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Via rosters, HOF inductees released

Thursday, March 22, 2018 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Each year the top high school senior basketball players in the area come together for one final event. The teams have been picked and the matchups set for what promises to be a riveting day of end-to-end, high-spirited basketball.

The best players in the greater Lehigh Valley have been chosen to represent their high schools in the 43rd annual Via All-Star Basketball Classic, which raises funds for Via of the Lehigh Valley’s programs for adults and children with disabilities.

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Signing days bring Ramella joy

Thursday, March 22, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

For Dennis Ramella, his favorite day of the year isn’t when one of his teams is playing in a big game. In fact, his favorite day of the year doesn’t take place on a field, a court, a mat or in a pool.

It takes place in the school’s auditorium when student athletes sign their national letter of intent to attend a college where they’ll not only get a great education, but also be able to continue their athletic career as well.

“That’s my favorite part of this job, seeing the...

Ramella enjoys going to work everyday

Saturday, March 17, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

It wasn’t a typical morning when Dennis Ramella sat down to talk about his career in high school athletics.

He was coming off a weekend as the chairman of District 11 swimming that saw him go from having everything ready to go at Parkland High School for the district swim meet to having his whole world turned around by a Nor’easter.

The storm knocked out power at Parkland High School and with no idea on when the power would be back, the decision was made to pick up the whole...

Lehighton’s Wentz wins scholar-athlete award

Saturday, March 17, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Lehighton Area High School senior football player Nolan Ryan Wentz became the second Lehighton football player in the past 12 years to earn the Lehigh Valley Football Scholar-Athlete Award.

Wentz earned the honor on March 4 at the 58th annual National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Lehigh Valley Chapter banquet.

The annual banquet honors a high school football senior from one of 33 schools that best represents achievements both on and off the football field.

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Hornets fall to CB West

Saturday, March 17, 2018 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

The Emmaus boys basketball season didn’t end in the first quarter of Saturday’s PIAA playoff game. But when the Hornets’ Josh Artis and Zach Sabol each picked up two early fouls, the Hornets’ chances of advancing got a lot more difficult.

With Emmaus’ two post players both on the bench for eight minutes of the first half, Central Bucks West built a 10-point lead en route to a 53-35 win.

“I felt good three or four minutes into the game,” said Emmaus head coach Steve Yoder. “With...

Duo gains experience in Hershey

Saturday, March 17, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

They say Hershey is the sweetest place on earth, but it also can leave a sour taste in the mouth of wrestlers every year.

For Emmaus wrestlers Peyton Brown and Caden Wright, this year’s trek to the PIAA championships may have them leaving with a bitter taste after coming home without any medals from the Giant Center.

Brown (106) was eliminated in the second round of the tournament, but Wright came so close to coming away with medal before losing in the third and final round...

Wright, Brown reach state tourney

Thursday, March 8, 2018 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Entering the Northeast Regional Wrestling Tournament as the District 11 champ, Caden Wright had his eyes on his next goal for the season: a regional title. Although he had to settle for a silver medal last weekend, he has one more week to make up for it.

Wright and teammate Peyton Brown both qualified for this weekend’s PIAA Championships in Hershey’s Giant Center. Wright took second place at 160 pounds, while Brown was fourth at 106.

“I’m really excited to be going to Hershey...

Hornet rifle team has completes stellar season

Thursday, March 8, 2018 by TODD KRESS in Sports

The tradition of the Emmaus rifle team is rich to say the least. Perhaps a better word associated with the Hornets’ rifle team is “dynasty.”

After finishing as the runner-up to Southern Lehigh in the regular season with an 8-1 record, the Hornets got a bit of revenge in the playoffs. Emmaus edged the Spartans, 1,000-998 for the team playoff championship of the Northeast Pennsylvania Scholastic Rifle League.

That marked the second straight season Emmaus won the team playoff...

Boys fall in district consolation game

Thursday, March 8, 2018 by TODD KRESS in Sports

It’s not as if Emmaus had no incentive to win Monday night’s District 11 Class 6A boys basketball consolation game. Third place was on the line when the Hornets faced Pocono Mountain West at Easton Middle School.

But the Hornets’ future was already determined. Both Emmaus and West already clinched spots in the state tournament.

And neither team was fighting for a district championship. Emmaus head coach Steve Yoder believes that may have had a bit to do with his team’s...

Emmaus girls take second place in D-11

Thursday, March 8, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Emmaus girls swim team captured four individual gold medals and two more in relays at the District 11 Swimming Championships over the weekend. The event, usually held at Parkland High School, was moved to Emmaus after a power outage at Parkland Friday night forced the postponement of the schedule and necessitated moving the meet to Emmaus.

Katie Champagne and Chelsea Gravereaux each captured two individual gold medals at the meet. Gravereaux took gold in the 100-yard butterfly and...