High School football got under way Friday night across the state. Several teams from the Lehigh Valley Press coverage area posted big wins to open the season.
Defending Eastern Pennsylvania Conference champion Emmaus opened its season with a 62-19 win over Dieruff to open the 2017 season.
Jack Reichenbach knows he can be a state champion.
While he wasn’t able to make it a reality last weekend in his first trip to the PIAA Track and Field Championships, held annually at Shippensburg University, he saw first hand that his best is just as good or better than anyone else in the state.
The Salisbury High School junior took sixth place in both of his events, earning two state medals. He cleared 6 feet, 2 inches in high jump and leaped 21-4 1/4 in long jump at states.
Jack Reichenbach knew he could come up with a big jump at last week’s District 11 Track and Field Championships. But when he landed his long jump 23 feet, 5 1/2 inches from where he took off, for a new district record, he even surprised himself.
The jump not only earned him a gold medal and a place in the record books, but it kept that mark within his family as his father, Dan, owned the record for three decades before his son sailed three inches further.
After coming so close last year, John Reichenbach was not going to be denied at this year’s Colonial League Track and Field Championship Meet.
The Salisbury junior was edged last year by a fraction of an inch when he took second place in long jump to Pen Argyl’s Logan Sterner.
Last week he made up for last year’s near miss. Reichenbach jumped 22 feet, 8 1/2 inches to earn this year’s gold medal. He beat Notre Dame’s Greg Lauray (21-6) for the gold medal. Sterner finished 12th this year and failed to clear 20 feet.
A couple team looking to snap early-season losing streaks met up last Wednesday at Salisbury High School.
Northwestern broke out of its funk with an 8-3 win behind some timely hitting and strong pitching performance from senior Mason Vogwill.
“The past few games we dropped were all mental mistakes, errors that we had to work on in practice,” said Vogwill. “Today we didn’t make as many errors. We swung the bats well today and puts some runs on the board.”
The Tigers (2-3 overall, 2-3 Colonial League) snapped a three-game losing streak with the win.
Making his third straight appearance at the state championship meet, Tyler Keller wanted to put in his best state-meet performance in his final trip the meet.
He accomplished his goal, finishing in second place Saturday at Bucnkell University’s Kinney Natatorium.
In Class 6A action, Emmaus beat District 1 fourth-place team Cheltenham, 68-67.
Matt Kachelries scored a game-high 24 points to get his career total to 990. His twin brother David added 19 points for the Hornets (21-6). Zach Sabol chipped in with 16 points.
Jack Clark led the Panthers with 32 points.
Emmaus, the fourth-place team from District 11, moves on to face District 3 champs Harrisburg (20-6) in the second round with the winner advancing to Saturday’s quarterfinals.
The District 11 swimming championships were held Friday and Saturday. Champions in each event earned automatic qualification for the state meet, which will be held March 15-18 at Bucknell University.
The following is a recap of district champions from Lehigh Valley Press area teams, including a few district record-breakers. For more about the meet see this week’s issues of the Press.
The Parkland girls and Emmaus boys teams won district titles with both teams scoring 401 points for the team gold.
The PIAA Regional Wrestling Championships were held Friday and Saturday. District 11 grapplers competed in the Class 3A Northeast Regional at Liberty High School and the Class 2A Southeast Regional at Reading’s Wilson-West Lawn High School.
The top four finishers in 3A earned a trip to the state championships, which begin Thursday at Hershey’s Giant Center. Class 2A’s top six regional finishers will move on to states.
Bethlehem Catholic had 11 place-winners and earned the team title at Saturday’s District 11 Class 3 Wrestling Championships at Liberty High School.
The following is a team-by-team recap of the top finishers from Lehigh Valley Press-area teams. For more about your local teams pick up a copy of this week’s Press.
The Golden Hawks had two champions, 10 regional qualifiers and 11 place winners to edge Nazareth 240-223 in the team points race.