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.
District 11 basketball quarterfinals wrapped up on Saturday with Lehigh Valley Press area teams competing in boys Class 6A and 3A games.
Here’s a look at the results and next round match ups in both brackets.
For more about you local teams see this week’s editions of the Lehigh Valley Press.
Sam Iorio scored 39 points to lead No. 4 seed Parkland to a 63-54 win over No. 5 Stroudsburg.
The District 11 basketball quarterfinal rounds got under way Thursday and will continue through Saturday. Here’s a look at how the Class 5A boys and 6A girls games unfolded.
East Stroudsburg North-Whitehall
The No. 6 seed Timberwolves knocked off No. 3 Whitehall, 52-50 in a Class 5A quarterfinal.
The Timberwolves, which upset top-seeded Emmaus in the league playoffs, saw just four players score and only three players with more than two points in the game, led Devantae Wiggins (19 points), Arian Azemi (16) and Darin Bellinger (15).
Four league basketball champions were crowned Friday night as both Lehigh Valley area high school athletic conferences held finals.
The Allen boys and Bethlehem Catholic girls won titles in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference games, held at Freedom High School. Bangor boys and Southern Lehigh girls captured Colonial League crowns at Easton Middle School.
The Canaries pulled out to a 46-23 halftime lead and never looked back, taking the title with an 82-64 victory.
Salisbury’s girls basketball team has faced some top competition through the early part of the 2016-17 season.
The Lady Falcons’ (4-5 overall, 2-3 Colonial League) five losses have come to teams with a combined record of 31-7. None of the losses have come by more than eight points.
Their most recent and closest loss came last week in the final of the Salisbury Holiday Tournament. And it came against what might be the best team Salisbury has faced all season.
It took Allen (6-1) an overtime period to hold off the Falcons and earn this year’s tournament crown.
Despite last week’s shut-out loss that dropped Salisbury to 2-6 this season, the Falcons still took some positives away from the game.
Head coach Andy Cerco said most of his players gave a good effort and performed their roles successfully. But in football, all 11 players need to fulfill their assignments or the result will look like last week’s 28-0 loss to Northern Lehigh.
Last year Northwestern and Salisbury met twice in the boys soccer postseason. They were two of the best teams in the Colonial League and were the last two standing when the District 11 Class 2A championship game came around.
This year the two are again among the best teams in the Colonial League. They met last week for their first and only regular season game. They played to a 1-1- draw that allowed both to escape without suffering the first loss on their 2016 schedule.
The Salisbury football team has two primary goals this season. One involves its play on the field, the other does not. But the two are related.
The Falcons want to keep their program moving forward. And they want to do it while honoring the memory of assistant coach Andy Doran, who died last season at the age of 33.
“I asked our players to design a t-shirt,”said Falcon head coach Andy Cerco. “They wanted to make it commemorative of [Doran]. The slogan on the back says ‘Continue what we started’ and it says ‘Coach Doran’ on the bottom. They want to do it for him.”