Emmaus wrestler Lucas Schaf knows just how tough it can be.
Schaf, a senior, watched his brother Taylor, a 2014 graduate of Emmaus, come up short at capturing 100 career wins on the mat. Injuries in his sophomore and junior seasons had a big part to do with that shortcoming.
Lucas wanted to make a name not only for himself, but for his family name as well when he sought that same elusive feat.
Emmaus head coach Jeff Arbushites has seen, for the most part, a team that has lived up to expectations through the Hornets’ 17 dual matches this season.
But there have also been a few occasions in which Arbushites is waiting for that same Hornets squad to put it all together against some of the East Penn Conference’s top-level competition.
Head coach Steve Yoder knew it was going to be a tough game, but he didn’t want to make any excuses.
Nazareth was playing in front of its home crowd and seeking revenge after a 49-45 loss to Emmaus back in December that knocked the Blue Eagles from the ranks of the unbeaten.
A 50-point second half surge helped lead Nazareth past Emmaus (14-4 overall, 9-3 EPC) 73-65 last Friday evening at Nazareth Area High School.
By the time Emmaus swimmers travel to Liberty for their meet on Thursday, it will have been a week since their last competition, thanks to the Blizzard of 2016. The Liberty match will be a huge test for Emmaus, who come in with both their boys and girls teams at a perfect 7-0. Liberty’s boys are 7-0, while the girls are 6-1 on the season. The Liberty girls’ only loss came to Parkland, whose girls are also 7-0 on the year.
Soccer is often referred to as the beautiful game. Last Sunday night at the Northampton Community Center, soccer was the main attraction, albeit off of the field.
Scholar athletes from Lehigh Valley high schools were recognized, with a male and two females earning the honors of a scholarship award.
When longtime Catasauqua Area High School head coach Trajano Bastidas was inducted into the Lehigh Valley Soccer Hall of Fame, he talked about his passion for the sport, and how he grew up around the game and gave the love of it to his three sons.
After a 5-5 start to the season, the Emmaus High School girls basketball team has hit a tough stretch, dropping five of its last six games.
The team has also run into a tough schedule that saw it face Parkland (7-0 in the EPC, 10-2 overall), Liberty (7-1, 10-1), Bethlehem Catholic (6-1, 9-3) and Whitehall (5-2, 9-4). While each of those games resulted in losses, the team is finding that it has enough talent and chemistry to give good teams a challenge.
It’s a spectacle that brings in not just some of the top players and teams from the state, but also some of the best in the nation, together to compete on one stage. The 2016 Lehigh Valley Hoop Group Showcase has lived up to its expectation once again, as an eventful day of basketball is scheduled for Sunday at Parkland High School. The event once again features some of the area’s and nation’s top talent.
Harold Fairclough spent plenty of time in the green and gold colors of Central Catholic High School, both as a player and coach for the school’s football team. During his six-year head coaching tenure of the Vikings, Fairclough led Central Catholic to a state championship in 2010. He also won a state title as a player in 1993.
Early on, it looked as if the Emmaus girls basketball team was capable of pulling the upset against unbeaten Parkland in a rivalry EPC battle. The Hornets trailed by just a bucket after the first quarter and led 21-20 midway through the second period.
But when Parkland needed it most, the Trojans strung together a run with defense that Emmaus never recovered from.
When Nate Snyder scored with 8:04 to go to put Freedom in front, the Emmaus ice hockey team did not panic.
Matthew Scheaffer answered just thirteen seconds later, his third of the night, to tie the game. And Luke Rheiner, Shane Miller and Wyatt Weber each found the back of the net in the final period to give the Green Hornets a 9-6 victory against the Patriots last Friday night at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.
The four consecutive goals by Emmaus marked the third separate time a team netted four unanswered goals.