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 tournaments continued Friday with Salisbury teams playing in boys Class 4A and girls Class 3A.
The No. 2 seed Falcons got a career-high 35 points from Jaxon Costello to beat No. 7 Octarora 68-67 in overtime.
Costello went scoreless in the first quarter before erupting for 15 second-quarter points. Blake Jones added 10 points for the Falcons, while Sean Snyder and Jack Reichenbach had eight points each.
The Braves were led by Gary Grove with 24 points.
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).
Head coach Kevin Johnson and the Salisbury rifle team recently wrapped up the 2016-17 season. The winter may have ended with the Falcons going 0-9 in the Northeast Pennsylvania Scholastic Rifle League, but the positives went well beyond the record.
Johnson witnessed all of his team members, 15 participants in total, improve on their shooting averages over the course of the year. He also watched as his senior class closed out successful careers and paved the way for the younger participants.
Last week’s third meeting between Salisbury and Southern Lehigh was the game that determined which would have the last word in this year’s rivalry.
Salisbury ended the regular season with a 10-point victory over Southern Lehigh. However, it was that same Spartan team who gave the Falcons arguably their worst loss of the season back in mid-January—a 67-53 Southern Lehigh win.
One can tell the trout fishing season is near when the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission makes the 2017 trout stocking schedule available. And it’s available online as well as on the PFBC’s Fish BoatPA free mobile app that’s available for smartphone users from the Apple App and Google Play stores.
To check the schedules, go to www.fishandboat.com and click on the link ‘Fish’ in the upper right corner, then select ‘Trout Stocking Schedules.’ Then choose the county of choice, enter start and end dates from the calendars then press ‘Go.’
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.
Defending Colonial League champs look to repeat
The Colonial League basketball semifinals are over and both of last year’s championship teams are still alive to defend their titles.
The top-seeded Bangor boys team looks for its third straight league title when it takes on No. 2 Southern Lehigh in Friday’s title game, scheduled for 8 p.m. at Easton Middle School. Southern Lehigh seeks its second straight girls crown. The top-seeded Lady Spartans will meet No. 2 Notre Dame (Green Pond) in Friday’s opener at 6 p.m.
Seniors Jaxon Costello and Ryan Slutsky have formed a formidable one-two punch for the Salisbury boys basketball team this season. The two forwards have wreaked havoc on opponents at on both ends of the court.
The two were at it again last Saturday night, combining for 40 points and 17 rebounds while helping to lead the third seeded Falcons (18-5 overall) to a 65-54 win over sixth seed Moravian Academy (11-12 overall) in the Colonial League quarterfinals. It was the 10th win in the last 11 games for Salisbury, and the third time this year they defeated the Lions.
Salisbury was the final team to qualify for the Colonial League girls’ basketball tournament. But the No. 6 seeded Lady Falcons nearly pulled off the unforeseen upset over the weekend.
With only minutes remaining in the game, Salisbury took a four-point lead on No. 3 Bangor when Sarah McGee hit two of three free throws. The Lady Slaters, however, had an answer to avoid the upset. Bangor quickly evened the game at 33-33 and hit its free throws down the stretch to advance to the Colonial League semifinals with a 39-38 victory on Saturday afternoon