The Emmaus and Parkland boys soccer teams have been putting aside their heated rivalry, and instead have been coming together of late to play for a good cause.
For the fifth straight year, the Green Hornets and Trojans met on the field the Red Card Cancer Game, showcasing awareness for the illness and helping out a local family in need.
The teams wore uniquely colored shirts in pre-game warm-ups, and posed for a photo following the game with the words ‘Fight Cancer.’
The meaning of the game was a win, but the outcome wasn’t as good for Emmaus.
A new identity was formed over the summer. Everyone knew the Emmaus boys basketball team was undertaking a new look with different faces, but not many outside of the Green Hornets program expected the success and growth that the Hornets experienced over the summer months.
Emmaus achieved its yearly goal of qualifying for the final day of the two major summer tournaments, reaching the final four of the Cedar Beach Bash while also making the summer league playoffs at Cedar Beach before falling in the semifinals to Central Catholic.
The Emmaus boys basketball team was on the wrong end of its opening game of the Sportsfest A-town Throwdown. The lost 68-39 to perennial power Constitution High School of Philadelphia.
Emmaus bounced back, winning both of its remaining two games in pool play to qualify for Sunday’s playoffs. The Hornets’ run ended that day, falling to eventual semifinalist Northampton. Hornet head coach Steve Yoder saw more positives than negatives over the weekend.
When the Emmaus girls basketball team took the court for its first game last Friday night, there was a new look. The Honrnets not only had new starters and role players from a year ago, but also new head coach.
First-year head coach Kelsey Gallagher officially took over for Carl Scheitrum within the past two weeks.
Gallagher was not around yet for the first major tournament of the summer, the Cedar Beach Bash at the Beach, but quickly made her mark with her new team last weekend back at Cedar Beach for Sportsfest.
The Emmaus boys basketball team proved to the Lehigh Valley that it would be just fine without two of the program’s all-time great players in David and Matthew Kachelries, who graduated this past May.
New leaders have emerged this summer, and the Green Hornets haven’t skipped a beat.
The excitement of the Emmaus boys basketball team’s historic 2016-17 season is in the rear view mirror. A new group of Hornet players took the court in front of Lehigh Valley fans recently as the Allentown Summer Basketball League recently got underway.
With the graduations of four-year varsity players David and Matthew Kachelries, along with program staples Eric Cichocki and Daryn Lewis, the Green Hornets are looking for new leaders to step up and take control of the team.
It was just another match. Just like every other match against an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference opponent this season. The Emmaus boys volleyball team had taken down every league foe that it faced in 2017 and added one more to the total last Thursday night at Allen High School. But this one carried a bit more importance.
The Hornets swept Whitehall by scores of 25-16, 25-23, 25-21 and won the District 11 Class 3A championship last Thursday for their first title since 2013. They are 19-0 against EPC teams this year.
The Emmaus boys lacrosse team had to be happy to look across the field and see another team besides rival Parkland.
The last two games that the Green Hornets played were against the Trojans, and both were losses, 12-9 in the regular season finale and 13-9 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinals.
After two straight defeats, Emmaus was looking for some momentum and wanted to keep its 2017 campaign going when it hosted Pleasant Valley in the first round of the District 2-11 Class 3A boys lacrosse subregional tournament.
Back on April 28, many inside the Whitehall High School gymnasium thought that the two best teams in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference were on that court. The atmosphere and high level of play during that midseason game showed signs of things to come. And three weeks later, Emmaus and Whitehall met again, this time for the league title.
Having to play three games in four days this week to finish out the regular season, Emmaus needed its pitchers to make the most of their allotted innings. Last Monday night a senior took the initiative.
Matt Lanzone went six innings, giving up just five hits and two runs in leading his team to a 7-2 win against Nazareth at Emmaus Community Park.