The theme of the 33rd Annual Lions All-Star Classic was fun, but competitive play.
The boys and girls had both fun and competitive exhibition games held at Whitehall High School on Sunday, June 1.
The Lehigh Valley Conference teamed up with the Mountain Valley Conference to square off against the Colonial League.
In the girls game, rivals during the high school season, but teammates at the club level, connected for a goal in the second half to help put away a 3-1 win for the LVC/MVC all-stars.
The high school basketball season concluded last Saturday in the annual Via All-Star Classic held at Northampton Area Community College.
With the first two games between the Lehigh Valley West and Colonial League boys and girls each being decided by two points, it was up to the Lehigh Valley East and Mountain Valley Conference boys and girls in the afternoon portion to keep the exciting games going. And they did not disappoint the fans.
Andrew Hudak shocked the Lehigh Valley Conference fan base, and gave his Bethlehem Catholic boys basketball team a monumental win heading into the final week of the regular season.
The 6-foot-7 sophomore took a pass from Jamal Aziz on the left block and then turned and faded away from defender Sam Iorio for a 12-foot bank shot with 2.6 seconds left that gave the Golden Hawks a 53-51 win over Parkland (15-4 overall, 8-4 overall) last Wednesday night at Parkland high school.
It was evident from the end of the first quarter, that last Friday nights basketball game between Emmaus and Bethlehem Catholic was going to be high scoring, at least for one team.
The Green Hornets (12-4 overall, 6-3 Lehigh Valley Conference) led 22-11 after the first eight minutes, and used their tenacious defense to force Golden Hawks turnovers in winning their tenth of eleven games, 78-72 at Emmaus high school.
For a better part of sixteen minutes, the Freedom boys basketball team was neck and neck with Parkland. But poor shooting and turnovers proved to be too much to overcome as the Patriots fell behind by double digits in the second half, and were beaten 55-38 at Freedom High School last Friday night.
It may be in large part because of the graduations of Derek Chiclana and Nyreef Jackson, who the Patriots relied on heavily to put the ball in the basket a year ago.
Emmaus came out on the winning end of a wild contest.
While the boxscore showed Emmaus getting outshot 53-20, the Hornets defeated Bethlehem Catholic/Central Catholic of the nonpure division by a 7-5 score after giving up a two-goal lead.
Emmaus may have been more consistent, scoring at a higher efficiency of their shots, but the Golden Hawks had their share of opportunities to take control. The Green Hornets were helped by strong goaltending from Michael Smoker (47 saves), and some timely goals.
It was an electric night around the stadium at Orefield Middle School last Friday night. Homecoming floats paraded around the stadium track at halftime, and the home team paraded up and down the field.
Parkland used a couple of Bethlehem Catholic turnovers to take a big first half lead, and cruise to a 49-6 win.
The Trojans (7-1, 6-1) made some big plays offensively, and the defense was all over the field, stopping any potential Golden Hawks (4-3, 3-4) scoring drives.
Before the final of the varsity boys basketball game on Sunday night, Tony Stellar said it best when he stated that, "All of these teams played against the best, because this is the number one basketball tournament in the country."
The Freedom girls basketball team was able to take part in the annual Stellar Catch A Rising Star Tournament, which began on Wednesday and concluded on Sunday. The weekend consisted of many of the local teams in the Lehigh Valley Conference, Colonial League, and Mountain Valley Conference, but also featured teams from outside the Lehigh Valley.
With both the boys and girls soccer seasons in the fall for the first time this year, the 32nd Annual Lions All-Star Soccer Classic was played nearly six months after the final kick for many of these local high school area players.
The Mountain Valley Conference/Colonial League boys gave up three goals in losing 3-0 to the Lehigh Valley Conference all-stars. The girls teams tied 2-2 in a rain shortened game. Both games were played last Sunday afternoon at Whitehall High School.
Andrew Sinai felt that he could have, and should have done better in the District 11 singles tournament last year, losing in the quarterfinals to eventual runner-up Egor Ivanov of Parkland. This year, he wanted to prove that he was the best tennis player in the district.