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
The East Penn Conference released their updated playoff schedule on Wednesday with sites and times.
In field hockey, top-seed Emmaus will take on two-seed Stroudsburg at Whitehall High School at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20.
In boys soccer, top-seed Liberty advanced to the finals and will take on third-seeded Stroudsburg which needed OT to knock off Parkland, the two seed, on Tuesday. This game will take place at Nazareth on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m.
Liberty’s boys soccer team needed OT to get by Emmaus 2-1 in the East Penn Conference soccer playoffs.
Chase Tackett and Valentin Perevalov scored the Hurricane goals with Sammy Abiles and Trevor Koski adding assists in the victory.
The ’Canes advance to take on Pocono Mountain East on Tuesday, which is past Press deadlines. PME was a 1-0 winner over Allen. Liberty will play at 7 p.m. at Pleasant Valley.
In the other semifinal, Stroudsburg beat Central 1-0 and Parkland was a 4-0 winner over Northampton. Parkland-Stroudsburg at 5 p.m. at Pleasant Valley.
The East Penn Conference announced playoff matchups for the 2016 fall sports season on Friday, Oct. 14. Here’s a look:
Three games will take place Saturday, Oct. 15: Whitehall (8) at Emmaus (1) 3:30 p.m.; Easton (5) at Northampton (4), 2 p.m.; Pocono Mt. East (6) at Liberty (3) 3:30 p.m.; Parkland (7) at Stroudsburg (2) 2 p.m.
The semifinals will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 18 with the finals slated for Thursday, Oct. 20.
The East Penn golf tournament took place last week at Woodstone Country Club outside of Bath.
Nazareth’s Kevin Scherr captured the tournament championship with low round of 74. In fact, Nazareth had three players in the top-10 to help them win the team title with a score of 320. Central Catholic was second with a score of 339.
For the girls, Emmaus’ Sam Fritzinger shot a 79 to help Emmaus to a third place finish with a score of 340.
Bethlehem Catholic picked up a key EPC football victory on Saturday afternoon as well as some bragging rights.
The Hawks dominated the second half en route to a 38-7 victory over rival Liberty at BASD Stadium.
Leading 17-7 coming out of halftime, Becahi outscored Liberty 21-0 over the final two quarters thanks to Randy Terry III’s three rushing TDs.
Terry scored on runs of 3, 11 and 46 in the second half to add to his two-yard scamper from the first half for a four-touchdown day, collecting over 130 yards in the process.