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.”
In Liberty and Freedom’s final swim meet of the regular season, the Hurricane boys came out on top 146-130 last Thursday at Liberty High School.
Jase Smith, Ben Stuckey, Robert Negron, and Jake Evert led off in the 200 medley relay with a first place finish for the Hurricanes in 1:42.44.
Chris Chambers won the 200 free in 1:51.85 for Liberty, but Al Bell took first place in the next event for Freedom, the 200 IM, with a time of 2:01.82.
It will be 17 days since Liberty last played when the team heads to Pleasant Valley Saturday afternoon for the opening round of districts against Pocono Mountain West.
The 1 p.m. tip-off probably can’t come soon enough for the Hurricanes (12-10), who enter the 6A tournament as the sixth-seed.
It’ll be a rematch from an earlier bout this season against the third-seeded Panthers, where Liberty lost a 76-74 overtime nail-biter on the road.
The Liberty Hurricanes hosted the Freedom Patriots last Thursday in the last swim meet of the regular season when Liberty’s girls scored a 149-140 victory over Freedom’s girls, highlighted by a new pool record set by Liberty senior Julia McCarthy.
“I didn’t realize I was going that fast,” said McCarthy regarding her swim in the 100 breaststroke. “I wanted the pool record all year, and I knew if I put my head to it, I would get it at some point.”
McCarthy’s time was 1:07.53, which broke her own school record of 1:06.64, which she set at districts last year.
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team expected what they got from Parkland in the East Penn Conference semifinal against the Trojans last Wednesday night at Freedom High School.
“We knew they were physically fast-paced, and they gave us a great battle,” said Becahi forward Hope Brown, who had five points in the game.
A battle it was until the last five minutes when the Hawks pulled away with foul shots and won 47-39.
“We just had to keep playing aggressive,” said Becahi guard Natalie Rhine, who had 10 points. “Credit to them for penetrating to the inside.”
Bethlehem Catholic only returns one district champion from last year, but the Golden Hawks are planning on more than that when the District 11 3A wrestling tournament finishes up this weekend at Liberty.
Mikey Labriola is the lone gold medalist from last year’s crop of returning wrestlers, but that doesn’t mean the Hawks will be barren in the medal category.
The Hawks should battle with Nazareth for the team title and head coach Jeff Karam plans on advancing most of his lineup to regionals.