Published January 09. 2023 08:45AM
by STEVE ALTHOUSE Special to the Press
The Emmaus rifle team continued its winning ways in posting a 4-0 record at the year’s end.
“I’m very happy with how the team has done so far,” Emmaus coach Michael Schuler said. “In four matches we’ve shot a score of 500 in each; in two of those matches, we shot seven and eight 100s. That’s a very hard thing to do consistently, and these kids are coming into every match with the right mindset needed to get it done.”
Schuler’s club went north Dec. 21 to defeat Stroudsburg at Pocono Pistol Range, 500-497. Griffin Lake, Bryce Dunn, Molly Yard, Kaden Issa and Zach Brenner each shot 100s.
On Dec. 13 Emmaus traveled to the Hellertown Sportsman’s Association to beat Salisbury 500-475. Lake, Yard, Brenner, Issa and Shannon Anders were all perfect.
Schuler’s team has been outstanding. One has to look hard to find areas of improvement.
“There’s always room for some kind of improvement,” the coach said. “We’re very happy with how the team has shot so far, but I know, for me at least, it would be really, really great to shoot either 10 100s in a match or a score of 500-50x. Those are both some really high goals, but I think this team has the ability to do both of them.”
As of the year’s end, Emmaus has seven of the league’s top 10 shooters. This accomplishment was not lost on Schuler.
“We’re really fortunate to have almost our entire state championship team return this year,” Schuler said. “We only lost one senior due to graduation, so this season was a lot of picking up where we left off right away, better even, since so many of our kids participate in year-round programs at clubs like Guthsville, Ontelaunee, and North End.”
From the season’s start, the Green Hornets have been ready to lock and load.
“The kids just came into the year running and haven’t slowed down since,” Schuler said. “It’s a matter of everyone being locked in and ready to go at the same time for the same matches, which is just great.”
Emmaus’ next match is scheduled for Jan. 5 at Liberty, followed by a return home Jan. 10 to Unami Fish and Game to host Southern Lehigh.