When John Eyer retired as the coach of the Emmaus softball team at the conclusion of last season, one of the reasons he gave for the timing was that he the program had a very promising future and he wanted to leave the team in good shape for the next coach. The recipient of that plan was Brittany Frederick-D’Agostino, who took over the team this season and has been able to open the season with a 3-0 mark.
Dennis Ramella has filled his office with memorabilia of his life and career. His penchant for Syracuse University is evident in the framed team jersey and photos from Syracuse sports.
A line of NFL helmets, including an Eagles helmet autographed by Bill Bergey, lines the top shelf of a book case. His prized possession is a football autographed by 1951 Heisman Trophy winner Dick Kazmaier.
There’s a story behind just about every picture, jersey or other collectible in his office. It’s a second-home to Ramella and he’s made it comfortable for himself.
Many Emmaus gradautes had successful seasons on college athletic teams during the winter 2017-18 season. Here are some who deserve recognition.
Kutztown University junior Ashley Petre recently completed a stellar indoor track and field season for the Golden Bears. A thrower, Petre placed third in the weight throw (52 feet, 10 inches) at the PSAC Indoor Championships in late February. That mark is the sixth-best throw in Kutztown history.
Mike Mihalik enters his fourth season as the head coach of the Emmaus varsity baseball team. That means this year’s seniors are the first group of players that he’s had all the way through their high school careers. After losing a number of key players to graduation, Mihalik will lean heavily on seniors Adam LeMaster, Evan Marushak, Ryan Kayse, Brendan Lynch and Gunnar Schichtl for production this season.
The Emmaus girls lacrosse team lost some of it’s best players to graduation last season, including a couple All-Conference second team selections. But the Hornets return three players that accounted for over 100 goals combines last season and will look to pick up where they left off with what was a young team in 2017 that will be a more experienced group this spring.
Here’s a look at the team heading into the 2018 season:
Last year’s record: 14-7 overall…Lost to Easton in EPC playoffs…Beat Nazareth, lost to Parkland in District 11 playoffs.
The Emmaus boys Lacrosse team has been among the top teams in its league and District 11 since the sport was introduced at the varsity level. This year’s Hornets will once again look to compete for titles despite losing several key players to graduation after last year’s season.
Here’s a look at the Hornet boys lacrosse team heading into the 2018 season:
Last year’s record: 13-9 overall (8-5 EPC)
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.
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.
The Emmaus High School girls swimming team seemed to get stronger as the season went on. The Hornets culminated their season with a sixth-place finish in the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships last week at Bucknell University.
Junior Chelsea Gravereaux celebrated with appearances in finals of four events, two each in individual and relay. Her highest finish came in the 100-yard butterfly where she finished fifth and she placed tenth in the 100 freestyle for her individual swims.
The Emmaus boys volleyball team is coming off its most successful season in program history last year. The Hornets finished 2017 with a 39-5 overall record, Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 championships, and a spot in the PIAA Class 3A final four.
With a healthy chunk of its lineup back this year, Emmaus has the look of a repeat champion. But this year, it will not sneak up on anyone and will get every team’s best shot.