The name of the game for the Emmaus varsity wrestling this season has been hard work. Coach Thad Smith’s squad continues to overcome challenges through a combination of improved execution, thoughtful strategy and tenacious desire to outwork the opposition.
The trifecta is paying dividends. The Green Hornets finished third overall Jan. 5 at the Zephyr Duals at Whitehall High School by defeating East Stroudsburg South 46-27 in the third-place match. Earlier in the day, the Hornets lost a semifinal heartbreaker after Muncy rallied for a 39-34 win.
The Emmaus Green Hornets went into the 51st Annual Tony Iasiello Memorial Christmas City Wrestling Tournament at Bethlehem Catholic High School looking to offer a good performance. They left the two-day tournament Dec. 29 having done much more, earning a second-place team finish with 124.5 points, behind winner Bethlehem Catholic with 264 points.
Concordia Lutheran Church in Lower Macungie Township exists today because of the foresight of its founders at Concordia of Bethlehem nearly 35 years ago.
“That congregation realized the South Side Bethlehem neighborhood was changing and they were aging,” Concordia Pastor Waldemar Vinovskis said. “It was a real forward-looking group.”
That vision was harnessed by Pastor Raymond Malec, who on April 29, 1984, began worship services at Allen Organ’s Octave Hall.
The early results of the 2018-2019 Emmaus wrestling season have seen both highs and lows as head coach Thad Smith continues to mold his young team into the Green Machine he envisions it can become.
Topping the early season triumphs was a strong showing Dec. 15 at the Annual Kutztown Invitational, held at Kutztown High School. The Green Hornets earned a team title with a total of 249 points and in the process also earned six individual titles.
‘Tis the season that piano sensation Jim Brickman hits the road.
The Grammy-nominated pianist understands that being a successful entertainer is about more than creating captivating and beautiful music. Brickman’s easy as Sunday morning style resonates with his audience and it’s part of the reason they keep coming around for more.
Brickman’s 30-city United States holiday tour, “A Joyful Christmas,” lands at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.
However this season’s Emmaus Green Hornets wrestling season turns out, fans can rest assured the team will be tough and tenacious, just like its head coach.
Thad Smith is entering the first year of his second stint as leader of the Emmaus wrestling program, replacing Nick LaFevre after one season. Smith, coached Emmaus from 1998 though 2003, is a familiar face and hopes to bring stability back to the Emmaus mats.
Coach Thad Smith’s second tenure as Emmaus’ varsity wrestling coach begins with him leading a talented squad of grapplers, most of whom are somewhat new to the varsity ranks.
Last year the Green Hornets were 10-9 overall and 4-5 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. Smith welcomes back some talent from last year’s team, including junior Caden Wright (170), who Smith describes as a “year-round wrestler.”
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the 1803 House in Emmaus, but you can’t credit Santa Claus or his elves for that.
Instead thank the Emmaus Garden Club, whose members spent a couple of hours Nov. 29 with their clippers creating windowsill arrangements for the historic home.
“We enjoy getting together and doing something such as this,” Faye Schuler, president of the garden club, said. “It’s something we take seriously.”
It was scary, it was spooky and it was even a little silly and that meant everything went just right. What else would you expect when you go on Halloween night to hear tales from the dark side at the Emmaus Public Library?
To pull this off, it takes an expert storyteller with a penchant for performance and drama. Performers Rob Aptaker and Judy England McCarthy were able to do that. The two Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild representatives weaved stories that combined psychological thrillers and chillers, while providing family-friendly entertainment.
Lehigh Valley Baptist Church in Emmaus was chartered 40 years ago and the first services held evoked images out of the Second Great Awakening.
“This was the last parcel of a fairly large farm that was subdivided through the years and this land was the final piece sold off,” Pastor Roland Hammett said. “Originally a barn was on the location and the first auditorium was the barn. We still use it. It’s not our auditorium anymore, but we still use it for functions in our ministry.”
Today’s main sanctuary is not only a house of worship, it’s also pragmatic.