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.
The regular season did not end the way the Emmaus boys basketball team had hoped it would. Needing to beat Whitehall last Wednesday night in the season finale to clinch a first-round home game in the opening round of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference tournament, the Green Hornets fell to the Zephyrs in overtime and dropped from the number three seed to the fifth seed.
That loss did not seem to sit well, as the Hornets bounced back three days later to take down fourth seeded Stroudsburg 53-43 last Friday night at Stroudsburg High School.
Emmaus swimming and diving held its annual senior night recently when it swam against Nazareth. The night celebrated six seniors – Kayla Apostolico, Maura Beuttel, Sammy Mull, Miranda O’Donald, Tom Schlechter and Casey Young – as their final high school season winds down.
Both the boys and girls teams continued their winning ways and remain undefeated after the girls downed Nazareth 108-70 and the boys won 100-80.
Heading into team districts, there were at least a couple dual-meet results that didn’t sit well with Emmaus wrestling head coach Jeff Arbushites.
His Hornets got rematches with two of those teams at the District 11 Class AAA team tournament. Emmaus got revenge on Freedom in the tournament’s opening round, but came up short in a consolation bracket match against Liberty.
Coming into the final game of the season, the Emmaus ice hockey team was unbeaten in its last three games and hadn’t lost since a 7-6 setback on December 21.
And after one period of play last Monday night it looked as if the Green Hornets (5-9-1) were going to continue their unbeaten streak, up 3-1 after one.
But three straight goals and some heavy hitting helped Easton to a 7-6 regular season finale win at the Bethlehem Steel Ice Center.