The East Penn Conference boys and girls basketball semifinals and championship games will take place at the PPL Center in Allentown this year.
The boys semifinals are slated for Monday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. with the championship game on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m.
The girls semifinals are set to for Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. with the final taking place at 6 p.m. on the 13th as well.
All quarterfinal rounds will take place at the site of the higher seed when the tournament gets underway this Friday.
The District 11 wrestling tournaments kick off this week with Thursday’s 3A action taking place at Liberty and Northampton.
Top-seeded Nazareth will wrestle at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night at Northampton against the winner of the eight-nine matchup between Easton and Emmaus. At the bottom of the bracket, second-seeded Northampton will kick off at the same time as Nazareth, where they’ll meet the winner of seventh-seeded Stroudsburg and tenth-seeded Blue Mountain.
The East Penn Conference wrestling championship is slated to take place on Saturday at Easton Area Middle School.
The official pairings for the Saturday full slate of competition between each team in the conference won’t be decided until Thursday, but one matchup that appears to be a near certainty before pairings are released is the 7 p.m. championship bout between Bethlehem Catholic (8-0, 7-0) and Nazareth (11-1, 6-0).
The Whitehall-Coplay School District announced their latest Hall of Fame class for 2020, which will be honored on January 17.
The event will take place at 6:45pm, just before the varsity boys basketball home game against Pocono Mountain East.
The 2020 class includes Mike Deutsch, Ed Hawrylo, Nick Kurtz, Dennis Laub and Kara Perkoski.
Below is a brief bio on each athlete:
It’s finally the end of the football season and for our viewing area, this is an earlier exit for Lehigh Valley teams than we’ve been accustomed to in recent memory. Bethlehem Catholic’s run to the state semifinals over the past couple of years helped prolong the season after Thanksgiving, but with Nazareth falling to St. Joe’s Prep and Southern Lehigh getting bounced by Archbishop Wood, that leaves us with only Turkey day games this week.
So, enjoy the start of the holiday season and thanks for following throughout the year.
Here’s a look at our final poll.
For the first time ever, I didn’t get one pick right in last week’s edition. Truly a Haley’s Comet moment, but also a great week for all three winners last week, as Nazareth’s victory over Parkland will always be remembered by the Blue Eagle faithful for their Nazareth special.
Pottsville proved that they are no joke, as they head into the state tournament and Southern Lehigh dismantled Oil City 41-0 in their state playoff game.
What can all three teams do this week?
Hopefully, I have better luck this time around.
1. Nazareth (12-1)
Last week’s rank: #1
The East Penn Conference announced its boys and girls soccer all-stars recently.
Whitehall’s Kate Bonshak took home league MVP honors. It marks the second-straight year the senior forward was named MVP, as she scored 21 goals on the season and recorded nine assists.
Liberty goalkeeper Blake Koski (senior) took home boys MVP honors and Liberty head coach Ian Larimer was named Coach of the Year.
Well, Week 10 is finally here. The last week of the regular season is upon us without much fanfare in the District 11 postseason. Most teams are already qualified, but Week 10 is more about the rivalries with Bethlehem taking center stage this weekend.
Bethlehem Catholic hosts Central Catholic in the Holy War on Friday night and then the greatest spectacle of the high school season kicks off at 1 p.m. on Saturday at BASD with Freedom taking on Liberty.
Sprinkle in the Parkland-Emmaus contest, as well as Nazareth and Easton to round out the big games this week.
Week seven didn’t bring many surprises to the table, outside of Easton continuing to crumble with the real part of their schedule in tow.
Freedom stays on top after a record passing night by quarterback Jared Jenkins, as the top three teams seem to be cemented now until the end of the regular season, barring upsets.
Central Catholic preps for the postseason, while Northwestern looks to continue its quest for the Colonial League crown.
With Week 9 on the horizon, here are this week’s picks.
1. Freedom (7-1)
Last week’s rank: #1
Last week we saw Nazareth fall for the first time this season. Was it the eventual slip that most teams in the EPC face, or are there cracks in the foundation?
The lone EPC team to remain undefeated is Easton following its win over Central Catholic over the weekend, but the Rovers haven’t been truly tested yet.
That changes this week with Freedom coming to town.
Parkland’s win over the Blue Eagles could be a sign they’re gearing up at the right time, while the Colonial League battle between Southern Lehigh and Northwestern could decide the league crown.