The Emmaus wrestling program’s week of championship caliber competition produced great efforts and mixed results in postseason competition.
The Green Hornets battled all the way in a classic match with Liberty at the East Penn Conference Duals on Jan. 25 at Easton Middle School.
“I thought some wrestlers really wrestled well against Liberty,” said coach Thad Smith. “Some had little mental breakdowns. Such as not knowing the score or where they were on the mat on in the match.”
The Emmaus wrestling program thrived during the new year’s first two weeks.
On Jan. 3, the Green Hornets dominated East Stroudsburg South, 60-12. The victory showcased the team’s depth.
“The match against East Stroudsburg was a total team effort,” said Hornet head coach Thad Smith. “Every wrestler did their job to help the team win. Overall, I was very pleased with the performance and hope this sets up a successful run through the second half of the season.”
The Emmaus wresting program dished out a few lumps and took a few as well during the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic, held Dec. 28-29 at Liberty High School.
Four Green Hornets - Geovanni Lainez at 113, Evan Camire wrestling at 126, 138-pounder Kordell Waiters and Cody Lafaver in the 220-pound category - claimed first-round victories. Marco Albanese at 106, Caden Wright at 182, James Santichen at 285 along with Waiters were victorious in the tournament’s second round.
The Emmaus Green Hornets wrestling program has performed well early, earning a 6-1 overall record and a 1-1 East Penn Conference mark in its first seven matches.
Emmaus wrestling coach Thad Smith loves the sport for many reasons. Primarily because on the mat there’s no place to hide.
“Wrestling is one-on-one and you can’t make any excuses,” Smith said when asked about the sport. “You win, you get the credit. You lose, you get the blame. Hard work pays off and you get out of wrestling what you put into it.”
Smith’s 2019-20 team is a work in progress, but with great potential.
“We are a young team with veteran leadership,” the coach said. “I see two senior starters and the other weights will be underclassman.”
It ended on a mid-autumn Saturday afternoon in a town made famous for chocolate. It ended after a superb regular season and a district title and only after some life lessons had been learned.
The Emmaus girls cross country team concluded a successful season with a 12th-place finish in a field of 19 schools at the PIAA Class 3A girls race last Saturday in Hershey. The Green Hornets accumulated 263 points in the race, with an average time of 20:29.
Smart growth was among the top themes discussed by East Penn municipal officials who addressed an East Penn Chamber of Commerce luncheon recently held at the Gather Meetings and Event Center, 5402 Chestnut St., Emmaus.
The one-hour event featured East Penn School District Superintendent Kristen Campbell, Emmaus Borough Manager Shane Pepe, Macungie Borough Council President Chris Becker, Upper Milford Township Manager Bud Carter and Lower Macungie Township Board of Commissioners President Ronald W. Beitler.
The 2019 Emmaus girls tennis season featured progress and improvement. After an 8-10 regular season record in 2018, the Green Hornets went 13-5 this year and played competitively in the postseason.
“I feel that we really improved over the course of the season, which is all you can ask a team to do,” said first-year head coach Robert Dragotta. “I am pleased with how much better a tennis team we are today compared to the beginning of the season.”
For the first time in a decade, the Emmaus girls cross country team earned a District 11 Class 3A title with a superb performance Oct. 23 at DeSales University.
Their 50-point performance easily outdistanced a quality Liberty squad, which earned second place with 72 points. What made the victory more impressive was the team did it without its No. 5 and 6 runners, out due to injuries and illness.
The Emmaus boys cross country team presented its fans with a strong closing performance to the 2019 season, finishing fourth in the District 11 Class 3A Cross Country Championships held Oct. 23 at DeSales University.
Keshav Shankar, who qualified for state competition, paced the Green Hornets and finished 16th overall in 17:23.