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Williams seeks stability for girls hoops

Thursday, May 8, 2014 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in HS Sports

Jeff Williams is no stranger to girls basketball at Emmaus.

Since 2006, Williams has served the program at many levels. He has been the Lower Macungie Middle School coach, head junior high coach, head junior varsity coach and as a varsity assistant coach. His familiarity with the program and popularity with the players that he's coached went a long way toward helping him to take the next step to become the varsity head coach, succeeding Billy Dunn, who resigned in March.


Girls track goes undefeated

Thursday, May 8, 2014 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in HS Sports

The Emmaus girls' track and field squad captured its second straight Lehigh Valley Conference dual-meet championship this spring.

Even though it is the second time around, the undefeated Lady Hornets feel this one is special.

"It feels good that the girls are undefeated," head coach Shannon Petrunak said. "The first championship, last year, was meaningful. This one means even more as we are undefeated and are the only champions. Last year we were co-champions."

The girls...

Williams approved as girls hoops coach

Thursday, May 1, 2014 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in HS Sports

A new era in Emmaus girls basketball will start next season, sort of. Jeff Williams, who served as an assistant under former coach Billy Dunn, was confirmed as the new coach at an East Penn School District School Board meeting Monday night.

Williams was a favorite among players and parents, many of whom contacted athletic director Dennis Ramella to give Williams a vote of confidence.

Miryah Palko, a senior who credited Williams with much of her success in the program, was glad...

FitzMaurice reaches D-11 title match

Thursday, May 1, 2014 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in HS Sports

Emmaus sophomore Matt FitzMaurice may have lost in the District 11 3A Finals, but he put on the effort of the day after working his way through two medical issues to fight hard against eventual champion Andrew Sinai of Freedom High School.

After dropping the first set 6-3, FitzMaurice was leading the second set 1-0 when he slid on his right foot and pivoted on his left and felt pain in his left hamstring. FitzMaurice used a medical time-out to get the hamstring wrapped, but before...

Softball team resembles Jekyll and Hyde

Thursday, May 1, 2014 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in HS Sports

You get the feeling that Emmaus softball coach John Eyer would like to send his team for some counseling to try to get them figured out because the team appears to have a couple different personalities.

One personality is that of a team that looks like a champion and can hit any and every pitch that the opposing pitcher offers up. That team fields like gold glovers and doesn't let anything stand in its way.

Then, there's the other team.

That team swings at anything and...

Girls take 2nd at ASD Invitational

Thursday, May 1, 2014 by TYLER TRUMBAUER Special to the Press in HS Sports

Hearing footsteps is usually a scary premise in sports. It sometimes causes receivers in football to drop a pass. Occasionally it even distracts an infielder from cleanly fielding a ground ball.

To Emmaus sprinter Chanel Boothman, the sound of pattering feet motivates her.

"Most of the time I listen for footsteps," the senior said. "It sounds weird, but I do. Once I hear it a little bit closer to me, I start speeding up."

Boothman heard plenty of footsteps during her...

LVU gets accepted into US Soccer Academy

Thursday, April 24, 2014 by PETER CAR in Sports

Greg Ramos had been applying since 2008 to get Lehigh Valley United acceptance into U.S. Soccer's development academy.

On April 1, the region's top youth soccer club finally became a member of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy for the U-14 age group of players born in 2000 and 2001.

For Ramos, the Executive Director of Soccer Operations at LVU, the news came on April Fools Day, but he was pretty sure it wasn't a joke when he got the call.

"I was in contact with U.S....

Baseball still undefeated at season's halfway point

Thursday, April 24, 2014 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in HS Sports

With the first half of the high school baseball season in the books, Emmaus has already clinched a spot in districts with a 10-0 overall record, bringing about thoughts of a perfect season. Between now and the end of the season, though, there is a lot of work to be done and nobody is taking anything for granted.

Emmaus' latest win was an 11-1 romp over Scranton Prep, which dropped the Cavaliers to 5-3 on the season. Joel Bartoni started and pitched four innings, allowing just one...

FitzMaurice nabs No. 2 seed in D-11

Thursday, April 24, 2014 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in HS Sports

The District 11 singles tournament gets underway today after some juggling to find venues, caused by the closing of the West End Racquet Club, the traditional venue for district tennis events. In Class AAA, the opening rounds will be played at Saucon Valley High School before the tournament moves to Parkland High School for the quarter and semifinal rounds. The finals will be played at Lehigh University on Monday.

Emmaus has two players in the field, with Matt FitzMaurice being given...

Softball team wants to peak at the right time

Thursday, April 24, 2014 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in HS Sports

After a streak of four losses in five games, Emmaus softball is hoping for better days ahead. The Hornets have broken that streak with wins over Hamburg and Pottsville to move to 7-4 on the season overall and 4-3 in the Lehigh Valley Conference. Even with the tough stretch, Emmaus still leads the West Division of the LVC, with Allen (2-4) being their closest competitor.

The schedule has tough games with Liberty (5-1, 8-1) and Bethlehem Catholic (4-2, 6-3) coming up. Emmaus lost to...