All Bethlehem Catholic boys’ basketball coach Ray Barbosa could do after the Hawks’ last minute 58-56 loss to Greater Nanticoke in the first round of the PIAA state playoffs last Saturday afternoon was shake his head.
“They scored 30 points in the fourth quarter. Our defense has to be better than that,” Barbosa said. “We can’t give up 30 points in one quarter. We can’t do that.”
A lot happened in the last minute, but by then, the Trojans were well on their way to scoring those 30 points that Barbosa could barely wrap his head around.
In Class 6A action, Emmaus beat District 1 fourth-place team Cheltenham, 68-67.
Matt Kachelries scored a game-high 24 points to get his career total to 990. His twin brother David added 19 points for the Hornets (21-6). Zach Sabol chipped in with 16 points.
Jack Clark led the Panthers with 32 points.
Emmaus, the fourth-place team from District 11, moves on to face District 3 champs Harrisburg (20-6) in the second round with the winner advancing to Saturday’s quarterfinals.
Bethlehem Catholic advanced with a 60-37 win over Scranton Prep in the first round of the PIAA Class 4A girls basketball playoffs.
Taliyah Medina scored 18 points for the Golden Hawks, while Morgan Orloski added 13 points.
Scranton Prep was the third place team out of District 2 and finishes its season at 15-11.
The Northampton girls advanced with a 63-26 win over District 12 second-place team Central High School of Philadelphia.
Aja Blount scored a game-high 19 points for the Kids, while Jenna Rogers added 16 points and Victoria Keenan chipped in with 11.
Bethlehem Catholic’s Mikey Labriola and Northampton’s Julian Chlebove both continued their treks to a second straight state championship Thursday night during the opening round of the PIAA 3A wrestling tournament.
Labriola won his opening bout by fall over Britain Shields of Big Spring with a fall in :34 seconds.
Labriola is one of four Hawks heading to Friday’s quarterfinals, as Ryan Anderson (126), Jarred Papcsy (132) and Niko Camacho (HWT) look to move through the bracket.
Liberty senior Julia McCarthy already had a no sweat mindset by the time day one of the District XI Class 3A Swimming Championships began last Friday night at Parkland High School.
“I was feeling relaxed. It was a weird state of mind,” McCarthy said. “I was thinking, just win, and my real competition is the clock.”
McCarthy, who clinched the gold medal in the 200 IM in 2:04.23, was right.
On the second and final day of the District XI Class 3A Swimming Championships, Freedom sophomore Al Bell won the gold medal in the 500 free with a time of 4:45.94.
“That was the goal,” Bell smiled.
Bell finished the event more than two seconds ahead of Parkland’s Hyunbin Kim and Southern Lehigh’s Raahi Klar-Chaudhuri who tied for second place in 4:48.00.
It was barely 10 minutes before the boys’ 200 free relay, when Liberty senior Anthony Delcorso was told he would lead off in the final event of day one’s District XI Class 3A Swimming Championships on Friday night at Parkland High School.
It was also more than a pleasant surprise for Delcorso, who had wanted to medal after missing out in previous years, but would he be able to duplicate that same strong start he had when he competed in the 50 free earlier in the evening?
Winning a gold medal in the 100 breaststroke at the District XI Class 3A Swimming Championships was something Liberty senior Julia McCarthy had her eye on since her freshman year.
“It’s something I just really wanted to do,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy clinched that gold medal in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:05.57 on day two of districts last Saturday afternoon at Parkland High School.
Ryan Zeiner paced back and forth in the hallways of Memorial Gymnasium Saturday night after winning the 152-pound Northeast Regional title over Scranton’s Jacob Burgette 5-4.
A bystander walked by and offered, “Congrats champ.”
The word champion is something Zeiner always wanted for himself, but one that was never guaranteed. After leaving districts a year ago without placing, Zeiner is now heading to Hershey, as a regional champion.
It seems that almost every year, Bethlehem Catholic and Central Catholic are battling for the District 11 title. It happened once again this year.
After missing out on district gold last year, the Golden Hawks were back on top of District 11 in the new 4A classification, defeating the Vikettes 43-27 last Saturday afternoon at Easton Area Middle School.