The Lady Hornets started last season by picking up wins in 10 of their first 12 games, but didn’t add another win after that, finishing 10-11 on the season, with nine straight losses.
This season, the team comes having lost four seniors, but also with a lot of experienced players who will provide depth for a team looking to turn things around. They also have a lot of young players looking to make their mark with the team.
Coming up just short has been in the backs of the minds of the Emmaus girls lacrosse program for four straight years. The Hornets have fallen in the conference finals each of the last four seasons. Last year, they dropped a 14-10 contest to Parkland, and then were sent home in the first round of the District 11 tournament with a 12-4 defeat to Moravian Academy.
But 2016 is a different year, and Emmaus brings back plenty of experienced players that are looking to break through in the league and district tournaments.
In just a few short months, Emmaus senior Joey Polczynski will begin his college days at York College. Shortly after, he’ll tip off his freshman basketball season as a member of the Spartans.
But before that, Polczynski was a key piece in helping guide the Emmaus boys’ basketball team to one of its best seasons this past winter. It concluded with a trip to the second round of the PIAA Class 4A tournament.
The Emmaus boys volleyball team finished 2015 with a 17-4 overall record and a second-place finish in District 11, advancing to the PIAA second round after taking down District 12 champion George Washington in the first round. But 2016 will look quite different for the Green Hornets.
The Kachelries brothers have been a big part of the Hornet basketball team over the past three seasons.
Both Kachelries were honored with selections to the league all-star team.
David, who led the Hornets in scoring this season, was named to the first team, while brother Matt was picked for the third team.
Parkland’s Kyle Stout earned the league Most Valuable Player honors.
The following are this year’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference boys basketball all-star teams.
The much-awaited 2015-16 deer harvest numbers are in and they show some interesting findings.
The entire harvest of 315,813 increased about four percent over the 2014-15 harvest of 303,973. Of that number, 137,580 were antlered deer. That reflected an increase of about 15 percent over the previous season’s harvest of 119,260. And that resulted in a whopping 59 percent of bucks that were 2 1/2 years old or older, which makes it the highest percentage of adult bucks in the harvest in decades, says the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
The message at last week’s Via All-Star Basketball Hall of Fame Banquet stretched from the obstacles that former Nazareth football and basketball player Chuck Dibilio had to endure following a stroke his freshman year at Princeton, to the passionate words that came from Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame wide receiver, Michael Irvin, on becoming a champion.
The two messages intertwined each other at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center, because nobody becomes a champion without obstacles, and obstacles are always in the way of champions.
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, will change their name to the Cheesesteaks for “Salute to Philadelphia Night” and in a unique twist, fans can vote at LVCheesesteaks.com or through the Uber app to determine whether the “Wit” or the “Witout” cap design is worn on-field during the June 10 game against the Durham Bulls.
It’s 34 miles from the Sovereign Center in Reading to the PPL Center in Allentown, but congestion and constant traffic lights along route 222 makes the trip take about an hour.
It’s a trip that goalie Martin Ouellette has made a lot over the past two seasons being shuttled back and forth between the Reading Royals and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
Most of his playing time, and the bulk of his success, has come at Reading, but the 24-year old had somewhat of a breakout game with Lehigh Valley Saturday night.
As a first-year varsity baseball head coach last season, Mike Mihalik admits that he had to spend a lot of time on the things like scheduling and other duties that took away from his ability to truly coach a lot of kids.
Now, in his second season, Mihalik has that stuff down to a minimum and has been able to get back to helping make his players better, which is the part of the job that he really likes.