You could say that Bethlehem Catholic’s season opening win over Pocono Mountain West was an opportunity for them to iron out some wrinkles.
It also provided evidence as to why the Hawks are primed to be one of the most dangerous teams in the area this season.
Running back Tavion Banks displayed his flashy play in the backfield, as he ran for 148 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries to spearhead the running game, while quarterback Javon Clements was an efficient 7-of-11 for 142 yards and a score in the 58-14 victory.
Week 1 of the high school football season told us what we expected: the EPC North football teams can’t compete with their neighbors in the south — but we already knew that.
Now, the real season begins with divisional play, highlighted by a slate of intriguing games this weekend.
The Colonial League saw Palisades make a play for a possible run at the league crown with their win over Notre Dame last week, but how will Week 2 shake out?
Check out the picks below in this week’s edition of the top 10.
1. Emmaus (1-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
The Lehigh Valley’s edition in the Keystone State Games Scholastic Division came home with a silver medal from this year’s baseball tournament following an 8-1 loss to West in the tournament finale.
A six-run, sixth inning by West opened the contest up for the eventual gold medal winners, as the Lehigh Valley squad went 3-2 in the tournament.
“Outstanding pitching, great defense, and timely hitting throughout the tournament were the ingredients to our success this year in York,” said head coach Joe Candelmo.
Bethlehem Catholic capped off the Cedar Beach Summer League with a championship victory over Central Catholic last week, topping the Vikings 52-44.
The Hawks finished the summer 11-4 in the 18-team Big School Division and knocked off Emmaus, Bangor and Allen in the playoffs before the run up of their championship tilt with Central Catholic.
Evan Callahan always had the physical dimensions to suit up on the football field, but it wasn’t until his senior year that Callahan actually decided to come out and play for the Patriots.
In what started out as a 3-4 season for Freedom, turned into a joy ride of five straight wins to the District 11 6A championship before ultimately falling to Parkland 24-14 on November 18.
The pain of losing a title contest never leaves, but for Callahan, the memories of a night that altered his senior year will also last forever.
Gunner Anglovich has always played with a chip on his shoulder. Ever since he started playing football at six-years-old, he was always one of the smaller players on the field.
So, when Anglovich, who’s listed at 5-foot-9, and 175-pounds, made his way up to Liberty’s varsity program, that chip remained.
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).