In the fast-paced world of high school football, Emmaus head coach Harold Fairclough still tries to step back and look at the big picture.
It’s his version of smelling the roses and keeping some moderation.
“Over time, I think I have tried to slow things down and enjoy everything that goes into it,” said Fairclough recently at the Lehigh Valley Football Foundation (LVFF) media night at Northampton High School Aug. 6. He was among 18 coaches from the greater Lehigh Valley who represented their schools along with a handful of players from each team.
Against Council Rock North, the Emmaus boys volleyball team had a major test of character and responded accordingly.
The Hornets, who have breezed through opponents in three games for much of the season, battled through the final two games after a potentially momentum-changing swing and rallied for a 3-1 (25-17, 25-22, 23-25, 25-21) victory over the Indians in a PIAA Class 3A quarterfinal match at Exeter High School.
Despite some possible weather woes, April is the typical month when races across the Lehigh Valley and neighboring area tend to take shape. This spring has proved once again to be a bearing one with the possibilities of productive summer and fall seasons ahead.
Emmaus recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of its 4-mile classic April 9. A total of 361 runners participated in ideal conditions in the annual race that runs through the town. Proceeds from the race benefitted the Ed Thompson/ Nicole Reinhart Memorial Scholarship fund.
Emmaus's football season ended just two yards short of the potential game-tying score against Liberty in the Eastern Conference Class AAAA final Friday night.
As a result, the Green Hornets lost a 35-28 shootout and ended the year with an overall 6-6 mark.