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.
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.
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 top two seeds in the East Penn Conference boys basketball playoffs will meet in Thursday’s league title game.
Allen, the No. 1 seed, beat No. 5 Parkland in overtime Monday, 66-61, while No. 2 seed Liberty improved to 20-4 this season when it beat No. 3 Central Catholic, 60-53 on Monday.
Joe Barnes scored a game-high 20 points for the Hurricanes, which led 24-21 at halftime but stretched the lead to 42-30 after three quarters. Fifteen of Barnes’ points came in that decisive third quarter.
Nick Filchner led Central Catholic (20-4) with 19 points.
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.
The East Penn Conference basketball playoffs got underway Friday night despite two of the eight first-round games getting postsponed.
The top seeds advanced in both boys and girls.
The No. 1 Allen boys team beat No. 8 seed Bethlehem Catholic 67-58. The Canaries move on to Monday’s semifinals against either No. 4 East Stroudsburg South or No. 5 Parkland, which play Saturday at 2 p.m.
The 45th Annual Via All-Star Basketball Classic is set for Saturday, March 28 at Northampton Community College.
Super Saturday will include four all-star basketball games featuring the top senior players from the Lehigh Valley area. It begins at 10:30 a.m. with the North vs. South girls game, followed by their boys counterparts at noon.
After the 1:30 Special Olympics Shoot Out, the West vs. East girls (2 p.m.) and boys (3:30 p.m.) games will finish off the day.
The Emmaus boys swimming and diving team extended a streak of conference championships that goes back to before some of the younger team members were even born. For 16 straight seasons, Emmaus has dominated the conference with this year’s team locking up a perfect 12-0 overall record and finishing 11-0 in the EPC.
This year’s championship came with a 123-63 win over Parkland in the Hornets’ season finale.
Emmaus jumped out to a quick lead and never looked back.
The Emmaus boys basketball team was going toe to toe with division-leading Central Catholic for most of its recent contest, but a slow fourth quarter allowed Central to take control and win the game 65-45 last Friday night in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Skyline Division game at Central Catholic High School’s Rockne Hall.
The Hornets (5-16 overall, 4-11 EPC) and Vikings (19-2, 13-2) went back and forth for the a majority of the first half, with Emmaus leading 29-27 at halftime.
The Emmaus girls swim team looked for a repeat of last season’s meet against Parkland that gave the Hornets the East Penn Conference championship. They came up short, falling to the Trojans 122-64 Saturday at Emmaus High School.
The loss was Emmaus’s first conference loss on the season, giving the Hornets a 10-2 overall record and 9-1 record in the EPC. For Parkland (10-0, 8-0), the win sets up a showdown with Easton (10-2, 8-1) on Thursday for the league championship.