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, Freedom, and Liberty’s girls’ track and field teams won 17 medals among them at the East Penn Conference Track and Field Championships last Tuesday and Wednesday at East Stroudsburg South High School.
On Tuesday, Hurricane thrower Jackie Arthur won the gold medal in the shot put with a distance of 36-10.50.
“It felt really great, and I am really thankful for my coach [Chris D’Emilio]. He is super positive, and I really need that right now,” said Arthur.
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.
The East Penn Conference softball playoffs will look to beat the rain and get under way Friday afternoon.
By virtue of a perfect mark, the Parkland Trojans are this year’s number-one seed. They will face off against Northampton, which sneaks in as the number-eight seed. The two, of course, are very familiar Skyline Division opponents.
Liberty will take the second seed after finishing 14-2 in the EPC. They will take on seven-seed Whitehall, which is coming off a 9-8 shootout loss to Easton on Thursday afternoon in a game that featured seeding implications.
In the 62nd Lehigh Valley Championship Series between the City and the Suburban leagues, Fritz-Wesleyan of the City League beat Salem Lutheran 3-0 for the Lehigh Valley Championship.
In game one, Salem jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Both Fritz and Salem scored runs in the 5th inning to make it 3-1. In the top of the 6th, Salem added a run to make it 4-1. But, Fritz went ahead 5-4 in the bottom of the 6th on two home runs, a solo HR from Brad Wanamaker and a three-run HR by Bob Carl, his second HR of the game.
Liberty High School’s boys’ tennis coach Leo Schnalzer described the Hurricanes’ clinching the District XI Class AAA championship like this: “I sort of knew the bus was coming. I waited on the corner, they opened the door, and I got on,” after Liberty defeated Nazareth 3-2 last Thursday at Lehigh University.
“It feels great for me, but I look at it more as the kids have experienced it and will be able to talk about it for the rest of their lives,” Schnalzer said.
The Freedom Patriots scored one run in the third inning in their 11-1 loss to Easton on Monday, but two games are left in the regular season for the Pates.
“I knew we had a girl in scoring position, and I knew I had to get her in,” said Patriot center fielder Julia Roman, whose base hit knocked in Alexa Fancera.
With the game still within reach, Freedom trailed 3-1, but the Red Rovers scored five runs in the fourth inning, three on a triple by Courtney Grundhauser.
Liberty’s girls’ track and field team’s first visit to the new Freedom High School track ended in a 108-36 victory for the Hurricanes over the Patriots last Monday.
The Hurricanes had 15 first place finishes, including Payton Shaffer in the 100 meter dash in 11.9, Jade Dallam in the 200 meter dash in 26.9, and Greta Stuckey in the 400 meter dash in 1:00.
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.