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.
One might say that the Emmaus Legion team limped into the postseason after going just 4-6 in its final 10 games of the regular season. That, plus a history of playoff frustration over the years, left a difficult task ahead of the Hornets as they played a single-elimination game at South Parkland in the first round of the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs.
Some early miscues and the lack of being able to get a big hit at the right time led Emmaus to a 6-3 loss, ending the Hornets’ season.
While much of Saturday brought beautiful weather to the Lehigh Valley, a quick storm roared through late in the afternoon, bringing just enough rain to put the scheduled Lehigh Valley Legion playoff game between Carbon and Lower Macungie in doubt.
A squad of coaches and parents from both teams worked over an hour to clear the field and make it resemble somewhat of a baseball field ready for a playoff game.
With three games left in the Allentown Summer Basketball League season, defending state champ Reading sits atop the Large-School Division, while undefeated Faith Christian leads the Small-School Division.
Teams will have off Thursday while many partake in this weekend’s A-Town Throwdown, which is part of the annual SportsFest. The summer league will be back at Cedar Beach on Tuesday, July 18.
LARGE SCHOOL DIVISION
Reading 7 - 1
Central Catholic 7 - 2
Allen 4 - 2
Bangor 7 - 3
Wilson West Lawn 7 - 3
Dieruff 6 - 3
At the beginning of the season, the Emmaus Connie Mack Baseball Team didn’t strike many as a championship contender.
Dropping four of its first seven games, the Hornets initially struggled to keep themselves above .500, unable to find their footing in the league standings. In their eighth matchup, however, Emmaus finally changed tracks, doing so practically overnight. Coming off a 7-4 loss to Wilson the day before, the Hornets devastated Moore Township 11-5, barely recognizable as the same team they were 24 hours earlier.
After a fierce storm moved through the Lehigh Valley Saturday, forcing the postponement of most of the day’s Lehigh Valley Legion games, Lower Macungie had to regroup on Sunday, the final day of the regular season, and play two games at different locations.
After a 7-2 win over North Parkland early in the afternoon, the team reassembled about 30 miles to the north to face Carbon County at Lehighton High School, where things didn’t go nearly as well with the Monarchs downing Lower Mac 12-2.
Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup softball team, which included Emmaus players Maddy Clark, Hannah Palinkas and Alexis Ruth, finished the Carpenter Cup tournament in fourth place last month at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
Lehigh Valley’s last game, which was against Delaware County North, ended in an 8-7 loss for Lehigh Valley, its second loss in the double-elimination tournament.
“A lot of us thought we had it in the bag,” said Clark. “It was stressful because they started hitting the gap.”