In a back-and-forth game on the final day of the Stellar Summer League regular season, the Emmaus boys basketball team was able to come back, and then hold on to its lead as it played extra time in a 68-63 win against Southern Lehigh last Thursday night at Cedar Beach.
Joey Polczynski and Kevin Wambold (4 points) had key baskets, and Brandon Rapose (6 points) and Matt Kachelries (16 points) combined to go 5-for-6 from the free throw line to seal the game in overtime.
Teams like to go into the postseason on a hot streak. For Lower Macungie, that's not necessarily the case as the Mustangs finished the season having lost three of their last four games. Of course, two of those games were against North Parkland and South Parkland, the top two teams in the league.
North Parkland finished the season as the regular season champions with a 17-1 record. South Parkland finished at 14-4, but was the only team to defeat the Buffaloes during the regular season.
You never quite know what you're going to get when you play Emmaus. That fact could make the Hornets a dangerous team heading into the Lehigh Valley Legion tournament.
At times, Emmaus (8-10) has looked it they can beat just about anybody and at other times, it has struggled mightily. The tools are there, it's just a matter of putting things together to make it all work.
Cameron Widdoss knows what is expected of him this coming season, his final year playing for the Emmaus boys basketball team. Last year as a junior, Widdoss, along with his junior classmates, had a large hand in the leadership category because Tyler Prescott was the lone senior on the team.
Widdoss was doing just that last Thursday night inside Allen High School's gymnasium, leading his Green Hornets team to a 54-36 win against Easton.
Emmaus Legion had its four-game win streak snapped by North Parkland in an 11-1 loss last Sunday. Emmaus stands at 8-8 on the season and has clinched a spot in the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs, which begin next week.
The recent win streak saw Emmaus outscore their opponents 27-10 in the four games and has sent a bit of a message to the rest of the league. The four wins were all against likely playoff teams, including rival Lower Macungie, which makes the streak all the more impressive.
The Lehigh Valley and Berks-Schuylkill Legion All-Star teams battled to a 5-5 tie in 10 innings of baseball at Reading's FirstEnergy Stadium Monday night. Both teams had opportunities to win the game, but just when one team would gain an advantage, the other would come fighting back.
Tamaqua's Matt Roberts started for Schuylkill-Berks and put down Lehigh Valley in order in the top of the first and North Parkland's Nate Kern did the same against Schuylkill-Berks in the bottom of the inning.
A 3-0 extra-inning loss to South Parkland on Sunday served as a snapshot of what the season has been like for Lower Macungie. The team has gotten good enough pitching to beat anybody, but the question is, will it hit enough?
On the season, Lower Macungie is averaging just under five runs per game, but one problem has been that the runs seem to sometimes come in bunches or not at all. Lower Mac has been shut out twice this season, with both coming in its last six games. In the other four games during that stretch, they've scored 25 runs, including a 10-0 shutout over Salisbury.
After starting the season 8-1, Lower Macungie's Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball team has run into some tough times. After having a player deemed ineligible, Lower Mac had four wins erased, not to mention that Jeff Moore, one of LM's stronger players, is now no longer a member of the team. Add to that the presence of senior week and there was no real surprise to the fact that the team looked flat against rival Emmaus and dropped a 3-0 decision.
The Emmaus boys basketball team has had a strong start to its summer season. With only one loss on the year, coming in an overtime game against Central Catholic, the Green Hornets have been getting contributions from several players, including some newcomers to the varsity program.
Josh Artis is one of those newcomers who came up big in a 54-43 summer league win over Quakertown last Tuesday night at Parkland High School as games were played inside because of rain.
Tyler Kish wanted the ball against Lower Macungie on Sunday and he made the most of the opportunity. Kish threw a complete-game shutout, allowing just three hits in a 3-0 Emmaus win in Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball. The win moved Emmaus to 5-7 as the team looks to stay alive in the hunt for a playoff spot.
The main reason Kish wanted the start against Lower Macungie was the opportunity to face a lot of players who he knew as teammates from the high school season. It was a chance for Kish to earn some bragging rights among his friends.