Emmaus senior Jacob Light has a unique story. And if you don’t know him personally, you might not be aware of his accomplishments.
Light has competed in gymnastics for 13 years at Parkettes. The sport is virtually absent at the high school level anymore and is decreasing at the collegiate ranks, too, leaving his story untold more so than varsity sports these days.
For most athletes, it’s a dream to play their favorite sport at the college level.
Some players start thinking about college athletics even before their high school careers get under way. Emmaus High School seniors Alicia Cooperman and Miranda O’Donald are two athletes in particular that had those aspirations at an early age.
Emmaus swimming coach Tim O’Connor isn’t sure when the last time was that the girls swim teams for Emmaus and Parkland came into their yearly meet both being undefeated, but he knows it’s been a long time.
Emmaus has made it through the schedule with a perfect 10-0 mark and Parkland stands at 9-0 coming into the season-ending meet that will decide the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Championship. The Emmaus boys have also gone undefeated, while Parkland is 8-1, with a loss to Liberty as the only blemish.
The Emmaus High School girls basketball team wrapped up its season with a 2-10 record in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and a 6-12 record overall, missing both the EPC and District 11 playoffs. At season’s end, the young team featured two seniors – Vanessa Huber and Jenna Lessel – who were honored at the team’s annual senior night against Whitehall, which was a 60-45 loss.
The regular season did not end the way the Emmaus boys basketball team had hoped it would. Needing to beat Whitehall last Wednesday night in the season finale to clinch a first-round home game in the opening round of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference tournament, the Green Hornets fell to the Zephyrs in overtime and dropped from the number three seed to the fifth seed.
That loss did not seem to sit well, as the Hornets bounced back three days later to take down fourth seeded Stroudsburg 53-43 last Friday night at Stroudsburg High School.
Emmaus swimming and diving held its annual senior night recently when it swam against Nazareth. The night celebrated six seniors – Kayla Apostolico, Maura Beuttel, Sammy Mull, Miranda O’Donald, Tom Schlechter and Casey Young – as their final high school season winds down.
Both the boys and girls teams continued their winning ways and remain undefeated after the girls downed Nazareth 108-70 and the boys won 100-80.
Heading into team districts, there were at least a couple dual-meet results that didn’t sit well with Emmaus wrestling head coach Jeff Arbushites.
His Hornets got rematches with two of those teams at the District 11 Class AAA team tournament. Emmaus got revenge on Freedom in the tournament’s opening round, but came up short in a consolation bracket match against Liberty.
Coming into the final game of the season, the Emmaus ice hockey team was unbeaten in its last three games and hadn’t lost since a 7-6 setback on December 21.
And after one period of play last Monday night it looked as if the Green Hornets (5-9-1) were going to continue their unbeaten streak, up 3-1 after one.
But three straight goals and some heavy hitting helped Easton to a 7-6 regular season finale win at the Bethlehem Steel Ice Center.
The Emmaus wrestling team competed in Saturday’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Championship Day.
The Hornets (13-7 overall, 5-4 EPC) finished in third place in Division A. They matched up against Liberty, the third place team from Division B, on championship day.
Liberty won 11 of the 14 matches while getting pins in four of them to come away with a 46-14 victory.
Emmaus’ Dan Oberle and Lucas Schaf pinned their Hurricane opponents. Matt Hamati got his team’s only other win, which came by decision.
Late in the season, it gets tough to know when your team – especially one that is struggling – needs a break and when it needs to keep working. Coach Carl Scheitrum and his staff decided that the team needed a bit of a break and canceled practice this past Saturday. It wasn’t only to give the players a break, but they had been working hard, so it served as a reward. Whether it was the day off or something else, the team played arguably its worst game of the season, falling to Parkland 69-30.