What a difference two weeks made for the Emmaus boys basketball program.
On Friday, February 10, the Hornets were riding a wave of emotions. They were the top seed in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference tournament, going a league-best 15-1, and their star senior player David Kachelries was within striking distance of a school record. But all of that buzz and potential celebration came to a screeching halt with a disappointing home loss to East Stroudsburg North in the first round of the league playoffs.
In a storybook-type world, last Friday night would have brought smiles and cheers at the end of the Emmaus boys basketball game. Senior guard David Kachelries was in striking distance of the school record for all-time points scored, and the Green Hornets were hosting a quarterfinal Eastern Pennsylvania Conference matchup as the No. 1 overall seed. But it did not turn out the way they wanted.
It seems that every time the Emmaus boys basketball team plays in Rockne Hall, the best of the Hornets’ game comes out. In the historic venue, Emmaus has found a lot of recent success, and last Friday night was no different.
Under the bright lights in an important Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Skyline Division game, the Green Hornets stepped up on both sides of the court and took down a surging Central Catholic team 59-36 at Central Catholic High School.
As of three weeks ago, Emmaus senior kicking specialist Carson Landis knew where he was going to college. He fully expected to kick for Lafayette College this fall. But a couple of emails and film studies led to another school’s coaching staff reaching out to him and setting up a private work out.
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.