After a sluggish and late start to the 2017-18 regular season, the Emmaus boys basketball team got into the win column with its first victory, rallying in the fourth quarter to take down host Northampton 53-47 last Friday night an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference game at Northampton High School.
Years from now when Emmaus coach Kelsey Gallagher looks back on her first win as a head coach, it will probably look much better than it did when it happened this past Saturday.
The Hornets downed Pocono Mountain West 55-49 in a game that consisted of 55 fouls leading to 73 foul shots, but in the end, it was a win and Gallagher and her team will take it.
The two teams also had trouble handling the ball, leading to 56 turnovers in the game.
The Emmaus wrestling team opened the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference season last week with a pair of losses.
The Hornets fell to Stroudsburg in the dual-meet season opener and then lost to Bethlehem Catholic the next night.
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The defending state champ Golden Hawks beat the Hornets 55-10.
After Joe Barno (285) earned a pin to open the match, Bethleehem Catholic won all but one of the next 13 bouts.
For the first time this season, Emmaus swimmers got to compete against other schools rather than just against themselves. The annual Cedar Crest Invitational, a joint effort of Emmaus and Parkland high school swim teams, was held with eight girls teams and nine boys teams competing.
The Hornet boys team came out with a first-place finish, scoring 648 points compared to 318 for Southern Lehigh and 298 for Parkland. Other local boys teams included Nazareth (5th, 192 points), Freedom (7th, 110 points) and Central Catholic (9th, 52 points).
As the new coach of the Emmaus girls basketball team, Kelsey Gallagher brought an up-tempo offense and a man-to-man defense to the team. While the changes have been difficult to adapt to, the players have bought into the system and have already come a long way since Gallagher’s arrival.
In their season opener, Emmaus (0-0 EPC, 0-1 overall) took on Wilson-West Lawn and put together a tough performance that saw them fall behind by as many as 15 points before mounting a late rally that came up short in a 43-37 loss.
The Emmaus wrestling team opened its season Saturday at the Saucon Valley Invitational.
The Hornets took second place as a team, finishing with 170.5 points. The hosts Panthers, which are five-time defending Colonial League champions, took first place at 263.5.
Emmaus crowned three individual champs in the eight-team event.
With two of the Colonial League’s best big men, Salisbury’s inside game was dominant at times last year.
But with graduating much of that talent, this season’s squad will feature a drastically different style of play.
Forwards Jaxson Costello (a Colonial League First Team all-star) and Ryan Slutsky (honorable mention selection) headline a group of six graduates from last year’s team that went 20-8 and qualified for the PIAA tournament.
In the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Goldilocks had to search around for porridge, a chair and a bed until she found the one that was just right. For senior basketball player, Bri Hart, her search through three different coaches in her four seasons appears to be ending with the one that’s just right.
A lot has changed since Kelsey Gallagher was named the new head coach of the Lady Hornets this past July. The team had a good showing in both the summer league and its own EHS Fall Classic, and the system and style of play have both been completely overhauled.
With five wrestlers graduating who combined for over 100 wins last season, the Emmaus wrestling team will look for an injection of new talent while a few of its veterans attempt to take a step forward this season.
First-year head coach Nick LeFevre likes what he’s seen so far and is hopingthe team can improve on last year’s 12-7 record that included a berth in team districts as the No. 11 seed.
Swimming coach Tim O’Connor can’t quite put his finger on the reason, but there just are fewer girls coming out for the swim team than there have been in the past.
While the boys team is well stocked, the girls side has much less depth and a senior class of just one. The lack of depth has made O’Connor a little more inventive when it comes to putting things together.
One of the things that O’Connor is stressing is taking his swimmers – boys and girls – out of their comfort zones.