There’s no question that this year’s Emmaus boys volleyball team is a young bunch. When a team graduates eight seniors, including league MVP Pat Bryan, parts of the new lineup are bound to have some inexperience.
But judging by the Hornets’ start to the season, its hard to notice.
In just a few short months, Emmaus senior Joey Polczynski will begin his college days at York College. Shortly after, he’ll tip off his freshman basketball season as a member of the Spartans.
But before that, Polczynski was a key piece in helping guide the Emmaus boys’ basketball team to one of its best seasons this past winter. It concluded with a trip to the second round of the PIAA Class 4A tournament.
Emmaus senior Lucas Schaf certainly has a past with Bethlehem Catholic’s Joey Gould.
The two met earlier this season, with Schaf coming out victorious due to an injury default by Gould. Gould beat Schaf three times a junior, but Schaf got the all-important victory when the duo met up in last year’s state tournament.
Emmaus senior Jacob Light has a unique story. And if you don’t know him personally, you might not be aware of his accomplishments.
Light has competed in gymnastics for 13 years at Parkettes. The sport is virtually absent at the high school level anymore and is decreasing at the collegiate ranks, too, leaving his story untold more so than varsity sports these days.
For most athletes, it’s a dream to play their favorite sport at the college level.
Some players start thinking about college athletics even before their high school careers get under way. Emmaus High School seniors Alicia Cooperman and Miranda O’Donald are two athletes in particular that had those aspirations at an early age.
Emmaus wrestler Lucas Schaf knows just how tough it can be.
Schaf, a senior, watched his brother Taylor, a 2014 graduate of Emmaus, come up short at capturing 100 career wins on the mat. Injuries in his sophomore and junior seasons had a big part to do with that shortcoming.
Lucas wanted to make a name not only for himself, but for his family name as well when he sought that same elusive feat.
Emmaus head coach Jeff Arbushites has seen, for the most part, a team that has lived up to expectations through the Hornets’ 17 dual matches this season.
But there have also been a few occasions in which Arbushites is waiting for that same Hornets squad to put it all together against some of the East Penn Conference’s top-level competition.
It’s a spectacle that brings in not just some of the top players and teams from the state, but also some of the best in the nation, together to compete on one stage. The 2016 Lehigh Valley Hoop Group Showcase has lived up to its expectation once again, as an eventful day of basketball is scheduled for Sunday at Parkland High School. The event once again features some of the area’s and nation’s top talent.
Harold Fairclough spent plenty of time in the green and gold colors of Central Catholic High School, both as a player and coach for the school’s football team. During his six-year head coaching tenure of the Vikings, Fairclough led Central Catholic to a state championship in 2010. He also won a state title as a player in 1993.
Early on, it looked as if the Emmaus girls basketball team was capable of pulling the upset against unbeaten Parkland in a rivalry EPC battle. The Hornets trailed by just a bucket after the first quarter and led 21-20 midway through the second period.
But when Parkland needed it most, the Trojans strung together a run with defense that Emmaus never recovered from.