The Emmaus football team is in unfamiliar territory after last Friday night’s game against Nazareth.
The Green Hornets lost that game 41-21, their first defeat of the season, and for the first time this season, they will be tasked with bouncing back after a loss.
This week’s preparation is one that first-year head coach Harold Fairclough will use for the rest of the season to be able to see what they have accomplished through seven weeks.
It seems like it has been the norm as of late, especially during the 2016 season. When the Emmaus and Parkland boys soccer teams meet, the games are competitive, and usually end up with a close score in the end. Last Monday night’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference showdown at Emmaus High School’s Memorial field was no different.
Parkland’s Josh Kiser scored with exactly one minute left on the clock in regulation, negating an earlier goal by the Hornets’ Jon Heberlein and tying the game at 1-1.
It was an electric atmosphere inside Emmaus High School’s auxiliary gym last Thursday night. Not only were there two Eastern Pennsylvania Conference contenders playing against each other, but the game helped raise awareness for pediatric cancer.
In years past, the Green Hornets held a home match which they called “Dig Pink.” The name changed this year to “Spike Out Cancer.” The players wore pink or purple ribbons in their hair, and an Emmaus elementary student named Sam was honored before the match.
The Emmaus football team started the second half of its season with an important Eastern Pennsylvania Conference win over Freedom to remain unbeaten at 6-0 overall. It is one of the best starts the program has had in years, but head coach Harold Fairclough knows the importance of keeping his team focused.
“We’ve had a good start to the season, but I always tell the kids that it’s not over,” Fairclough said. “I don’t want them to listen to all of the talk from outside of the program. We want to stay focused and work hard each and every day and keep getting better.”
Coming off a five-game thriller between Emmaus and Liberty just four nights earlier, the Green Hornet girls volleyball team had another tough test awaiting it Monday night. And the Hornets were motivated to face the defending state champion and rival Parkland.
“The girls are always up for this game and ready to go,” said head coach Gwen Millets. “They love playing against Parkland because of the rivalry and because they are all friends off the court.”
Emmaus girls volleyball head coach Gwen Millets was able to play most of her deep bench Monday night as the Green Hornets took care of Pocono Mountain East in three straight games 25-13, 25-10, and 25-10 for their fourth regular season win in four tries.
It has been like that for a majority of the Hornets’ wins as Emmaus (4-0) has yet to lose a game in any regular season match. They beat East Stroudsburg North, Southern Lehigh and Stroudsburg all in three straight games.
The 2016 Blue Mountain League championship series had a lot of familiar faces for Lehigh Valley baseball fans. Former local high school players ranging in age from 17-40 laced up their cleats in what proved to be what former Parkland baseball standout Nick Rabasco called “déjà vu.”
The Limeport Bulls came back from a 2-1 series deficit and took the final two games to win the BML title in a dramatic 1-0 game 5 last Saturday night at Limeport Stadium. It was the second year in a row these two teams met for all of the marbles, and the second consecutive league trophy for the Bulls.
The college recruiting process started at an early age for Emmaus senior David Kachelries. Colleges began scouting him during his freshman year of high school.
Some offers came in within the next few years, but it took time to get the one he really wanted. And once that happened, Kachelries jumped on it.
Just a few months after receiving a scholarship offer to play basketball at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, Kachelries accepted and committed to the Highlanders.
With the start of his second season in college football just weeks away, Army sophomore Andy Davidson is lining up at a different position. But it is a position that is familiar to the former Emmaus football and lacrosse star as he was a standout in the same role in his final two years as a Green Hornets.
After playing his freshman year as a linebacker and special teams performer, Davidson will be back to running the football this fall.
Ryan Paradise finished his Emmaus High School athletic career as a well-rounded student-athlete, starring in three different sports. But coming into the fall of 2015, that was not the plan for his senior year. Paradise seriously considered dropping one of the three to focus on the other two.
“I actually wasn’t going to play soccer last year,” Paradise said. “I was just going to run cross country and focus on that. But I knew it was my last year and I wanted to end my career at Emmaus with my teammates that I spent the last three years with.”