The Emmaus girls basketball team took on two of the top three teams in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and lost both of them last week.
The Hornets travelled to Nazareth on Friday night and fell, 71-40. The Eagles took a 10-point lead into halftime then started the third quarter with a 10-0 run to stretch their lead to 42-22.
Tessa Brugler led Nazareth with 16 points. Emmaus' Kiyae White had 14.
Last Tuesday Emmaus fell to Central Catholic, 49-30. Olivia Roseman led the Vikettes with 15 points. Kiyae White had 13 for Emmaus.
Last year the Emmaus boys basketball team did not have much luck against the Lehigh Valley Conference and District 11 Class AAA champion Central Catholic. The Vikings got the better of the Green Hornets twice, by wide margins.
After eight minutes last Tuesday night, it looked as if a similar outcome was in store. But in the second quarter, Emmaus found its way.
For Emmaus swimming, the perfection continues on the boys side (9-0), while the girls (7-2) have dropped two straight against tough teams. The boys easily picked off Liberty, 124-62, to give the Hurricanes their first loss of the season. On the girls side, the Hornets made a late surge, but came up short and fell to Liberty 96-90 as the Lady Hurricanes raised their record to 8-1 on the season.
The loss for the girls came on the heels of their loss to perennially tough Wilson-West Lawn three days earlier.
Coming off a dominant performance in the US Military Duals in South Carolina two weeks ago, the Emmaus wrestling team had a few days off to prepare for its next match. They may not have needed that much time.
The Green Hornets rolled to a 71-3 victory over Central Catholic last Thursday night on senior night at Emmaus High School for their 14th win of the season.
Two straight pins from Dan Oberle (182 pounds) and Tom Alcaro (195) put Emmaus in front of Parkland for the first time all night with two bouts remaining.
But it was a pin in the next match by the Trojans' best wrestler, Omar Haddad, at 220 pounds, which gave Parkland the lead back. A decision from Jahan Worth in the final bout (285) clinched the Trojans' 31-25 win over the Green Hornets 31-25 last Wednesday night at Parkland High School.
Yogi Berra is famous for telling reporters that baseball is 90-percent mental and the other half is physical. If Berra knows anything about swimming, he might make the same statement, which is something that coach Tim O'Connor constantly works on with his swimmers.
When O'Connor looks at Casey Young, he sees a lot of his younger self in her not just mentally, but as far as their build. Like Young, O'Connor was a muscular young swimmer in his high school days and had to find a way to handle the sport mentally.
In some of their losses this season, the Emmaus boys basketball team has had trouble putting up points. That was not the case last Tuesday night against Bethlehem Catholic at Emmaus High School.
Four players scored in double figures, and the Green Hornet defense stifled the Golden Hawks all night in an 89-55 victory.
David Kachelries (19 points), Joey Polcynski (12), Brandon Rapose (10) and Jacob Feiertag (10) all hit the double-digit plateau, and Tyler Prescott (9 points) was one point shy of taht category.
Emmaus won eight of 14 matches, but allowed some bonus points to Liberty as the Hornets' 30-29 win was a little closer than it needed to be.
The Hornets got pins from Tyler Corpora and Cole Franklin. Chase Pavelko, Justis Walton, Jared Skibinski, Austin Flaugh, Daile Oberle and Thomas Alcaro all earned decision wins for Emmaus.
The Hornets (6-3) are back in action Wednesday when the travel to Parkland (12-3) for another Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Dual meet.
Emmaus 30, Liberty 29
106: Luke Werner (L) pinned Gabriel Ayala in :25
Last year, Anna Overholtz provided Emmaus with a diver who could provide a legitimate challenge to some of the better high school divers in the area. Her accomplishments were the best that the program has seen in a while.
This season, two young divers are providing excitement on both the boys and girls side of competition and they proved it this past weekend with strong showings in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Diving Championship.
For the first time this season, Emmaus girls put together back-to-back wins, both against Eastern Pennsylvania Conference teams. Last week, Emmaus picked up a come-from-behind, 61-50 win over Allen and then put together an impressive 60-55 win over Liberty. The wins brought Emmaus' record to 5-7 on the season, but they were unable to stretch the streak to three games when they dropped a 38-33 nonconference game to Pennsbury.