Emmaus swimming head coach Tim O’Connor has spent a lot of time thinking about how best to mix and match his swimmers for relay events this season, especially on the boys side. With that being part of what O’Connor needs to figure out this season, the Wilson Relays came in handy to help sort out who wants to be where.
The boys team finished third, while the girls came home with a fifth-place finish in the team competition. Wilson and North Penn finished ahead of the boys, while North Penn took home first place on the girls side at Wilson West Lawn.
For the Emmaus boys basketball team, the rest of the season is all about getting to 11. That’s the number of wins the Hornets will need to reach the district playoffs. And the road to 11 got a bit more difficult over the past couple weeks.
Emmaus head coach Steve Yoder knew this year’s team would have some inexperienced players taking key roles. He didn’t think it would be as many as he’s needed at this point in the season.
In this age of viral videos and highlight shows, a lot of student-athletes that get the most attention are the ones who put big numbers in the box score or make the dazzling plays for their team.
While every team needs those players, it’s easy to forget that there are a lot of other players who help to make those things happen and help to make the wins happen, too.
Emmaus High School has one of those players in Kathryn DeJohn, who quietly comes off the bench, does her job and helps to make things happen.
Leah Tannous is having fun playing out her senior season on the court at Emmaus.
This season’s team is especially close and its found a new sort of bond under coach Kelsey Gallagher, who is in her first season with the team. Even though Tannous is happy, there are a few things she wouldn’t mind changing.
“Obviously, I wish we had more wins, but I think that will come,” said Tannous. “We’re a very close team and get along great together.
The Emmaus wrestling team went 2-2 at last weekend’s Whitehall Duals Wrestling Tournament.
The Hornets were the No. 11 seed in the 16-team bracket and lost to No. 6 East Stroudsburg South in their first match, 46-27. They bounced back to beat Catasauqua 54-24 in the losers bracket and followed that with a 40-30 win over Southern Lehigh to advance to the ninth-place match.
Emmaus lost its final match to Quakertown, 61-15 to finish 10th at the event.
The Hornets also competed in a nonleague match last week against Delaware Valley Regional of New Jersey and lost 41-24.
Every January, Bucknell University plays host to some of the top high school swimming and diving teams for the New Year’s Challenge. As usual, Emmaus was invited to this year’s event and came home with strong finishes for both the boys and girls teams. The boys team placed third behind Wilson West Lawn and North Allegheny, while the girls placed fifth in the team standings, with Wilson West Lawn grabbing first on the girls side as well.
Just like it had a year ago, the Emmaus boys basketball team competed in the Allen Holiday Tournament at William Allen High School over the Christmas break. And just as in December of 2016, the Hornets defeated Springfield-Delco in their first game before falling to the host Canaries in the final.
Last Thursday in the opener, Emmaus took down Springfield 67-50 behind 19 points each by juniors Zach Sabol and Bryce Diehl. But in the championship game the next night, the Hornets were beaten by Allen 62-52.
The Emmaus girls basketball competed in the Shamrock Showcase at Trinity High School in Camp Hill.
The Hornets opened the tournament Friday with a 57-21 loss to Lancaster Catholic and had their second game of the tournament postponed because of weather.
Emmaus held a 7-4 lead over Lancaster Catholic after one period, but after getting shut out 19-0 in the second quarter and out-scored 17-2 in the third quarter.
The Hornets were led by Megan Navitsky with six points in the loss. The Crusaders were led by Kiki Jefferson with 16 points.
Kordell Waiters admits that he’s still battling some nerves in his first season wrestling at the varsity level.
The freshman gets a little more comfortable each match and it’s been showing. He led the Hornets with a second-place finish at last week’s Tony Iasiello Christmas City Wrestling Tournament at Bethlehem Catholic. He was one of seven Hornet place-winners at the 50th annual event in which Emmaus finished third as a team.
From her sophomore year to her junior year Emmaus volleyball player Caroline Bond saw improved play, not only individually but also from the Green Hornets program.
Bond finished her junior campaign with 863 assists and 258 digs on her way to earning District 11 MVP honors.
“It’s a great honor because I worked really hard to get to where I am,” said Bond. “Last year I was more passive, and this year, as an upperclassmen, I knew I had to be more aggressive and be more of a leader. I gained a lot of experience in the offseason and just matured as a player this year.”