The 2016 Pennsylvania Football Writers’ All-State football team was announced last week and 11 players from the area were honored by their respective classes.
Liberty senior defensive end Jaohne Duggan was the only Bethlehem player named to the class 6A team, as he was joined by Parkland senior defensive lineman DJ Hohman and junior linebacker Jahan Worth. Emmaus kicker Carson Landis also made the team.
The 2016 East Penn Conference volleyball all-stars were announced and Liberty led the way with the most honorees through the three teams, earning recognition from five different players.
Seniors Amanda Rachwal and Sydney Wilson led the first-team honors for the Hurricanes, while Parkland’s Sam Graver was named MVP.
For Whitehall, Kristin Spengler was named to the first team.
MVP: Sam Graver, Sr. OH, Parkland.
It’s the final week of the regular season with plenty on the line. The poll has also seen it’s biggest movement of the season heading into Halloween weekend, so let’s see which teams will be full of fright or who can look their opposition in the eye and take care of business.
1. Emmaus (8-1)
Last week’s rank: #2
Is this the biggest regular season home game ever for Emmaus? Certainly in this series.
The Pick: Emmaus 24- Parkland 14
2. Bethlehem Cath. (7-2)
Last week’s rank: #1
Hawks suddenly have pressure heading into week 10.
It’s week 10 of the football season and there’s a lot on the line heading into the regular season finale.
Check out the breakdowns below for each classification with scenarios for what local teams have to accomplish to either get into the postseason or improve their seeding.
(All teams listed have either clinched or are in contention)
1A (4 teams qualify)
1. Williams Valley 8-1
2. Tri-Valley 7-2
3. Marian Catholic 5-4
4. Nativity BVM 1-8
5. Shenandoah Valley 0-9
District 11 held a conference call Monday afternoon to discuss playoff scenarios heading into week nine of the football season. With six classifications this season, things appear to be clearer than in the past, as 3A and 6A has eight qualifiers this postseason, while 1A, 2A, 4A and 5A will have four qualifiers in each bracket.
In 5A, Whitehall, Southern Lehigh, East Stroudsburg South and East Stroudsburg North are the only teams in the classification and all four are headed to the postseason.
A breakdown of each class is below.
1. Williams Valley 7-1
Well, you can say that my picks last week were a bit off the mark. Liberty, Freedom and Easton each dropped contests, pushing them further down the EPC totem pole, while Parkland, Bethlehem Catholic and Whitehall climb.
Emmaus remains on top for a second straight week, while Saucon Valley makes their highest jump of the season.
Midway through the season, there are still a lot of questions to be answered. Hopefully, this week provides more clarity.
1. Emmaus (5-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
Hornets can gain some separation with a win this week.
High school football is back, and it’s sooner than ever with the season starting a week earlier.
While the schedule date may have changed, many of the names below haven’t strayed from there usual position.
Parkland enters the poll on top, but the battle for number two should be an ongoing saga throughout the year.
How does the rest of the poll shake out?
Check out who we have ranked in this year’s inaugural top 10.
Trojans open on top as the consensus favorite among EPC coaches.
The Pick: Parkland 42- Allen 0
The Lehigh Valley took home hardware from this year’s Keystone State Games, as the Junior Division team took home silver medals from the tournament on the last weekend in July.
The home team defeated Capital 3-2 in 10 innings to receive silver, as the gold medal game between LV and West was canceled due to torrential rains. According to KSG rules, LV was the second seed and was awarded the silver medal.
The PIAA plans to institute changes to limit the pitch count of high school pitchers starting next season.
The National Federation of State High School Associations has mandated state associations across the country to come up with new rules that restrict pitchers on the basis of pitch counts, rather than innings pitched. Since the PIAA follows NFHS rules, the changes will take place for the 2017 season.
The 2016 Summer Olympic Games kickoff this weekend with Friday’s opening ceremony taking place at the famous Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro and Bethlehem Catholic’s Joe Kovacs will be part of Team USA’s entourage during the event.
Kovacs enters the games as a gold medal favorite in the men’s shot put, as he continued his winning form on July 23 with a top throw of 22.04 meters in a final Diamond League competition at the Olympic Stadium in London’s Queen Elizabeth Park.