Four league basketball champions were crowned Friday night as both Lehigh Valley area high school athletic conferences held finals.
The Allen boys and Bethlehem Catholic girls won titles in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference games, held at Freedom High School. Bangor boys and Southern Lehigh girls captured Colonial League crowns at Easton Middle School.
The Canaries pulled out to a 46-23 halftime lead and never looked back, taking the title with an 82-64 victory.
Even though they took some lumps, Catasauqua’s wrestling team was satisfied with their showing at the recent PIAA District 11 Class 2A team tournament.
“I think we had a good tournament and it was a great way to finish this part of the season,” said head coach Kyle Rusnock, whose team recorded a 2-2 record in four bouts. “It was one of our goals to make districts and they accomplished a number of things. I am proud of our effort.”
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.
Catasauqua’s boys’ basketball team will advance to the upcoming district playoffs for the first time in two years, but the Roughies certainly will have to deal with some interesting circumstances along the way.
The Roughies closed out the regular season this week with games against Northwestern (a loss) and Notre Dame East Stroudsburg. Unfortunately, they just missed grabbing the sixth and final spot in the Colonial League playoffs when they lost a tight game to Moravian Academy in a winner-take-all for the space.
Jaylen Green can see clearly now. Literally.
Early in the season, the star freshman forward admittedly had trouble with his shooting. Green, who has a prescription for glasses, wasn’t wearing them and he knew something wasn’t right.
“I have glasses, but I wasn’t wearing them,” said Green. “I did have trouble shooting, and I realized my eyes were getting worse. I went back to get my eyes checked and I got a new prescription. From there, I got contacts and everything is much better.”
Defending Colonial League champs look to repeat
The Colonial League basketball semifinals are over and both of last year’s championship teams are still alive to defend their titles.
The top-seeded Bangor boys team looks for its third straight league title when it takes on No. 2 Southern Lehigh in Friday’s title game, scheduled for 8 p.m. at Easton Middle School. Southern Lehigh seeks its second straight girls crown. The top-seeded Lady Spartans will meet No. 2 Notre Dame (Green Pond) in Friday’s opener at 6 p.m.
East Stroudsburg North-Emmaus
The No. 8 seed Timberwolves knocked off top-seeded Emmaus 52-49 in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference quarterfinal.
Arian Azemi led East Stroudsburg North with a game-high 21 points.
Emmaus’ David Kachelries scored 17 points, while teammate Zach Sabol added 10 points.
The Timberwolves will move on to face No. 4 seed Bethlehem Catholic in Tuesday’s semifinals. The Hawks defeated Whitehall in Friday’s quarterfinal round.
The Colonial League basketball playoffs got underway Saturday. While the top two seeds in boys and girls had byes into the semifinals, four quarterfinal games were contested Saturday.
For more about your local teams see this week’s issues of the Lehigh Valley Press.
Colonial League Playoffs
The No. 3 seed Falcons beat No. 6 Moravian Academy 65-54 in their Colonial League quartefinal game.
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.
In the finals basketball games of the 2016-17 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference season, Bethlehem Catholic knocked off Allen, the state’s top ranked team, while several other games were contested on the league’s final night before Friday’s playoffs begin.
For more about your local teams see this week’s editions of the Lehigh Valley Press.
The Golden Hawks handed the state’s top-ranked team its first loss of the season, 68-56 in overtime.