The Emmaus boys basketball team may get tired of hearing the word runner-up this summer. but the Hornets can still take solace in the fact that they’ve played well against many quality teams this summer.
Two weeks after finishing in second place at the Cedar Beach Bash, the Hornets rode a six-game win streak into the final of the 11th annual A-town Throwdown. But once again, a team from out of the area got the better of them to take home the championship.
Four days after playing in the championship game of the Cedar Beach ‘Bash at the Beach’ Tournament, the Emmaus boys basketball team continued its hot start to the summer.
Playing with just seven players, the Green Hornets took down Dieruff by double digits, defeating the Huskies 63-48 in Lehigh Valley basketball summer league last Thursday evening inside the Whitehall High School Auxiliary Gymnasium.
Rising senior Mark Swedberg was not a known commodity outside of the Emmaus boys basketball community last year.
But the Lehigh Valley knows his name now.
The 6-foot-2 forward scored one of the largest point total in the main Cedar Beach tournament history last Saturday, notching 43 points. In doing so he helped his team to a victory over previously unbeaten Glens Falls (New York) and a high-scoring, Division I recruit Joe Girard III, who finished with 40.
With the school year wrapped up, boys varsity summer league basketball is beginning to heat up.
This weekend begins the first of two major local summer basketball tournaments, with the Cedar Beach Showcase, otherwise known as the Bash at the Beach, opening up its double-elimination style format Thursday.
But teams have been going at it in the Cedar Beach Summer League for weeks. The league wrapped up its first half of the regular season last Thursday.
In the third meeting between the Emmaus and Parkland boys lacrosse teams this season, the Green Hornets had a tough time scoring goals.
Recording just one goal in the first half, Emmaus dug itself into a hole that it could not get out of, falling to the Trojans 13-5 in the District 11 3A championship game last Thursday night at Lehigh University’s Ulrich Sports Complex. It was a rematch of last year’s district title game, also won by Parkland.
Abby Dalton entered the District 11 Class 3A track and field championship meet as the top seed in both the 1600- and 3200-meter runs, and she did not disappoint. Dalton won the 1600, running for a personal-best time of 5:03.45, and had a time of 11:00.83 in the 3200 for second place last Wednesday and Thursday at Whitehall High School.
It is the first district championship for Dalton.
Emmaus girls lacrosse second-year head coach Roxann Betz knew that her team had to avoid a slow start in its game with Parkland. The two teams know each other well and meet at least twice a year, sometimes three or four times.
Coming from behind is difficult against any team, let alone the defending District 11 3A champions.
Unfortunately for the Green Hornets, they faced an 8-2 deficit late in the first half and were unable to come all the way back, falling to Parkland 14-8 Monday evening in the district semifinals at Northampton Area High School’s Al Erdosy stadium.
The Emmaus boys volleyball team decided to continue with its trend for the 2018 season.
In somewhat nondramatic fashion, the Green Hornets have won all but one of their Eastern Pennsylvania Conference matches this season by 3-0 sweeps. That only time they didn’t sweep an opponent was last week against Parkland in the EPC semifinals, where the Hornets were taken to the brink, winning in five games.
Unlike in its last game, the Emmaus boys lacrosse team fell behind, and this time the Hornets could not cut their deficit to withing striking distance as they fell to Central Catholic 16-8 last Thursday evening in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinals at Northampton High School.
The Hornets (12-7) started slow in their regular season finale, allowing the first three goals to Parkland. They climbed back to eventually take a late lead before losing in overtime. But three days later in the postseason, the early hole proved to be too much to overcome.
Mike Kammerer has had a whirlwind week-and-a-half. The East Penn School District resident and Kutztown University pitcher started his last game for the Golden Bears his team’s home finale against Shippensburg on Friday, May 4. Then, the following weekend, the redshirt-senior walked across the stage at graduation and received his diploma, capping a stellar career in Kutztown.
But looking back five years ago, baseball was not a definitive choice, as the two-sport star at Central Catholic also saw success on the hardwood.