The showdown has finally arrived for Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic with this week’s tussle taking place in Orefield Friday night. The winner will grab the EPC South by the horns, but this is most likely a contest between the two best teams in the area we’ll see this season, no matter what happens in the postseason, which makes it all the better.
In other marquee games this week, Whitehall gets a chance to pop Freedom’s bubble and Emmaus enters a matchup with Nazareth as their season continues to reel.
District 11 held their annual media conference last Tuesday morning at St. Luke’s Sports Medicine and Rehab Center in Bethlehem.
The biggest take-away from the session included more news on the upcoming District 11 Hall of Fame, which is set to honor its first class in the fall of 2018.
Brad Pensyl, an administrator in the Pocono Mountain school district, outlined the guidelines for nominations, which has a deadline of June 1, 2018 for any nominee to have their paperwork submitted.
Bethlehem Catholic volleyball coach Kelly Brown is enjoying her first year as head coach of the program and the Hawks are helping with that process thanks to a good start to the season.
Becahi is 6-3 following Monday’s loss (3-0) to Liberty, but enter a week where they can generate some momentum with contests against Allen and Easton to round out the week.
It’s officially the second half of the season and the top five teams in the poll are littered with big matchups. The EPC race looks like it’s coming down to Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic, while Palisades keeps their grip on the Colonial league title.
Here’s a breakdown of this week’s bouts, along with some new friends from the North entering the poll.
1. Parkland (5-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
Trojans should have no problem running the ball this week.
The Pick: Parkland 35- Whitehall 28
2. Bethlehem Catholic (5-0)
Last week’s rank: #2
Momentum is something that Liberty’s field hockey team is hoping they can continue heading into this week.
After losing to Emmaus 12-0 on September 12, the Hurricanes have won five out of their last six matches heading into Monday’s 8-0 victory over Whitehall and hope that trend continues into this week’s slate of games.
After losing to Pocono Mountain East 1-0 last week, Liberty answered with a 1-0 win over Parkland and a 5-3 victory at Nazareth.
Bethlehem Catholic looked like a team ready to challenge for the East Penn Conference title last week, following their 41-7 victory over Liberty Friday night.
Sparked by their electric offense, the Hawks outgained Liberty 495-to-142 with a barrage of big plays and a sterling performance by Hawks’ quarterback Javon Clements.
A pair of Bethlehem Catholic senior athletes recently announced their decisions to attend Division-I programs.
Basketball star Ryan Young is heading to Northwestern to play in the Big 10, while Zach Glenn has decided to wrestle at Army.
Getting a win in East Penn Conference football is a goal every week and that’s what Freedom was able to do in last week’s 26-13 home victory over Northampton.
The win pushed Freedom to 3-1 on the season and that was the most important take-away for head coach Jason Roeder.
“There’s plays where we can see how good we can be, but the attention to detail is missing a little bit,” said Roeder. “Moving forward we can’t expect to be as successful by making mistakes. It wasn’t always pretty at times, but give Northampton credit for that. They’re a much improved football team.”
You can say that the start to Liberty’s field hockey season has been challenging to say the least.
The Hurricanes had their first two games postponed and had to endure a 12-0 loss to Emmaus last week.
They followed that up with a 13-0 shutout over Pocono Mountain West and a 7-0 win over Freedom last Saturday.
But then they fell to Pocono Mountain East 1-0 on Monday, leaving the team still looking for the right answers.
Heading into week five, it appears that the dust is settling and the EPC title race will come down to the top three teams in the poll.
In the Colonial League, Palisades has clearly taken the lead position after last week’s major win over Southern Lehigh.
With the regular season entering its second half, which teams will continue to stand their ground and which ones will fall off the edge?
This week’s results will make things a bit more clear.
1. Parkland (4-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
Trojans have picked up where they left off from a year ago.