The EPC announced playoff matchups for soccer and field hockey on Thursday.
In boys soccer, Liberty gets the top seed and a home game against Eastburg South, the 8 seed, on Saturday at 12 p.m.. The winner gets Easton (4) or Stroudsburg (5), who play Saturday in Easton at 10 a.m.
On the bottom of the bracket, Emmaus gets the two seed and hosts seventh-seeded Freedom, last year’s District 11 champs. That game is 2:15 p.m. Saturday with the winner playing the Parkland (3)-Whitehall (6) winner. The Trojans and Zephs play at 2 p.m. Saturday at Parkland.
Some fall sports postseasons are already under way as the golf and tennis got a head start.
In tennis, the District 11 singles tournament started Monday. Noel Yacoub and Natalia Pedraza took part but both lost in their opening round matches.
Pedraza didn’t make it easy on her opponent though, taking the first set 6-4 before falling in set two by the same 6-4 score. The third set didn’t end until Freedom’s Isabella Szmodis came out an 11-9 winner.
Yacoub had a tough draw against the nine-seed, Southern Lehigh’s Evelyn Wang, and lost 6-2, 6-0.
Devon Roberts took first place at a meet in the Lehigh Parkway which helped to lead the Zephyr girls to two wins Tuesday.
Whitehall beat PM West 15-50 and Pleasant Valley 24-32, but the team fell to PM East in a close, 27-29 contest.
Roberts finished with the top time of 20:56.
Lindsay Solderitch took 14th with a time of 23:14, Mackenzie Laub was 17th in 23:25 and Daisha Hamilton was 25th in 24:14 to round out the top-25 runners.
The following were girls scores from the race:
Emmaus 19, PM East 42
Emmaus 15, PM West 50
Whitehall competed in a cross county meet at Northampton’s Bicentennial Park in East Allen Township on Tuesday, Sept. 10.
The teams competing were: Northampton, Easton, Nazareth, Central Catholic, Emmaus and Whitehall.
Devon Roberts was the highest Zephyr finisher on the day, taking seventh overall in the girls race which was won by Emmaus’ Kera Reinhard with a time of 19:37. Roberts finished with a time of 20:31.
The girls dropped all three of their contests, falling 23-34 to Northampton, 22-37 to Nazareth and 20-43 to Easton.
The Whitehall boys soccer team got off to a great start with an 8-0 win over Palisades.
The Zephs put the game away with five goals in the first half before adding three more in the second half.
Ziyad Atiyeh, Gio Mazzola, Jake Gier and Rahman Ojulari-Sulyman scored in the first half with Gier notching two and finishing with four goals total for the game.
Atiyeh got the scoring started with an assist from Elie Khalil, it was followed by Mazzola’s goal from Rahman Ojulari-Sulyman before Gier made it 3-0 on a pass from Nabieh Saloum.
Dangerous storms over the past two days have caused many changes in the District 11 playoff schedules.
Many of the classes will try to get their finals in beginning as early as this morning in baseball, with a lot of action attempting to take place this afternoon before another potential round dangerous storms could once again take place.
Here is our up-to-date schedule as of 10 a.m. Thursday morning:
Finals, Thursday, May 30
No. 8 Emmaus vs. No. 2 Liberty at Coca-Cola Park, 4:30 p.m.
Finals, Thursday, May 30
Whitehall defeated Freedom 25-19, 26-24, 25-18 to capture the East Penn Conference title Wednesday night at Allen.
Recently-named league MVP Joseph Herman helped to lead the way 21 kills, 2 blocks, 13 digs and 2 aces. Dylan McGinley added 11 kills and 2 blocks while Alex Khouri had 9 kills, Aziz Atiyeh had 14 digs and Ricky Melosky chipped in with 3 kills and 41 assists.
So far this season, Whitehall is 8-0 in the division, 16-0 in the league and 20-0 this season overall.
The Zephs swept Emmaus in the first round while Freedom upset Parkland in the semis.
Rain is once again altering league playoff schedules in the area. This time, Colonial League and EPC softball playoff games have been pushed back from Tuesday to Wednesday.
In the Colonial League, Notre Dame will take on Bangor at Pates Park at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, followed by the Northwestern-Palmerton game at 7 p.m. League finals are still scheduled for Thursday, May 16, at 7 p.m. at Pates Park.
Heavy rains are forcing the East Penn Conference and Colonial League to alter their league playoffs, and there was also a change to the District 11 track and field meet scheduled for this week.
The District 11 track and field meet scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday of this week has been pushed back a day. The meet will now take place Wednesday and Thursday, May 15 and 16, at Whitehall High School. Event schedules will remain the same with Tuesday’s events moving to Wednesday and Wednesday’s events moving to Thursday.
The East Penn Conference announced baseball pairings for the playoffs.
Action gets underway on Saturday, May 11, with four games.
Liberty earned the top seed and will take on 8-seed Whitehall at 12 p.m. at Liberty High School.
Parkland takes the second seed and will host rival Emmaus, which ended as the 7-seed. That game is at 11 a.m. at Parkland.
Northampton earned the third seed and will host Pleasant Valley, the 6-seed, at 12 p.m.
The 4-seed went to Stroudsburg, which will host Easton, the 5-seed at 11 a.m.