Bethlehem Catholic’s Mikey Labriola and Northampton’s Julian Chlebove both continued their treks to a second straight state championship Thursday night during the opening round of the PIAA 3A wrestling tournament.
Labriola won his opening bout by fall over Britain Shields of Big Spring with a fall in :34 seconds.
Labriola is one of four Hawks heading to Friday’s quarterfinals, as Ryan Anderson (126), Jarred Papcsy (132) and Niko Camacho (HWT) look to move through the bracket.
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 basketball regular season will wrap up on Wednesday night, so here’s a look of how things stand for boys’ teams heading into the final date on the calendar.
Listed below is a breakdown of each class. In order to qualify for the postseason, teams must compile a .500 record in their overall record or a .500 record in their league record.
However, the opportunity for below .500 teams to qualify for districts is there if the minimum number of playoff spots in a class is not reached.
* Indicates teams that have already clinched playoff berths.
With just over a week left before the end of the basketball regular season, posted below is an updated list for teams that have already qualified for the District 11 postseason and ones that lurk in the hunt with their final games left on the schedule.
Listed below is a breakdown of each class and as a quick reminder, in order to qualify for the postseason, teams must compile a .500 record in their overall record or a .500 record in their league record.
The District 11 team wrestling championships will begin Thursday night and conclude on Saturday evening, as the wrestling postseason is upon us.
Listed below are the format and locations for Thursday’s preliminary and quarterfinal rounds, as well as Saturday’s schedule, which is moved entirely over to Freedom.
With the District 11 basketball postseason roughly a month away, the introduction of the six class structure presents some changes to the boys format this year.
The biggest change, just like in football, is that more teams will get an opportunity to participate in the PIAA tournament, as this year boys field will advance 17 teams.
The tournament gets underway on Feb. 21.
It’s the final week of the regular season with plenty on the line. The poll has also seen it’s biggest movement of the season heading into Halloween weekend, so let’s see which teams will be full of fright or who can look their opposition in the eye and take care of business.
1. Emmaus (8-1)
Last week’s rank: #2
Is this the biggest regular season home game ever for Emmaus? Certainly in this series.
The Pick: Emmaus 24- Parkland 14
2. Bethlehem Cath. (7-2)
Last week’s rank: #1
Hawks suddenly have pressure heading into week 10.
It’s week 10 of the football season and there’s a lot on the line heading into the regular season finale.
Check out the breakdowns below for each classification with scenarios for what local teams have to accomplish to either get into the postseason or improve their seeding.
(All teams listed have either clinched or are in contention)
1A (4 teams qualify)
1. Williams Valley 8-1
2. Tri-Valley 7-2
3. Marian Catholic 5-4
4. Nativity BVM 1-8
5. Shenandoah Valley 0-9
Football season is winding down and it’s 80 degrees. Sounds wonderful right?
This week’s picks will hopefully give you warm splendor as we head into week nine with quality matchups throughout the district.
With playoff seeding implications everywhere, check out to see who has a chance to gain momentum heading into the final week of the regular season.
1. Bethlehem Cath. (7-1)
Last week’s rank: #1
Hawks are on a roll. Can they win the city title?
The Pick: Bethlehem Catholic 27- Freedom 14
2. Emmaus (7-1)
Last week’s rank: #2
District 11 held a conference call Monday afternoon to discuss playoff scenarios heading into week nine of the football season. With six classifications this season, things appear to be clearer than in the past, as 3A and 6A has eight qualifiers this postseason, while 1A, 2A, 4A and 5A will have four qualifiers in each bracket.
In 5A, Whitehall, Southern Lehigh, East Stroudsburg South and East Stroudsburg North are the only teams in the classification and all four are headed to the postseason.
A breakdown of each class is below.
1. Williams Valley 7-1