East Penn Press

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Hornets expect Zephs to give their best effort

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

Emmaus football coach Harold Fairclough and his team will attend a reunion of sorts this Friday night.

His Green Hornets (1-1, 1-1) travel to Whitehall to take on the Zephyrs (0-2, 0-1) at 7 p.m. Sept. 6. Whitehall is under the direction of new head coach Matt Senneca. For the past three seasons, Senneca served as Fairclough’s offensive coordinator at Emmaus.

“Matt’s a good coach,” said Fairclough. “He relates well to his players and he knows the ins and outs. He’s going to turn that program around.”

EHS falls to Nazareth

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

The Emmaus football team worked a little too hard on the Friday night before Labor Day weekend to help the Nazareth Blue Eagles win a football game at East Penn School District Stadium, 36-24.

Take nothing away from the Blue Eagles. They amassed 19 first downs to Emmaus’ nine. They also out-gained the Hornets 324 to 273 yards. Nazareth also held Emmaus (1-1, 1-1 conference) to only four of 13 on third down conversions.

Girls harriers have nearly unlimited potential

Friday, August 30, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in

The 2018 Emmaus girls cross country season went about as well as could have been expected. In fact, one could say it was perfect.

First-year coach Kelly Bracetty guided the team to a 17-0 regular season record in the East Penn Conference. The girls finished second overall to Easton at the District 11 3A championships and in the process, qualified for state competition.

Hornets are ‘young, but improving’

Friday, August 30, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in

The 2018 Emmaus football team ran into only one roadblock last year. Only District 11 champ Freedom was able to knock off Emmaus, beating the Hornets in overtime during the regular season and again in the district title game.

A 9-1 regular season and two District 11 Class 6A playoff triumphs were part of a superlative season, which was marginalized only by those two losses to the Pates.

Girls tennis looks to improve each game, set, match

Friday, August 30, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in

The Emmaus girls tennis program served and volleyed well enough during the 2018 campaign to finish 7-8 during the regular season, an improvement from 2017.

First-year coach Robert Dragotta believes this year’s edition can continue the trend.

The new coach served as a math and computer science teacher in the Pennridge School District for 34 years, coaching tennis and basketball for a combined 70 seasons. After his retirement from the school district, he served as a tennis pro at two clubs - Oakmont and Sand Island.

Hornets beat Allen in opener

Friday, August 30, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

The unsung guys who work in the pits win football games. That doesn’t mean you should forget names like Brandon Camire, Gabe Trexler or Jared Groller or any of the other skill players who made the Green Hornets’ opening night 62-33 win over the William Allen Canaries a reality. But there’s a saying that all running backs look identical when nobody blocks for them.

“This was a good win over a much-improved football team,” said Emmaus head coach Harold Fairclough. “We ran the ball really well, and that starts up front.”

‘Bill’ reteams with Hills at Godfrey Daniels

Saturday, June 29, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

You could say it’s been a while for Belinda “Bill” Jones.

The English folksinger and songwriter and multi-instrument musician makes her return to the stage with a summer tour, which includes a 7 p.m. June 28 concert at Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem, after a mostly decade-long hiatus from the stage.

Also performing is Anne Hills, acclaimed Lehigh Valley-based singer-songwriter.


Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Local News

Always Prepared, three receive Eagle Scout badges

The date of May 25 was a day to remember for three young men who achieved Scouting excellence.

Anthony Howorth, Carter Lowell and Samuel Walker of Troop 131 received their Eagle Scout Badges after years of dedication and service during a ceremony at Faith Presbyterian Church in Emmaus.

The honor places the three youngsters in exclusive company. Fewer than 3 percent of all Scouts achieve the rank, according to Greg O’Neill, a former Troop 131 Committee Chair.

Tennis team exceeded expectations in 2019

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Sports

The Emmaus boys tennis program had a new boss and a new attitude during 2019.

Brian Bleam, in his first season as the team’s head coach, imported a philosophy that focused on consistent improvement. Whether it was conditioning, footwork, fundamentals, strategy, developing new volleys, the Green Hornets knew each practice and each match was an opportunity to become a better tennis players.

From Wales to Alburtis, in search of WW2 hero

Sunday, May 26, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

Steve Jones, a resident of Port Talbot, Wales, Great Britain, spent this spring traveling the Lehigh Valley and points beyond on his motorcycle. But he is not exactly what you’d call a typical tourist.

The 56-year-old could be called a history buff. For the last 30 years, he has been researching aviation history in South Wales. He’s studied all kinds of stories and events. He’s also pursued some of them. But one in particular, one that happened more than 75 years ago, brought him to the small borough of Alburtis, Lehigh County.