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.
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.