When Nate Snyder scored with 8:04 to go to put Freedom in front, the Emmaus ice hockey team did not panic.
Matthew Scheaffer answered just thirteen seconds later, his third of the night, to tie the game. And Luke Rheiner, Shane Miller and Wyatt Weber each found the back of the net in the final period to give the Green Hornets a 9-6 victory against the Patriots last Friday night at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.
The four consecutive goals by Emmaus marked the third separate time a team netted four unanswered goals.
For the first time in its first 11 games, the Parkland boys basketball team was at full strength last week when it met Emmaus in and Eastern Pennsylvania Conference clash.
With Devante Cross back in the lineup, the Trojans looked like the team that everyone expected to see this year, with all five starters back from last year’s EPC and District 11 4A championship team.
In front of a large crowd at Parkland High School last Tuesday night, Parkland took a large early lead and never looked back.
Resiliency is a word that can best describe the 2015 Emmaus football team, in particular senior running back Kyle Boney.
Just as it looked like the Emmaus ice hockey team was going to be victorious over Northampton for a second straight time this year, the Kids stepped up late and made sure that didn’t happen.
Anthony Belsky and Nick Gutekunst scored the game-tying and go-ahead goals within a 20-second span to overcome a 6-5 deficit with a little over six minutes to play to defeat Emmaus 7-6 on the Monday night before Christmas at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.
With the score tied at 28-28 at halftime, it looked as if the Emmaus girls basketball team might pull off the upset over Northampton. The Hornets were shooting the ball well and playing good defense in the first half to put themselves in position for an important Eastern Pennsylvania Conference win.
If anyone told Hornet fans that junior guard David Kachelries would score just four points in last Friday night’s game against Nazareth, most people would think that Emmaus was going to lose the game. Kachelries has been the leading scorer for the Green Hornets early on in the season, and is the catalyst for the team’s offense.
The junior picked up two first-half fouls in a quick succession with just a little over four minutes left in the opening quarter. He had only two points at that time and went to the bench until halftime.
When Emmaus girls basketball head coach Carl Scheitrum spoke to his team before last Tuesday night’s against Stroudsburg, he told the players that night’s game was a must-win if the Hornets want to be a good team and reach their goals this year.
“I told them that I think they are a great team,” said Scheitrum. “But if they want to prove to everyone that they are a good team, and reach the goals of a District 11 tournament, this is a game they have to win.”
The Emmaus ice hockey team started out of the gate slow during the 2015 season. Four straight losses put the Green Hornets in a hole early. But the last three weeks have seen them surge back to the middle of the pack with three straight wins over Liberty (twice) and Northampton.
But Monday night was a different story. Defending Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey League champion Parkland (8-0-1) scored four first-period goals and added on five more to end the Emmaus (3-5) winning streak at three with a 9-3 victory at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.
Five weeks into the season it looked as though the Emmaus football team was just looking to finish the season and move on from a disappointing year. But the senior class didn’t want to go out that way.
With four wins out in their next five games, the Hornets reached the Eastern Conference playoffs. They might have come up just short of their goal to qualify for districts, but the consolation prize is getting to play for a title this Friday night on their home field.
For two and a half quarters, the Emmaus football team looked like it might pull off an upset against Parkland. A win was in the Hornets’ grasp last Friday night in Orefield.
Emmaus scored first and trailed by only two points with just over a minute left in the third quarter, but the Trojans’ athleticism took over and was too much for the Hornets in a 35-12 loss that ended the regular season.
While a win could resulted in a district playoff berth, Emmaus (5-5) still goes on to the Eastern Conference playoffs this weekend.