Heading into week five, it appears that the dust is settling and the EPC title race will come down to the top three teams in the poll.
In the Colonial League, Palisades has clearly taken the lead position after last week’s major win over Southern Lehigh.
With the regular season entering its second half, which teams will continue to stand their ground and which ones will fall off the edge?
This week’s results will make things a bit more clear.
1. Parkland (4-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
Trojans have picked up where they left off from a year ago.
We head into week four of the football season and the top four teams in the EPC have clearly been cemented, with each of the teams taking on formidable tests this week.
In Colonial League action, the battle between Palisades and Southern Lehigh will prove to be huge for the league title race.
How will it all shake down? Check out this week’s Top 10.
1. Parkland (3-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
Major test for two of the conferences best teams this week. Trojans get an edge.
The Pick: Parkland 24- Easton 17
2. Bethlehem Catholic (3-0)
They say defense wins championships and Emmaus showed they have a lot of things to clean up on that side of the ballfollowing last week’s 42-35 loss to Whitehall.
Meanwhile, teams like Parkland and Easton continued to throttle teams on the defensive side of the ball, giving up 13 combined points last week.
As we enter week three, we have a new team at the top, as the top five has shuffled too, but how long will the pecking order last?
1. Parkland (2-0)
Last week’s rank: #3
Didn’t take long for the Trojans to get back on top.
Week 1 of the high school football season told us what we expected: the EPC North football teams can’t compete with their neighbors in the south — but we already knew that.
Now, the real season begins with divisional play, highlighted by a slate of intriguing games this weekend.
The Colonial League saw Palisades make a play for a possible run at the league crown with their win over Notre Dame last week, but how will Week 2 shake out?
Check out the picks below in this week’s edition of the top 10.
1. Emmaus (1-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
The Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association recently announced the 2017 All-State volleyball teams and District 11 had six representatives named to the 3A squad.
Emmaus dominated the list with four players, while Parkland and Whitehall each had one.
Whitehall’s Logan McGinley is the only player chosen from District 11 to make multiple appearances on the all-state squad.
The complete list is below.
AAA BOYS VOLLEYBALL
ALL STATE TEAM
PIAA DISTRICT XI
Noah Bacon Emmaus OH
Brendan Dunkle Emmaus Lib
James Haag Emmaus OH
District XI will be bringing their own Hall of Fame to town when the inaugural class will be inducted on October 14, 2018.
News of the announcement came last week as The District XI Hall of Fame will include athletes, coaches, officials, and contributors and will be reflective of those individual’s contributions on the District XI high school level.
Postgraduate, collegiate, or professional performance will not be assessed in selecting Hall of Fame recipients.
The East Penn Conference volleyball all-stars were announced for the 2017 season with five Emmaus players leading the pack, including league MVP Cameron Parsons.
The Hornets had four players named to the first team, as the team made a run to the state semifinals before falling to Central York in four games.
Whitehall’s Logan McGinley and Joey Maamari were also honored by being named to the first and second teams, respectively.
The full list of this year’s all-stars is below.
Cameron Parsons S (Emmaus) MVP
Logan McGinley OH (Whitehall)
Liberty’s Darian Street and Jaohne Duggan spent one last night together as teammates in last weekend’s Big 33 Classic at Central Dauphin High School.
Both played their part in Pennsylvania’s 44-33 victory over Maryland, as Street hauled in three catches for 84 yards on the night, including a 51-yard TD grab in the fourth quarter to put Pennsylvania up 37-21 with 6:43 left.
Duggan, a back-to-back all-state selection on the defensive line, proved to be a menace to Maryland’s offensive line on the night, as he’ll continue his college career at Rutgers.
The Cedar Beach Basketball Showcase kicks off its inaugural tournament this week in Allentown, with the tournament taking over the reigns of the former Stellar Basketball Tournament.
Action runs Thursday to Sunday and the double elimination format that everyone was used to at Stellar is back.
Liberty, who is 4-2 in the Allentown Summer League heading into this week, opens the tournament with Boyertown on Thursday night with the winner facing Allen on Friday night.
Lehigh Valley’s run in the Carpenter Cup Classic ended on day one of the tournament following a 4-2 loss to Jersey Shore in last Thursday’s opener.
T.J Scuderi broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning with a two-run homer to put Jersey Shore ahead for good and to eliminate the LV squad at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
Jersey Shore built a 2-0 lead after the first two innings of play, but Lehigh Valley battled back in the third and fourth innings respectively to nod the game.