East Penn Press

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Girls harriers have nearly unlimited potential

Friday, August 30, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in

The 2018 Emmaus girls cross country season went about as well as could have been expected. In fact, one could say it was perfect.

First-year coach Kelly Bracetty guided the team to a 17-0 regular season record in the East Penn Conference. The girls finished second overall to Easton at the District 11 3A championships and in the process, qualified for state competition.

Field hockey returns a lot of varsity experience

Friday, August 30, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in

Sue Butz-Stavin hasn’t become the winningest field hockey coach in the country by overestimating the talent that she assembles each season.

Every season is different for her and she approaches them all with an understated confidence in her team. Through 30 straight District 11 championships and 12 state titles, the approach has remained the same.

Hornets are ‘young, but improving’

Friday, August 30, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in

The 2018 Emmaus football team ran into only one roadblock last year. Only District 11 champ Freedom was able to knock off Emmaus, beating the Hornets in overtime during the regular season and again in the district title game.

A 9-1 regular season and two District 11 Class 6A playoff triumphs were part of a superlative season, which was marginalized only by those two losses to the Pates.

Girls tennis looks to improve each game, set, match

Friday, August 30, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in

The Emmaus girls tennis program served and volleyed well enough during the 2018 campaign to finish 7-8 during the regular season, an improvement from 2017.

First-year coach Robert Dragotta believes this year’s edition can continue the trend.

The new coach served as a math and computer science teacher in the Pennridge School District for 34 years, coaching tennis and basketball for a combined 70 seasons. After his retirement from the school district, he served as a tennis pro at two clubs - Oakmont and Sand Island.

EHS golf team features deep line up in ‘19

Friday, August 30, 2019 by MIKE HAINES in

The Emmaus golf team could be pretty tough to beat this season.

The Hornets return most of last year’s line up from a team that went undefeated in the regular season, won the District 11 Class 3A and title and missed out on an email title via a tiebreaker.

“I think we’re going to be really strong,” said head coach Mo Bryan.

Her team returns two-time EPC girls champ Michelle Cox at the top of the line up. Heading into her junior season Cox, a two-time regional qualifier, is a team leader in search of her first district gold.

Optimism is high for boys soccer

Friday, August 30, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in

Last season, the Emmaus boys soccer team went deep into districts before falling to Freedom in the championship game as the Patriots captured their first district title since 1990.

Emmaus then lost in the first round of states to Abington, leaving a bad taste in the mouths of players who expected from day one to at the very least go deeper into states.

This season, the Hornets reassembled still carrying that chip on their shoulder and ready to make a deeper run into states, but there’s a lot of work to do before that happening.

Girls soccer hopes to take a step forward

Friday, August 30, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in

The Emmaus girls soccer program took a big step forward last season.

Even though the Hornets failed to fight their way into a crowded field for the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference playoffs, they used the time off to focus on districts and it paid off. The Hornets, who finished the season 8-6-2, reached the District 11 semifinals before falling to rival Parkland by a 1-0 margin.

This season, the Hornets are on a mission to make it into not just the conference playoffs and districts, but to go deep into both, at the very least.

New coach brings new energy to girls volleyball team

Friday, August 30, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY in

There is a new leader at the helm inside the Emmaus High School auxiliary gym, as first-year girls volleyball head coach Brianne Giangiobbe brings in new life and a change to the program after longtime head coach Gwen Millets stepped down following the 2018 season.

Giangiobbe played the sport at a high level, first at Freedom High School, then as a Division I player at Lafayette College. It is her first opportunity as a head coach, but one she is ready for.