It wasn’t a typical morning when Dennis Ramella sat down to talk about his career in high school athletics.
He was coming off a weekend as the chairman of District 11 swimming that saw him go from having everything ready to go at Parkland High School for the district swim meet to having his whole world turned around by a Nor’easter.
The storm knocked out power at Parkland High School and with no idea on when the power would be back, the decision was made to pick up the whole event and move it to Emmaus High School.
Ironically, Emmaus boys swimmers took home just one gold medal at the District 11 Swimming Championships over the weekend, but the Hornets put together enough strong performances to take the team championship easily, besting second-place Parkland 489-313.5 in the team standings. The championship is the 11th straight for Emmaus in District 11 swimming and diving.
The Emmaus girls swim team captured four individual gold medals and two more in relays at the District 11 Swimming Championships over the weekend. The event, usually held at Parkland High School, was moved to Emmaus after a power outage at Parkland Friday night forced the postponement of the schedule and necessitated moving the meet to Emmaus.
Katie Champagne and Chelsea Gravereaux each captured two individual gold medals at the meet. Gravereaux took gold in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100 freestyle, while Champagne finished with gold in the 50 freestyle and the 100 backstroke.
It’s not as if Emmaus had no incentive to win Monday night’s District 11 Class 6A boys basketball consolation game. Third place was on the line when the Hornets faced Pocono Mountain West at Easton Middle School.
But the Hornets’ future was already determined. Both Emmaus and West already clinched spots in the state tournament.
And neither team was fighting for a district championship. Emmaus head coach Steve Yoder believes that may have had a bit to do with his team’s performance on Monday.
The tradition of the Emmaus rifle team is rich to say the least. Perhaps a better word associated with the Hornets’ rifle team is “dynasty.”
After finishing as the runner-up to Southern Lehigh in the regular season with an 8-1 record, the Hornets got a bit of revenge in the playoffs. Emmaus edged the Spartans, 1,000-998 for the team playoff championship of the Northeast Pennsylvania Scholastic Rifle League.
That marked the second straight season Emmaus won the team playoff championship, and the fourth time in the last five years.
Entering the Northeast Regional Wrestling Tournament as the District 11 champ, Caden Wright had his eyes on his next goal for the season: a regional title. Although he had to settle for a silver medal last weekend, he has one more week to make up for it.
Wright and teammate Peyton Brown both qualified for this weekend’s PIAA Championships in Hershey’s Giant Center. Wright took second place at 160 pounds, while Brown was fourth at 106.
Whitehall AD Bob Hartman annouced that due to road conditions from Winter Storm Riley, Friday’s Northeast Regional Wrestling Tournament will be moved to all day Saturdary at Liberty High School.
Below is an updated schedule for Saturday’s action:
Revised Northeast AAA Regional Wrestling Schedule
Saturday, March 3, 2018
8 a.m. – Weigh-ins and Skin Checks – 1 pound allowance
9 a.m. – Preliminaries
11 a.m. – Quarterfinals
1 p.m. – 1st Round Consolations
2 p.m. – 2nd Round Consolations
3:30 p.m. – Semifinals / 3rd Round Consolations
Last season Caden Wright was just one win away from advancing to the Northeast Regional Wrestling Championships. This year, he sealed his trip to regionals early in the district tournament.
Wright, an Emmaus junior, was the No. 5 seed at 160 last weekend. He went 4-0 at the tournament, beating top-seed Tyler Dilorenzo (East Stroudsburg South) in the semifinal to clinch his trip to regionals. He’s been waiting for his chance to advance since taking sixth place last year.
Every team wants to play its best basketball toward the end of the regular season and into the postseason. Teams with momentum often make runs at championships.
Parkland divided up its scoring as it found the back of the next in each of the three periods, almost dividing the goals evenly throughout, taking down Emmaus 6-0 last Friday night at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena in one Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League playoff semifinal game, ending the Green Hornets season.
The defending LVSHL champion Trojans scored twice in the opening period, once in the second, and three times in the final period on their way to its 16th win in 16 tries. Emmaus ends its season at 6-9-1, but fell one game shy of the league championship series.