With week one of football in the books, not much has changed in the poll heading into this week’s action.
With the EPC South contests back under a full slate, we’ll get a better gauge of where teams are at. Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic highlight this week’s top game on the slate, while Parkland and Central Catholic should be another noteworthy contest.
Notre Dame looks like the team to beat in the Colonial League, while Northampton hopes it can make a run in the EPC North. With the Week 1 kinks out of the system, let’s see if teams operate smoother this week.
Week one could have been a glorified scrimmage week for many EPC South teams, as they took on their counterparts from the North. Bethlehem Catholic and Freedom each had lopsided affairs in hand, as the Pates torched East Stroudsburg North 58-0 and Becahi slammed Dieruff 48-7.
As week two gets underway, the real tests begin for many of the area teams and all eyes will be on BASD Stadium Friday night when Freedom hosts Becahi in their annual early season showdown.
The aspirations for a championship season started way back in winter lifting sessions for most area football teams, but all the offseason work now comes out on display this weekend with the official opening of the 2019 season kicking off this Friday night.
For the Bethlehem area teams, it’s the beginning of expected championship aspirations for Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic and hopeful resurgence for Liberty.
Welcome to another year of the high school football season and the season keeps getting earlier.
With teams across the state missing out on one extra scrimmage this year, opening weekend is generally an extension of the preseason for many teams in the EPC South, but we do have a marquee battle in the Colonial League with a showdown between two league favorites, Northwestern and Notre Dame, as well as a showdown between Southern Lehigh and Saucon Valley.
Week 1 picks make most people look like geniuses, so let’s hope nobody makes me look dumb this week.
The Wanderers’ season came to a close in the Region 2 tournament, but it didn’t take away from the type of campaign the team experienced over the summer.
The NORCO champs fell to Berks champ Norchester 7-1 to end their run in the tournament, going 2-2 in the double elimination format. Norchester scored six runs in the top of the eighth inning to pull away for the win.
For Wanderers head coach Dwight Pulieri, the season was a success after a 22-5 finish that saw his team win the league title.
Freedom has a knack at winning titles in the summer. Head coach Joe Stellato hopes that can translate to championship aspirations in the winter.
The Patriots won the first annual Lehigh Valley Summer Slam last weekend at Dieruff, knocking off the Huskies 62-55 in the final.
Malek and Caleb Mims combined for 36 points in the championship game to lift the Pates to the title.
Jody Karam has built Liberty’s wrestling program into one of the most respected in the area, if not the state, but as they say, all good things must come to an end.
Karam officially handed in his letter of resignation to Liberty athletic director Fred Harris last week, ending a 26-year run on the Hurricanes’ mats.
Harris sent out a press release last week, describing how much Karam meant to the program.
Trevor Harris was one of the most dominant football players in the East Penn Conference last season. His senior year was a hallmark campaign for the Liberty defensive end, garnering EPC South defensive MVP honors and first-team all-state status, but the awards and success were a culmination of Harris’ hard-work and some visits to summer camps after his junior season to set the tone for his stellar final year at Liberty.
The expected championship matchup in the NORCO finals between Wanderers and Northampton became a reality last week and as expected, the two best teams in the conference all summer took things to the max of their three-game series.
Wanderers pulled out the championship Monday evening 1-0 to now advance to the Region 2 tournament starting on July 19.
Gabe Rodriguez threw a four-hitter in the victory for the Wanderers, who got the game’s only run in the bottom of the fifth inning off a Eli Lesley’s sacrifice fly.
The Cedar Beach summer league keeps pushing its way through July and Liberty is keeping on pace as one of the best teams this summer.
The Hurricanes came into this week with an 8-2 record, good for second place in the standings behind Reading (8-1).
Liberty, thus far, has been the only Bethlehem team finding success in summer action, as Bethlehem Catholic (3-7) and Freedom (1-8) have struggled.
Liberty hopes it can get back on track this week, following a 52-41 loss to Wilson West (8-2) Lawn last week, which tied both teams for second place.