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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Pete’s Top-10: More D-11 titles on the line

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

With district titles handed out last week in various District 11 sub classifications, this weekend presents the showdowns that really count.

Freedom and Emmaus square off in must-see TV at Northampton Friday night and Bethlehem Catholic and Saucon Valley tango yet again at Nazareth on Saturday. With Becahi coming in as favorites over the Panthers, Friday’s 6A championship should be one for the memory books between two teams that have played the best football all year.

It’s only fitting that a gold medal is on the line.

Pete’s Top-10: Getting to be crunchtime

Friday, November 9, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

We had a predictable first week of the postseason, but things spice up a bit this week in all classes as the cream rises to the top.

Freedom and Parkland highlight the big boy affair in 6A, while Becahi should keep pounding their way in 4A. Notre Dame is looking for a 3A title, but the second most interesting game of the weekend takes place in Saucon Valley with a Colonial League showdown with Northwestern.

Who will come out on top this week? Check out this week’s picks below.

1. Freedom (10-1)

Last week’s rank: #1

Can the Pates get back to normal?

Pete’s Top-10: It’s District 11 playoff time

Friday, November 2, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

It’s playoff time and this week features plenty of interesting matchups as we head into the first week of November.

Most of the eyes will be on Bethlehem Friday night, as Freedom takes on Liberty for a second-straight week after the Pates shocking defeat to the Hurricanes last weekend.

Emmaus and Nazareth square off in a rematch of their regular season thriller and Northampton makes their first appearance in print this late in the year in close to a decade.

1. Freedom (9-1)

Last week’s rank: #1

Top-10: Pates on top

Friday, October 19, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

After last week’s Miracle in Macungie what does week nine have in store for local football fans?

Not sure anything can top Freedom’s 32-31, overtime win over Emmaus, but this week offers the Hornets another shot at a big game when they travel to Bethlehem Catholic.

Nazareth is quietly moving its way up the poll, while Notre Dame might be the new top dog in the Colonial League.

1. Freedom (8-0)

Last week’s rank: #1

This just seems like a magical year for the Pates. Nine straight wins this week.

The Pick: Freedom 42- Central Catholic 14

Pete’s Top-10: Showdown weekend in the Valley

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Last week’s results were par for the course, as none of the top-10 teams suffered a loss, but that could change this week as Freedom, Easton, Northwestern and Stroudsburg all face threats looking to knock them off.

The Patriots and Rovers are this week’s marquee showdown, while the back end of the poll features Stroudsburg taking on Northampton in the biggest home game the K-Kids have had in close to 10 years.

It’s coming down to crunchtime for area teams, so let’s see which teams are priming themselves for the postseason and which teams are actually pretenders.

Pete’s Top-10

Friday, September 28, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Through five weeks of the season, I’m not sure we’ve had many more clear cut number one team in the area than Freedom this year. In a year of parody in the EPC, the top three teams in the poll have solidified their footing, but only Freedom has asserted themselves as the top dog.

That all could certainly change in the second half of the season, but Freedom and Saucon Valley are looking like league champs in their respective conferences.

Here’s a breakdown of this week’s poll.

1. Freedom (5-0)

Last week’s rank: #1

Article By: Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Emmaus volleyball trio named all-state

By PETER CAR

pcar@tnonline.com

The Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association named their All-State teams last week with several members from District 11 named to the 3A team.

The Emmaus trio of James Haag, Cameron Parsons and Matt Swanson earned honors, while Whitehall’s Joseph Herman and Nazareth’s Michael Dougherty also made the squad.

The complete 3A list is below.

3A

PIAA DISTRICT I

Nick Baniewicz Council Rock North S 6’-4” 12

2 Charlie Bluestein Pennsbury LIB 6’-1” 12

Fourteen to see induction in D-11 HOF

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Whitehall athletic director Bob Hartman announced the inaugural class for the District 11 Hall of Fame recently.

The inaugural class includes 14 inductees selected from nominations made by member schools, officials’ chapters, and media membership.

All inductees were selected based on their high school accomplishments solely.

This year’s class will be celebrated on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Holiday Inn Conference Center Lehigh Valley in Upper Macungie Township at 4 p.m.

Pete’s Top-10: Poll looks clearer this week

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

A month into the season, clarity has been bestowed upon us to a certain degree.

The top-three teams have solidified their spots in the upper echelon of the pecking order to date, but Bethlehem Catholic looks eager to crash the party after last week’s win over Parkland.

The Colonial League takes a step forward with the removal of Nazareth and Central Catholic from the poll, while an outsider from the north makes a rare appearance.

Let’s see what comes to fruition this week in the latest top-10.

1. Freedom (4-0)

Last week’s rank: #1

Pete’s Top-10

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Patriots proving to be area’s best

Hail Freedom!

The Patriots move to the top of the poll with their impressive win over Parkland last week and have fully cemented themselves as the area’s best team through the first three weeks of the season.

Now the question is who can beat them?

Easton still lurks in the background, while Central Catholic jumped back in the poll.

Check out this week’s picks to see where each team stands.

1. Freedom (3-0)

Last week’s rank: #2

Pates are the area’s true number one team.

The Pick: Freedom 35 - Nazareth 17

2. Parkland (2-1)