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EPC releases basketball playoff brackets

Thursday, February 9, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

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.

Hawks advance in states

Monday, November 28, 2016 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

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.

D-11 titles clinched, others on the line; Football slate begins this weekend

Thursday, November 3, 2016 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

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.

Freedom captures Bethlehem City Championship

Sunday, October 30, 2016 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

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.

D-11 updates: 4A volleyball bracket released; Oct. 27 recaps

Friday, October 28, 2016 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

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.

Liberty wins, Freedom falls in D-11 girls soccer

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

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.

EPC crowns 3 league champs

Friday, October 21, 2016 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

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

EPC announces sites and times for playoff games

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

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 boys need OT to advance

Monday, October 17, 2016 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

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.