Andrew Vanim can’t change what happened at districts. He can’t get back that one dive that hurt his score and left him devastated by the fact that he failed to qualify for states.
The only thing he can do is handle the setback with class and move on from it. He appears to be doing both.
“I don’t take this as a loss,” said the Emmaus junior after finishing in third place at Saturday’s District 11 Class 3A Diving Championships. “I take this as a learning experience. It’s just that one dive. It just happened. Things happen.”
The Emmaus boys basketball team has been in its fair share of big games this season, including four match ups against the third-ranked team in the state in Parkland.
Saturday afternoon, just days after their fourth loss this season to Parkland, the Green Hornets (19-8) took on Pocono Mountain West with their season on the line in a District 11 third-place game. Facing a win-or-go-home situation, Emmaus came up with it’s most important win of the season.
They have had to do it all season, and last Saturday night at Freedom High School junior guards David and Matt Kachelries came up big to salvage the Emmaus boys basketball season.
The Kachelries brothers combined to score 38 of their team’s 48 points to help defeat Allen 48-43 in the District 11 4A quarterfinals.
“They’re both all-stars and they played like all-stars tonight,” said head coach Steve Yoder. “Good players play really well in big moments and I’m glad they are wearing the green and gold.”
As has happened many times in the past, the Emmaus and Parkland swimming and diving rivalry ended in a split decision. The Emmaus boys downed Parkland 119-67, while the girls team took the meet down to the last race, but came up short, losing 98-88. The split decision also split the East Penn Conference titles, with the Emmaus boys taking their 12th straight conference title, and the Parkland girls winning their fourth straight championship.
The rosters for the 41st annual Via All-Star Basketball Classic have been announced along with four inductees to this year’s Lehigh Valley Basketball Hall of Fame.
The week-long festivities kick off on March 20 with the Lehigh Valley Basketball Hall of Fame Clinic at 3pm at Northampton Community College.
On March 23, the Via All-Star Banquet will take place at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center at 6:30 p.m. where former Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl champion wide receiver and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Michael Irvin will be the keynote speaker.
Head coach Steve Yoder’s game plan was simple: slow down the pace of the game to keep the ball in the hands of his offense and out of Parkland’s.
Emmaus slowed down the tempo, but could not slow down the top-seeded Trojans enough. Parkland struggled to find a rhythm, but ultimately found a way to beat the Green Hornets for the third time this year 44-36 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinals last Wednesday night at Liberty High School.
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.