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McCourt looks for big finish

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

If Brendan McCourt was a basketball player, he would be a Michael Jordan type player, the guy you want to put up the last shot in a close game.

He showed that the last time he was on a diving board in a competition when he needed a big final dive to break his personal best and the team record. In basketball terms, it was nothing but net.

He drained not just a shot, but a three-pointer and got the records he wanted.

EHS girls cap improved season

Thursday, February 13, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

At some point down the road, this past season may be one that can be looked back on as a turning point for the girls basketball team at Emmaus.

After winning just two games overall and none in the East Penn Conference during the 2018-19 season, this year’s team finished the year 10-12 overall, with five of those wins being against league opponents.

The Hornets were in the hunt for a District 11 playoff spot – their first since 2013 – right up until their penultimate game against Bethlehem Catholic, the defending state champions.

EPC holds diving championship meet

Thursday, February 13, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The East Penn Conference Diving Championships were held this past weekend at Parkland High School and Emmaus was represented by two young divers on the girls side.

Unfortunately, defending EPC, District 11 and PIAA champion Brendan McCourt missed the event with an illness and will set his sights on the district championships coming up on February 22.

For Emmaus, freshmen Carly Lennett and Molly O’Connor competed in their first championship event.

Allen, Bethlehem Catholic win EPC titles; SL, Notre Dame take Colonial League crowns

Saturday, February 15, 2020 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

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.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020 by The Press in Sports

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.

EPC, Colonial League hold playoff games

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 by The Press in Sports

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.

Top seeds reach EPC boys final

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 by The Press in Sports

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.

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Monday, February 10, 2020 by The Press in Sports

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.

Top seeds advance in EPC playoffs

Saturday, February 8, 2020 by The Press in Sports

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.

Via announces 2020 All-Stars

Friday, February 7, 2020 by The Press in Sports

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.