Matt Wiseley, a 6-6, 210-pound forward, is gearing up for his junior season on the West Chester basketball team. In his first start of the season in the Joe Retton Classic, Wiseley tallied six rebounds to go along with six assists against West Virginia Wesleyan. As a freshman, he appeared in 22 games to average 2.6 points and 3.2 boards per game. The Golden Rams are 3-1 on the season, while Wiseley is averaging 5.8 points, six rebounds and two assists per game.
Coming into the season, the Emmaus football team faced a number of challenges in replacing a senior-laden class from a year ago.
Things didn't get any easier throughout 2014, as a number of injuries and off-the-field issues to a few key playmakers made the uphill battle even more difficult.
Emmaus fullback Andy Davidson has gotten plenty of recognition this season, particularly over the last month, for his play out of the Hornets' backfield.
But on Friday night against Scranton in the Eastern Conference Class AAAA semifinals, it was a play from Davidson on defense that turned around the Hornets' early-game struggles.
The Emmaus girls' cross country team had been to states in each of the previous two seasons, finishing 17th out of 18 teams on both occassions.
With a group that includes a number of newcomers and familiar faces, the Lady Hornets were able to reach that state level once again. This time they put together their highest finish since the 2009 season.
Led by Abby Dalton's 18th-place finish, the Lady Hornets finished 15th out of the 19 participating Class AAA teams in Saturday's PIAA State Championship Meet at Hershey's Entertainment Complex.
At four feet, two inches, Emmaus freshman Abigail Dalton was the shortest runner on the winner's stage that featured the top 12 finishers of last weeks' Eastern Pennsylvania Conference (EPC) Cross Country Meet. If not the shortest, she was one of the smallest of the entire 114 girl runners.
But Dalton was one of the top conference runners last Tuesday at Bethlehem Municipal Park. She placed fifth with a time of 19:46.8 to lead the Lady Hornets to a third-place finish as a team.
Kelsey Patterson has been a district golf champion. Counting this season, she has been to the regional stage three times in her career. Only one thing was missing from an otherwise remarkable careera trip to the PIAA tournament.
That all changed a week ago.
Patterson, who was one of three Emmaus golfers competing at regionals, qualified for the final spot in the state tournament by shooting a 9-over par 81 at the PIAA Class AAA Girls' East Region Golf Championships last Tuesday at Golden Oaks Golf Club.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference cross country season officially came to a close with Tuesday's league meet at Bethlehem Municipal Park.
Amongst the top of the girls' team finishers was Emmaus, who finished in third place as a team. Freshman Abigail Dalton led the Lady Hornets with a time of 19:46.8, roughly 20 seconds behind first-place finisher Raisa Kochmaruk of Liberty.
"I didn't really know where I was for the whole race until a half of a mile near the end," Dalton said. "I realized where I was and started picking up the speed."
The Emmaus golf team is now a perfect three for three.
Two weeks after simultaneously winning both the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference (EPC) regular season and tournament, the Hornets added their second consecutive district crown on Monday afternoon at Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort.
Kevin Caverly's round at the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Golf Championships didn't start how he had hoped.
After a bogey on his first hole, Caverly's ball found the water twice on the next hole, where he three-putted for a six-over par through two holes.
But from that point on, Caverly's round was as impressive as any golfer in the competition.
A season ago, the Emmaus girls' cross country team rode a wave of success to a second-place finish in the District XI Class AAA Cross Country Championships.
And while one of the Hornets' top runners has graduated in Hanna Brosky, four of last year's top five runners return in 2014. That group has picked up right where it left off.
Junior Katie Bacher, last year's fifth-place finisher at districts, finished as Emmaus' top girls runner in leading the Lady Hornets to a top-ten finish at Saturday's 8th Annual PIAA Foundation Cross Country Invitational in Hershey.