Four top-seeded teams earned league basketball championships this week as tournaments were completed in both the East Penn Conference and Colonial League.
In the EPC title games, Allen boys beat Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic girls held off Nazareth Thursday night at the PPL Center. In the Colonial League, Southern Lehigh upended Bangor for the boys title and Notre Dame (Green Pond) took down Moravian Academy for the girls championship Friday at Freedom High School.
Pennsylvania’s final bear harvest figures are in and have set a new state record over a 30-day season.
According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), hunters took 4,653 bears, a one-third increase over the 2018 seasons when 3,153 bears were taken. Pennsylvania’s top bear harvest was 4,350 bears in the 2011 season.
Catasauqua head girls’ basketball coach Mark Seremula is confident his team is ready to take the next steps in the big picture.
The Rough Riders managed just an overall 5-17 record, but they more than double their two wins from last year.
“We were in games longer and that didn’t happen before,” said Seremula. “We were right there with a lot of teams like Moravian Academy and Northwestern.
“We become better offensively, and we tightened things defensively. We have to find a way to become better scorers.”
League championship basketball match ups are now finalized for both the Colonial League and East Penn Conference.
The Colonial League held girls semifinals Wednesday evening at Catasauqua High School.
Top-seeded Notre Dame (Green Pond) beat No. 4 Bangor 51-36 in a girls semifinal to advance to the championship game, while No. 3 Moravian Academy took down No. 3 Northwestern 49-45.
The Crusaders and Lions will meet Friday at 6 p.m. with the boys championship between No. 1 Southern Lehigh and No. 6 Bangor scheduled for 7:45 p.m.
Max Willman is a good hockey player, but throughout his career he’s been overlooked every time he hoped to make a step forward.
As a high school hockey player in Massachusetts, Willman wasn’t scouted by colleges, which is unusual because New England is a highly scouted area for colleges.
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Emmanuel 26 28 .481
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Seniors Madison Hicks and Joseph Merkel were honored, along with the other Lehigh Valley school’s girls and boys nominees, at the Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athlete Annual Awards Banquet that was held at the Northampton Memorial Community Center recently. Gabrielle Oudin of Moravian Academy was the recipient of the overall girls soccer scholar athlete award and Zachary Appel of Saucon Valley was the overall boys soccer scholar athlete award winner.
Austin Brett and Jaryn Hartranft both realize what is ahead and believe they are taking the right path to get there.
Brett and Hartranft both share at least once incentive – they were district runners-up at the respective weights last season.
Brett, a junior, will enter the PIAA District 11 individual championships in two weeks with an overall 24-9 record at 120 pounds, and Hartranft, a sophomore, will bring a 29-3 mark at 113 pounds. Hartranft wrestled at 106 pounds last season.
Basketball playoffs continued in the Colonial League and East Penn Conference Tuesday evening.
In the Colonial League were boys semifinals, while the EPC held girls semifinals.
Top-seeded Southern Lehigh beat No. 4 Notre Dame (Green Pond) 82-60. Friday night’s final will pit the Spartans against No. 6 Bangor, a 54-41 winner over No. 2 Moravian Academy Tuesday.
The East Penn Conference and Colonial League held quarterfinal basketball playoff games over the weekend.
Both leagues have semifinals and finals set for this week.
In EPC boys action, top-seeded Allen beat Bethlehem Catholic 67-58 on Friday and will take on Parkland in the semifinals. The No. 5 seed Trojans topped No. 6 East Stroudsburg South, 57-52, on Saturday afternoon.
The other half of the boys bracket has No. 2 seed Liberty squaring off against No. 3 Central Catholic. The Hurricanes beat Freedom in the first round, while the Vikings beat Easton Friday.