Emmaus High School graduate Jayden Walsh was a newcomer to the varsity boys basketball team during the 2019-20 campaign. In his first season with the Green Hornets, he shone bright enough to garner interest to continue playing basketball at the collegiate level. When it came down to deciding which school he would attend next year, one school stood out among the rest.
Emmaus High School senior girls soccer player Sydney Cole helped lead the Green Hornets to one of their best seasons this decade last fall during the 2019 season. Emmaus finished with a 16-5-1 overall record and qualified for both the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 Class 4A tournaments, making an appearance in the EPC championship game and falling to eventual district champion Freedom in the quarterfinals round.
Emmaus High School senior Kelsie Baus may not have gotten the headlines of her classmate Macy Van Den Elzen, but she worked just as hard and loves the game of volleyball just as much. So when it came to continuing her playing career at the collegiate level, a few schools wanted her on their roster. Baus quickly fell in love with one and signed a letter of intent last fall.
Macy Van Den Elzen became a sought-after prospect on the volleyball circuit with many college coaches courting her to join their programs. Even with all of the high-end Division I interest, the decision was an easy one for the Emmaus High School senior.
This fall, Van Den Elzen will be a student-athlete at Penn State University, a school and program that she has had her eyes set on for several years.
When it came down to choosing a school for next year, Emmaus High School senior Reece Wieder chose a promising program instead of one with an established tradition. He also had to choose between two sports.
Wieder decided to continue his academic and lacrosse career at Division 3 Nazareth College in upstate New York.
Last season, the Emmaus girls lacrosse team fell just one game and one goal shy of earning a spot in the District 11 Class 3A tournament.
A 12-11 loss to Southern Lehigh in the regular season finale kept the Green Hornets from the playoffs after the team won three of its last five games of the regular season.
Entering the 2020 campaign, Emmaus looked to get back to the postseason after a one-year hiatus, finishing with an 8-10 record overall last season.
Zayne George will always be known as a pioneer. The 2016 Emmaus High School graduate took a chance and joined a brand-new collegiate men’s volleyball program after finishing his career as a Green Hornet.
Division III Arcadia University added men’s volleyball in the spring of 2017. Looking to continue his playing career, George saw a perfect fit at Arcadia and with the Knights’ volleyball program.
The Emmaus High School boys volleyball team was on a successful run, winning two straight District 11 Class 4A championships in 2017 and 2018. But an injury and a midseason departure left the team short of two key players toward the end of the 2019 season, derailing the team’s plans of winning a third consecutive title.
The Hornets fell to Freedom in the district quarterfinal round in 2019 and finished the season with a 12-4 overall record.
Ryan Paradise was looking for a strong combination of academics and athletics entering college. The 2016 Emmaus High School graduate wanted to attend a school that had a strong engineering program and cross country and track and field teams that would challenge him.
He found both at Lehigh University. It also helped that the school had a military program.
Like many student-athletes at both the college and high school levels, the coronavirus pandemic affected the athletic career of Greg Jaindl. The 2016 Emmaus High School graduate lost the outdoor schedule of his senior track and field season.
However, unlike many other senior student-athletes, Jaindl plans to use his extra year of eligibility to work toward his future career path and compete at Moravian College again next spring.