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.
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.