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.
Emmaus junior Madison Orobono got involved in playing indoor field hockey as a way to keep playing the sport after her high school season ended.
That desire turned into an opportunity that put her on a world stage as part of the United States Women’s National Indoor Team that for the first time ever, played in the FIH Women’s Indoor World Hockey World Cup in Germany last month.
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.
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.
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 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.