If there ever was a feel good story winner from Saturday’s District 11 3A wrestling tournament, Liberty’s Carlo Perugini would have ran away with it.
Perugini entered the season as much of an unknown, coming out for the team for the first time since his freshman year after dealing with three ACL tears during his high school career.
There was nothing but pure joy exuding from Thomas Bonilla Saturday night at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium.
The Freedom senior made a lot of people happy and the ones closest to him proud after winning his first district championship following an 8-1 decision over Bethlehem Catholic’s Ryan Zeiner in the 152-pound title bout.
It was the beginning of a wonderful night for Freedom wrestling, as fellow senior teammate Evan Callahan won his second straight district title at 220, knocking off Parkland’s Nate Feyrer 3-2.
Marcus Dileo Vereen
A 6-2, 253 pound tight end and defensive end, he ranks 76th in his class with a 3.53 GPA. He earned first team All-Conference honors on offense as a tight end. He is active in his community.
Ean Joseph Sheats
Bethlehem Catholic had 11 place-winners and earned the team title at Saturday’s District 11 Class 3 Wrestling Championships at Liberty High School.
The following is a team-by-team recap of the top finishers from Lehigh Valley Press-area teams. For more about your local teams pick up a copy of this week’s Press.
The Golden Hawks had two champions, 10 regional qualifiers and 11 place winners to edge Nazareth 240-223 in the team points race.
District 11 basketball quarterfinals wrapped up on Saturday with Lehigh Valley Press area teams competing in boys Class 6A and 3A games.
Here’s a look at the results and next round match ups in both brackets.
For more about you local teams see this week’s editions of the Lehigh Valley Press.
Sam Iorio scored 39 points to lead No. 4 seed Parkland to a 63-54 win over No. 5 Stroudsburg.
With 11 wrestlers making one of the three teams, including league MVP Mikey Labriola, Bethlehem Catholic wrestlers were well-represented on the 2016-17 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference All-Star team.
Four of the 14 first-team members were Golden Hawks, including Labriola, Zach Glenn, Mikey Lewis and Niko Camacho.
Northampton also placed four grapplers on the first team as Julian Chlebove, CJ Fenstermacher, Dan Moran and Cade Moisey all made the list.
The following are this year’s EPC All-Stars.
106: Matt Maloney (So., Liberty)
The District 11 basketball quarterfinal rounds got under way Thursday and will continue through Saturday. Here’s a look at how the Class 5A boys and 6A girls games unfolded.
East Stroudsburg North-Whitehall
The No. 6 seed Timberwolves knocked off No. 3 Whitehall, 52-50 in a Class 5A quarterfinal.
The Timberwolves, which upset top-seeded Emmaus in the league playoffs, saw just four players score and only three players with more than two points in the game, led Devantae Wiggins (19 points), Arian Azemi (16) and Darin Bellinger (15).
The next phase of the wrestling postseason kicks off this Friday at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium, as the District 11 3A tournament begins the road to Hershey for many local athletes.
Liberty head coach Jody Karam is looking for another productive tournament from his team, as Karam hopes the work they’ve put in throughout the dual meet season will pay off.
“I believe advancing six or seven wrestlers isn’t a long shot for us,” said Karam. “I think 195 is the dark horse for advancing. If we could finish in the top five in team score, that would be awesome.”
It was a tough night for Bethlehem Catholic in Friday’s East Penn Conference championship game against Allen, but it wasn’t the end of the season.
As the Hawks stumbled back into the locker room after an 84-62 thrashing at the hands of Allen in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Freedom, Becahi head coach Ray Barbosa had a simple message for his team.
For many, the milestone of Senior Night actually takes root in a high school athlete’s freshman year, as they watch in awe as senior teammates are being honored and appreciated during the last home swim meet of the season.
By the time Liberty swimmers Paige McCloskey and Jeff Depalma lined up on the pool deck for Senior Night last Thursday, they were suddenly seniors.
“This team is a family, and I told myself to keep it together, but I walked out, and I was the sobbing one,” McCloskey said. “This was an amazing team to be part of.”