If you had to pick just one race to see at the District 11 Swimming Championships last weekend at Parkland High School, the likely pick would have been the boys 100 freestyle.
The third heat of that event matched Salisbury’s Mahlon Reihman against his friend and rival Gabe Castano of Central Catholic. Reihman and Castano are good friends, who both swim for the Parkland Aquatic Club, making them both teammates and rivals in the sport.
Like father, like sons.
The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation held its 56th annual Scholar Athlete Banquet on Sunday.
Hundreds of athletes, families, friends, and coaches packed the Northampton Community Center to officially culminate the 2016-17 season and find out which high school student would be awarded one of the season’s highest individual accolades.
One scholar athlete was chosen from 33 area high schools to become the 2017 scholar athlete award winner.
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.
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.
Salsbury’s Eric Frankenfield will represent the Falcons at this year’s Lehigh Valley Football Scholar-Athlete Banquet.
Time after time, it looked as if all of the luck was stacked against Salisbury.
First it was an 85-foot heave as time expired in the first quarter from Octorara’s Dominik London that somehow found its way through the rim. Then, Jamanti Mayo’s tip in as time expired in regulation tied last Friday’s district game at 56-56 and sent the two teams into overtime.
Shane Simononis had a bit of a scare over the weekend as he secured a spot in the upcoming Southeast Regional Tournament.
The Salisbury senior was sent to the hospital with a leg injury following his third-place match. The extent of the injury was not known when he left the mat, nor was his upcoming future at regionals.
Salisbury senior Tyler Keller didn’t leave much doubt as to whether or not he would be going to Bucknell University later this month to compete in the PIAA Diving Championships. After just two dives at the District 11 Championship meet at Emmaus High School on Saturday, Keller moved into first place in the Class 2A competition and didn’t look back. Before long, he pulled out to an almost insurmountable lead to take one of two guaranteed spots in states, with Central Catholic’s Sam Stringer finishing second to get the other guaranteed spot.
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.