The PIAA looks like they’re moving toward making competitive balance changes across the state, as momentum to curb balance of power in athletics is gaining momentum for change.
As the Pennsylvania Athletic Oversight Committee met last Monday in Harrisburg, a few items came to the forefront as the PIAA’s competition committee proposed changes in areas of competitive balance, recruiting and transfers.
Some of the key highlights from the meeting revolved around several topics including:
As the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League regular season winds down, the area teams will take a break this week for the annual all-star game that features five Coplay ballplayers.
The Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup run ended Monday afternoon in Philadelphia at the hands of a Delaware North in the quarterfinal round.
Delaware North was in control from the beginning taking a three-run lead in the first inning and then never looked back en route to a 26-9 victory.
After taking care of SOL National/Bicentennial 10-7 in the opening round of the tournament, LV was no match for their Delaware counterparts at FDR Park.
The 48th edition of the McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star Classic takes place Thursday night at Nazareth-s Andrew S. Leh Stadium.
The Gold team, featuring players from Northampton County, Palisades and Phillipsburg will take on the Red squad, full of a contingent from Lehigh, Carbon and Monroe Counties, at 7:30 p.m.
Representing Catty is Miguel Hernandez and from Whitehall is Julio Diaz, who will both play on the Red team. From Northampton and playing on the Gold team is Zach Liggitt.
The Gold squad won last year’s affair 37-34.
The Lehigh Valley’s 2018 Carpenter Cup baseball team was announced last week as the squad looks to prepare for this year’s edition in Philadelphia.
This will be the 26th year of the franchise, as they look to buck a recent trend of being ousted from the first round in two of the last three years.
Two Northampton players made the list in Brittain Shander and Zech Lambert, as the team is led by 10 players from Parkland and Emmaus.
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.
The District 11 team wrestling championships will kick off on Thursday and concludes Saturday at Freedom.
Bethlehem Catholic enters the 3A tournament as the top seed and the clear favorite to win the district crown as they open Thursday’s action at 7:30 p.m. against the winner of the eight-nine matchup between Easton and Freedom. Those matches will take place at Liberty.
Fifth-seeded Stroudsburg will more than likely face fourth-seeded Northampton in Thursday’s other half of the upper bracket, as the Mounties take on twelfth-seeded Whitehall in the opening round.
The East Penn Conference Wrestling Championship Day will take place this Saturday at Easton Area Middle School headlined by the 7 p.m. showdown between Bethlehem Catholic and Nazareth for the EPC crown.
The Golden Hawks (7-1, 7-0) knocked off the Blue Eagles (10-0, 5-0) last year 40-20 to win the league title and will be favorites to do so again.
Wrestling begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday with the bottom three teams from Division A and B squaring off.
The next round takes place at 3:15 p.m. with the 7th, 9th and 11th place bouts taking place.
The Whitehall-Coplay School District will announce their 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees on January 12, 2018 before the boys’ varsity basketball game against Pocono Mountain West at 6:45 p.m.
This year’s inductees are John Barton (Class of 1982), Jeff Buskirk (Class of 1984) and Maureen Whitsett (Class of 2004).
Not many surprises occurred in last week’s opening round of the playoffs outside of Pocono Mountain West back handing second-seeded Stroudsburg. However, what else would you expect from an all MVC showdown?
Parkland got pushed farther than they would have liked, while Easton made a statement with their thumping over Nazareth.
Palisades should keep rolling, but what will their Colonial League counterparts Southern Lehigh and Saucon Valley do in their title matches with EPC foes?
League bragging rights are on the line this week, so let’s see who can keep talking.