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
Well, you can say that my picks last week were a bit off the mark. Liberty, Freedom and Easton each dropped contests, pushing them further down the EPC totem pole, while Parkland, Bethlehem Catholic and Whitehall climb.
Emmaus remains on top for a second straight week, while Saucon Valley makes their highest jump of the season.
Midway through the season, there are still a lot of questions to be answered. Hopefully, this week provides more clarity.
1. Emmaus (5-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
Hornets can gain some separation with a win this week.
Major shake-up in the poll this week after Liberty showed the area that Parkland just isn’t the same as it used to be.
Emmaus keeps working their way to the top, while Easton fought back in week three for a major victory.
New teams entered and the top five is radically different from last week, so check out where your favorite team is heading into week four.
1. Liberty (3-0)
Last week’s rank: #4
Liberty quickly went from a question mark to the outright top team in District 11.
The Pick: Liberty 30- Whitehall 21
2. Emmaus (3-0)
So what did we learn from week one of high school football?
Nazareth got embarrassed.
Northampton lost to East Stroudsburg North.
Emmaus showed what they can do without their old coach.
Freedom and Parkland look like they’re right where they belong.
The Whitehall-Emmaus contest highlights this week’s games, while Liberty-Easton is a battle between two big school powers.
How will it all shake out?
Check out the poll below to find out.
1. Parkland (1-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
Things just keep getting worse for Nazareth.
High school football is back, and it’s sooner than ever with the season starting a week earlier.
While the schedule date may have changed, many of the names below haven’t strayed from there usual position.
Parkland enters the poll on top, but the battle for number two should be an ongoing saga throughout the year.
How does the rest of the poll shake out?
Check out who we have ranked in this year’s inaugural top 10.
Trojans open on top as the consensus favorite among EPC coaches.
The Pick: Parkland 42- Allen 0
High school soccer players from across the country and even from Europe descended upon Muhlenberg College recently for a four-day College Soccer ID camp.
The overnight camp had 140 attendees immersing themselves in the college lifestyle, as well as undergoing soccer training and evaluation from coaches across the D-I, D-II and D-III spectrum.
Sean Topping, camp director and head coach of Muhlenberg, has been conducting the camp with the help of Binghamton University head coach Paul Marco for the past six years.
The Lehigh Valley took home hardware from this year’s Keystone State Games, as the Junior Division team took home silver medals from the tournament on the last weekend in July.
The home team defeated Capital 3-2 in 10 innings to receive silver, as the gold medal game between LV and West was canceled due to torrential rains. According to KSG rules, LV was the second seed and was awarded the silver medal.
The PIAA plans to institute changes to limit the pitch count of high school pitchers starting next season.
The National Federation of State High School Associations has mandated state associations across the country to come up with new rules that restrict pitchers on the basis of pitch counts, rather than innings pitched. Since the PIAA follows NFHS rules, the changes will take place for the 2017 season.
The 2016 Summer Olympic Games kickoff this weekend with Friday’s opening ceremony taking place at the famous Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro and Bethlehem Catholic’s Joe Kovacs will be part of Team USA’s entourage during the event.
Kovacs enters the games as a gold medal favorite in the men’s shot put, as he continued his winning form on July 23 with a top throw of 22.04 meters in a final Diamond League competition at the Olympic Stadium in London’s Queen Elizabeth Park.