Four top-seeded teams earned league basketball championships this week as tournaments were completed in both the East Penn Conference and Colonial League.
In the EPC title games, Allen boys beat Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic girls held off Nazareth Thursday night at the PPL Center. In the Colonial League, Southern Lehigh upended Bangor for the boys title and Notre Dame (Green Pond) took down Moravian Academy for the girls championship Friday at Freedom High School.
Pennsylvania’s final bear harvest figures are in and have set a new state record over a 30-day season.
According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), hunters took 4,653 bears, a one-third increase over the 2018 seasons when 3,153 bears were taken. Pennsylvania’s top bear harvest was 4,350 bears in the 2011 season.
League championship basketball match ups are now finalized for both the Colonial League and East Penn Conference.
The Colonial League held girls semifinals Wednesday evening at Catasauqua High School.
Top-seeded Notre Dame (Green Pond) beat No. 4 Bangor 51-36 in a girls semifinal to advance to the championship game, while No. 3 Moravian Academy took down No. 3 Northwestern 49-45.
The Crusaders and Lions will meet Friday at 6 p.m. with the boys championship between No. 1 Southern Lehigh and No. 6 Bangor scheduled for 7:45 p.m.
It’s a different type of year for the Whitehall swim team this winter. Yet, the Zephyrs still expect the same outcome at the upcoming district meet at the end of February.
“We’re getting good times and not necessarily first places,” said Zephyrs’ head coach Pete Rile. “It’s been a different type of year where we have more overall depth and not as many qualifiers.
“But we should have some more qualifiers at the end of the season.”
Max Willman is a good hockey player, but throughout his career he’s been overlooked every time he hoped to make a step forward.
As a high school hockey player in Massachusetts, Willman wasn’t scouted by colleges, which is unusual because New England is a highly scouted area for colleges.
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Star of Beth 38 22 .633
Light of Christ 32 25 .561
Bath Luth 31 26 .544
Salem UCC 28 29 .491
Emmanuel 26 28 .481
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The girls basketball season ended last week as they traveled to Emmaus for a showdown with the Green Hornets.
The Hornets were seeking to avenge an earlier loss to the Zephyrs, while Whitehall was hoping to end its season on a positive note.
The first quarter set the tone as Emmaus sprinted out to a 18-9 lead. The Hornets maintained most of that cushion during the next period and went into the break with an eight point lead.
Basketball playoffs continued in the Colonial League and East Penn Conference Tuesday evening.
In the Colonial League were boys semifinals, while the EPC held girls semifinals.
Top-seeded Southern Lehigh beat No. 4 Notre Dame (Green Pond) 82-60. Friday night’s final will pit the Spartans against No. 6 Bangor, a 54-41 winner over No. 2 Moravian Academy Tuesday.
The top two seeds in the East Penn Conference boys basketball playoffs will meet in Thursday’s league title game.
Allen, the No. 1 seed, beat No. 5 Parkland in overtime Monday, 66-61, while No. 2 seed Liberty improved to 20-4 this season when it beat No. 3 Central Catholic, 60-53 on Monday.
Joe Barnes scored a game-high 20 points for the Hurricanes, which led 24-21 at halftime but stretched the lead to 42-30 after three quarters. Fifteen of Barnes’ points came in that decisive third quarter.
Nick Filchner led Central Catholic (20-4) with 19 points.
The East Penn Conference and Colonial League held quarterfinal basketball playoff games over the weekend.
Both leagues have semifinals and finals set for this week.
In EPC boys action, top-seeded Allen beat Bethlehem Catholic 67-58 on Friday and will take on Parkland in the semifinals. The No. 5 seed Trojans topped No. 6 East Stroudsburg South, 57-52, on Saturday afternoon.
The other half of the boys bracket has No. 2 seed Liberty squaring off against No. 3 Central Catholic. The Hurricanes beat Freedom in the first round, while the Vikings beat Easton Friday.