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 football team took a big step last season in qualifying for the District 11 playoffs.
This season the Falcons want even more. And the quest for a return to the postseason begins Friday night against an up-and-coming Catasauqua team.
“They’re much improved from last year,” said Falcon head coach Tony Cerco. “They’re bigger up front. They’re faster. They’re more disciplined. They’ve done a great job at Catasauqua in taking those kids from where they were at when coach (Phil) Dorn arrived to where they are now. They’re a much better team.”
Both teams knew it was their last varsity game until next winter. For the seniors, it was the last game of their high school career.
Catasauqua and Northwestern both got all of their players some court time in last Thursday's season finale in New Tripoli.
Thanks to the hot hand of a little-used player, the Tigers ended their best season since 2010 with a 66-56 win over the Rough Riders.
Last fall Dionis Lora was a newcomer to cross country running. He didn't know the Bethlehem Municipal course very well and was part of a very talented Class AA field.
This season, with two full seasons of experience and a knowledge of the course, Lora, a Catasauqua High School senior, was part of the Class A field.
At last Thursday's District 11 championship meet, Lora ran a 18:51 for 10th place. It was nearly 20 seconds better than the time that earned him 64th place just a year earlier.
Tony Brinkley had goals and expectations for his senior season of cross country. And he attained them, including running nearly exactly his goal time in his final race.
The Catasauqua senior finished his high school career Saturday at the PIAA Championship meet, taking 41st place in Class AA.
"Me and my coach set a target time," said Brinkley. "I hit the time. I was hoping for a medal, but I'm satisfied. I'm not extremely happy, but I'm satisfied."
Tony Brinkley knew it was his one and only shot to finish off his high school career at states. He made it last year and wasn't about to be denied a trip to the PIAA Cross Country Championships as a senior.
So he fought through the pain to make sure he reached that goal.
Brinkley finished seventh at last Wednesday's District 11 Class AA Championships while helping Catasauqua to a seventh-place finish as a team.
He hoped to place higher at districts, but when he didn't feel 100 percent from early in the race, he knew he had to run through it and get himself to states.