The Emmaus boys basketball team needed some momentum. After winning nine of its first 10 games, including eight in a row to start the 2018-19 season, the Green Hornets lost two of their next three, both by double-figures.
One night after falling at home to Liberty, Emmaus returned to the Hornets Nest looking to get back on the right foot. It did just that, led by two of its seniors.
Zach Sabol and Bryce Diehl combined for 49 points in a 70-57 non-conference win over Pottstown Saturday night.
The Emmaus boys basketball team had slow starts to both the first and fourth quarters in Saturday’s match up against Bethlehem Catholic. The Hornets were unable to overcome the deficits and dropped the highly-anticipated showdown between two of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s top teams. The host Hawks came away with an 80-67 win.
The Green Hornets (9-2, 5-1) scored the game’s opening basket, but then Becahi answered with 15 straight points.
The Emmaus ice hockey team gave up two third-period goals, one in heartbreaking fashion at the end of regulation, in falling to Southern Lehigh 3-2 last Monday night in Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey League action on a cold night on the outdoor rink at the Bethlehem Municipal rink.
With the score tied at 2-2 and less than five minutes to go, each team battled and had several good opportunities in front of net, but only one team was able to break through.
While the week between Christmas and New Years is a time when many local high school basketball teams to compete in local holiday tournaments, the Emmaus boys basketball team spent the days after Christmas in Orlando, Florida.
The Green Hornets spent five days in the Sunshine State and plaed three games while down south. They won two of the three games against opponents from three different states.
The Emmaus boys basketball team won its first three games of the season rather comfortably, all by double-digits.
Last Tuesday night against Nazareth was a different story. Emmaus trailed after each of the first two quarters, and led by just one heading into the fourth before beating the Blue Eagles 64-60.
The Emmaus boys basketball team has had trouble knocking off Parkland over the course of the last five-plus years.
But the Green Hornets had a fast start to the game and never looked back, opening up a 16-2 lead in the first quarter on their way to a 63-50 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference victory over the Trojans last Tuesday night at Emmaus High School, just their first victory over Parkland in more than two years.
Heading into the 2018-19 season, the Emmaus boys basketball team has plenty of positive hype and energy surrounding the program. It had won two District 11 Class 6A playoff games last year and advanced to the state tournament. The Hornets also had a successful summer season.
With four starters returning and a transfer that started a majority of games for Whitehall last year joining the fray, expectations were high for Emmaus.
Even in somewhat of a rebuilding year last year, the Emmaus boys basketball team finished with a winning record (14-13 overall) and reached the District 11 Class 6A semifinals and the state tournament.
Now, looking into the 2018-19 season, the Green Hornets have plenty of key ingredients back to do even more damage and make an even deeper run this year.
Emmaus returns four starters and has added a transfer who started at his former school to form a group capable of competing for both league and district crowns this season.
The Emmaus ice hockey team had a rough start to its 2018-19 campaign, losing its first four games. But since it has gotten back on the right path with wins in four of its last six outings.
“We opened the season with four very difficult games: Parkland, Freedom and two games against Northampton,” said Hornet head coach Keith Hurlburt. “These are the top teams in the league and we struggled a bit.
The Emmaus girls volleyball team was able to check off all of its major goals this season.The team won a large number of games during the regular season, qualified for both the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 Class 4A playoffs, and competed in the state playoff tournament.
But the Hornets’ magical 2018 run came to an end in the first round of the state playoffs. Emmaus fell to District 1’s Garnet Valley by scores of 25-17, 25-20, 25-23 at Upper Dublin High School.