David Kachelries just turned 16 years old. At 5-11, he's often one of the smaller players on the basketball court. He was only a freshman when Emmaus advanced to the District 11 Class AAAA title game last winter.
Despite all of that, Kachelries continues to impress as a rising star in the Lehigh Valley basketball landscape. If people hadn't taken notice of the incoming sophomore before, they're becoming familiar with him now.
The last time Lehigh Valley's Carpenter Cup run came to an end in the first round was in 2006. Their opponent was Burlington County out of New Jersey.
On Thursday, Lehigh Valley looked to start its journey to get back to the championship game as the 2013 Lehigh Valley team reached the final game of the event. But standing in the way once again was Burlington County, and the result was much like the 2006 meeting.
Prior to a potential District 11 Class AAA semifinal clash against Northampton, the team responsible for ending Emmaus' run in the Lehigh Valley Conference volleyball playoffs, the Hornets first had to take care of business against Wyoming Valley West.
And after a close first game, the Hornets were able to do just that during last week's quarterfinal matchup.
During their first matchup early in the high school girls' lacrosse season, Parkland took a quick 3-0 lead over Emmaus. The Lady Hornets were able to respond from that deficit and tie the game on a number of occasions, including at 11-11 with less three minutes to play, before the Lady Trojans pulled away.
The rematch last week saw the Lady Hornets in a familiar situation, facing a quick 4-0 deficit. Unlike last time, the Lady Hornets never recovered from that early Trojan onslaught.
Saturday afternoon's boys' lacrosse matchup against North Allegheny had a little bit more meaning than just another nonconference game.
Emmaus assistant coach J.D. Wilson coached in the western area of the state, and he became quite familiar with the Tigers of North Allegheny over his career there.
On Saturday, it was all smiles for the Hornets and their coaching staff.
It was a game that Emmaus needed, and one that the Hornets were supposed to win.
Losers of three of their last four games, including two at the beginning of last week to Wilson West Lawn (14-6) and Nazareth (11-10), the Emmaus girls' lacrosse team needed a boost to get back on track.
During Thursday's game against Freedom, that lift came from one of Emmaus' senior leaders, Dakota Walck.
Emmaus gave last season's Lehigh Valley Conference girls' lacrosse champions all they could handle last Thursday.
However, for head coach Nancy DeBellis's team, it just wasn't enough down the stretch against Parkland.
Despite trailing 11-9 in the second half, sophomore Destanee Watkins scored her fourth goal of the game with 2:48 to play that tied it at 11 all. But after Parkland won the ensuing faceoff, the Lady Trojans ensured they would have the last opportunity on goal.
Unfortunately, it didn't pan out as the Lady Hornets would've hoped.
Emmaus senior attacker Nicholas Tonno scored a goal with 13.6 seconds to play in the third period of Wednesday's Lehigh Valley Conference boys lacrosse battle against Parkland, giving the Hornets a 5-3 lead going into the final 12 minutes of play.
That lead held for over half of the fourth period, and the Hornets remained in control as the clock continued to dwindle down.
However, as head coach Scott Ketcham noted, the way the Hornets closed out the game left the door cracked open a bit instead of closing it shut when there was a chance.
Emmaus boys lacrosse head coach Scott Ketcham knows that a lot of people are looking at Parkland as the Lehigh Valley Conference favorites this season.
And with the Hornets graduating 14 seniors, including a number of Division I college players, from last year's District 11 championship team, those predictions aren't farfetched.
But you can bet that isn't sitting well with Ketcham and the Emmaus boys' lacrosse team.
Emmaus senior Joey Nicolini had not made more than three three-pointers in a game this basketball season.
It may have not been a regular season high school basketball game, but Nicolini can now add that to his list of accomplishments.