In Class 6A action, Emmaus beat District 1 fourth-place team Cheltenham, 68-67.
Matt Kachelries scored a game-high 24 points to get his career total to 990. His twin brother David added 19 points for the Hornets (21-6). Zach Sabol chipped in with 16 points.
Jack Clark led the Panthers with 32 points.
Emmaus, the fourth-place team from District 11, moves on to face District 3 champs Harrisburg (20-6) in the second round with the winner advancing to Saturday’s quarterfinals.
Bethlehem Catholic’s Mikey Labriola and Northampton’s Julian Chlebove both continued their treks to a second straight state championship Thursday night during the opening round of the PIAA 3A wrestling tournament.
Labriola won his opening bout by fall over Britain Shields of Big Spring with a fall in :34 seconds.
Labriola is one of four Hawks heading to Friday’s quarterfinals, as Ryan Anderson (126), Jarred Papcsy (132) and Niko Camacho (HWT) look to move through the bracket.
Reed Custer made it through to Hershey and at the end of the day, that’s all that mattered for the Emmaus senior.
Custer (22-6) took home a fourth-place finish from the Northeast Regional tournament over the weekend at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium, securing the final 160-pound spot after a tough 9-7 loss to Liberty’s Anthony Emig in the third-place consolation round bout.
He’ll be the lone Green Hornet heading to Hershey, as teammate Peyton Brown (106) was eliminated in the second round of consolations.
After an undefeated season that led to an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Championship, the Emmaus boys came into the District 11 Swimming and Diving Championships confident of getting their 10th straight district championship and they didn’t leave disappointed.
The Hornet boys team picked up 401 points, easily outdistancing second-place Parkland, who finished with 308.5 points in the meet. The end result is that Emmaus will have six shots at gold in individual events and three more in relays at the PIAA Championship coming up March 17-18 at Bucknell University.
It wasn’t the game that the Emmaus boys basketball team had hoped to be playing in. But after falling to Pocono Mountain West in a semifinal game last Wednesday at the PPL Center, the Green Hornets found themselves in the District 11 Class 6A third-place game against another team that did not expect to be there.
Top seed and Eastern Pennsylvania Conference champion Allen was upset by Parkland in Wednesday’s semifinals.
Emmaus came up short against the Canaries Saturday afternoon at Easton Area Middle School, falling 83-77.
On the Monday following the District 11 Diving Championships, Emmaus swimming head coach Tim O’Connor had to deliver bad news to his girls swimming team. Rival Parkland had swept the top four spots in diving, leaving Emmaus 68 points behind heading into the swimming events at last weekend’s District 11 Championships. Instead of despair, his girls responded with “so there’s a chance.”
“I had to point out that 68 points behind is not good, but they just kept focused on having a chance to catch them and that’s what they set out to do,” said O’Connor.
Like father, like sons.
The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation held its 56th annual Scholar Athlete Banquet on Sunday.
Hundreds of athletes, families, friends, and coaches packed the Northampton Community Center to officially culminate the 2016-17 season and find out which high school student would be awarded one of the season’s highest individual accolades.
One scholar athlete was chosen from 33 area high schools to become the 2017 scholar athlete award winner.
The District 11 swimming championships were held Friday and Saturday. Champions in each event earned automatic qualification for the state meet, which will be held March 15-18 at Bucknell University.
The following is a recap of district champions from Lehigh Valley Press area teams, including a few district record-breakers. For more about the meet see this week’s issues of the Press.
The Parkland girls and Emmaus boys teams won district titles with both teams scoring 401 points for the team gold.
The PIAA Regional Wrestling Championships were held Friday and Saturday. District 11 grapplers competed in the Class 3A Northeast Regional at Liberty High School and the Class 2A Southeast Regional at Reading’s Wilson-West Lawn High School.
The top four finishers in 3A earned a trip to the state championships, which begin Thursday at Hershey’s Giant Center. Class 2A’s top six regional finishers will move on to states.
History was made at the PPL Center on Wednesday night and it wasn’t the Phantoms or a star-studded concert this time.
A paid attendance of 7,630 sold out the area for the boys District 11 6A semifinal games featuring Emmaus vs. Pocono Mountain West and Parkland vs. Allen. It was a District 11 record, according to many. The PPL Center’s Twitter account credited the “over 8,000 fans” who came out for the game for a great atmosphere, while the District 11 Twitter account posted a photo “sold out” sign hung on a PPL Center door.