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.
In the first game of the season, the Emmaus field hockey team celebrated a record-setting win over Easton that tied coach Sue Butz-Stavin for the national record for the most wins by a high school field hockey coach.
The season ended with junior Meredith Sholder scoring a game-winning overtime goal to not only make her the school’s all-time leader in goals scorer, but also to make her team this year’s PIAA Class AAA champions with a 1-0 win over Palmyra.
This football season featured a bevy of playmakers in District 11.
Many of those players eclipsed school records and some even took down district records on their way to memorable season.
The following is a list of those accomplishments compiled by statistician Duke Helm through the first week of the postseason.
In Randy Cuthbert’s first season as Emmaus’ head football coach, the Hornets reached the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Last season, Cuthbert’s second at the helm, the Hornets stuck around a week longer by reaching the title game.
This year, the team wants to keep up the progress by winning the EC title.
With a 61-22 win over Williamsport last Friday night, the Hornets earned a place in this week’s championship game. They will host Reading, which beat Pleasant Valley last week to get into the EC title game.
In case Phantoms fans forgot what minor league hockey is all about, the Flyers gave them a not-so-gentle reminder when they recalled two popular players to provide help for the parent club.
Forward Taylor Leier and defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere were recalled, delivering a blow to the Phantom lineup.
Leier, 21, recorded four goals and five assists in 14 games with the Phantoms this season, his second in the AHL.
After an hour-and-a-half bus ride to Central Columbia High School for the PIAA Class AAA field hockey quarterfinals, Emmaus came out a little flat against Wilkes-Barre Coughlin. A second-half surge turned the game around and the Lady Hornets enjoyed the ride home after beating the Crusaders 5-1 to advance in the state playoffs.
“We just didn’t have the mojo going,” said head coach Sue Butz-Stavin. “We did some things, but we were a little careless with the passes and stuff. Once things started clicking a little better, we drew a few more corners and finished”