East Penn Press

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Giangiobbe takes helm of Emmaus girls volleyball

Friday, August 30, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

There is a new leader at the helm inside the Emmaus High School auxiliary gym as first-year girls volleyball head coach Brianne Giangiobbe brings in new life and a change to the program after longtime head coach Gwen Millets stepped down following the 2018 season.

Giangiobbe played the sport at a high level, first at Freedom High School and then as a Division I player at Lafayette College. It is her first opportunity as a head coach, but one she is ready for.

“I was the...

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...

Head to Jersey shore for salt water action

Sunday, August 25, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With temperatures forecasted to be in or close to 100 degrees this week, these dog days of summer make for tough fishing in local streams, rivers and lakes. If you crave big, good eating fish, head to the Jersey shore for some saltwater action.

According to our On the Water fishing reporter, more keeper fluke were reported in northern New Jersey as anglers make the most of the dwindling summer flounder season.

Boat anglers continue to get the better fish on bucktails on rough...

Bulls win fourth title in five years

Sunday, August 25, 2019 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Limeport head coach Mike Cudwadie and plenty of other Bulls remember when Northampton swept them in the championship series in their first season in the Blue Mountain League back in 2014.

Jorge Montes doesn’t recall the deflating feeling five years ago. Montes is from Puerto Rico, and recently moved back to the Lehigh Valley area in 2017.

He came up with the Bulls’ biggest hit in Game 5 of the championship series in his first season with the team. Montes blasted a three-run...

Giants take Game 2 at Limeport

Sunday, August 18, 2019 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Northampton pitcher Justin Aungst took a few steps off the mound towards the Giants dugout in the fourth inning, having thought a called third strike was coming from the home plate umpire.

Instead, the former Salisbury ace had to walk back up the dirt after a called ball.

Limeport’s Damin Muth singled on the next pitch to bring home the Bulls’ first run of the game, leaving Aungst visibly upset.

But he didn’t let that adversity affect him. Aungst got Pat Rhoads to pop...

LVNFF holds football media night

Sunday, August 18, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

In the fast-paced world of high school football, Emmaus head coach Harold Fairclough still tries to step back and look at the big picture.

It’s his version of smelling the roses and keeping some moderation.

“Over time, I think I have tried to slow things down and enjoy everything that goes into it,” said Fairclough recently at the Lehigh Valley Football Foundation (LVFF) media night at Northampton High School Aug. 6. He was among 18 coaches from the greater Lehigh Valley who...

LMYA team wins Eastern National title

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 by The Press in Sports

The Lower Macungie Impact Elite 14U softball team won the 2019 USSSA Eastern National Championship tournament, held July 23-28 in Salisbury, Maryland. Impact Elite is the first Lower Macungie Youth Association team to win that title.

The tournament featured 64 teams, including teams from as far as Michigan, Indiana and West Virginia.

LMI Elite is made up of 12 players, including 10 who reside within the East Penn School District and two from the Northwestern Lehigh School...

EHS girls show signs of growth at tourney

Thursday, August 8, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Summer basketball is all about getting better as a team and the Emmaus girls basketball team has improved with each passing game. That continued in its second major summer tournament at the A-town Throwdown at Cedar Beach Park two weeks ago.

The Green Hornets did not have the type of tournament that they wanted, losing all three games in pool play.

Emmaus was on the wrong end of games against Moravian Academy, University of New Jersey and Sankofa. But it’s not all about wins...

McCourt took EHS diving to new heights

Saturday, August 3, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

After building upon his accomplishments year after year, you kind of have to wonder what Brendan McCourt is going to do for his senior season as a diver at Emmaus High School. As a freshman, he finished third at districts and followed that up with gold medals in each of the next two seasons. At states, he finished seventh in 2018 and then jumped to the top in 2019, easily winning a gold medal by a margin of 55 points in the competition.

Even though he finished seventh in 2018, he came...

O’Brien did it all for her team in 2019

Saturday, August 3, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Recent Emmaus High School graduate Taylor O’Brien knew what she had to do on the lacrosse field for her team to be successful. And it was a lot.

She was a special player, a four-year starter, and led the Green Hornets in several statistical categories during the 2019 season including goals (59), assists (27), draw controls (84), ground balls (56) and caused turnovers (16), on her way to being honored as the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Most Valuable Player.

O’Brien was also...