve on their 2013-14 season and advance further as a team and individually.
Sophomores Tyler Corpora, Justis Walton, Jacob Alcaro, Jared Skibinski, and Colin Molitorisz, juniors Lucas Schaf and Dan Oberle, and seniors Cole Franklin, Austin Flaugh, and Tom Alcaro all return after qualifying for districts a year ago,