The Panthers advanced to the quarterfinals – and guaranteed themselves a spot in the second day of the tournament – with a dominant 53-30 win over No. 11 Catasauqua to open District 11 duals.
Panther Valley won the first nine bouts, getting pins in eight of them, to build a 53-0 lead. The Panthers forfeited the final five matches.
“I thought we were favored up top in every weight class, but you still gotta go out and do it, and they did,” said PV coach Tim Robb.
SHIPPENSBURG – As seasons go, the one turned in by the Catasauqua 400-meter relay team was nothing short of spectacular.
After not fielding a team for the past two years, the group of Tyra Brown, Quinn Bachman, Kenzie Bradley and Hanasia Jenkins made up for lost time in 2016, going undefeated in the regular season before winning gold at the Colonial League championships and taking second at the District 11 Class AA meet.
The runner-up finish, by the narrowest of margins to Palisades, was good enough to send the Rough Riders to the PIAA Track and Field Championships.
There was a moment of hesitation for Hanasia Jenkins after she sprinted to the finish line.
But it didn’t last long.
Running the anchor leg of Catasauqua’s 400-meter relay team, Jenkins, along with Kenzie Bradley, Quinn Bachman and Tyra Brown, erupted around the track when officials confirmed the group won the event last Wednesday at the Colonial League Track and Field Championships.
The quartet, which was seeded fourth, turned in a personal best performance, clocking in at 51.24.
To beat a team three times in one season, a lot of things have to go right.
This past Saturday, Palmerton looked to be in position to pull off the feat against Catasauqua, leading 3-2 after five innings of their Colonial League wildcard contest at Pates Park.
But, unlike the previous two meetings this year – a 1-0 loss on April 14 and a 5-0 setback on May 3 – it was the Rough Riders that got the breaks they needed late in the game.
Aided by a big sixth inning, Catasauqua rallied for a 4-3 victory over Palmerton to advance to the semifinals against No.2 seed Bangor.
A glance at the six finalists in the 2014 PIAA Volleyball Championships revealed an unusual trend: All three matches featured teams from District 11 play.
Marian Catholic was the district's Class A representative, while Bethlehem Catholic took the honor in Class AA and Parkland earned the spot in the Class AAA match.
Two of the three teams, Bethlehem Catholic and Parkland, walked away with state championships, while Marian suffered a five-set defeat to Greensburg Central Catholic.