It was another typical Emmaus-Parkland boys lacrosse match. Two teams that have been at or near the top of the boys lacrosse standings for the last decade were involved in yet another memorable matchup last Wednesday night at Emmaus High School. The Trojans having won the final Lehigh Valley Conference title last year, and the Green Hornets took the District 11 championship.
The Emmaus boys basketball team had a rough end to its regular season. The Green Hornets lost two of their last three East Penn Conference games, and the only win was a tough, three-point victory against Central Catholic.
But even with a strong 2014-15 schedule, Emmaus (12-13 overall, 11-5 EPC) qualified for the league and district tournaments. And to continue with an up-and-down season, the Green Hornets fell to Allen in the first round of the EPC tournament, in what head coach Steve Yoder called "one of the worst games we've played all season."
Senior wrestler Tom Alcaro has enjoyed a stellar final season in the Emmaus wrestling program.
He had compiled a 22-1 record heading into district duals, and the Green Hornets have gone 15-7 overall this season. The won the US Navy Duals in South Carolina, and finished runners-up in the Whitehall Duals and the Saucon Valley Invitational to open up the season. Alcaro also recently won his 100th career match.
But it hasn't come easy for Alcaro to get to this point, and a lot of sweat and tears have gone into 2014-15.
The Parkland boys basketball team has dominated the East Penn Conference thus far this season. The Trojans are undefeated in the conference and have won 12 of their 13 league games by double digits.
Last Friday night at Parkland High School, Emmaus was looking to put a blemish on that league record before the Trojans showed their might and took another double digit win, 72-49.
The two teams were tied at halftime, but the Trojans heated up and outscored the Green Hornets 27-4 in the third quarter to take over the game and hold on for the victory.
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.