When Emmaus girls basketball head coach Carl Scheitrum spoke to his team before last Tuesday night’s against Stroudsburg, he told the players that night’s game was a must-win if the Hornets want to be a good team and reach their goals this year.
“I told them that I think they are a great team,” said Scheitrum. “But if they want to prove to everyone that they are a good team, and reach the goals of a District 11 tournament, this is a game they have to win.”
They weren’t particularly game-defining plays, but there were two calls at the end of quarters that showed head coach Jason Weaver’s confidence in newly-acquired sophomore guard Jack Reichenbach.
With the final seconds of the first half ticking away, Weaver put the ball in Reichenbach’s hands near midcourt. A pick-and-roll freed up Reichenbach to attack the rim, earning two shots from the free throw line. The same play was called at the end of the third quarter, but this time he pulled up for a foul-line jumper that kept Salisbury in cruise control at 48-27.
Emmaus junior guard David Kachelries lit up the scoreboard for 29 points on a perfect 11-of-11 shooting to go along with three assists.
That was just in the first half of play on Friday night against Pocono Mountain East.
Kachelries added another bucket in the fourth quarter, capping a 31-point, five-assist effort in the Hornets (4-0 overall, 2-0 in EPC) dominant 76-42 victory over the Cardinals (0-2 in EPC) at Emmaus High School. The Hornets, who led 31-5 after the first quarter and 58-18 at halftime, seemed to have righted the ship after a sluggish season opener.
Several former Emmaus High School athletes are contributing to teams at the college level.
As a junior on the DeSales University volleyball team, Lisa Wallitsch tallied 1,232 assists, 302 digs, 228 total attacks, 71 service aces and 32 blocks. For her efforts in leading the Bulldogs (22-12 overall, 6-1 Mac Freedom Conference) to the conference tournament championship game, Wallitsch was named to the AVCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region First Team and an AVCA Honorable Mention All-American. She is now up to fourth all-time in school history with 3,001 assists.
The Emmaus ice hockey team started out of the gate slow during the 2015 season. Four straight losses put the Green Hornets in a hole early. But the last three weeks have seen them surge back to the middle of the pack with three straight wins over Liberty (twice) and Northampton.
But Monday night was a different story. Defending Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey League champion Parkland (8-0-1) scored four first-period goals and added on five more to end the Emmaus (3-5) winning streak at three with a 9-3 victory at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.
Emmaus head coach Jeff Arbushites got his first look of the season at this year’s wrestling squad during Saturday’s Saucon Valley Invitational.
And when the tournament was all said and done, it’s hard to not like what he saw transpire, despite knowing his team’s best days are ahead.
The Hornets, who finished last year 16-6, took second place as team at Saucon Valley with 208 points, behind champion Exeter. Host Saucon Valley finished third.
The Emmaus swim teams opened the season last weekend at the Cedar Crest Invitational Meet.
The Hornets won nine events including all four freestyle relay events.
On the girls side, Casey Young, Katie Champagne and Chelsea Gravereaux were part of both winning freestyle relay teams. Abby Heilenman rounded out the winning 400 freestyle relay team, while Lydia Garton was the fourth member of the 200 free relay winners.
Kaitlin Hur took first place in the backstroke and was the Hornets only individual event winner for the girls team.
Perhaps no other girls basketball team in the area faces a tougher task than Emmaus this season.
First, the Hornets have a new coach for the third straight season after Jeff Williams had to step down because of personal reasons. Williams coached one season, taking over for Billy Dunn, who stepped down following the 2013-2014 season.
Carl Scheitrum, who was on both Dunn’s and Williams’ staffs, moves up to be the head coach of the team this season and is looking to stick around for a while.
To win a state championship and do it with an undefeated season takes a lot of hard work and talent, mixed with a pinch of luck here and there. It also doesn’t hurt to have an All-American player on the team that scores 64 goals in 27 games.
It wasn’t too long ago that Kyle Boney broke former Emmaus running back Andy Davidson’s single-season rushing mark. That record-breaking game came just last week against Williamsport. Boney added yet another milestone on Friday night and once again followed in his predecessor’s footsteps.
Led by Boney’s 177 yards on the ground, Emmaus capped its season with a dominant 56-13 victory over Reading in the Eastern Conference Class 4A Championships. Boney eclipsed the 3,000-yard rushing mark in the process, and has run for nearly 2,500 yards and 40 touchdowns in his final season.