East Penn Press

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Young players will lead tennis team

Thursday, March 22, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Head coach Dimitri Diamondopoulos and the Emmaus boys tennis team will be looking to youth at the top of the lineup this spring. The Hornets graduated their No. 1 singles player from last season and will look to younger players to play key roles on this year’s team.

“To start, we have a solid freshman playing number one singles this year, Sean Jaeger,” said Diamondopoulos. “Playing in the two position is junior Grant Haffner and three is Keving Gee. The doubles teams are being decided with Aman Malik and Stefan Zarkov, two seniors teaming up.

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 before guaranteeing a medal following a 3-1 loss to North Penn’s Patrick O’Neill.

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.

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.

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 event and move it to Emmaus High School.

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 the 100 freestyle, while Champagne finished with gold in the 50 freestyle and the 100 backstroke.

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 performance on Monday.

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 championship, and the fourth time in the last five years.