It’s fair to say that Emmaus had plenty of motivation heading into last Saturday’s contest with Bethlehem Catholic.
As both teams entered the contest with unblemished 2-0 marks, Emmaus proved it is here to belong this season following a 34-25 victory at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.
The Green Hornets defense collected eight sacks on the night, got two field goals from kicker Carson Landis and the quarterback-wide receiver tandem of Derek Sheaffer and Josh Artis connected on two scores to give the Hornets a big win in week three.
High school soccer players from across the country and even from Europe descended upon Muhlenberg College last week for a four-day College Soccer ID camp. The overnight camp had 140 attendees immersing themselves in the college lifestyle, as well as undergoing soccer training and evaluation from coaches across the D-I, D-II and D-III spectrum.
Sean Topping, camp director and head coach of Muhlenberg, has been conducting the camp with the help of Binghamton University head coach Paul Marco for the past six years.
The 2016 Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup roster was announced last week as the franchise looks for a fresh start in the 31st year of the tournament.
Four Emmaus players were named to the roster, as the LV side is hoping to rebound from last year’s shocking 19-0 defeat to Tri-Cape in the opener of the tournament. That defeat was the worst ever by the Valley and one that won’t be forgotten for the proud franchise.
You can say that it was a shocking experience for the Emmaus volleyball team in last week’s District 2/11 semifinals.
After sweeping Liberty in both of their contests this season, Emmaus got a taste of its own medicine, losing all three sets (25-21, 25-23, 25-2) to crash out of the district tournament prematurely.
“This is not what I hoped for and I think we made the mistake of looking past the team at hand,” said second-year head coach Ken Dunkle. “We swept them two times this year and I think the boys were looking down the road to Parkland and states.”
Liberty held late leads in each of the first three games of Monday’s East Penn Conference volleyball semifinals, but Emmaus battled back and had the final say en route to a three-game sweep (26-24-25-22-25-20) at Easton Area Middle School.
The win pits the Green Hornets (14-1) against Parkland (15-1) in Wednesday’s EPC championship, after the Trojans had little trouble dispatching Whitehall in a sweep.
It was a blustery and cold afternoon at Lehigh’s Goodman Stadium, but Sunday’s home debut for Bethlehem Steel FC left fans warm inside despite the weather conditions.
A spirited and rowdy crowd of 3,655 fans welcomed back high-caliber professional soccer to the area with open arms, restoring the tradition of the original Bethlehem Steel days, which ended in 1930.
While Sunday’s 2-1 victory by visiting side FC Cincinnati wasn’t what the club was looking for on the field, it certainly proved to be a proper first step for the team’s foothold in the Lehigh Valley.
The message at last week’s Via All-Star Basketball Hall of Fame Banquet stretched from the obstacles that former Nazareth football and basketball player Chuck Dibilio had to endure following a stroke his freshman year at Princeton, to the passionate words that came from Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame wide receiver, Michael Irvin, on becoming a champion.
The two messages intertwined each other at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center, because nobody becomes a champion without obstacles, and obstacles are always in the way of champions.
It wasn’t the way the PIAA tournament was supposed to go for Emmaus senior Lucas Schaf. Coming off a medal performance at last year’s state tournament, the expectations were to equal or surpass his eighth-place finish from a year ago.
But the reality of any PIAA wrestling championship is that you never know what’s going to happen and for Schaf (132), his road and career at Emmaus ended with a 3-1 overtime loss to North Penn’s Ryan Vulakh in the second round of consolations during day two of AAA action.
Emmaus may only be sending one wrestler to the PIAA tournament in Hershey this week, but that doesn’t mean the Hornets will be lacking quality when Class 3A action kicks off at the Giant Center Thursday afternoon.
Emmaus senior Lucas Schaf will get another crack to add to his state medal collection when he prepares for the 132-pound bracket.
The rosters for the 41st annual Via All-Star Basketball Classic have been announced along with four inductees to this year’s Lehigh Valley Basketball Hall of Fame.
The week-long festivities kick off on March 20 with the Lehigh Valley Basketball Hall of Fame Clinic at 3pm at Northampton Community College.
On March 23, the Via All-Star Banquet will take place at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center at 6:30 p.m. where former Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl champion wide receiver and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Michael Irvin will be the keynote speaker.