The 2019 McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star Football Classic is set to take place on Thursday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m., at Nazareth High School’s Andrew Leh Stadium.
The Gold Team is the away team this year, and made up of teams from Northampton County, Palisades and Phillipsburg, NJ. The squad is coached by Frank Duffy (Phillipsburg).
The Red Team is made up of Lehigh, Carbon, and Monroe and coached by Matt Walters of East Stroudsburg South. Red is the home team.
The Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup is set to take the field this week when they open up play on Wednesday, June 12, at 12:30 p.m. against Suburban One American/ Continental. The game comes after Press deadlines.
This year’s roster 25 players, 16 of which are underclassmen.
Liberty’s Ben Piripavel and Freedom’s Nick Stannard and Conor Howland are the local Bethlehem representatives on the squad.
A win by the LV squad in the opener would push them to the quarterfinal round on June 14.
The complete LV team roster is below.
The East Penn Conference announced the 2019 volleyball all-stars this week with Whitehall’s outside hitter Joseph Herman taking home MVP honors. Five Zephyrs were named to the three teams on the list, as they finished the regular season undefeated at 18-0.
The complete list of all-stars are below.
Joseph Herman OH Whitehall MVP, Stephen Reynolds OH Emmaus, Michael Vargas S Liberty, Luis Roman L Northampton, Brad Turocy OH Freedom, Richard Melosky S Whitehall, Seth Fine S Parkland.
With summer around the corner, Legion and Carpenter Cup tryouts are on the horizon.
The Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup team will hold its first tryout from 8:30 a.m.-noon on May 12 at Limeport Stadium. The second and third tryouts will take place on May 19 and May 26 at the same times and location.
The LV squad is set to play their opening game of the tournament on June 12 against Suburban One American/Continental.
The District 11 dual tournament kicks off this Thursday night to officially begin the postseason run for area teams with opening round 3A action taking place at Liberty and Northampton.
Freedom (eighth seed) will open with Emmaus (ninth seed) at 6 p.m. for the right to the on top-seeded Liberty at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Gymnasium.
The other opening round bout at Liberty features Nazareth (fifth seed) taking on Whitehall (12th seed), with the winner moving on to take on Stroudsburg (fourth seed).
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.
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?
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
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
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.