History was made at the PPL Center on Wednesday night and it wasn’t the Phantoms or a star-studded concert this time.
A paid attendance of 7,630 sold out the area for the boys District 11 6A semifinal games featuring Emmaus vs. Pocono Mountain West and Parkland vs. Allen. It was a District 11 record, according to many. The PPL Center’s Twitter account credited the “over 8,000 fans” who came out for the game for a great atmosphere, while the District 11 Twitter account posted a photo “sold out” sign hung on a PPL Center door.
East Penn Conference boys and girls finals are set and champions will be crowned Friday night at Freedom High School.
For the boys, Bethlehem Catholic will face Allen for the third time this season at 8 p.m. at Freedom.
Becahi survived against East Stroudsburg North for a 60-58 victory. The Hawks built an early lead and led 21-11 after one, and then 39-24 heading into the half. Eastburg chipped away in the third to cut the deficit to 49-37 before a frantic rally attempt in the fourth which saw them outscore Becahi 21-11 in that final frame.
The East Penn Conference announced opening-round pairings for their boys and girls basketball tournaments. Action begins Friday night, Feb. 10 with most games beginning at 7 p.m.
In the boys bracket, Emmaus earned the top seed and will host Eastburg North. In the bracket below, fourth seed Becahi will host fifth seed Whitehall, which looked certain to finish with a top-four seed heading into the playoffs. The two winners will play Wednesday, Feb. 15 at a site and time to be determined.
When the Moravian College ice hockey team takes on DeSales University on Sunday, Jan. 22, it will certainly be a special occasion.
The game takes place outdoors at Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink, but beyond that, this contest will also serve as a fundraiser for Derrick Wruble, a former Northampton ice hockey player who graduated in 2014.
Bethlehem Catholic’s football team advanced in state play this past weekend, turning a close game into a dominating, mercy rule performance after a big second half.
The Hawks won 42-12 over Greater Johnstown.
Becahi took a 14-6 lead in the first quarter but that score remained the same heading into halftime.
That didn’t last long once the third quarter started as QB Javon Clements ran 36 yards for a touchdown to put the Hawks on top 20-6.
On Wednesday, some District 11 titles were settled in the Lehigh Valley Press coverage area, while a few more are on the line Thursday night. In football, the action all gets under way this weekend.
In field hockey, the Emmaus Hornets did it again - their 28th straight district title after a 3-1 victory over Stroudsburg Wednesday night.
Turnovers can change the momentum of a football game in just seconds, and there was perhaps no better example than Saturday’s Freedom-Liberty contest.
After a Freedom fumbled punt set the Hurricanes up on the Pates 1-yard line, it looked like the Hurricanes were going to capitalize on a costly mistake. But just few moments later, it was Freedom’s Jamal Williamson returning an interception 98 yards for a Patriot 7-0 lead and eventually a 34-0 victory that gave the Patriots the Bethlehem City Championship.
District 11 announced the times, locations and matchups for the 4A volleyball tournament. The games begin on Saturday morning at four different locations.
Parkland, the top seed, will host the winner of (8) Whitehall vs. (9) Pocono Mountain East, which is scheduled for 9 a.m. The winner takes on the Trojans at 10:30 a.m.
(4) Emmaus will host (5) Pleasant Valley at 10 a.m. and Delaware Valley will host Wyoming Valley West, however no time was announced for this contest.
Girls soccer opened District 11 play on Tuesday and two Bethlehem Press teams were in action.
The seventh-seeded Liberty girls advanced with a 2-1, OT victory at home against tenth-seed Pocono Mountain West in a 7 p.m. game at BASD Field.
The game was scoreless for the entire first half until Pocono got on the board at 31:10 of the second half.
The ’Canes Merve Okumus tied it up at 1-1 less than a minute later before the game went into overtime.
The Emmaus field hockey team did it again, this time with a come from behind win to capture the East Penn Conference title.
The Hornets and Stroudsburg were scoreless throughout much of the first half before the Mounties Lizzy Cunningham gave her team a 1-0 lead with about 10 minutes left in the first half.
That lead would hold up for the rest of the first half and into this second until the Hornets Kira Koehler tied the game at 1-1, on an assist of Meredith Sholder