You can say that confidence has been building for Bethlehem Catholic’s basketball team all season, but after handing Allen their first loss of the season on the final night of the regular season, the Hawks may have added more pep in their step heading into the postseason.
That certainly looked to be the case during Friday’s East Penn Conference playoff quarterfinal, as the Hawks came out fast and never looked back during a 64-54 victory over Whitehall.
I received a phone call late Friday night from a friend where the narrative quickly shifted to opinion on what would happen in Saturday’s Class 3A state wrestling championship between Bethlehem Catholic and Nazareth.
I assumed Becahi would squeak through to top the Blue Eagles, which I was wrong about, but I was fairly correct when making the assumption that this may be the best and most important match in District 11 history.
Liberty defensive end Jaohne Duggan and Emmaus kicker Carson Landis were the only local players from District 11 selected to the Big 33 roster last week.
With the Big 33 foundation folding last month, the Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association (PSFCA) took control of the contest, as 2017 will mark its 60th year to date.
One of the changes already seen with new leadership is the game’s tentative play date of Monday, May 29th (Memorial Day) at Hersheypark Stadium against Maryland.
Were you entertained?
Saturday’s PIAA 3A wrestling state championship between Bethlehem Catholic and Nazareth came down to the final bout, where the winner took all and Zac Kiefer instantly became a Nazareth legend, following his 2-1 victory over Tavion Banks in the 170-pound finale to give the Blue Eagles a 30-29 state championship victory over Bethlehem Catholic.
It was a stunning match from start to finish and that we’ll likely never see again.
It’ll also be one that Hawks’ head coach Jeff Karam will never forget either, of course, for all the wrong reasons.
A mad Bethlehem Catholic wrestling team is one that nobody wants to see in Hershey, but that’s probably what the opposition is going to get after the Hawks 54-12 demolition over Cumberland Valley Monday night in the preliminary round of the PIAA 3A team tournament.
The Hawks opened with falls in three of their first four bouts from Ryan Zeiner (170), Mikey Labriola (182) and Andrew Balukas (195) and went on to win 11 of the 14 bouts to outclass the visitors.
The basketball regular season will wrap up on Wednesday night, so here’s a look of how things stand for boys’ teams heading into the final date on the calendar.
Listed below is a breakdown of each class. In order to qualify for the postseason, teams must compile a .500 record in their overall record or a .500 record in their league record.
However, the opportunity for below .500 teams to qualify for districts is there if the minimum number of playoff spots in a class is not reached.
* Indicates teams that have already clinched playoff berths.
To say that Freedom players were excited after knocking off Liberty last Friday would be an understatement.
The Patriots came back from a five-point halftime deficit to outscore the Hurricanes by 13 points in the second half to push Freedom to a 56-48 victory.
Knocking off your rival was only one part of the equation for Freedom’s euphoria, but the other aspect was how big the victory meant in the playoff landscape.
It’ll be a dual meet against the old world power and the new world order when Bethlehem Catholic travels to Northampton Wednesday night for the biggest wrestling match of the season so far in the East Penn Conference.
The K-Kids (8-0) are fresh off an undefeated performance at the Cumberland Valley Duals over the weekend and have shown glimpses of the dominant Northampton teams from the past and Becahi (5-0) is looking for it’s first real test in a dual meet this season, as the Hawks come into the bout with the state’s top 3A ranking as a team.
They say you can’t win them all and that finally became true for Bethlehem Catholic on Saturday evening at Freedom High School.
Nazareth reversed a 20-point loss from the East Penn Conference championship and rode it to a 33-24 victory in the District 11 3A duals final, snapping the Hawks run of six straight District 11 titles (2A and 3A combined) and showing the most signs of mortality the program has had in a long time.
Sometimes, when success is as prevalent and common as the Hawks (14-4) have enjoyed over the last six years, it can become stale.
With just over a week left before the end of the basketball regular season, posted below is an updated list for teams that have already qualified for the District 11 postseason and ones that lurk in the hunt with their final games left on the schedule.
Listed below is a breakdown of each class and as a quick reminder, in order to qualify for the postseason, teams must compile a .500 record in their overall record or a .500 record in their league record.