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Watkins gets the point at PSLV

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Former Emmaus basketball standout Drea Watkins couldn't have asked for a better start to her college basketball career, especially considering the circumstances. Not only did Watkins have to adapt to the college game playing for Penn State Lehigh Valley, but she had to do so playing point guard, a position that she had never played before. The results turned out better than anybody could have hoped.

Wolverines' Kinek scores against Bellarmine

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Hanna Brosky has had a solid inaugural winter season for the Lehigh University track and field team. In the Mountain Hawks' indoor season, the freshman had top times of 1:00.23 in the 400 meters, 1:16.63 in the 500, and 2:21.78 in the 800.

Luini Ortiz, a sophomore at Northampton Community College, returns for his second season on the baseball squad. As a freshman, the first baseman/outfielder batted .329 with 19 runs and 19 RBIs. Of batters with more than 30 at-bats in 2014, Ortiz had the third-highest batting average.

O'Brien earns place on girls volleyball team

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 by The Press in Sports

Several players from Emmaus' girls volleyball team were recently named to Eastern Pennsylvania Conference All-Star team.

Senior Mackenzie O'Brien was the Hornet's only first-team representative, while several others earned places on the second team or honorable mention list.

The following is a list of this year's EPC All-Stars.


Jordan Young (Bethlehem Catholic)

First Team

Courtney Horace (Easton), Mackenzie O'Brien (Emmaus), Kristin Krause (Parkland), Siena Salvaggio (Parkland), Brooke Faust (Nazareth), Avery Perosa (Parkland)

Second Team

McGinnises earn first-team nod for all-conference girls soccer selection

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 by The Press in Sports

Several players from Emmaus' girls soccer team were recently named to new league's all-star team.

Midfielder Reilly McGinnis and defender Shannon McGinnis both earned selection to the first team.

The following is a list of this year's EPC All-Stars.


Bria Bittiger (F, Stroudsburg)

First Team

Forwards: Kourtney Cunningham (Whitehall), Amy Strausser (Nazareth), Nikki Brigante (Pocono Mountain West);

Midfielders: Megan Grundhauser (Easton), Reilly McGinnis (Emmaus), Becca Meisse (Stroudsburg);

Wiseley scores six in first start

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Matt Wiseley, a 6-6, 210-pound forward, is gearing up for his junior season on the West Chester basketball team. In his first start of the season in the Joe Retton Classic, Wiseley tallied six rebounds to go along with six assists against West Virginia Wesleyan. As a freshman, he appeared in 22 games to average 2.6 points and 3.2 boards per game. The Golden Rams are 3-1 on the season, while Wiseley is averaging 5.8 points, six rebounds and two assists per game.

Three D-11 volleyball teams reach state final

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

A quick glance at the six finalists in this year's PIAA Volleyball Championships at Richland High School revealed an unusual trend: All three matches featured teams from District 11 play.

Marian Catholic was the district's Class A representative, while Bethlehem Catholic took the honor in Class AA and Parkland earned the spot in the Class AAA match.

Two of the three teams, Bethlehem Catholic and Parkland, walked away with state championships, while Marian suffered a five-set defeat to Greensburg Central Catholic.

Emmaus' Fritz earns MVP in boys soccer

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 by The Press in Sports

Several players from Emmaus' Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship team were recently named to new league's all-star team.

Junior forward Matt Fritz was named Most Valuable Player, while teammate Ryan Paradise and Parkland Landis also earned first-team selections.

The following is a list of this year's EPC All-Stars.


Jr. F John Fritz (Emmaus)

First Team

Velasco shines at FMU

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

At a time during his junior year at Emmaus High School, Brian Velasco was feeling the love during the recruitment period. Division I schools from the Patriot League, including Lehigh and Lafayette, and the University of Pennsylvania all kept in regular contact with Velasco, and all wanted him to be a part of their programs.

But then they changed course, and decided to look elsewhere.

While Velasco could have gotten down over this, he kept moving forward, and with the help of his coaches, started thinking about the Division III route for his football career.

Evans prepares for final season

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Princeton University senior Allison Evans, a 2011 Emmaus High School graduate, spent much of her summer in studying abroad in Amsterdam. There, she took classes on social policy and public health.

But while it was her first time leaving the country for academic purposes, her preparation and training for her senior season on the Tigers' field hockey team remained relatively the same. There may have been a shortage of training facilities, but the three-team All-Ivy League selection found ways to continue preparation in the summer months.

Giants sweep Bulls for BML title

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 by TODD KRESS Special to the Press in Sports

Northampton's Cody Kramer just missed on a pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning of Game 3 of last week's Blue Mountain League championship series that would have propelled the Giants to a series win.

When he saw the same pitch one throw later from Limeport's Adam Maini, he made the Bulls pay for it.

With that swing also came history for the Northampton Giants.