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PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZEmmaus sophomore Sean Jaeger returns this season as the defending District 11 Class 3A single champion. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZEmmaus sophomore Sean Jaeger returns this season as the defending District 11 Class 3A single champion.
PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Emmaus senior Grant Haffer will return to the Hornet's singles line up this season. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Emmaus senior Grant Haffer will return to the Hornet's singles line up this season.

District champ Jaeger returns for EHS tennis

Thursday, March 14, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE Special to the Press in Sports

The 2019 Emmaus boys tennis season features 11 young men who are led by one “little beast.”

To be sure, the Green Hornets squad is more than sensational sophomore Sean Jaeger. That said, last year’s District 11 Class 3A boys tennis champion is a whole lot of tennis player.

“He has it all,” said Hornet head coach Brian Bleam, in his first year as the boys head coach after a successful fall leading the girls team. “He’s very, very athletic” and has superb hand-eye coordination, outstanding court coverage, solid footwork and an array of skills to give any opponent as miserable day on the court, according to Bleam.

Jaeger’s diverse tennis weaponry renders a “finesse” assessment of game as too limited. Still, the sophomore garners outstanding movement on his return volleys with a wicked spin that often leaves his opponents out-of-position.

The dependability of Jaeger will provide Emmaus stability heading into a prolific first week of the regular season, featuring matches against Bethlehem Catholic, William Allen and Liberty.

Freezing temperatures and snow during the first scheduled week of practice limited Bleam’s ability to assess his new team. That said, the Green Hornets - who went 13-2 during last year’s regular season - have a “smaller team but with some pretty solid tennis players,” the coach said.

Joining Jaeger as one of the Green Hornets’ top three singles players will be senior Grant Haffner and sophomore Quinn Erk.

The coach said the doubles teams will be determined shortly. One doubles team will likely be Kevin Gee and Haffner. David Boukengolts will also comprise one half of a doubles team. Another young player expected to make an impact this season is Nick Gilboy, who the coach says “has a lot of potential.”