A new identity was formed over the summer. Everyone knew the Emmaus boys basketball team was undertaking a new look with different faces, but not many outside of the Green Hornets program expected the success and growth that the Hornets experienced over the summer months.
Emmaus achieved its yearly goal of qualifying for the final day of the two major summer tournaments, reaching the final four of the Cedar Beach Bash while also making the summer league playoffs at Cedar Beach before falling in the semifinals to Central Catholic.
The Martins Creek Creekers and Limeport Bulls may be the first and fourth seeds in the Blue Mountain League playoffs, but most observers of the league figure that the BML Championship may have to go through one of those teams.
The Bulls came into the postseason as the two-time defending champions, while the Creekers led the league through the regular season, finishing with an impressive 24-6 record. The Bulls finished with the fourth-best record in the league at 19-11. As luck would have it, the two teams faced each other in the league semifinals.
With only two games remaining in the Connie Mack regular season, the Emmaus Hornets seemed unbeatable. The team had won 10 straight games and had quickly risen to second in the league standings, infringing on South Parkland’s claim to the top seed.
If Emmaus was to overtake the first place spot, its would need to maintain that dominance through its final matchups.
The boys fitness team at Emmaus is catching up to the girls. The boys won their 13th national championship recently in a competition in San Diego, leaving them just one shy of the 14 titles held by the girls team. This year’s girls team finished second in the national competition.
The boys also crowned an individual national champion in Jac Cornell, who was competing in his senior season. Cornell was making his third trip to San Diego and showed progress in the national competition in each season.
With only two games remaining in the Connie Mack season, Lower Macungie’s playoff hopes appeared grim. Coming off two straight losses, the team stood at a record of 8-9, just outside of postseason contention with two of their toughest matchups of the year lying ahead of them. To earn themselves a spot in the tournament bracket, Lower Mac would have to upset league leader South Parkland, as well as highly-ranked rival Emmaus, to close out their season.
Eric Cichocki kept himself busy during his days in high school, and that’s exactly the way he liked things. The Lehigh-bound athlete, who played golf, basketball and baseball at Emmaus also put up astounding academic statistics.
The Emmaus boys basketball team was on the wrong end of its opening game of the Sportsfest A-town Throwdown. The lost 68-39 to perennial power Constitution High School of Philadelphia.
Emmaus bounced back, winning both of its remaining two games in pool play to qualify for Sunday’s playoffs. The Hornets’ run ended that day, falling to eventual semifinalist Northampton. Hornet head coach Steve Yoder saw more positives than negatives over the weekend.
With the semifinals of the Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League girls playoffs taking place Wednesday, four area teams are fighting for a chance to become champions.
Unfortunately for both Emmaus teams, their runs ended in the quarterfinal round on Monday at Lehigh University.
Lady Hornets 1, made up of seniors and a mix of freshmen and sophomores, came up a goal short against Central Catholic, 2-1. Lady Hornets 2 is comprised of mainly juniors, sprinkled in with freshmen and sophomores as well; they fell to Salisbury, Group B’s top seed, 2-0.
When the Emmaus girls basketball team took the court for its first game last Friday night, there was a new look. The Honrnets not only had new starters and role players from a year ago, but also new head coach.
First-year head coach Kelsey Gallagher officially took over for Carl Scheitrum within the past two weeks.
Gallagher was not around yet for the first major tournament of the summer, the Cedar Beach Bash at the Beach, but quickly made her mark with her new team last weekend back at Cedar Beach for Sportsfest.
After somewhat of a revolving door of coaches for girls basketball, Emmaus is hoping that by going a completely different direction with their latest hire, they’ll find stability at that helm. Kelsey Gallagher, an assistant at Stroudsburg High School for the past couple of seasons, was introduced as Emmaus’ new head coach at a press conference last week.