For the first time in its first 11 games, the Parkland boys basketball team was at full strength last week when it met Emmaus in and Eastern Pennsylvania Conference clash.
With Devante Cross back in the lineup, the Trojans looked like the team that everyone expected to see this year, with all five starters back from last year’s EPC and District 11 4A championship team.
In front of a large crowd at Parkland High School last Tuesday night, Parkland took a large early lead and never looked back.
Coming into the season, Emmaus coach Tim O’Connor knew there was a lot of work to do with his young team. Both the boys and girls teams have made it through their first six dual meets with perfect records intact, with the latest win coming over Northampton.
It’s easy to see the progress that the Emmaus diving program has made in just one year. A year ago, Jess Hurlburt was a freshman who was untested in 11-dive competitions at the high school level. On the boys side, Andrew Vanim admittedly let pressure get to him in the District 11 Diving Championship, which almost cost him a bid to the state competition.
This year, Hurlburt came in as one of the favorites in the EPC Diving Meet and Vanim has a completely different outlook that has put him past the nerves that he felt last season.
For avid kayakers, there’s no need to stop paddling when the weather turns frigid. But for those who choose to go out on the water, there are precautions that must be taken during these freezing times.
Veteran kayakers say that while winter paddling can provide solitude, exercise and an opportunity to see some amazing winter beauty, it must be done with safety in mind.
Novice paddlers often times fail to realize that although temperatures may be above average right now, the water is still dangerously cold and you must be prepared.
For the second straight season, Emmaus earned a spot in the Zephyr Duals championship match. For the second straight year, a very good Wyalusing team edged the Hornets for the championship trophy.
“Overall you can’t be upset about it,” said Emmaus head coach Jeff Arbushites. “We lost to a quality team, very well coached, very well conditioned. They were physical in the finals.”
Despite winning seven bouts in the championship match, the Hornets gave up bonus points to Wyalusing in five of the seven bouts they lost and fell 33-27.
Resiliency is a word that can best describe the 2015 Emmaus football team, in particular senior running back Kyle Boney.
Just as it looked like the Emmaus ice hockey team was going to be victorious over Northampton for a second straight time this year, the Kids stepped up late and made sure that didn’t happen.
Anthony Belsky and Nick Gutekunst scored the game-tying and go-ahead goals within a 20-second span to overcome a 6-5 deficit with a little over six minutes to play to defeat Emmaus 7-6 on the Monday night before Christmas at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.
Most avid target shooters are aware of the high cost of ammunition and the shortage of it today. Of all the calibers, .22 long rifle, which was the least expensive ammo to use for years, now costs more and shortages are ongoing.
As the swimming season quickly approaches the New Year, both the Emmaus boys and girls sit atop the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference at 4-0 in dual meets. The girls defeated Easton in their latest meet, 102-75, while the boys breezed to a 103-75 victory.
But while the records are unblemished at this point in the season, head coach Tim O’Connor knows there is certainly room for improvement. With the key part of the season coming up and the postseason still weeks away, there is plenty of time to work on those issues.
With the score tied at 28-28 at halftime, it looked as if the Emmaus girls basketball team might pull off the upset over Northampton. The Hornets were shooting the ball well and playing good defense in the first half to put themselves in position for an important Eastern Pennsylvania Conference win.