The Parkland girls won their seventh straight conference title when they downed Emmaus 104.5-81.5 last week. That's the bad news for the Lady Green Hornets. The good news is that things could be starting to turn for Emmaus, which has a number of strong, determined swimmers working their way up through the ranks.
Perhaps the emerging young swimmers best showing of the event came in the 50 freestyle. While it was senior Claire Frank who won the event, freshman Lexi Ruth battled Parkland's Alex Bodnar to tie for second in the event.
There's an old adage that a draw is like kissing your sister. The Parkland and Emmaus swim teams know all about that feeling, since they seem to constantly split the conference championship, with the Emmaus boys and Parkland girls taking home titles.
The same thing happened last week when the Emmaus boys downed Parkland 111-75, while the girls lost to Parkland's girls 104.5-81.5 in the final regular season meet.
Sometimes it takes a few postseason games before a young team can get over its nerves and learn to succeed in playoff basketball.
Last week Emmaus took a team with just one senior into Allen's gym for an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference boys quarterfinal playoff game.
When their only senior got into early foul trouble, things went south quickly for the Hornets, which fell 53-41 to the Canaries.
Coming into his first season as the head coach at Emmaus, Jeff Williams knew there were going to be some tough times. With the 22-game schedule completed and the team compiling a record of 4-12 in the EPC and 6-16 overall, things played out about how one might have been expected to go.
Eleven Emmaus athletes representing seven sports signed letters of intent to colleges last week.
Athletic director Dennis Ramella estimated the total amount of scholarships to be around two million dollars.
The student-athletes have an average grade point average of 3.46 and include five National Honor Society members, three All-Americans and six all-state players.
For six Emmaus seniors - Tori Bingham, Vinnie Cucchiara, Claire Frank, Theo McAllister, Carter Paules and John Woltornist - the home meet against Pocono Mountain East was their final dual meet in their home pool. The six were recognized for their performances over their careers during a break in the meet, which both the boys and girls teams won.
Paules made the most of senior day, tying a pool record with a time of 1:55.43 in the 200-yard individual medley, which was set by North Penn's Dominic Szabo in 2000.
It wasn't the type of ending Jeff Arbushites wanted for his Emmaus team at the District 11 wrestling tournament, but it was one that his group could walk away from with their heads held high.
The Hornets held an early 21-5 lead over Nazareth in last Thursday's preliminary round after the first five bouts of the match, but saw Nazareth take eight of the last nine bouts to storm away with a 45-24 victory.
Senior wrestler Tom Alcaro has enjoyed a stellar final season in the Emmaus wrestling program.
He had compiled a 22-1 record heading into district duals, and the Green Hornets have gone 15-7 overall this season. The won the US Navy Duals in South Carolina, and finished runners-up in the Whitehall Duals and the Saucon Valley Invitational to open up the season. Alcaro also recently won his 100th career match.
But it hasn't come easy for Alcaro to get to this point, and a lot of sweat and tears have gone into 2014-15.
You could say that Jenna Reid and Ashley Petre are in a class by themselves. The two players are the only seniors on the young Emmaus girls basketball roster and have played their part in helping younger players learn the ropes through what has turned out to be a difficult season for the team.
The Parkland boys basketball team has dominated the East Penn Conference thus far this season. The Trojans are undefeated in the conference and have won 12 of their 13 league games by double digits.
Last Friday night at Parkland High School, Emmaus was looking to put a blemish on that league record before the Trojans showed their might and took another double digit win, 72-49.
The two teams were tied at halftime, but the Trojans heated up and outscored the Green Hornets 27-4 in the third quarter to take over the game and hold on for the victory.