Just like it had a year ago, the Emmaus boys basketball team competed in the Allen Holiday Tournament at William Allen High School over the Christmas break. And just as in December of 2016, the Hornets defeated Springfield-Delco in their first game before falling to the host Canaries in the final.
Last Thursday in the opener, Emmaus took down Springfield 67-50 behind 19 points each by juniors Zach Sabol and Bryce Diehl. But in the championship game the next night, the Hornets were beaten by Allen 62-52.
The Emmaus girls basketball competed in the Shamrock Showcase at Trinity High School in Camp Hill.
The Hornets opened the tournament Friday with a 57-21 loss to Lancaster Catholic and had their second game of the tournament postponed because of weather.
Emmaus held a 7-4 lead over Lancaster Catholic after one period, but after getting shut out 19-0 in the second quarter and out-scored 17-2 in the third quarter.
The Hornets were led by Megan Navitsky with six points in the loss. The Crusaders were led by Kiki Jefferson with 16 points.
Kordell Waiters admits that he’s still battling some nerves in his first season wrestling at the varsity level.
The freshman gets a little more comfortable each match and it’s been showing. He led the Hornets with a second-place finish at last week’s Tony Iasiello Christmas City Wrestling Tournament at Bethlehem Catholic. He was one of seven Hornet place-winners at the 50th annual event in which Emmaus finished third as a team.
From her sophomore year to her junior year Emmaus volleyball player Caroline Bond saw improved play, not only individually but also from the Green Hornets program.
Bond finished her junior campaign with 863 assists and 258 digs on her way to earning District 11 MVP honors.
“It’s a great honor because I worked really hard to get to where I am,” said Bond. “Last year I was more passive, and this year, as an upperclassmen, I knew I had to be more aggressive and be more of a leader. I gained a lot of experience in the offseason and just matured as a player this year.”
It’s not everyday that high school students get rewarded for their work in the classroom by getting off from school, but that’s pretty much how it worked out for nine East Penn Conference scholar-athletes during last week’s luncheon at Stroudsmoor Country Inn.
After all those hours put in the classroom over the years, what better way to start off the final week before the Christmas break than to enjoy a luncheon in Stroudsburg and get a free pass from school?
For two-and-a-half quarters it looked as if the Emmaus boys basketball team was not only going to defeat rival Parkland, but it also seemed the Hornets would get a victory rather easily in front of a rowdy, sold out crowd in the Hive.
The script was set for the Hornets to receive an early Christmas present, but then the Trojans came back from down 16 points to win the early season Eastern Pennsylvania Conference game 50-47 last Tuesday, Dec. 19 at Emmaus High School.
The Emmaus swimming and diving roster consists of 55 student athletes and 32 are freshmen or sophomores, with 20 of that group being freshmen.
With the success of the Emmaus Aquatic Club and the input from some new varsity coaches this season, the younger swimmers are contributing early to the success of the program even as they’re still acclimating themselves to the rigors of Hornet head coach Tim O’Connor’s program.
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.
Thursday, Dec. 14
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.