Adversity. That was a word that senior Zach Sabol of the Emmaus boys basketball team was faced with early on in his high school playing career.
Sabol reached the 1,000-point milestone for his program earlier this month, back on February 8. And he did it on a big stage and in front of his home crowd, climbing the plateau against Central Catholic in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference quarterfinals at Emmaus High School.
Ethan Parvel wasn’t in an Emmaus uniform last season when the Hornets advanced to the District 11 Class 6A semifinals. Or when they qualified for the state playoffs in 2018.
He was, though, when the Hornets took the court on Saturday night in the East Penn Conference Championship. And in his first season with Emmaus after transferring from Whitehall, Parvel isn’t just stepping in as a role player for head coach Steve Yoder. He is becoming a true leader.
Despite a big night from one of Emmaus seniors, Bethlehem Catholic took Saturday’s East Penn Conference title game behind the effort of it’s own senior in Justin Paz.
The Golden Hawks’ Justin Paz hit the game-winning shot for the second straight game. His buzzer beater against the Hornets came after he drove the length of the court with less than 10 seconds to go and converted a layup to give the Golden Hawks a 46-44 win in the league final last Saturday night at Easton Area Middle School.
The Emmaus boys swimming team had as close to a perfect day as you can have Feb. 14 at Parkland High School.
The Hornets won eight of 12 events and easily defeated rival Parkland 114-72 . In the process, Emmaus earned the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title and finished the conference portion of their schedule undefeated.
The Emmaus girls swimming team has the strongest group of senior swimmers that its had in a long while.
The group includes swimmers who helped to break Parkland’s grip on the EPC swimming and diving championship two years ago when they beat Parkland to win the EPC title.
They’ve also had to watch as Parkland’s girls have won 10 straight District 11 championships and 18 of the last 19 district crowns.
It was all setting up nicely for the Emmaus ice hockey team.
The Hornets, which were already eliminated from playoff contention, were playing in their final regular season game of the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey League Monday.
The team was in position to end the season with a win, leading Nazareth 2-0 late in the second period. But four straight Blue Eagle goals, three in the third period, propelled Nazareth (3-11-2 overall, 8 points) to a 4-2 victory over the Green Hornets (5-11) last Monday evening at Bethlehem Municipal Ice Hockey rink.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference postseason tournament has not been kind to the Emmaus boys basketball team the last few years. Two seasons ago, the Green Hornets were the top overall seed and were upset at home against eighth-seeded East Stroudsburg North. Last season Emmaus did not qualify for the tournament, falling just short.
The Colonial League and East Penn Conference playoff schedules for basketball were pushed back due to weather and school closings this week.
Tonight’s games (Thursday, Feb. 14) are as follows for the Colonial League:
Catasauqua High School
5:45 p.m.- Girls #1 Notre Dame-Green Pond vs. #4 Bangor
7:30 p.m. - Boys #1 Moravian Academy vs. #4 Bangor
Whitehall High School
6 p.m. - Girls #2 Southern Lehigh vs. #3 Northwestern Lehigh
7:45 p.m. - Boys #2 Southern Lehigh vs. #3 Notre Dame-Green Pond
A long, tough season for the Emmaus girls basketball team ended last week with a 37-24 loss to Whitehall, spoiling Senior Night for four senior members of the girls basketball team.
Hornet players, Ky Anthony and Anne Glowacki, along with student-coach Mal Burns and trainer Phoebe Haberstumpf, were all honored for their time with the team.
Anthony scored two points in the loss, just under her season average.
The East Penn Conference and Colonial League announced matchups for their respective league tournaments, which start Friday.
In the EPC, the Bethlehem Catholic boys get the top seed and will host eight-seed Easton at 7:30 p.m. Emmaus earns the second seed and will host Central at 6 p.m.
Freedom takes the fifth seed and will travel to Nazareth for a 7:30 p.m. game while Allen sneaked in on the final night of play to earn the sixth seed and a date at Pocono Mountain East for a 7 p.m. game.