For the first time since the start of the 2013 season, the Emmaus boys lacrosse team will not open the year as defending District 11 champions. The Green Hornets lost their last two games of 2016 to Easton in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinals, and to Parkland in the district quarterfinals.
Emmaus finishing in the top five at states this season wasn’t necessarily a surprise; it’s the fourth straight year, all under head coach Peter Chromiak, that the Hornet rifle team has finished in the top five.
But placing second as a team might have been a bit unexpected as that was the their top finish in over a decade.
Emmaus secured silver with a team score of 973, only behind champion Woodland Hills, which scored a 978.
The Bethlehem Catholic girls basketball team captured its first state title on Thursday night, knocking off Villa Maria of Erie 46-27 in the girls 4A final.
Becahi was 0-for-2 to that point in state title games, falling as recently as 2013, but this time things would be different, as the Hawks won again using a familiar approach in their playoff run - a quick start.
The Emmaus boys basketball program reached new heights last Thursday night. In defeating Harrisburg, District 3’s top seed, the Green Hornets advanced to the PIAA CLass 6A state quarterfinals for the first time in school history.
And although Emmaus has been led all year by senior guards David and Matt Kachelries, it was the supporting cast that contributed in a big way during the final few minutes of the 64-61 victory at the Geigle Complex in Reading.
No matter what sport it is, opening day is special. For tennis, Emmaus played its opening match – a 7-0 win over Bethlehem Catholic – on the eve of the season’s biggest snow storm and hasn’t been able to get back on the courts since.
The revamped lineup that saw Emmaus lose all of its starting singles players and some of its doubles players as well, had little trouble against the Golden Hawks.
No. 1 singles player Marco Maricic won 8-3, as did No. 2 Austin Long. Number-three player Aman Malik picked up an 8-2 win in his match.
Looking over the results of the Emmaus swimmers at the PIAA Swimming Championships, which were held last weekend at Bucknell University, it’s easy to see the battle between the young girls swimmers and the upperclassmen boys swimmers. Much of the success on the boys side came from senior swimmers, while the sophomore class had big finishes on the girls side.
Competition brings out the best in an athlete. It makes everyone work harder to be better.
It did not matter what the sport or activity was, Emmaus senior basketball players and brothers, David and Matthew Kachelries were competitive. But not only did they want to be the better of the two, they wanted to be the best at what they did. And it only made each of them better.
“It could be video games, sports, whatever, we always wanted to beat each other,” David Kachelries said. “Even though we were competitive in whatever we did, we always had fun with each other.”
Meredith Sylvia, now a senior at Central Catholic High School, remembers when she committed to continue her gymnastics career at Auburn University. She was just entering her freshman year of high school.
So, after much anticipation and years of excitement, the time of her competing at the collegiate level is only months away. But before she leaves the confines of the Lehigh Valley for the Southeast, there is some unfinished business for Sylvia.
A lot of teams would have panicked in the situation Emmaus faced late in Saturday’s PIAA Class 6A boys basketball game against Cheltenham.
After leading the entire game except for the final minute of the first half, Emmaus fell behind late in the third quarter and was looking at a 58-50 deficit with just under five minutes left in the game.
That’s when Hornet assistant coach Eric Farkas suggest to head coach Steve Yoder that they ‘unleash’ the Kachelries twins.
It wasn’t the way Reed Custer wanted his senior year to end, but that is ultimately the truth for many wrestlers when they vacate the grounds of Hershey’s Giant Center.
Custer bowed out after day one of the PIAA Class 3A wrestling tournament last Thursday night, following two straight defeats to open his first appearance at the state championships.