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.
Salisbury High School center midfielder, Ethan Heydt, and Quakertown High School forward, Victoria Sturgess, were named 2016 Soccer Scholar Athletes at the Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athlete Awards Banquet on Jan. 29 at Northampton Memorial Community Center in Northampton, Pa.
Heydt and Sturgess were among 76 nominees from 40 high schools throughout the area who were selected jointly by their coaches and the school administration. The Soccer Scholar Athlete Committee then selected the overall winners.
LV soccer scholar athletes to be named
On Sunday, Jan. 29, at 5:30 p.m. the Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athlete Foundation will hold their annual banquet at the Northampton Community Center.
Over 43 area schools will be represented by both a male and female nominee and a scholarship will be given to the winner in each category.
The award began in 1975 with seven male nominees and has gone through several transitions.
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.
The Hurricanes swept Whitehall with the boys winning 91-66 and the girls team taking a 97-68 victory.
Event winners for Liberty’s girls team were Abby Mack (200 free, 100 free), Julia McCarthy (200 IM), Natalie Richardson (50 free) and Samantha Taylor (100 backstroke).
Liberty also won the 200 medley relay with the foursome of Anna Lehr, Richardson, Sabrina Krotzer and Kendra Smith. The Hurricanes took the 200 free relay with McCarthy, Richardson, Mack and Smith.
Catasauqua head girls’ basketball coach Ed Seidick believed his team’s fate and desire to get to the postseason could be decided by the end of this week.
“We should know where we stand,” said Seidick. “We believe we are playing three games that are winnable ones for us. But if it turns out to be a bad week, our run toward a district spot could be over.”
Over the next two weeks, Catasauqua’s boys’ basketball mission is clear.
“We need to win games,” said head coach Eric Snyder. “We also need to score. We haven’t been able to make the plays when we need them. We can still make districts, but we simply need to win.”
The Roughies began the week in an eight-game slide, a losing streak that suddenly has dampened their postseason hopes. Catty has missed the district playoffs the past two seasons, but they have been confident to make a return.
Ben Nosal still remembers his eighth-grade wrestling season. He lost all of his matches and quitting the sport suddenly became an option.
However, his older brother, Jared, convinced him to stay with the sport.
Now, five years later, Nosal is on the top of his game as one of the top wrestlers across the Lehigh Valley in the 220-pound bracket and also is one of the senior leaders for the Catasauqua program.
Through the proceeds from the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg (the “Harrisburg show” as it has been known), the National Rifle Association (NRA) is donating $43,000 to five Pennsylvania organizations that promote the outdoor lifestyle through educational and recreational activities.
One of the five is our local Camp Compass, an Allentown-based inner city youth organization that introduces urban, middle and high school students to various outdoor activities.
Over the next few weeks, Catasauqua’s wrestling program is looking to take a turn upward.
Beginning this week, the Roughies had two matches left on their Colonial League schedule, ones that could have a dramatic effect to the end of their season.
Catty traveled to Palmerton Wednesday night and then will host Northwestern the following Tuesday. The Roughies began the week with a 4-2 mark in the league and the outcomes of their last two matches will determine whether or not they can participate in the Colonial League Duals Jan. 30.