Emmaus girls lacrosse head coach Roxann Betz, in her first year at the helm, saw a lot of good things from her young team last Saturday afternoon.
Earlier in the week, the Hornets saw their undefeated mark in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference come to an end when they lost to Easton. They had won the previous five league contests, including a one-goal victory against defending champ Parkland.
At the beginning of the season, Emmaus’ third-year boys volleyball head coach Ken Dunkle knew he had a lot to make up for in production lost from graduation, but the talent was there.
Consistency was the key thing Dunkle wanted to see from his team if it was to accomplish its goals of postseason titles.
If the first four weeks of the season is any indication, the Hornets are heeding the word of their coach and playing consistently.
Winning cures all, and the best remedy for a loss is following it up with a win. That’s just what the Emmaus boys lacrosse team did last week over a two-day span.
After a 12-8 defeat to defending Eastern Pennsylvania Conference champion Easton last Monday, the first loss of the season for the Green Hornets, they followed up less than 24 hours later, taking down Liberty 13-0 last Tuesday night at Memorial Field.
It was a welcome sight for sixth-year head coach Scott Ketcham.
Every year at the start of a new season, there are fresh faces around, whether it is the players or the coaches. This year, the Emmaus girls lacrosse program will have a new leader running the show in Roxann Betz, who takes over for previous head coach Nancy Debellis. Betz was an assistant coach for the program the last three years and knows what is expected.
“I am excited to take on a new role within our program,” said Betz. “It is my task to help these girls learn a brand-new system under a first-year coach.”
Looking down at his roster at the beginning of this spring season, third-year Emmaus boys volleyball head coach Ken Dunkle saw a lot of familiar faces. The team returns experience despite losing five seniors to graduation after the 2016 season.
The Green Hornets ended last year 15-3 overall, falling in their last two games to Parkland in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title game, and Liberty in the District 11 semifinals.
For the first time since the start of the 2013 season, the Emmaus boys lacrosse team will not open the year as defending District 11 champions. The Green Hornets lost their last two games of 2016 to Easton in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinals, and to Parkland in the district quarterfinals.
The Emmaus boys basketball program reached new heights last Thursday night. In defeating Harrisburg, District 3’s top seed, the Green Hornets advanced to the PIAA CLass 6A state quarterfinals for the first time in school history.
And although Emmaus has been led all year by senior guards David and Matt Kachelries, it was the supporting cast that contributed in a big way during the final few minutes of the 64-61 victory at the Geigle Complex in Reading.
Competition brings out the best in an athlete. It makes everyone work harder to be better.
It did not matter what the sport or activity was, Emmaus senior basketball players and brothers, David and Matthew Kachelries were competitive. But not only did they want to be the better of the two, they wanted to be the best at what they did. And it only made each of them better.
“It could be video games, sports, whatever, we always wanted to beat each other,” David Kachelries said. “Even though we were competitive in whatever we did, we always had fun with each other.”
It wasn’t the game that the Emmaus boys basketball team had hoped to be playing in. But after falling to Pocono Mountain West in a semifinal game last Wednesday at the PPL Center, the Green Hornets found themselves in the District 11 Class 6A third-place game against another team that did not expect to be there.
Top seed and Eastern Pennsylvania Conference champion Allen was upset by Parkland in Wednesday’s semifinals.
Emmaus came up short against the Canaries Saturday afternoon at Easton Area Middle School, falling 83-77.
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.