Emmaus volleyball trio named all-state
By PETER CAR
The Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association named their All-State teams last week with several members from District 11 named to the 3A team.
The Emmaus trio of James Haag, Cameron Parsons and Matt Swanson earned honors, while Whitehall’s Joseph Herman and Nazareth’s Michael Dougherty also made the squad.
The complete 3A list is below.
PIAA DISTRICT I
Nick Baniewicz Council Rock North S 6’-4” 12
2 Charlie Bluestein Pennsbury LIB 6’-1” 12
Whitehall athletic director Bob Hartman announced the inaugural class for the District 11 Hall of Fame recently.
The inaugural class includes 14 inductees selected from nominations made by member schools, officials’ chapters, and media membership.
All inductees were selected based on their high school accomplishments solely.
This year’s class will be celebrated on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Holiday Inn Conference Center Lehigh Valley in Upper Macungie Township at 4 p.m.
A sound of late summer customarily starts at dusk and continues through the night hours. And the sound emanates from a source not often seen unless flushed from a hiding place in flower beds, high grasses, under rocks or under trash cans.
What we speak of are crickets. The little black (or brown) crawlers that some anglers use as bait when fishing for bass. Others enjoy hearing their constant chirping when their home windows are open at night. Others wished they’d go away as their constant chirping irritates them and prevents them from sleeping.
Join Penn State Lehigh Valley and ArtsQuest in cheering on the Nittany Lions football team at SteelStacks, as Penn State faces off against University of Illinois Sept. 21, 9 p.m. and University of Michigan Nov. 3, TBA.
The free viewing parties include the big games shown live on the Levitt Pavilion’s large outdoor television screen plus food and drink specials like buffalo, sweet chili bacon or garlic Parmesan wings for $1 each, as well as featured items like fried pierogies, nachos and the new Yuengling Golden Pilsner.
A month into the season, clarity has been bestowed upon us to a certain degree.
The top-three teams have solidified their spots in the upper echelon of the pecking order to date, but Bethlehem Catholic looks eager to crash the party after last week’s win over Parkland.
The Colonial League takes a step forward with the removal of Nazareth and Central Catholic from the poll, while an outsider from the north makes a rare appearance.
Let’s see what comes to fruition this week in the latest top-10.
1. Freedom (4-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
Catasauqua has reached the point of the season where something has to give.
The Roughies, who fell to 0-4 with a 54-22 loss to Palisades last week, will meet winless Wilson (0-4) at Alumni Field Friday night.
Both teams have struggled to find consistency offensively, losing key members from last year’s cast. Defensively, they both have young players in key positions learning along the way.
For the Roughies, turnovers were the key against the defending Colonial League and district champion Pirates. Three first-half fumbles allowed Palisades to gain control at halftime.
The Catasauqua girls’ volleyball team has had a rough start to their season.
The team has lost their first four games but were hoping to turn things around on Thursday Sept. 14, when they played hosts to Southern Lehigh (2-2). The Rough Riders unfortunately would have a tough time against the Spartans, who wanted to continue their two-game winning streak.
The first set of this match saw Southern Lehigh dominate. Catasauqua couldn’t do much and only could muster up taking four points in the set. The Spartans were very sharp from the beginning and through the match.
On Tuesday Sept. 17, the Catasauqua girls’ soccer team hosted Notre Dame in a midseason clash. The Rough Riders were hoping to end their recent, three-game losing streak.
They lost to Saucon Valley (0-4), Bangor (0-1), and most recently to Southern Lehigh (0-3). This was a pivotal game to get their season back on track after having been unbeaten in the first three games of the year.
While Notre Dame was coming into this game off a recent loss to Moravian Academy (0-5) the Spartans also needed a win to get back to their winning ways.
Catasauqua’s cross country teams continue to elevate their status.
In a recent home meet, both the boys’ and girls’ teams picked up a pair of wins, marking the first time in recent history the Roughies achieved that mark.
The boys defeated Salisbury and Palmerton, and the girls beat Northwestern and Palmerton on the team’s senior night.
“We have been doing phenomenal,” said head coach Kyle Rusnock. “Me and (assistant coach Dave Burker) couldn’t remember when one of our teams did something like that.
The Hawks came back from an early 13-0 deficit to beat Parkland 24-16.
Bethlehem Catholic (3-1) outscored the Trojans 17-0 in the second half and 24-3 in the final three quarters. The Trojans (2-2) only points after the first quarter was a 48-yard field goal by Devin Bartholomew late in the first half.
Nicholas Lucien (4 receptions, 155 yards) caught a pair of touchdown catches for the Hawks, while Paul Carreras (3 carries, 73 yards) ran for the other score.
Zamar Brake completed 11 of 17 passes for 193 yards and a pair of touchdowns.