Coming into the District 11 4A boys championship game, the two teams involved have had a long dry spell of district gold. It had been since 2002 that Bethlehem Catholic last won districts, and even longer for their opponent, Jim Thorpe, which last won gold in 1972.
But something had to give.
With one week left in the wrestling season, Freedom senior Evan Callahan isn’t going to let anything stop him from competing in the PIAA championships this week in Hershey.
Callahan also didn’t let a tweaked knee cost him an opportunity at his first Northeast Regional championship, following a 6-3 decision over Parkland’s Nate Feyrer in Saturday’s 220-pound championship.
His title capped off the evening for the Patriots, as they advanced two wrestlers to this week’s state tournament at the Giant Center.
Luke Werner knows he’s had a tough road in the wrestling postseason. Nestled in the 120-pound bracket, Werner has had Northampton’s defending state champion Julian Chlebove in his weight class throughout this postseason.
With a talent like Chlebove in his bracket, the task was always going to be difficult, but Werner has kept battling over the past two weeks despite losing to Chlebove in both the District 11 and Northeast Regional finals.
Like father, like sons.
The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation held its 56th annual Scholar Athlete Banquet on Sunday.
Hundreds of athletes, families, friends, and coaches packed the Northampton Community Center to officially culminate the 2016-17 season and find out which high school student would be awarded one of the season’s highest individual accolades.
One scholar athlete was chosen from 33 area high schools to become the 2017 scholar athlete award winner.
The Bethlehem Catholic boys and girls each brought home District 11 4A titles this weekend and will advance to states.
The girls, on Saturday afternoon, beat Central Catholic 43-27 thanks to big second and third quarter runs.
The girls got balanced scoring in the game and chipped in with a stuffing defense to keep the Vikes in check. Hope Brown and Neila Luma eached scored 9 points in the win while Tessa Zamolyi had 8.
The PIAA Regional Wrestling Championships were held Friday and Saturday. District 11 grapplers competed in the Class 3A Northeast Regional at Liberty High School and the Class 2A Southeast Regional at Reading’s Wilson-West Lawn High School.
The top four finishers in 3A earned a trip to the state championships, which begin Thursday at Hershey’s Giant Center. Class 2A’s top six regional finishers will move on to states.
The District 11 swimming championships were held Friday and Saturday. Champions in each event earned automatic qualification for the state meet, which will be held March 15-18 at Bucknell University.
The following is a recap of district champions from Lehigh Valley Press area teams, including a few district record-breakers. For more about the meet see this week’s issues of the Press.
The Parkland girls and Emmaus boys teams won district titles with both teams scoring 401 points for the team gold.
It did not take long for Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team to make a statement in its 66-30 District XI Class 4A semifinal victory over Blue Mountain Wednesday night at Whitehall High School.
As a result of drawing a bye in the quarterfinals, the Hawks had a long time to prepare for its run in the district tournament, 12 days to be exact.
History was made at the PPL Center on Wednesday night and it wasn’t the Phantoms or a star-studded concert this time.
A paid attendance of 7,630 sold out the area for the boys District 11 6A semifinal games featuring Emmaus vs. Pocono Mountain West and Parkland vs. Allen. It was a District 11 record, according to many. The PPL Center’s Twitter account credited the “over 8,000 fans” who came out for the game for a great atmosphere, while the District 11 Twitter account posted a photo “sold out” sign hung on a PPL Center door.
For once during this 2016-17 winter season, it wasn’t about X’s and O’s or winning and losing. There was a greater cause to a Lehigh Valley Scholastic ice hockey game.
Last Wednesday evening at the Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink, high school rivals Freedom and Liberty joined together for the fourth annual Winter Classic.
Although a score was kept (Freedom won 6-4), the game was focused more on a student that didn’t lace up the skates.