East Penn Press

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Hornets’ Henseler picks Penn

Thursday, May 28, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Wyatt Henseler has known for a long time that he wanted to extend his high school baseball career to the Division 1 college level. He’s also known that going to a Division 1 school for baseball alone wasn’t part of the plan.

The school had to have a great academic curriculum to give him something more than just four more years of baseball. In addition to those needs, Henseler wanted a school that was relatively close to home so he could continue to spend time with his family.


Girls wrestling has been gaining in popularity

Thursday, May 28, 2020 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

Girls’ high school wrestling is on the rise.

For the past five years, it has been the fastest growing high school sport in the country. Much like the national statistics, Pennsylvania high school wrestling has experienced a 100 percent growth of girls competing on high school boys teams in the past five years.

All 12 PIAA district areas have girls wrestling within their area schools.

While there are 23 state high school associations sanctioning a girls wrestling state...

PIAA offers clarrity

Thursday, May 28, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

Finally, some clarity on the high school sports scene broke last week when the PIAA Board of Directors met and set guidelines for organized team activities to resume.

Teams will be allowed to resume formal activities based on the phase their county is in directed by Gov. Tom Wolf.

While all signs point to July 1 as a time-frame when most schools will be able to meet in person again, the board decided unanimously to give executive director Robert Lombardi the authority to make a...

Wieder will play lacrosse at Nazareth

Thursday, May 28, 2020 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

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.

“Nazareth had a bigger-campus feel while still having smaller class sizes with a more personal relationship with the professors,” said Wieder. “I also loved the...

Hornets’ Hanvey is headed to WCU

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Thomas Hanvey had a lot of options to play Division II soccer in college. Several PSAC teams recruited him during his junior year at Emmaus High School.

After giving serious consideration to PSAC East schools in Bloomsburg, Lock Haven and East Stroudsburg, he eventually chose one of the league’s most successful programs. Hanvey will report to West Chester University in fall.

“The main difference was academics,” said Hanvey, who plans to major in finance and accounting. “I liked...

EHS girls lax looked to get back to postseason

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

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.

The team lost a...

George helps new team earn MAC title

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

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.

“One of the main reasons why I chose Arcadia is because of the class size,” said...

Madigan will play baseball at Moravian

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

If things would have played out the way Matt Madigan envisioned his senior baseball season, the Emmaus Hornets would be playing in the EPC playoffs this week after what figured to be a good season for the team. They would have been looking for a league crown and momentum to take into the District 11 playoffs and then into states.

Instead, he’s finishing up classes for his senior year online and might not step onto a baseball field for a competitive game until next season at Moravian...

Ramer paints sports stars

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

In the early 1970s, Steve Ramer was on the Emmaus High School baseball team dreaming of going further with his baseball career. Ramer was good enough to catch the eye of scouts, including some from his beloved Pittsburgh Pirates and from the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Pirates were interested in Ramer, but he was still in high school and not allowed to be signed. The Phillies caught him after high school and signed him to a minor league contract that saw him start his career with the...

EHS volleyball had big goals for 2020

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

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.

The team played the last few games of...