Bethlehem Catholic had 11 place-winners and earned the team title at Saturday’s District 11 Class 3 Wrestling Championships at Liberty High School.
The following is a team-by-team recap of the top finishers from Lehigh Valley Press-area teams. For more about your local teams pick up a copy of this week’s Press.
The Golden Hawks had two champions, 10 regional qualifiers and 11 place winners to edge Nazareth 240-223 in the team points race.
District 11 basketball quarterfinals wrapped up on Saturday with Lehigh Valley Press area teams competing in boys Class 6A and 3A games.
Here’s a look at the results and next round match ups in both brackets.
For more about you local teams see this week’s editions of the Lehigh Valley Press.
Sam Iorio scored 39 points to lead No. 4 seed Parkland to a 63-54 win over No. 5 Stroudsburg.
With 11 wrestlers making one of the three teams, including league MVP Mikey Labriola, Bethlehem Catholic wrestlers were well-represented on the 2016-17 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference All-Star team.
Four of the 14 first-team members were Golden Hawks, including Labriola, Zach Glenn, Mikey Lewis and Niko Camacho.
Northampton also placed four grapplers on the first team as Julian Chlebove, CJ Fenstermacher, Dan Moran and Cade Moisey all made the list.
The following are this year’s EPC All-Stars.
106: Matt Maloney (So., Liberty)
The District 11 basketball quarterfinal rounds got under way Thursday and will continue through Saturday. Here’s a look at how the Class 5A boys and 6A girls games unfolded.
East Stroudsburg North-Whitehall
The No. 6 seed Timberwolves knocked off No. 3 Whitehall, 52-50 in a Class 5A quarterfinal.
The Timberwolves, which upset top-seeded Emmaus in the league playoffs, saw just four players score and only three players with more than two points in the game, led Devantae Wiggins (19 points), Arian Azemi (16) and Darin Bellinger (15).
Four league basketball champions were crowned Friday night as both Lehigh Valley area high school athletic conferences held finals.
The Allen boys and Bethlehem Catholic girls won titles in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference games, held at Freedom High School. Bangor boys and Southern Lehigh girls captured Colonial League crowns at Easton Middle School.
The Canaries pulled out to a 46-23 halftime lead and never looked back, taking the title with an 82-64 victory.
Freedom came into the district title game as the hottest team in the area. The Patriots had won five straight, including their last three games of the regular season and two district playoffs games.
But they ran into a team that seems to get hot every November when they fell to five-time champion Parkland 24-14 in Friday’s District 11 Class 6A title game at J. Birney Crum Stadium.
The Patriots started the game with the momentum of their five-game streak and last week’s win over top-seeded Emmaus, but Parkland overcame a 14-3 deficit with three unanswered touchdowns.
Parkland entered this year’s District 11 Class 6A tournament as the No. 3 seed with three losses on its record.
They didn’t follow the same path as the past four years, but the Trojans finished at the same destination as they hoisted the district trophy for the fifth straight time with Friday night’s 24-14 win over Freedom.
“We probably weren’t expected to do this, losing the talent that we did,” said Parkland head coach Tim Moncman. “It’s a tribute to [this year’s players]. They worked their butts off, weight room and everything. Here we are. We get to live another week.”
Freedom had the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s last undefeated team on the ropes early Friday night.
But Emmaus used a strong running game and its special teams weapon to battle back from an early deficit and hand the Patriots their second straight loss.
“I’ll take it any way we can get it,” said Emmaus head coach Harold Fairclough. “People can say it was sloppy, but it was a battle. It wasn’t going to be easy. We weren’t going to blow this team out.”
The Patriots opened the game with a six-play touchdown drive capped by Cyrus Thompson’s 62-yard run.
After beating Emmaus in a close regular season dual meet, Freedom came into last week’s District 11 team tournament match up against Emmaus with confidence.
However, the Hornets earned an emotional win in the first bout and led from there on before winning 41-20 to knock the Patriots out of the tournament.
“I’m disappointed,” said Patriot head coach Brandon Hall. “From top to bottom I don’t think we wrestled our best tonight. I think every one of these kids would echo that, as would the assistant coaches.
Jaylen Aminu came into the state track and field championship meet with something to prove.
The Liberty sophomore had broken the 12-second mark at districts and went to states as the top seed in the 100-meter dash. She wanted to prove she could do it again. And she did.
Aminu ran the preliminary race in 11.9, not far off the 11.77 she posted at districts. She came back to run 12.0 in the semifinal and 12.09 in the final.