To say that Freedom players were excited after knocking off Liberty last Friday would be an understatement.
The Patriots came back from a five-point halftime deficit to outscore the Hurricanes by 13 points in the second half to push Freedom to a 56-48 victory.
Knocking off your rival was only one part of the equation for Freedom’s euphoria, but the other aspect was how big the victory meant in the playoff landscape.
It’ll be a dual meet against the old world power and the new world order when Bethlehem Catholic travels to Northampton Wednesday night for the biggest wrestling match of the season so far in the East Penn Conference.
The K-Kids (8-0) are fresh off an undefeated performance at the Cumberland Valley Duals over the weekend and have shown glimpses of the dominant Northampton teams from the past and Becahi (5-0) is looking for it’s first real test in a dual meet this season, as the Hawks come into the bout with the state’s top 3A ranking as a team.
They say you can’t win them all and that finally became true for Bethlehem Catholic on Saturday evening at Freedom High School.
Nazareth reversed a 20-point loss from the East Penn Conference championship and rode it to a 33-24 victory in the District 11 3A duals final, snapping the Hawks run of six straight District 11 titles (2A and 3A combined) and showing the most signs of mortality the program has had in a long time.
Sometimes, when success is as prevalent and common as the Hawks (14-4) have enjoyed over the last six years, it can become stale.
With just over a week left before the end of the basketball regular season, posted below is an updated list for teams that have already qualified for the District 11 postseason and ones that lurk in the hunt with their final games left on the schedule.
Listed below is a breakdown of each class and as a quick reminder, in order to qualify for the postseason, teams must compile a .500 record in their overall record or a .500 record in their league record.
Liberty hopes to snap out of their recent funk before the postseason arrives, as the Hurricanes have lost three straight East Penn Conference games heading into a rivalry week of games against Bethlehem Catholic and Freedom.
With losses to Stroudsburg, Allen and Northampton in their recent EPC meetings, Liberty (10-8, 6-7) head into this week needing one win to clinch a district berth.
Head coach Chad Landis certainly understands that finalizing a playoff berth is important, but even more, playing well at this point of the season is equally significant.
The District 11 team wrestling championships will begin Thursday night and conclude on Saturday evening, as the wrestling postseason is upon us.
Listed below are the format and locations for Thursday’s preliminary and quarterfinal rounds, as well as Saturday’s schedule, which is moved entirely over to Freedom.
To say that Freedom’s victory over Stroudsburg during Saturday’s East Penn Conference wrestling championship day was uplifting, well, would be an understatement.
The Pates saw the return of Evan Callahan to the lineup and coupled that with an energetic performance en route to a 36-28 victory.
The victory in the league’s 7th place match was a reversal of a 54-20 defeat the Mounties handed Freedom back on December 10, showing that progress had been made, especially a week after Liberty embarrassed them by a 45-16 margin at Memorial Gymnasium.
Nazareth gave Bethlehem Catholic a scare Saturday night in the East Penn Conference wrestling championship, but the Golden Hawks proved to be too strong.
The Hawks used falls from Jody Crouse (220) and Niko Camacho (HWT) to steal momentum and pull away for a 40-20 victory at Easton Area Middle School.
With the District 11 basketball postseason roughly a month away, the introduction of the six class structure presents some changes to the boys format this year.
The biggest change, just like in football, is that more teams will get an opportunity to participate in the PIAA tournament, as this year boys field will advance 17 teams.
The tournament gets underway on February 21.
Bethlehem Catholic checked off one of their season goals last week by clinching a district playoff spot with their 58-55 win over Northampton Friday night.
The Hawks also knocked off Dieruff by the same score earlier in the week, as they played both games without the services of center Ryan Young, who’s been dealing with a sprained ankle since injuring it on January 14 against Lincoln Leadership.