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 Pulaski Phillies in 1974, where Ramer hit .369 in his first season.
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 College.
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.
The 50th Annual Lehigh Valley All-Star Football Classic has been cancelled. The decision was made by the game’s Board of Directors on Wednesday morning due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The game was scheduled for Thursday, June 11 at Nazareth High School’s Andrew S. Leh Stadium at 7 p.m.
The Board of Directors was tremendously disappointed to have to make the decision, but the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has made it impossible for the game to take place, said a news release received by the Press on Thursday morning.
For John Ferris, the choice of a college was made a little easier by taking the advice of a friend. Cameron Brooks, who was a year ahead of Ferris at Emmaus High School, made the choice to attend Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey.
Brooks’s head start in college allowed Ferris to get his thoughts on FDU and quickly close in on making a college choice.
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.
Ryan Paradise was looking for a strong combination of academics and athletics entering college. The 2016 Emmaus High School graduate wanted to attend a school that had a strong engineering program and cross country and track and field teams that would challenge him.
He found both at Lehigh University. It also helped that the school had a military program.
Tatum Kresley was going to be a class of one on this year’s Emmaus varsity softball team.
Kresley, the only senior on the team’s roster, spent her first two varsity seasons playing for Bethlehem Catholic before transferring to Emmaus for her junior season so she could finish out her high school days with friends she grew up with.
Kresley quickly made her impact known when she broke the team record for hits in a season last year with 51 hits.
Like many student-athletes at both the college and high school levels, the coronavirus pandemic affected the athletic career of Greg Jaindl. The 2016 Emmaus High School graduate lost the outdoor schedule of his senior track and field season.
However, unlike many other senior student-athletes, Jaindl plans to use his extra year of eligibility to work toward his future career path and compete at Moravian College again next spring.
The NFL Draft is an inexact science, which is a nice way of calling it an educated guessing game. Between mock drafts, smokescreens, TV analyst debates and social media reports, there is now so much Draft information (and misinformation) out there that it can be excruciatingly difficult to decipher just how the event might actually play out.