As the third-place team out of District 11, Emmaus entered Saturday’s game against District 12 runner-up Martin Luther King High School as an underdog.
Despite the Cougars’ 15-12 overall record, their reputation preceded them as they were a state semifinalist last year and play in one of the state’s strongest areas for high school basketball.
Andrew Vanim can’t change what happened at districts. He can’t get back that one dive that hurt his score and left him devastated by the fact that he failed to qualify for states.
The only thing he can do is handle the setback with class and move on from it. He appears to be doing both.
“I don’t take this as a loss,” said the Emmaus junior after finishing in third place at Saturday’s District 11 Class 3A Diving Championships. “I take this as a learning experience. It’s just that one dive. It just happened. Things happen.”
Heading into team districts, there were at least a couple dual-meet results that didn’t sit well with Emmaus wrestling head coach Jeff Arbushites.
His Hornets got rematches with two of those teams at the District 11 Class AAA team tournament. Emmaus got revenge on Freedom in the tournament’s opening round, but came up short in a consolation bracket match against Liberty.
For the second straight season, Emmaus earned a spot in the Zephyr Duals championship match. For the second straight year, a very good Wyalusing team edged the Hornets for the championship trophy.
“Overall you can’t be upset about it,” said Emmaus head coach Jeff Arbushites. “We lost to a quality team, very well coached, very well conditioned. They were physical in the finals.”
Despite winning seven bouts in the championship match, the Hornets gave up bonus points to Wyalusing in five of the seven bouts they lost and fell 33-27.
In Randy Cuthbert’s first season as Emmaus’ head football coach, the Hornets reached the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Last season, Cuthbert’s second at the helm, the Hornets stuck around a week longer by reaching the title game.
This year, the team wants to keep up the progress by winning the EC title.
With a 61-22 win over Williamsport last Friday night, the Hornets earned a place in this week’s championship game. They will host Reading, which beat Pleasant Valley last week to get into the EC title game.
When defenses key on Kyle Boney, Emmaus needs to be ready to adjust.
The Hornets did just that Friday night in a 56-6 rout of Pocono Mountain East.
Emmaus’ fullback Sal Pagano took advantage in the running game, amassing for 104 yards and a pair of touchdown. While quarterback Derek Sheaffer and receiver Josh Artis took advantage in the passing game.
Another stellar Emmaus golf season came to a close Monday.
It’s a week earlier than the team usually ends its season as no Hornets will be competing at states this year.
The team not only earned league and district championships this season, but both individual Class AAA District 11 champs were Emmaus golfers.
“With the team championships that we won and the individual titles the kids won at the end of the year it was certainly a successful season,” said head coach Mike Mihalik.
The win the Emmaus football team has been waiting for all season finally came Friday night.
For the first time in 2015 the Hornets beat a team with a winning record, taking down Central Catholic 28-21 Friday night in Emmaus.
After missing all of last season with a broken collar bone, Stephen Wolf wants to make the most of his senior season.
He worked his way back onto the field, but the senior running back/receiver had touched the ball just four times on offense through Emmaus’ first five games with one carry and three receptions.
Friday night in the Hornets’ 56-21 win over Northampton, Wolf played an increased role in the offense. He got he ball four times as he ran for a touchdown, caught a touchdown pass and accounted for 137 of his team’s 408 yards against the Kids.
The objective heading into the first game of the season was for the Emmaus football team to fight through any adversity that might arise.
It got tested on the first play of the game, when East Stroudsburg North’s Eddie Brown ran the opening kick off back for a touchdown.
The Hornets responded on their first play from scrimmage, a 74-yard run by Sal Pagano to the Timberwolves’ five-yard line. They got in the end zone three plays later to take the lead. They found the end zone six more times en route to a 49-19 win.