The coronavirus has stolen much. It cannot, however, steal the desire of great competitors.
The virus has sidelined four Emmaus Green Hornet 4x100-meter relay runners. Seniors Alanna and Kayla Smith, Mackenzie Dries and Breyanna Roper will be unable to break the 4x100 school record.
The record, set in 2014 by Annae Wetherhold, Chanel Boothman, Amber Blunt and Devyn Hannis, is 48.63. The current foursome’s best mark, set in 2018, is 48.91.
Whether there will be a 2020 Emmaus High School girls track and field season is anyone’s guess. What is not debatable is coach Kami Reinhard supports Gov. Wolf’s mandate requiring Pennsylvania public schools to close through March 30.
“I absolutely agree with the measures being taken to lessen the severity and spread of COVID-19,” the coach said during a recent interview. “Working in health care, this is a first, having school closures as part of the action plan.”
The Emmaus boys track and field season is uncertain. Gov. Wolf’s order to close public schools for three weeks to combat coronavirus leaves the season in limbo.
When will the season start? What kind of season will it be? Will there even be a season?
has had to make many adjustments to the Green Hornets’ training schedule and will need to make more if the hiatus lasts beyond the initial two-week school closure.
The Emmaus wrestling team finished a solid 2019-2020 campaign with an eighth place finish at the District 11 3A tournament on Feb. 21-22 at Liberty High School Memorial Gym.
The squad finished with 107.5 points, with the Nazareth Blue Eagles claiming the championship with 291.5 points.
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.