Emmaus volleyball trio named all-state
By PETER CAR
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.
PIAA DISTRICT I
Nick Baniewicz Council Rock North S 6’-4” 12
2 Charlie Bluestein Pennsbury LIB 6’-1” 12
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.
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
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)
It didn’t take long for a shakeup in the poll, as Parkland jumps to the top after only two weeks.
Freedom proved it is for real this season, while Emmaus needed a miracle play to survive against Nazareth.
A new Colonial team enters the fold, while this team pits together excellent matchups for a bevy of competitive games this early in the season.
1. Parkland (2-0)
Last week’s rank: #3
Looks like Parkland is our version of Alabama.
The Pick: Parkland 28- Freedom 24
2. Freedom (2-0)
Last week’s rank: #5
The Keystone State games are slated to start next week from July 25-30.
It will be another summer installment for the Lehigh Valley baseball entry, as they look to continue their success at the tournament over recent memory after taking the silver medal in the Scholastic Division a year ago.
The complete schedule for the tournament will be released later this week, but listed below is the complete roster for this year’s team.
Note: there are no Junior Division teams in the tournament this year.
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.