Another week is in the books and the playoffs are upon us. For as long as the season has been, it will end for many teams this weekend.
One team that won’t see their season ending anytime soon is Parkland, who has passed every test this season and should do it again this week against Liberty.
Easton and Nazareth square off in round two of their rivalry slugfest, while Emmaus and Freedom highlight another marquee battle this week.
Things are heating up even though it’s finally getting brisk outside. Bundle up for this week’s picks.
1. Parkland (10-0)
Bethlehem Catholic senior Lauren Bunke had to wait awhile before confirmation came of her state qualification after her 19th place finish at the District XI Class 2A Girls’ Cross Country Championships last Wednesday afternoon at Bethlehem Municipal Course.
“I thought I was going to miss it by one or make it. It was a little bit long of a wait, so I was hoping,” Bunke said.
Becahi coach Kelly Bracetty delivered the good news to Bunke, that she earned the last spot for the PIAA state meet scheduled for Nov. 4 in Hershey.
Liberty runners Belle Weikert, Grace Haas, Darlyn Fermin, and Cole Frank became state qualifiers after competing at the District XI Class 3A Cross Country Championships last Wednesday at Bethlehem Municipal Course.
“I was so excited because last year it felt like it just happened because I was 10th and the last one to make it, but this year I really earned it and I didn’t just squeak in,” said Haas, a junior.
Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic saw their field hockey seasons come to an end Monday afternoon in the District 11 semifinals.
The Hurricanes lost to Easton 1-0 thanks to a first half goal by Ellie McIntyre that stood up for the final.
The loss ends Liberty’s season at 19-4 after defeating Easton 4-1 in the season opener and 4-3 in the East Penn Conference semifinals, only to see their season go down in districts to the Rovers.
With the District 11 volleyball semifinals taking place on Tuesday, all three Bethlehem schools were battling for spots in Thursday’s championship round.
Liberty and Freedom are on opposite sides of the bracket as they encountered final four battles on Tuesday, as the top-seeded Hurricanes took on fifth-seeded Nazareth, while Parkland and Freedom were set for a three-seven matchup respectively.
In the 3A bracket, fourth-seeded Becahi faced top-seeded Southern Lehigh, with all the mentioned matchups taking place after Press deadlines.
Heartbreak befell Freedom and Liberty’s boys’ and girls’ soccer teams last week as the Patriots and Hurricanes were knocked out of District XI Class 4A soccer playoffs to end their respective seasons.
The Patriot girls were the last team standing before losing to Parkland in the quarterfinal, 4-0, last Thursday night at Parkland.
About an hour earlier, Freedom’s boys lost to East Stroudsburg South, also in a quarterfinal game, 3-2, at Freedom.
This past Saturday kicked off the fall turkey hunting season in most parts of the state. The exclusion is in local WMUÕs 5C and 5D which havenÕt been opened for fall turkey in some time. And depending on where you hunt, the game commission recommends checking season dates as their lengths are different in some management units and a handful changed this year. This is due to declining population trends and the results of an agency study that showed the longer fall season, the higher the female turkey harvest, which affects spring populations.
It was no surprise that Freedom freshman Lauren Charboneau qualified for the PIAA State Cross Country Championships after the District XI meet Last Wednesday, but her third place finish may have taken everyone by surprise.
“I sure didn’t see that coming,” said Patriot coach Bob Thear.
The week before, Charboneau placed 10th at the East Penn Conference meet with a time of 20:04. Charboneau’s district meet time was 19:51.
It was closer than expected, but last Friday’s Holy War between Bethlehem Catholic and Central Catholic displayed what rivalry games are all about, as the Hawks held on for a 38-37 overtime victory.
The Vikings (6-4) tried to steal the win on the BASD turf in overtime, electing to go for the two-point conversion after Logan Bachman’s 10-yard TD run brought Central within a point.
After winning their second straight East Penn Conference title over the weekend, Liberty’s volleyball team now wants more.
The Hurricanes (18-1) knocked off Central Catholic 22-25, 25-14, 25-17, 25-21 Saturday at Northampton for the EPC championship and move onto the District 11 4A tournament as the top-seed heading into Thursday’s slate of action.