It was a familiar sight in the District 11 6A championship game. A year after playing in the district final, the Freedom and Parkland football teams met on the gridiron once again in the big game, and once again the Trojans came out on top.
Number one seed Parkland used the strength and legs of its senior running back Jahan Worth and its defense in keeping the sixth-seeded Patriots out of the end zone in winning its sixth straight district championship 30-6 last Friday night at Al Erdosy Stadium at Northampton High School.
Liberty’s field hockey team had a “moral” victory in their EPC championship loss, if it wants to hear that.
Emmaus continued its run of success with another championship, but it wasn’t easy.
Two first half goals from junior forward Riley Baughman were enough as the Green Hornets held on late, after surrendering a second half goal, to defeat Liberty 3-1 last Thursday night at Whitehall High School.
The victory was just another in a long line of them.
The Liberty football team seemed to finally find its footing.
After losing four of their first five games of the regular season, with the four defeats coming in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division, the Hurricanes won the next two to gain some momentum heading into the final third of their schedule.
But a couple of big plays doomed Liberty in a 28-13 loss to Emmaus last Friday night at East Penn School District Stadium.
The Bethlehem Catholic football team fell into an early hole, and could not dig themselves out last Friday night at Parkland School District Stadium.
The Golden Hawks found themselves down 17-3 heading into halftime against Parkland, and then trailed 24-3, their biggest deficit of the game, early in the third quarter.
They were able to battle back and make things interesting, but the Trojans answered any Becahi score and held on for a 38-24 victory in a battle of unbeaten teams at the top of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference (EPC) South Division.
If Freedom football coach Jason Roeder and his team were told before their game with Parkland that they would be trailing 3-0 at halftime, they would probably take that situation.
The Trojans came in to their matchup last Friday night at Parkland with an unblemished record and confidence, but 20 unanswered second half points gave Parkland (5-0 overall, 4-0 EPC South) a 23-point lead and they held on to beat the Patriots 23-7.
The last two years, the Liberty football team has had success against Parkland. The Hurricanes have beaten the five-time defending District 11 champs both games during the last two regular seasons, and have had a boosted confidence that many other teams may not have when lining up with one of the state’s better teams.
But last Friday night was a different story.
With a playofflike feel and intensity from both teams during warmups, it was more error than good play when it came to Liberty’s play on the field.
There is a lot of hype surrounding this year’s Emmaus football team. After winning the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference (EPC) South division last year and returning plenty of players from that team, the Hornets’ high expectations for this season are well-founded.
But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any other teams competing for the top spot in the league.
It seems that almost every year, Bethlehem Catholic and Central Catholic are battling for the District 11 title. It happened once again this year.
After missing out on district gold last year, the Golden Hawks were back on top of District 11 in the new 4A classification, defeating the Vikettes 43-27 last Saturday afternoon at Easton Area Middle School.
Coming into the District 11 4A boys championship game, the two teams involved have had a long dry spell of district gold. It had been since 2002 that Bethlehem Catholic last won districts, and even longer for their opponent, Jim Thorpe, which last won gold in 1972.
But something had to give.
For once during this 2016-17 winter season, it wasn’t about X’s and O’s or winning and losing. There was a greater cause to a Lehigh Valley Scholastic ice hockey game.
Last Wednesday evening at the Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink, high school rivals Freedom and Liberty joined together for the fourth annual Winter Classic.
Although a score was kept (Freedom won 6-4), the game was focused more on a student that didn’t lace up the skates.