Were you entertained?
Saturday’s PIAA 3A wrestling state championship between Bethlehem Catholic and Nazareth came down to the final bout, where the winner took all and Zac Kiefer instantly became a Nazareth legend, following his 2-1 victory over Tavion Banks in the 170-pound finale to give the Blue Eagles a 30-29 state championship victory over Bethlehem Catholic.
It was a stunning match from start to finish and that we’ll likely never see again.
It’ll also be one that Hawks’ head coach Jeff Karam will never forget either, of course, for all the wrong reasons.
The Salisbury boys basketball team has seen most of its games come down to the wire as of late. Jack Richenbach made sure that didn’t happen again last week.
The junior scored 11 first-quarter points, part of his game-high 21, to help the Falcons cruise to a 70-45 victory against Northwestern in a Colonial League boys basketball game at Northwestern Lehigh High School on Thursday night.
In the finals basketball games of the 2016-17 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference season, Bethlehem Catholic knocked off Allen, the state’s top ranked team, while several other games were contested on the league’s final night before Friday’s playoffs begin.
For more about your local teams see this week’s editions of the Lehigh Valley Press.
The Golden Hawks handed the state’s top-ranked team its first loss of the season, 68-56 in overtime.
The Salisbury and Northwestern girls basketball teams had polar opposite games offensively and defensively in their game last week at Salisbury High School.
The Falcons were unable to score double digits until the third quarter, but the Tigers had 10 points in the first quarter alone and were over 30 shortly after halftime.
Northwestern used its size and defense to stifle Salisbury into their second lowest scoring effort of the season, falling 50-25 last Thursday night at Salisbury High School.
The District 11 swimming and diving championships are only a few of weeks away. And while that meet is quickly approaching, there is still some regular season swimming left for the Salisbury boys and girls.
February kicked off with the Falcons’ most recent meet against Stroudsburg, one in which the boys (48-45) and girls (57-37) both came up short. But Salisbury will have one more regular season meet—Wednesday against Southern Lehigh—and a trip to Emmaus’ Last Chance Meet on February 18, just over a week to qualify for districts.
The Colonial League announced its boys and girls playoff brackets this week. Six boys and girls team advanced to the league playoffs and opening round action begins on Saturday, Feb. 11, for both the boys and girls.
At the top of the boys bracket, three-seed Salisbury plays host to six-seed Moravian Academy at 7 p.m. The winner of this game advances to play second-seed Southern Lehigh. This game takes place at Catasauqua at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15.
The Tigers beat Catasauqua 77-73 on a three-pointer by Ryan Hippensteel with 6.8 seconds left in the game.
Hippensteel, a senior playing in his final high school game, scored a career-high 13 points in the game, while teammate Rob Seyfried had 29 and Sam Yadush and Trevor Cunningham added 12 points apiece for Northwestern (8-14 overall, 6-12 Colonial League).
Catasauqua (8-13, 8-10) was led by Isaiah Graves with 27 points.
The Falcons outscored Southern Lehigh 70-60.
One of the most demoralizing things is to know what is about to happen while feeling unable to stop it.
After witnessing Catasauqua’s Isaiah Graves erupt for 27 points in their first meeting, Salisbury knew the Rough Rider junior would have the ball in his hands often in their second meeting, which took place last week. They knew that was especially true late in the game with the two teams trading leads in the fourth quarter.
Salisbury High School center midfielder Ethan Heydt and Quakertown High School forward Victoria Sturgess were named 2016 Soccer Scholar Athletes at the Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athlete Awards Banquet on Jan. 29 at Northampton Memorial Community Center in Northampton.
Heydt and Sturgess were among 76 nominees from 40 high schools throughout the area who were selected jointly by their coaches and the school administration. The Soccer Scholar Athlete Committee then selected the overall winners.
A win last Wednesday against Moravian Academy would have put the Salisbury girls basketball team in prime position for a Colonial League playoff spot. Instead, however, a loss put the Lady Falcons behind the eight ball a little bit more than they had been at the start of the day.