Emmaus boys basketball head coach Steve Yoder knew it was going to be tough in the first week or two of the season, but he didn't think it would be as tough as Saturday's game against Liberty.
A couple of missed free throws and some failed layups were too much to overcome a late comeback effort, as Emmaus (1-0) fell in its opener to Liberty last Saturday night at Liberty High School.
It was the first official game of the new Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, as some of the other games in the 11th annual Yasso-Rothrock tournament were not considered league contests.
Finally, the big class that boys basketball head coach Steve Yoder has been raving about is upperclassmen.
Twelve juniors make up 80 percent of the varsity roster for the Green Hornets. The group is led by forwards Joey Polczynski, Kevin Wambold and Brandon Rapose, who each saw their share of valuable playing time last year on a team that won 18 games last year and made it to the District 11 finals, also qualifying for the state tournament.
Last Thursday night in the District 11 final at Whitehall High School, the Emmaus girls volleyball team looked across the court and saw a familiar opponent. One that the Hornets have seen many times in big games this year and in years past.
In 2013, the Green Hornets were able to take down Parkland in the semifinals of the district tournament. This year the two teams matched up in the final.
It was also the fourth time the rivals squared off this season, the most recent coming in the inaugural Eastern Pennslvania Conference final two weeks ago.
It was just a little over a week ago that the Emmaus football team had hopes for a spot in the District 2-11 Class AAAA subregional tournament. But a disappointing 48-41 loss to Whitehall in week 9 seriously hurt those chances.
Heading into their season finale, the Green Hornets were looking to take any kind of momentum into the playoffs.
Coaches never want to hear the saying "it was just nice to be there," but in the case of head coach Gwen Millets and her Emmaus girls volleyball team, they still took the positives out of a 3-0 loss to rival Parkland in the inaugural East Penn Conference final.
The Green Hornets were defeated 25-13, 25-22 and 25-18 last Thursday evening at Whitehall High School, but still looked at some of the good things that happened moving forward.
Senior running back Andrew Davidson always wants the ball in his hands. He has been relentless in his rushing attack all season, but he took it to another level last Saturday night.
With teh team already missing senior running back Wyl Miller for the remainder of the season, Davidson's complimentary tailback Kyle Boney was also limited in the game because of injury, but the Emmaus run game did not skip a beat.