The East Penn Conference volleyball playoffs will wrap up with Wednesday’s championship match between Emmaus and Whitehall, but the District 11 3A tournament will kick into action immediately on Thursday night with the pigtail and quarterfinal rounds taking place.
Freedom enters the tournament as the eighth seed and will open up at Emmaus to take on ninth seeded Easton at 5:30 p.m. with the winner then slated to take on the top-seeded Green Hornets (16-0) at 7 p.m.
Bethlehem Catholic honored 18 student-athletes heading to college this fall at a ceremony held last Friday morning.
Michael Labriola heads this year’s class, as the two-time PIAA state wrestling champion will head to Nebraska to compete in the Big 10. Labriola leaves Bethlehem Catholic as its all-time leader with 166 victories.
Fellow teammates Niko Camacho (American University) and Luke Carty (Ithaca College) will also wrestle at the next level.
The Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup baseball franchise will be holding tryouts again during the month of May in lead up to the tournament opener on June 15 against Jersey Shore (NJ) at FDR Park.
Tryouts will take place on May 21 and 28 at DeSales University from 8:30 a.m. until noon.
Area players from grades 9-12 are eligible to participate in tryouts, with the roster permitting 10 seniors, filled out by underclassmen.
It’s the opportunity that only a small percentage of the population gets, but former Lehigh quarterback and Whitehall product Nick Shafnisky will get his shot at building his NFL resume when he arrives at the NovaCare Complex for a rookie minicamp with the Philadelphia Eagles this week.
Shafnisky will report on Thursday for a night meeting, before hitting the field on Friday through Sunday for a chance to impress and gain a contract to become apart of the Eagles 90-man offseason roster.
It’s another milestone for Freedom’s boys lacrosse program, as the team recently solidified the East Penn Conference West title.
The Pates (11-6, 9-4) have won six straight contests following Monday’s 15-2 thumping over Liberty, giving them an undefeated season in the division, as well as setting a school record for regular season wins (11).
Head coach Tony Fabrizio sees the progress of winning the programs first division crown, as a steppingstone in the right direction for a program continually looking to improve their status in the EPC.
The top spot in the East Penn Conference appears to be in the waiting hands of Liberty’s baseball team, should the Hurricanes close out the week in expected form.
Liberty (16-2, 13-1) only needs to defeat East Stroudsburg South (4-11) on Tuesday, past Press deadlines, to clinch the Steel division crown ahead of Wednesday night’s rivalry tilt with Freedom.
A win against ESS would also clinch the top-seed for the EPC playoffs, which get underway on Saturday.
Qualifying for districts is the goal for every team, but for Bethlehem Catholic’s volleyball team, that accomplishment might mean a little more to the program.
The Golden Hawks are back in the postseason for the first time since 2013.
After winning one match last season, the Hawks (7-8) solidified a spot in the District 11 2A playoff picture, one that head coach Jeff Koch is excited about.
Liberty held its annual press conference for senior student-athletes heading to college this fall on April 21, as 32 Hurricanes were represented in this year’s class.
The signing ceremony has been a yearly event at Liberty, highlighting the core of Liberty’s top athletes heading to the next level.
Football standout Jaohne Duggan made his decision to commit to Rutgers last summer and he’s never looked back on his decision after enjoying a stellar senior campaign, which saw him land on first-team East Penn Conference honors at defensive end, as well as first-team All-State.
Five new members of the National Football Foundation Lehigh Valley Chapter Hall of Fame will be inducted at this year’s banquet, scheduled to take place during a dinner and ceremony on Friday, May 5 at the Northampton Community Center.
The list is led by former Central Catholic and Parkland head coach Jim Morgans, who won two state titles with the Vikings during his career, as well as leading Parkland to two state championship appearances.
The one thing that each Bethlehem school has cemented with a week left in the regular season is a spot in the District 11 playoffs.
Liberty, Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic have each punched a ticket to districts, as they round out their calendar, but Liberty still has their sights on grabbing the fourth and final spot for the East Penn Conference playoffs.
The Hurricanes (9-4, 8-4) hold the fourth spot in the EPC race with league matches against Whitehall (12-1) on Wednesday and Pocono Mountain East (1-13) on Thursday.