Dan Benedict has a passion for the sport of rugby. The Lafayette College head coach is also a prominent figure in the Lehigh Valley’s formation of the sport, bringing athletes from Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton to form what is known today as Allentown Blues Rugby Football Club.
The organization is a nonprofit corporation, founded in 1967, representing high school and men’s summer 7’s, and youth and high school 15-a-side rugby teams. The Blues’ main purpose is to promote the game of rugby in Eastern Pennsylvania. The Blues are full members of USA Rugby and Rugby Pennsylvania.
In a game that featured both teams struggling from the field, there was one player that noticeably was in rhythm. Unfortunately for Emmaus, he was on the opposing team.
Allen’s 6-foot-6 senior forward Tyrese Martin went 12-for-18 from the field, including 6-for-8 from behind the three-point line, in scoring 37 points and grabbing 17 rebounds, leading his top-ranked and undefeated Canaries (8-0) to a 62-46 victory in the Allen Holiday Basketball Tournament championship game last Wednesday night at Sewards Gym.
Emmaus wrestling head coach Jeff Arbushites knew that his team was going to be in for a tough night last Friday in the Bethlehem Catholic gymnasium. But the Hornet head coach didn’t think that the score would turn out the way it did.
The defending PIAA Class 3A state champion Golden Hawks not only came away with the victory, but they shut out Emmaus 64-0 in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference wrestling match.
Heading into the 2016-17 boys basketball season, everyone around the Emmaus program and the Lehigh Valley as a whole, knew David and Matt Kachelries were the two players that will get the engine running for the Green Hornets.
But last Friday night, two of Emmaus’ other players that stepped into new starting roles and delivered in a 54-48 victory against Northampton at Emmaus High School.
Former Emmaus soccer standouts Charlie Jerry and Esther Younger enjoyed successful 2016 seasons on and off the field at DeSales University.
Jerry, a junior, was recently earned an honorable mention selection to the Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom All-Conference Team.
Jerry is a 2014 Emmaus graduate and made his first appearance on the All-Conference team. He played in all 19 games, making 17 starts on defense, and contributed one assist on the offensive end. He ranked third on the team in minutes played.
Shannon McGinnis was used to playing in big games against top-level competition before she even stepped foot on Saint Francis University’s campus. She was an all-state soccer player her senior year in 2014 at Emmaus, and played in the girls high school All-America soccer game.
Then, during the summer before her freshman season, McGinnis competed in the Women’s Premier Soccer League, which had rosters littered with college players.
That experience, and her natural talent, helped her onto the field in her first year in the Red Flash program.
It took family members in his ear, and one call from running backs coach Dennis Erickson for Utah senior running back Joe Williams to return to the football field just one month after stepping away from the game completely because of the physical it took on the running back’s body.
Then after a 36-23 win against Arizona, in a game where the Utes lost a third running back to injury in the span of two weeks, Williams, the former Emmaus High School tailback, began hearing from friends and relatives about coming back to help his school and former team.
Team chemistry is a vital part to the success of a winning team. It is hard to find a more cohesive chemistry on the soccer field than with teammates AJ Bishop and Ben Roda. The 2013 Emmaus High School graduates won a District 11 3A championship together in Green Hornet. They have also won a title with each other on the college level.
But their college careers began on separate fields.
Bishop went to Cabrini College after high school, and Roda signed his scholarship letter to play at East Stroudsburg University.
The Emmaus boys basketball program has depth and balance on the roster heading into the 2016-17 season. The one thing the Hornets might lack is experience.
With three starters and the sixth man graduating from last year’s team, there will be plenty of minutes to go around to young and inexperienced players on the varsity level for the first time.
The front court is where most of the question marks will be as starters Joey Polcyznski and Jacob Scarnulis both graduated.
The Emmaus ice hockey team is young and inexperienced on the varsity level, and it has shown so far during the young season.
The Green Hornets (3-5 overall) suffered their latest setback 9-0 at the hands of Southern Lehigh (4-2 overall) Monday night in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League at the Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.
It has been a tough start to the season for Emmaus, but it may bode well for the future.