Coming off of their 10th straight District 11 Championship, Emmaus has four members of its boys swimming team competing in individual events at the upcoming PIAA Championships set for Friday and Saturday at Bucknell University. T
he girls team, which finished runner-up to Parkland in districts, is sending three swimmers in individual events.
Katie McDonald will have more on the team’s state run in the March 22 issue of the Bethlehem Press.
The NHS girls lost to Boyertown 56-55 on Saturday as Abby Kapp hit a clutch three-pointer with just 17 second left in the game.
The Kids would start out well in this game taking a 14-9 lead after one and extending it to 30-24 heading into the half. But a strong second half by Boyertown saw them chip away at the lead, cutting it to just 44-42 heading into the third quarter.
Three Lehigh Valley Press teams moved on in state play Thursday night and will continue their quest for a state title.
The Emmaus boys knocked off Harrisburg 64-61 in a game that was supposed to be played Wednesday night. The Hornets got off to a nice start leading 19-13 after one and 32-22 heading into halftime. But Harrisburg would cut the lead to just 44-43 after three quarters before a close fourth quarter of action left Emmaus out in front in the end.
In Class 6A action, Emmaus beat District 1 fourth-place team Cheltenham, 68-67.
Matt Kachelries scored a game-high 24 points to get his career total to 990. His twin brother David added 19 points for the Hornets (21-6). Zach Sabol chipped in with 16 points.
Jack Clark led the Panthers with 32 points.
Emmaus, the fourth-place team from District 11, moves on to face District 3 champs Harrisburg (20-6) in the second round with the winner advancing to Saturday’s quarterfinals.
Bethlehem Catholic’s Mikey Labriola and Northampton’s Julian Chlebove both continued their treks to a second straight state championship Thursday night during the opening round of the PIAA 3A wrestling tournament.
Labriola won his opening bout by fall over Britain Shields of Big Spring with a fall in :34 seconds.
Labriola is one of four Hawks heading to Friday’s quarterfinals, as Ryan Anderson (126), Jarred Papcsy (132) and Niko Camacho (HWT) look to move through the bracket.
Reed Custer made it through to Hershey and at the end of the day, that’s all that mattered for the Emmaus senior.
Custer (22-6) took home a fourth-place finish from the Northeast Regional tournament over the weekend at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium, securing the final 160-pound spot after a tough 9-7 loss to Liberty’s Anthony Emig in the third-place consolation round bout.
He’ll be the lone Green Hornet heading to Hershey, as teammate Peyton Brown (106) was eliminated in the second round of consolations.
After an undefeated season that led to an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Championship, the Emmaus boys came into the District 11 Swimming and Diving Championships confident of getting their 10th straight district championship and they didn’t leave disappointed.
The Hornet boys team picked up 401 points, easily outdistancing second-place Parkland, who finished with 308.5 points in the meet. The end result is that Emmaus will have six shots at gold in individual events and three more in relays at the PIAA Championship coming up March 17-18 at Bucknell University.
It wasn’t the game that the Emmaus boys basketball team had hoped to be playing in. But after falling to Pocono Mountain West in a semifinal game last Wednesday at the PPL Center, the Green Hornets found themselves in the District 11 Class 6A third-place game against another team that did not expect to be there.
Top seed and Eastern Pennsylvania Conference champion Allen was upset by Parkland in Wednesday’s semifinals.
Emmaus came up short against the Canaries Saturday afternoon at Easton Area Middle School, falling 83-77.
On the Monday following the District 11 Diving Championships, Emmaus swimming head coach Tim O’Connor had to deliver bad news to his girls swimming team. Rival Parkland had swept the top four spots in diving, leaving Emmaus 68 points behind heading into the swimming events at last weekend’s District 11 Championships. Instead of despair, his girls responded with “so there’s a chance.”
“I had to point out that 68 points behind is not good, but they just kept focused on having a chance to catch them and that’s what they set out to do,” said O’Connor.
Like father, like sons.
The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation held its 56th annual Scholar Athlete Banquet on Sunday.
Hundreds of athletes, families, friends, and coaches packed the Northampton Community Center to officially culminate the 2016-17 season and find out which high school student would be awarded one of the season’s highest individual accolades.
One scholar athlete was chosen from 33 area high schools to become the 2017 scholar athlete award winner.