With the score tied at 28-28 at halftime, it looked as if the Emmaus girls basketball team might pull off the upset over Northampton. The Hornets were shooting the ball well and playing good defense in the first half to put themselves in position for an important Eastern Pennsylvania Conference win.
The past year has had some interesting outdoor notables. Here are a few of those stories.
We most recently wrote that the Pennsylvania Game Commission has once again installed an improved live Eagle Cam at a bald eagle nest site in Hanover, York County.
It is nature watching at its best. It’s a live video feed that can be enjoyed on your computer while sipping a coffee in the comforts of your home.
If anyone told Hornet fans that junior guard David Kachelries would score just four points in last Friday night’s game against Nazareth, most people would think that Emmaus was going to lose the game. Kachelries has been the leading scorer for the Green Hornets early on in the season, and is the catalyst for the team’s offense.
The junior picked up two first-half fouls in a quick succession with just a little over four minutes left in the opening quarter. He had only two points at that time and went to the bench until halftime.
When Emmaus girls basketball head coach Carl Scheitrum spoke to his team before last Tuesday night’s against Stroudsburg, he told the players that night’s game was a must-win if the Hornets want to be a good team and reach their goals this year.
“I told them that I think they are a great team,” said Scheitrum. “But if they want to prove to everyone that they are a good team, and reach the goals of a District 11 tournament, this is a game they have to win.”
They weren’t particularly game-defining plays, but there were two calls at the end of quarters that showed head coach Jason Weaver’s confidence in newly-acquired sophomore guard Jack Reichenbach.
With the final seconds of the first half ticking away, Weaver put the ball in Reichenbach’s hands near midcourt. A pick-and-roll freed up Reichenbach to attack the rim, earning two shots from the free throw line. The same play was called at the end of the third quarter, but this time he pulled up for a foul-line jumper that kept Salisbury in cruise control at 48-27.
Emmaus junior guard David Kachelries lit up the scoreboard for 29 points on a perfect 11-of-11 shooting to go along with three assists.
That was just in the first half of play on Friday night against Pocono Mountain East.
Kachelries added another bucket in the fourth quarter, capping a 31-point, five-assist effort in the Hornets (4-0 overall, 2-0 in EPC) dominant 76-42 victory over the Cardinals (0-2 in EPC) at Emmaus High School. The Hornets, who led 31-5 after the first quarter and 58-18 at halftime, seemed to have righted the ship after a sluggish season opener.
Several former Emmaus High School athletes are contributing to teams at the college level.
As a junior on the DeSales University volleyball team, Lisa Wallitsch tallied 1,232 assists, 302 digs, 228 total attacks, 71 service aces and 32 blocks. For her efforts in leading the Bulldogs (22-12 overall, 6-1 Mac Freedom Conference) to the conference tournament championship game, Wallitsch was named to the AVCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region First Team and an AVCA Honorable Mention All-American. She is now up to fourth all-time in school history with 3,001 assists.
The Emmaus ice hockey team started out of the gate slow during the 2015 season. Four straight losses put the Green Hornets in a hole early. But the last three weeks have seen them surge back to the middle of the pack with three straight wins over Liberty (twice) and Northampton.
But Monday night was a different story. Defending Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey League champion Parkland (8-0-1) scored four first-period goals and added on five more to end the Emmaus (3-5) winning streak at three with a 9-3 victory at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.
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.