Well, so much for Parkland not being their consistent selves. The Trojans convincing 38-24 win over Bethlehem Catholic solidified that Parkland is the team to beat this year and the 6A bracket will go through them.
For the likes of Whitehall, Becahi and Palisades, they’ve clearly painted the picture for district title runs in their respective classes as well.
With teams heading down the home stretch of the season, district positioning is now at the forefront.
Only three more weeks of the regular season are upon us, so get your fill with this week’s picks.
With the postseason nearly upon us, Liberty’s volleyball team is hoping that their season will be peaking at the right time.
The Hurricanes finish out a stretch of three games this week before the EPC tournament getting underway this week.
Liberty (13-1) continues to battle for the top seed in the EPC standings following Monday’s sweep over Bethlehem Catholic and intend to keep momentum following matches with Dieruff (3-12) and Freedom (10-6) this week.
If you’re going into a shootout with Whitehall’s football team, you better have enough bullets to keep up and that just wasn’t the case for the Patriots in last Friday’s home defeat.
Whitehall used an array of big plays throughout the night to pull away with a 45-37 victory that had the Pates playing catch up all night.
Zephyr QB Ethan Parvel put on a dazzling display, throwing for four touchdowns on the night with 205 yards through the air and another 181 yards rushing.
Liberty’s field hockey team is right at the top of the EPC standings and they hope it stays that way with the end of the regular season coming this week.
The Hurricanes (14-2) are third in District 11 and second in the EPC with two games left on the schedule.
Staying in the second or third spot is important for the Hurricanes, as it would clear a path to the finals without having to deal with Emmaus (16-0) in an earlier round.
High school football games don’t get much bigger than this Friday’s tilt between Bethlehem Catholic and Parkland.
The 7 p.m. showdown in Orefield pairs both undefeated squads in the crosshairs, as the winner grabs sole possession of the EPC South.
Coming off last week’s 24-17 victory over Easton (4-2), Bethlehem Catholic (6-0) is ready for another pivotal showdown against one of the area’s top programs.
Freedom’s magic number for clinching a district berth was one win and the Patriots achieved that during Monday night’s 3-0 sweep over Allen.
The win puts the Pates at 9-4, solidifying their spot in the postseason, as they head into Wednesday’s key battle with Bethlehem Catholic (9-3), who also clinched a berth on Monday with a sweep over Dieruff.
For Pates head coach Donna Roman, Monday’s win cemented one of the preseason goals for the team.
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