The early results of the 2018-2019 Emmaus wrestling season have seen both highs and lows as head coach Thad Smith continues to mold his young team into the Green Machine he envisions it can become.
Topping the early season triumphs was a strong showing Dec. 15 at the Annual Kutztown Invitational, held at Kutztown High School. The Green Hornets earned a team title with a total of 249 points and in the process also earned six individual titles.
The Emmaus boys basketball team won its first three games of the season rather comfortably, all by double-digits.
Last Tuesday night against Nazareth was a different story. Emmaus trailed after each of the first two quarters, and led by just one heading into the fourth before beating the Blue Eagles 64-60.
The first month of the winter sports season can be a hectic one. With scheduled time off for Christmas and the New Year, time for training and working on specific things can be rare as games come fast and furious.
That’s been the case for Emmaus swimming, which opened the season with the Cedar Crest Classic and then had meets with Whitehall, Liberty and Nazareth on the schedule.
The latest triumph saw the Emmaus girls down Nazareth 132-52, while the boys beat the Blue Eagles 114-71. Both teams have opened the season with a 3-0 start.
It wasn’t easy, but the Lady Hornets picked up their first win of the season in a nonconference game against the Scranton Lady Knights.
Emmaus shut down the Knights offense in overtime for a 54-44 win heading into the Christmas break.
Emmaus swept Liberty in a recent East Penn Conference dual swim meet.
The Hornet boys won 127-58 with victories in all three relays and six individual events. Nick Soares (individual medley, butterfly) was the only Emmaus boys swimmer to win two individual events. Teammates Devin Metzger (50 freestyle), Brendan McCourt (diving),Evan Bova (500 free) and Michael Iacobelli (breaststroke).
Two months ago, Mike Mihalik stepped down as the coach of the Emmaus baseball team when he took the position as supervisor of secondary curriculum for the East Penn School District. The demands of the job just aren’t compatible with full-time coaching duties.
Pending board approval, Jeremy Haas, an assistant under Mihalik, will take over as the head coach for the 2019 season.
Haas played high school ball at Southern Lehigh and was a four-year varsity player. Collegiately, Haas played at George Mason University and was a center fielder, taking a starting role for two seasons.
Plenty of history was made in 2018 for the Cedar Crest College women’s volleyball team. And former Emmaus High School standout Tiffany Hoppes was at the center of it.
Hoppes even set some personal history this past fall with the Falcons.
Cedar Crest (18-8 overall, 6-2 in CSAC) won its first ever playoff match this season, defeating Clarks Summit University in five sets in the Colonial States Athletic Conference quarterfinal in late October. It was the first time the Falcons had been to the playoffs since 2012.
Nobody said things would go easily for the Emmaus Lady Hornets this season, especially in the early going. With a young team, the growing pains are hitting full force early on, but those pains are bringing some positive signs with them.
Senior Anne Glowacki leads the team in scoring through the early going, averaging 7.5 points per game, with junior Alyssa Burkhart averaging six points per game. Both players have looked to do their part to help pull a struggling offense along.
The Emmaus boys basketball team has had trouble knocking off Parkland over the course of the last five-plus years.
But the Green Hornets had a fast start to the game and never looked back, opening up a 16-2 lead in the first quarter on their way to a 63-50 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference victory over the Trojans last Tuesday night at Emmaus High School, just their first victory over Parkland in more than two years.
The Emmaus boys and girls swimming and diving teams are both off to a 2-0 start to the season with wins over Whitehall and Liberty. One of the things that jumps out is the performance of the diving squad, which is seeing a resurgence.
In the win over Liberty, the girls captured three of the top five spots, while the boy swept the top three spots against the Hurricanes.