The Emmaus boys basketball team may have been looking past an Easton team that came into last week’s game at 9-7 overall, 6-5 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and in fourth place in the Steel Division. The Red Rovers were also coming off a loss to Dieruff (5-12, 3-9) just three nights earlier.
Trailing at halftime, and for most of the second half, the Hornets stepped up the pressure on the defensive end and converted from the free-throw line to go ahead in the final minutes and hold on for a 56-53 victory last Friday night at Emmaus High School.
The Emmaus ice hockey team showed its youth last Monday night. Northampton poured in five goals in a flurry of shots on net, and put the Green Hornets in an early 5-0 hole after one period.
Emmaus tacked on three goals in the final two periods, but just could not dig out of the early deficit, and fell to the Kids 9-3 at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena. It was the ninth straight loss for the young Green Hornets, dating back to November 7.
With only one game left to play against Phillipsburg next Monday night, the future still looks bright for the program.
Sophomore forward Zach Sabol has come a long way in a year. He missed all of the 2015-16 season due to injury, and lost a year of valuable experience. But after not being able to play competitive basketball for a year, Sabol has looked like he hasn’t forgotten how to play the game.
Sabol, who has multiple double-doubles this season, added another one last Friday night by scoring a team-high and career-high 21 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in leading Emmaus (11-1 overall, 8-0 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference) to a 58-34 win over East Stroudsburg South.
It is a difficult thing to go undefeated in high school basketball, but at the holiday break, there were two teams that had the opportunity to continue along that path. Unfortunately for Emmaus, it was on the losing end of a tournament final, dropping their first game of the season against the No. 1 ranked team in the state at the 6A level Allen.
The Emmaus ice hockey team was in need of a spark. The team has been on a recent slide, losing seven consecutive games dating back to early November.
Last Monday evening the Hornets thought they were finding their way. Trailing 2-0 midway through the second period, they scored two unanswered goals to tie the game heading into the final period. But Liberty had the answer. The Hurricanes scored the winner a little over three minutes in and held on for a 3-2 win at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.
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.