Girls’ high school wrestling is on the rise.
For the past five years, it has been the fastest growing high school sport in the country. Much like the national statistics, Pennsylvania high school wrestling has experienced a 100 percent growth of girls competing on high school boys teams in the past five years.
All 12 PIAA district areas have girls wrestling within their area schools.
The cabin fever that often comes during the winter months received an extension this year due to quarantines put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19.
On May 7, Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine extended the orders for the northeast and other parts of the state to stay at home until June 4.
A possibility that was long-feared became a reality last Thursday when the PIAA announced the cancellation of all remaining winter sports championships and the spring sports season.
The decision came after Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement earlier in the day that Pennsylvania schools will be closed to in‐person learning for the remainder of the school year.
They were the Carpenter Cup’s comeback kids.
Lehigh Valley’s late-game heroics had been commonplace at the prestigious tournament.
Down a run entering the final frames in each of its two previous games, the squad had come up clutch.
And there was a belief the team would do it again last Tuesday at Citizen’s Bank Park.
But it was Burlington County (NJ) that broke open a tie game with two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to claim the Carpenter Cup Classic championship with a 4-2 win over Lehigh Valley.
A quick glance at the six finalists in this year's PIAA Volleyball Championships at Richland High School revealed an unusual trend: All three matches featured teams from District 11 play.
Marian Catholic was the district's Class A representative, while Bethlehem Catholic took the honor in Class AA and Parkland earned the spot in the Class AAA match.
Two of the three teams, Bethlehem Catholic and Parkland, walked away with state championships, while Marian suffered a five-set defeat to Greensburg Central Catholic.
Emmaus cross country coach Dan Wessner knows what it takes to succeed at the PIAA Championships, having led the girls team to Class AAA titles in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
But Wessner also knows that sometimes it takes a little bit of good luck just to get to Hershey.
Emmaus edged Easton 93-94 for the second state-qualifying berth at the District 11 meet, the second straight year the Red Rovers were edged by a single point for the runner-up spot by the Green Hornets.