Bethlehem Catholic’s dynamic duo of center Ryan Young and guard Justin Paz were honored for their stellar seasons last week when both were named as All-State selections.
Young, who is headed to Northwestern, was named to the 4A first-team after averaging 16 points and 12 rebounds per game. Young was also voted as the East Penn Conference MVP this season, helping the Hawks to a 28-4 season.
Becahi won the East Penn Conference and District 11 4A titles before falling to eventual state champion Imhotep in the PIAA semifinals.
Liberty’s boys track and field team completed an undefeated season after defeating Freedom 104-46 last week at Liberty.
Taking first place in individual events were Freedom’s Kyree Marshburn in the 100 in 11.3 and the 400 in 52.1, and Liberty’s Devon West in the 200 in 22.5 and Darlyn Fermin in the 800 in 2:03.00.
Cole Frank won the 1600 in 4:49.10 for the Hurricanes, and Kevin Pollock won the 3200 in 10:59.00 for the Patriots.
Team Conf Over
Parkland 9-1 10-1
Emmaus 8-2 11-2
Central 6-4 8-5
Nazareth 5-4 5-8
Whitehall 3-5 5-6
Northampton 3-7 6-8
Easton 10-1 10-1
Freedom 7-3 9-5
Liberty 6-3 9-3
Becahi 4-6 6-6
Dieruff 2-8 2-11
Allen 1-9 2-10
Stroudsburg 7-2 8-5
Pleasant Vy. 5-4 7-5
PM East 4-3 6-4
ES South 2-7 3-10
PM West 1-7 2-9
ES North 0-7 0-8
Parkland 10-1 12-3
Central 9-1 11-3
Whitehall’s Saquon Barkley stole the show with the NFL Draft taking place last week, but he wasn’t the only local football player to hear his name called by NFL teams during the draft’s three-day event.
Barkley, the former Whitehall and Penn State running back, who was taken second overall by the New York Giants last Thursday, became the highest selection from the Lehigh Valley since Chuck Bednarik was taken first overall in the 1949 NFL Draft.
Liberty learned some lessons last week, but they also put themselves in positions to make a run down the stretch.
The Hurricanes (8-5) went 2-1 last week with a win over Parkland in five games and a sweep over Dieruff, but suffered a midweek defeat to Bethlehem Catholic in four games.
With so much parity in the East Penn Conference this season, it’s no surprise to see teams taking each other down on a nightly basis and that’s what head coach Neiad Ammary is seeing from his group as they head down the final 10 days of the regular season.
At their recent meeting, the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners gave final approval to the 2018-19 hunting/trapping seasons, and a lot more.
The first bit of news is that the agency increased the antlerless deer allocation from 804,000 licenses last season, to 838,000 for the upcoming seasons.
Locally, Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) 5C remained the same at 70,000. Other local WMUs include: 5B, 58,000 (57,000); 5D, 28,000 (30,000).
Liberty’s boys’ tennis team won its quarterfinal match against Whitehall, 5-0, in the District XI Team Tennis Tournament on Monday at Liberty.
Louis Gruber won at one singles, 6-0, 6-2, David Lynn won at two singles, 6-0, 6-2, and Gavin Snyder won at three singles, 6-0, 6-0.
At number one doubles, Jacob Wong and Anthony Ronca won their match, 6-2, 6-4.
Saquon Barkley will be trading in his Nittany Lion navy blue for a slightly lighter shade after the New York Giants selected the Coplay running back with the second pick in the NFL Draft.
Watch parties were set up across the area on Thursday, April 26, to see where the former Whitehall Zephyr would land. Fans would not have to wait long to hear Barkley’s name called.
In an interview with Giants.com, New York general manager Dave Gettleman said, “Once Cleveland took Baker (Mayfield) I told our guys, ‘Don’t even waste your time. We’re taking Saquon and we’re going to run’.”
Liberty softball’s doubleheader on Saturday yielded a 10-0 victory over Pocono Mountain East and a 5-0 victory over Pottsville at Liberty.
“I think we’re starting to come together at the right time,” said Hurricane coach Sam Carrodo. “We have a huge week this week, Northampton on Monday and Beca on Wednesday, so if we can win those two games, we’ll be in very good position, especially if we can defeat Beca because that will give us a chance to win the division if we get a chance to beat Freedom.”