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Pete’s Top-10: Hawks look to steal Parkland’s reign

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

The showdown has finally arrived for Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic with this week’s tussle taking place in Orefield Friday night. The winner will grab the EPC South by the horns, but this is most likely a contest between the two best teams in the area we’ll see this season, no matter what happens in the postseason, which makes it all the better.

In other marquee games this week, Whitehall gets a chance to pop Freedom’s bubble and Emmaus enters a matchup with Nazareth as their season continues to reel.

Pete’s Top-10: PHS, BC will faces challenges

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

It’s officially the second half of the season and the top five teams in the poll are littered with big matchups. The EPC race looks like it’s coming down to Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic, while Palisades keeps their grip on the Colonial league title.

Here’s a breakdown of this week’s bouts, along with some new friends from the North entering the poll.

1. Parkland (5-0)

Last week’s rank: #1

Trojans should have no problem running the ball this week.

The Pick: Parkland 35- Whitehall 28

2. Bethlehem Catholic (5-0)

Last week’s rank: #2

Pete’s Top-10: Parkland stands firm on top

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Heading into week five, it appears that the dust is settling and the EPC title race will come down to the top three teams in the poll.

In the Colonial League, Palisades has clearly taken the lead position after last week’s major win over Southern Lehigh.

With the regular season entering its second half, which teams will continue to stand their ground and which ones will fall off the edge?

This week’s results will make things a bit more clear.

1. Parkland (4-0)

Last week’s rank: #1

Trojans have picked up where they left off from a year ago.

Pete’s Top-10: Easton looks to play spoiler

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

We head into week four of the football season and the top four teams in the EPC have clearly been cemented, with each of the teams taking on formidable tests this week.

In Colonial League action, the battle between Palisades and Southern Lehigh will prove to be huge for the league title race.

How will it all shake down? Check out this week’s Top 10.

1. Parkland (3-0)

Last week’s rank: #1

Major test for two of the conferences best teams this week. Trojans get an edge.

The Pick: Parkland 24- Easton 17

2. Bethlehem Catholic (3-0)

Top-10: Trojans on top

Thursday, September 7, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

They say defense wins championships and Emmaus showed they have a lot of things to clean up on that side of the ballfollowing last week’s 42-35 loss to Whitehall.

Meanwhile, teams like Parkland and Easton continued to throttle teams on the defensive side of the ball, giving up 13 combined points last week.

As we enter week three, we have a new team at the top, as the top five has shuffled too, but how long will the pecking order last?

1. Parkland (2-0)

Last week’s rank: #3

Didn’t take long for the Trojans to get back on top.

Pete’s Top-10: No. 1 spot under threat

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Week 1 of the high school football season told us what we expected: the EPC North football teams can’t compete with their neighbors in the south — but we already knew that.

Now, the real season begins with divisional play, highlighted by a slate of intriguing games this weekend.

The Colonial League saw Palisades make a play for a possible run at the league crown with their win over Notre Dame last week, but how will Week 2 shake out?

Check out the picks below in this week’s edition of the top 10.

1. Emmaus (1-0)

Last week’s rank: #1

Street and Duggan help PA win Big 33

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Liberty’s Darian Street and Jaohne Duggan spent one last night together as teammates in last weekend’s Big 33 Classic at Central Dauphin High School.

Both played their part in Pennsylvania’s 44-33 victory over Maryland, as Street hauled in three catches for 84 yards on the night, including a 51-yard TD grab in the fourth quarter to put Pennsylvania up 37-21 with 6:43 left.

Duggan, a back-to-back all-state selection on the defensive line, proved to be a menace to Maryland’s offensive line on the night, as he’ll continue his college career at Rutgers.

Cedar Beach Showcase this week

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

The Cedar Beach Basketball Showcase kicks off its inaugural tournament this week in Allentown, with the tournament taking over the reigns of the former Stellar Basketball Tournament.

Action runs Thursday to Sunday and the double elimination format that everyone was used to at Stellar is back.

Liberty, who is 4-2 in the Allentown Summer League heading into this week, opens the tournament with Boyertown on Thursday night with the winner facing Allen on Friday night.

Baseball Cup team loses

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Lehigh Valley’s run in the Carpenter Cup Classic ended on day one of the tournament following a 4-2 loss to Jersey Shore in last Thursday’s opener.

T.J Scuderi broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning with a two-run homer to put Jersey Shore ahead for good and to eliminate the LV squad at FDR Park in Philadelphia.

Jersey Shore built a 2-0 lead after the first two innings of play, but Lehigh Valley battled back in the third and fourth innings respectively to nod the game.

Kyle Haas back for McDonald’s game

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

For this year’s McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star Classic participants, Thursday’s outing is undoubtedly the last time all of them will suit up for one last high school football game.

For Gold head coach Kyle Haas, it’s also one last game to lead after serving as head coach of Bethlehem Catholic last season on an interim basis.

Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. Thursday night at Nazareth’s Andrew Leh, as the Gold team (Northampton County, Palisades and Phillipsburg) takes on the Red team (Lehigh, Carbon and Monroe Counties).