The Bethlehem Catholic girls basketball team captured its first state title on Thursday night, knocking off Villa Maria of Erie 46-27 in the girls 4A final.
Becahi was 0-for-2 to that point in state title games, falling as recently as 2013, but this time things would be different, as the Hawks won again using a familiar approach in their playoff run - a quick start.
The Emmaus boys basketball program reached new heights last Thursday night. In defeating Harrisburg, District 3’s top seed, the Green Hornets advanced to the PIAA CLass 6A state quarterfinals for the first time in school history.
And although Emmaus has been led all year by senior guards David and Matt Kachelries, it was the supporting cast that contributed in a big way during the final few minutes of the 64-61 victory at the Geigle Complex in Reading.
No matter what sport it is, opening day is special. For tennis, Emmaus played its opening match – a 7-0 win over Bethlehem Catholic – on the eve of the season’s biggest snow storm and hasn’t been able to get back on the courts since.
The revamped lineup that saw Emmaus lose all of its starting singles players and some of its doubles players as well, had little trouble against the Golden Hawks.
No. 1 singles player Marco Maricic won 8-3, as did No. 2 Austin Long. Number-three player Aman Malik picked up an 8-2 win in his match.
Looking over the results of the Emmaus swimmers at the PIAA Swimming Championships, which were held last weekend at Bucknell University, it’s easy to see the battle between the young girls swimmers and the upperclassmen boys swimmers. Much of the success on the boys side came from senior swimmers, while the sophomore class had big finishes on the girls side.
Competition brings out the best in an athlete. It makes everyone work harder to be better.
It did not matter what the sport or activity was, Emmaus senior basketball players and brothers, David and Matthew Kachelries were competitive. But not only did they want to be the better of the two, they wanted to be the best at what they did. And it only made each of them better.
“It could be video games, sports, whatever, we always wanted to beat each other,” David Kachelries said. “Even though we were competitive in whatever we did, we always had fun with each other.”
Meredith Sylvia, now a senior at Central Catholic High School, remembers when she committed to continue her gymnastics career at Auburn University. She was just entering her freshman year of high school.
So, after much anticipation and years of excitement, the time of her competing at the collegiate level is only months away. But before she leaves the confines of the Lehigh Valley for the Southeast, there is some unfinished business for Sylvia.
A lot of teams would have panicked in the situation Emmaus faced late in Saturday’s PIAA Class 6A boys basketball game against Cheltenham.
After leading the entire game except for the final minute of the first half, Emmaus fell behind late in the third quarter and was looking at a 58-50 deficit with just under five minutes left in the game.
That’s when Hornet assistant coach Eric Farkas suggest to head coach Steve Yoder that they ‘unleash’ the Kachelries twins.
It wasn’t the way Reed Custer wanted his senior year to end, but that is ultimately the truth for many wrestlers when they vacate the grounds of Hershey’s Giant Center.
Custer bowed out after day one of the PIAA Class 3A wrestling tournament last Thursday night, following two straight defeats to open his first appearance at the state championships.
If you’re an avid saltwater fishing fan, you have to attend the only saltwater fishing show in the northeast. And until you can wet a line in the suds, the Saltwater Fishing Expo in New Jersey serves as a primer to the upcoming saltwater season.
This annual saltwater expo kicks off its three-day run on Friday, March 17. It features the latest in saltwater tackle, boats, watercraft gear and seminars that cover the gamut of saltwater angling. In fact, there are tackle items offered that can’t be found in most tackle shops or big box stores.
Taylor Lawson has goals that only very few gymnasts could fathom coming true. Currently a senior at Bridgeway Academy, the gymnast has hopes of not only reaching nationals in her final season, but also coming out on top.
It looks like she may be on her way to that level.
Lawson has put together a successful season thus far, which included a fourth-place finish in the all around at the 43rd Annual Parkettes Invitational at the end of January. She also placed first in her age division in the all around at a competition in Philadelphia shortly later.