A total of 11 Emmaus High School boys student-athletes officially announced their college plans with letters of intent last week at Emmaus High School. Noah Bacon (soccer), Eric Cichocki (baseball), Tyler Corpora (lacrosse), Kacper Grycel (soccer), David Kachelries (basketball), Braedon LaBar (lacrosse), Carson Landis (football), Ian McCardle (football), Todd Moxey (baseball), Drew Schwindenhammer (football) and Dylan Sosnow (soccer) all made their college commitments official.
As Emmaus prepares for their its meet against Parkland to wrap up the regular season, three Emmaus divers competed in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Diving Competition this past Saturday at Parkland High School. Senior Andrew Vanim finished second in the competition, behind Nazareth’s Steven Stasolla. Emmaus’ Brendan McCourt finished fourth and Drew Stenger was seventh in the competition.
At an EPC meet last month, Stasolla was also the top diver, with McCourt and Vanim finishing second and third, respectively.
In a storybook-type world, last Friday night would have brought smiles and cheers at the end of the Emmaus boys basketball game. Senior guard David Kachelries was in striking distance of the school record for all-time points scored, and the Green Hornets were hosting a quarterfinal Eastern Pennsylvania Conference matchup as the No. 1 overall seed. But it did not turn out the way they wanted.
The current week is a big one for the Emmaus rifle team. After its “toughest match of the season,” according to coach Peter Chromiak, which came at the beginning of the week against East Stroudsburg South, a number of Hornets sought to qualify for the individual state championships on Tuesday.
It’s been an eventful February for Emmaus so far, one that capped off a successful regular season on the range. But the Green Hornets have become accustomed to that rich tradition over the years.
East Stroudsburg North-Emmaus
The No. 8 seed Timberwolves knocked off top-seeded Emmaus 52-49 in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference quarterfinal.
Arian Azemi led East Stroudsburg North with a game-high 21 points.
Emmaus’ David Kachelries scored 17 points, while teammate Zach Sabol added 10 points.
The Timberwolves will move on to face No. 4 seed Bethlehem Catholic in Tuesday’s semifinals. The Hawks defeated Whitehall in Friday’s quarterfinal round.
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Saturday’s PIAA 3A wrestling state championship between Bethlehem Catholic and Nazareth came down to the final bout, where the winner took all and Zac Kiefer instantly became a Nazareth legend, following his 2-1 victory over Tavion Banks in the 170-pound finale to give the Blue Eagles a 30-29 state championship victory over Bethlehem Catholic.
It was a stunning match from start to finish and that we’ll likely never see again.
It’ll also be one that Hawks’ head coach Jeff Karam will never forget either, of course, for all the wrong reasons.
This season has been pretty well split into three separate entities for Emmaus girls basketball. The team endured a three-game losing skid early in the season to put them at 3-5 on the year overall, with the highlight being an impressive win over Central Catholic at Rockne Hall three days before Christmas.
From there, head coach Carl Scheitrum challenged his team with the number 42. That was the number he wrote on a white board and circled, stressing to his team that if it could hold opponents to 42 points, it could win a lot of games.
While both the Emmaus boys and girls swim teams picked up easy wins against Pocono Mountain West and East Stroudsburg North and South on Saturday, the quad-meet was anything but dull. The four schools all piled into the natatorium at Emmaus to do battle and the energy level was high right from the first heat.
The Emmaus boys and girls teams are both 10-1 on the season, with two competitive meets against Liberty and Parkland to wrap up the regular season.
It seems that every time the Emmaus boys basketball team plays in Rockne Hall, the best of the Hornets’ game comes out. In the historic venue, Emmaus has found a lot of recent success, and last Friday night was no different.
Under the bright lights in an important Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Skyline Division game, the Green Hornets stepped up on both sides of the court and took down a surging Central Catholic team 59-36 at Central Catholic High School.
As of three weeks ago, Emmaus senior kicking specialist Carson Landis knew where he was going to college. He fully expected to kick for Lafayette College this fall. But a couple of emails and film studies led to another school’s coaching staff reaching out to him and setting up a private work out.