History was made at the PPL Center on Wednesday night and it wasn’t the Phantoms or a star-studded concert this time.
A paid attendance of 7,630 sold out the area for the boys District 11 6A semifinal games featuring Emmaus vs. Pocono Mountain West and Parkland vs. Allen. It was a District 11 record, according to many. The PPL Center’s Twitter account credited the “over 8,000 fans” who came out for the game for a great atmosphere, while the District 11 Twitter account posted a photo “sold out” sign hung on a PPL Center door.
East Penn Conference boys and girls finals are set and champions will be crowned Friday night at Freedom High School.
For the boys, Bethlehem Catholic will face Allen for the third time this season at 8 p.m. at Freedom.
Becahi survived against East Stroudsburg North for a 60-58 victory. The Hawks built an early lead and led 21-11 after one, and then 39-24 heading into the half. Eastburg chipped away in the third to cut the deficit to 49-37 before a frantic rally attempt in the fourth which saw them outscore Becahi 21-11 in that final frame.
The East Penn Conference announced opening-round pairings for their boys and girls basketball tournaments. Action begins Friday night, Feb. 10 with most games beginning at 7 p.m.
In the boys bracket, Emmaus earned the top seed and will host Eastburg North. In the bracket below, fourth seed Becahi will host fifth seed Whitehall, which looked certain to finish with a top-four seed heading into the playoffs. The two winners will play Wednesday, Feb. 15 at a site and time to be determined.
The Whitehall swim was swept by Southern Lehigh on Tuesday afternoon. The boys fell 121-49 while the girls lost a very close meet, 87-83.
Stephanie Setar won two events for the Zephs taking the 100 back in 1:03.82 and the 100 butterfly in 1:02.76.
Martha Giletto and Autumn Kidulic also won individual events for the girls. Giletto took the 200 IM in 2:31.36 and Kidulic won the 100 breaststroke in 1:17.66.
It was a battle of unbeaten teams when the Liberty girls and Whitehall girls swim teams faced off Tuesday afternoon. Unfortunately for the Zephs, the Hurricanes came out on top 97-68.
In the boys match, the guys lost 91-66.
For head coach Pete Rile, this is a stretch of tough meets he could see coming on the schedule.
“We expected to hit a rough patch soon with Liberty and Nazareth in the future,” Rile said last week.
The Whitehall swimming team swept Saucon Valley in a nonleague meet from last week. The girls won 108-60 while the boys won 95-75.
Nick Martinovic helped to lead the way winning two individual firsts in the boys meet. Meanwhile for the girls, the Zephs saw seven different girls takes first.
Julia Thomas, Megan Herbine, Caroline Martin, Autumn Kidulic, Cassidy Larkin, Katie Lutterschmidt and Rasha Abdouche all took first for the girls.
When the Moravian College ice hockey team takes on DeSales University on Sunday, Jan. 22, it will certainly be a special occasion.
The game takes place outdoors at Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink, but beyond that, this contest will also serve as a fundraiser for Derrick Wruble, a former Northampton ice hockey player who graduated in 2014.
The Whitehall swim team swept Salisbury on Tuesday.
Whitehall’s girls won 110-58, while the boys team beat Salisbury 92-70. That winning score came despite some stellar performances by the Falcons.
In the girls meet, Whitehall’s Martha Giletto won two individual events, taking the 200 free in 2:11.89 as well as the 100 fly in 1:07.43. Steph Setar won the 200 IM in 2:21.11. Rachel Alulis won the 50 free in 29.36 and Kallie Lyle took the 500 free in 6:09.58. Julia Thomas won the 100 back in 1:14.65 and Autumn Kidulic was a winner in the 100 breast-stroke in 1:19.19.
The Whitehall swim teams split two, very close matches against Easton last week.
The girls won 87-83 while the boys fell 86-82.
Steph Setar and Michaela Hendricks helped to pave the way for the girls as they collected two individual wins each. Setar captured the 50 free in 26.04 and the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:01.88. Meanwhile, Hendricks won the 200 free in 2:29.22 and also took the 500 free with a time of 6:00.16.
Kallie Lyle was the other individual winners for the Zephs, taking the 100 free with a winning time of 1:00.95.
The Whitehall swimming team opened with a win over East Stroudsburg South. The girls won 62-32 and the boys won 55-39.
Whitehall was paced in the girls meet with three relay victories. The 200 medley girls won with a time of 2:00. The team was made up of Kallie Lyle, Autumn Kidulic, Marth Gilletto and Hannah Miller. The 200 free relay team of Julia Thomas, Corrine Deichmeister, Michaela Hendricks and Kallie Lyle won with a time of 1:58.34 and the girls 400 free team of Katie Lutterschmidt, Rachael Alulis, Michaela Hendricks and Stephanie Setar won with a time of 4:20.06.