The scoreboard after the final whistle showed 63 shots on goal for the losing team, but just 23 for the winning team. That stat line summed up the quality over quantity in the 8-4 win that Emmaus/Pleasant Valley had over the Diocese team last Monday night at the Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.
The Green Hornets made the most of their shots, while the Diocese team, which is made up of players from Central Catholic, Bethlehem Catholic, and Notre Dame (Green Pond) couldn't get enough past Hornet senior goalie Michael Smoker.
It's not really that unusual to have student-athletes play more than one sport in high school. It is slightly unusual for a football player to choose swimming as his second sport.
The two sports don't seem to have much in common, so they generally don't share many athletes. One exception is Connor DeJohn, who plays on the offensive and defensive lines for Emmaus' football team and then heads for the pool once the football season ends.
DeJohn, a sophomore, is showing a marked improvement in his times in the pool this season over what he was able to do as a freshman.
There were some notable streaks snapped last Tuesday night at Emmaus High School. In a back-and-forth affair which saw big leads evaporate for both teams, Emmaus lost a big advantage and then fought back to take down Allen in another classic between the two teams.
The victory ended a four game-losing streak for the Green Hornets, and snapped a seven-game winning streak for the Canaries.
Emmayus boys basketball head coach Steve Yoder knew before the season started that he wanted to challenge his team and play against good competition. Through the last four games, he has seen just that.
The Green Hornets came off their first ever trip to the Mirabito Stop-DWI Holiday Classic in Binghamton, NY, during the weekend in between Christmas and New Years with three losses in three games to top-level teams.
Although the Emmaus wrestling team has started off the year slow, with a 3-4 record, the Hornets last two dual meets each of the past two weekends have shown just what they can do in 2015.
Coming off a team championship two weeks ago at the Trojans Wars dual meet at Chambersburg High School, Emmaus wrestled in the Zephyr Duals at Whitehall High School, along with 14 other teams last Saturday.
Sometimes, you know what a team is going to do against you, but you just can't stop bad things from happening. Such was the case when the Lady Hornets traveled to Parkland last Friday and left with a 40-21 loss, dropping Emmaus to 1-5 in the EPC and 2-6 overall.
Just hours before the game, coach Jeff Williams walked his team through drills, explaining that Parkland was going to use full-court pressure against them. He meticulously explained what his players needed to do to break that pressure and give themselves offensive opportunities.
With less than four minutes to play and the Hornets holding an eight-point lead, Emmaus head coach Steve Yoder gave his team an ultimatum.
Following a Northampton field goal that pulled the Konkrete Kids to within 56-48, Yoder challenged the Hornets' defense to allow just one more bucket the rest of the way. Allowing two or more field goals would result in the Hornets running in practice in the ensuing days.
The Emmaus girls basketball team lost its third straight game over the weekend, falling to Fleetwood by a score of 45-39 in the Fleetwood Holiday Shoot-Out. The game was a microcosm of what has become a disturbing trend for the team, falling behind early in the game, only to make a late run that comes up short.
Emmaus linebacker Andy Davidson was named to the Pennsylvania Football Writers Class AAAA All-State team.
Davidson, who also played running back, led the Hornets with 94 tackles, 15 of which were for a loss. He also forced three fumbles, recovered two, had an interception and blocked three kicks. Davidson may have been more important to Emmaus offensively, however, as he rushed for 2,042 yards and 26 touchdowns.
Several other Eastern Pennsylvania Conference teams had players make the all-state team as Whitehall, Parkland and Easton each had two selections.
In his first two years on the Muhlenberg College football team, Bryan Auvil and the Mules could almost taste it. But almost wasn't good enough to get the Mules over that coveted hump they had been looking to top.
In 2014, however, that all changed for the junior offensive lineman and the Mules.
After finishing with two Centennial Conference losses in each of his first two years, seasons that ended without a trip to the NCAA Division III tournament, Muhlenberg made another jump in 2014.