It’ll be another opportunity to play for a trophy this Thursday night when SportsFest’s A-Town Throwdown takes place at Allentown’s Cedar Beach through the weekend.
Liberty, Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic will be back in action this week, as they hope to improve upon their tournament performances from the Cedar Beach Basketball Showcase at the end of June.
Each team in this week’s tournament is guaranteed three games and those will be opportunities that each head coach is looking forward to see how their respective teams have improved over the past few weeks.
The hopes of a NORCO Legion baseball title run came to an end for Freemansburg and Bankos last week, as both fell in their best-of-three series.
Bankos, the seventh seed, couldn’t overpower perennial contender Hellertown in three games, as all three games were decided by two runs or less.
Bankos lost the first game by a 1-0 result, but came back to take game two with a 3-2 victory before falling in the final contest 2-0.
Freemansburg got the jump on Nazareth in the opener of their four-five matchup, as they won the first game 6-4 before dropping two straight contests.
Tryouts for the Lehigh Valley Keystone State Games baseball team are underway and players from Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe and Northampton counties are encouraged to tryout.
Tryouts will be taking place across the region, all the way through July 15 in preparation for the tournament running from July 27-29 in York, PA.
There are two divisions for the tournament, starting with the junior division, which is open to players from grades 9-10 for the 2016-17 academic year.
The scholastic division is for students entering 11-12 grades for the same academic year.
The 2017 East Penn Conference All-Star baseball team was announced last week with two Liberty players getting first team honors, as Jared Burcin (C) and Sam Kraihanzel (IF) earned recognition.
Freedom junior pitcher Alec Huertas was nominated as a first team utility player.
Two Hurricanes made the second team, led by Alex Laudenslager (P) and Elias Gross (IF).
The NORCO Legion season is winding down and Bethlehem teams are battling for postseason berths with the season heading into the final week of play.
Freemansburg (8-6) sits in good position with the 18 game regular season slated to conclude this Sunday, as Chris Medei’s crew should secure one of the five wild card berths available.
“Our goals are to make the playoffs and compete for a league championship,” said Medei. “We just want the kids to perform at the level their capable of more consistently.”
The Cedar Beach Basketball Showcase gave fans a sneak peek of what they can look for this winter on the hardwood and for the Freedom girls, that appears to be another district run after reaching the finals on Sunday.
The Patriots fell to University City (N.J.) 51-40 in the championship game, as their New Jersey counterparts were the only team to beat Freedom in the tournament.
Bethlehem Catholic wrestlers have kept busy over the summer with national events, as several Golden Hawks wrapped up a dual meet tournament at the Disney Duals at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Florida recently.
Ryan Anderson, Luca Frinzi and Niko Camacho were part of Team MAWA (Middle Atlantic Wrestling Association), who reached the finals but fell to Young Guns wrestling club (from western Pennsylvania) 24-24 on criteria.
The event featured 103 teams from 20 states, as top wrestlers from across the country participated in the event.
This year’s game was the opposite of last year’s 65-62 point frenzy, where both teams actually played defense and stopped the opposition and featured a bit of intrigue, as the Gold team (Northampton County, Palisades and Phillipsburg) came back from a 22-7 deficit to overpower the Red squad (Lehigh, Carbon and Monroe Counties).
“It felt great to come away with the winning score,” said Petros. “The play was drew up for me to get the ball and it worked out. It’s a great way to end my senior year.”
For this year’s McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star Classic participants, Thursday’s outing is undoubtedly the last time all of them will suit up for one last high school football game.
For Gold head coach Kyle Haas, it’s also one last game to lead after serving as head coach of Bethlehem Catholic last season on an interim basis.
Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. Thursday night at Nazareth’s Andrew Leh, as the Gold team (Northampton County, Palisades and Phillipsburg) takes on the Red team (Lehigh, Carbon and Monroe Counties).
The 2017 Carpenter Cup baseball rosters were announced last week, as the team opens up their 25th season in the event taking place at Philadelphia’s FDR and Citizen’s Bank Park.
The team’s opening round contest takes place on Thursday, June 15, at 12:30 p.m. against Jersey Shore (NJ) at FDR Park.
The complete roster for the team is below.
Becahi’s Matt Morrow, a senior pitcher, is the lone Bethlehem area player on the team.
Brittain Shander (11) INF Northampton
Michael Jenkins (12) P Parkland
Matt Morrow (12) P Becahi