On Wednesday, some District 11 titles were settled in the Lehigh Valley Press coverage area, while a few more are on the line Thursday night. In football, the action all gets under way this weekend.
In field hockey, the Emmaus Hornets did it again - their 28th straight district title after a 3-1 victory over Stroudsburg Wednesday night.
District 11 announced the times, locations and matchups for the 4A volleyball tournament. The games begin on Saturday morning at four different locations.
Parkland, the top seed, will host the winner of (8) Whitehall vs. (9) Pocono Mountain East, which is scheduled for 9 a.m. The winner takes on the Trojans at 10:30 a.m.
(4) Emmaus will host (5) Pleasant Valley at 10 a.m. and Delaware Valley will host Wyoming Valley West, however no time was announced for this contest.
The Emmaus field hockey team did it again, this time with a come from behind win to capture the East Penn Conference title.
The Hornets and Stroudsburg were scoreless throughout much of the first half before the Mounties Lizzy Cunningham gave her team a 1-0 lead with about 10 minutes left in the first half.
That lead would hold up for the rest of the first half and into this second until the Hornets Kira Koehler tied the game at 1-1, on an assist of Meredith Sholder
The East Penn Conference released their updated playoff schedule on Wednesday with sites and times.
In field hockey, top-seed Emmaus will take on two-seed Stroudsburg at Whitehall High School at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20.
In boys soccer, top-seed Liberty advanced to the finals and will take on third-seeded Stroudsburg which needed OT to knock off Parkland, the two seed, on Tuesday. This game will take place at Nazareth on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m.
The Whitehall girls soccer team advanced to the East Penn Conference semifinals with a 2-1 win at Pleasant Valley.
Kylee Cunningham scored both Whitehall goals, with assists from Kate Bonshak on both. Kay Solderitch made nine saves in the Zephyr cage.
Darby Reiss scored Pleasant Valley’s goal.
The girls will move on to play Parkland on Tuesday at a site and time to be determined.
In the other semifinal bracket, Emmaus was a 3-0 winner over Central and will take on seventh-seeded Stroudsburg whichi was a 2-1 winner over Easton.
The East Penn Conference announced playoff matchups for the 2016 fall sports season on Friday, Oct. 14. Here’s a look:
Three games will take place Saturday, Oct. 15: Whitehall (8) at Emmaus (1) 3:30 p.m.; Easton (5) at Northampton (4), 2 p.m.; Pocono Mt. East (6) at Liberty (3) 3:30 p.m.; Parkland (7) at Stroudsburg (2) 2 p.m.
The semifinals will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 18 with the finals slated for Thursday, Oct. 20.
The Whitehall cross country teams took part in the Paul Short Invitational this past weekend.
The girls finished 14th overall in their division and were led by Rachel Herr who took 37th with a time of 20:31. Autumn Dragovits was right behind her taking 39th in 20:34.
Other finishers for the girls were: 59 Juanita Flores 20:53, 130 Devon Roberts 21:57, 139 Hannah Gill 22:09, 175 Caroline Martin 23:10, 236 Alyssa Jimenez 26:16 42.
The boys were led by Caleb Straub who crossed 104th with a time of 17:52.
The Whitehall girls soccer team isn’t off to a bad start, but they feel it could have been better.
“We have had a very challenging early season schedule,” said first-year head coach Chris Bleam. “To start 1-1-1 [in their first three games] is in some ways disappointing as we could easily be 3-0, but in other ways, it is teaching this young team the importance of paying attention to all the little details about the game and playing a full 80 minutes well.”
The Whitehall cross country team hosted Nazareth, Easton, Central, Emmaus and Northampton in a Tuesday afternoon meet.
Whitehall girls dropped a tiebreaker loss to Nazareth 28-28 and lost to Easton 15-50 but beat Northampton 23-32. The boys would lose all three of their contests.
Northampton’s Lyndsey Gallagher was first overall for the girls with a time of 20:45, just ahead of Easton’s Mackenzie Heitz who had a time of 20:48.
Whitehall had two girls in the top-15, Juanita Flores was 14th in 22:29 and Rachel Herr was 15th in 22:44.
If there’s one thing head coach Ed Roman wanted to stress about his Balliet Vikings Connie Mack team, it was consistency.
The team has only been in existence for two years, but in that time they’ve won nearly 40 games, including a 20-6 record this season, have had two Lehigh Valley playoff berths and two state playoff berths.
“Consistency was the hallmark of our success,” Roman said. “We have a lot be proud of. We should be very proud to have performed at such a high level.”