The District 11 basketball quarterfinal rounds got under way Thursday and will continue through Saturday. Here’s a look at how the Class 5A boys and 6A girls games unfolded.
East Stroudsburg North-Whitehall
The No. 6 seed Timberwolves knocked off No. 3 Whitehall, 52-50 in a Class 5A quarterfinal.
The Timberwolves, which upset top-seeded Emmaus in the league playoffs, saw just four players score and only three players with more than two points in the game, led Devantae Wiggins (19 points), Arian Azemi (16) and Darin Bellinger (15).
When nobody can remember exactly the last time a specific event took place, odds are it’s been a long time. Such is the case for people trying to remember the last time that Emmaus beat Parkland head-to-head in girls swimming.
While few people are completely sure of the year, it’s generally agreed that it’s been at least a decade, and most likely a couple of years longer since the Lady Hornets beat their Parkland counterparts.
One can tell the trout fishing season is near when the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission makes the 2017 trout stocking schedule available. And it’s available online as well as on the PFBC’s Fish BoatPA free mobile app that’s available for smart phone users from the Apple App and Google Play stores.
To check the schedules, go to www.fishandboat.com and click on the link ‘Fish’ in the upper right corner, then select ‘Trout Stocking Schedules.’ Then choose the county of choice, enter start and end dates from the calendars then press ‘Go.’
When it comes to swimming, Emmaus and Parkland are always on a collision course and that course ended last Thursday when the two schools came into their final regular season meet undefeated in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. The winner would take home the EPC championship.
In previous seasons, the Emmaus boys had the edge over Parkland, while the Lady Trojans had pretty well handled the Lady Hornets in head-to-head competition.
Four league basketball champions were crowned Friday night as both Lehigh Valley area high school athletic conferences held finals.
The Allen boys and Bethlehem Catholic girls won titles in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference games, held at Freedom High School. Bangor boys and Southern Lehigh girls captured Colonial League crowns at Easton Middle School.
The Canaries pulled out to a 46-23 halftime lead and never looked back, taking the title with an 82-64 victory.
Emmaus came out on top on both sides of its annual rivalry swim meet against Parkland.
The Hornet boys team won just three individual events and a relay, but Emmaus’ depth helped overcome a strong Trojan effort 98-88.
Emmaus girls took six individual events and two of three relays to hold off a deep Parkland girls team 100-86.
The Hornets finish 11-0 and both the boys and girls team secured Eastern Pennsylvania Conference titles in their final dual meet of the season. Parkland boys and girls finish 10-1 in league meets.
East Penn Conference boys and girls finals are set and champions will be crowned Friday night at Freedom High School.
For the boys, Bethlehem Catholic will face Allen for the third time this season at 8 p.m. at Freedom.
Becahi survived against East Stroudsburg North for a 60-58 victory. The Hawks built an early lead and led 21-11 after one, and then 39-24 heading into the half. Eastburg chipped away in the third to cut the deficit to 49-37 before a frantic rally attempt in the fourth which saw them outscore Becahi 21-11 in that final frame.
Hopes of a trip to the District 11 Tournament for the Lady Hornets were dashed by a 49-41 loss to Whitehall in the season finale, giving Emmaus a six-game losing streak to finish the season that left it just short of qualifying for the postseason.
Bri Hart led all scorers with a game-high 13 points and Kathryn DeJohn scored seven for Emmaus. Kylee Cunningham and Brianna Smith each scored 10 points for Whitehall.
Emmaus High School recently celebrated 20 student athletes who signed letters of intent to attend Division 1 or Division 2 college. The group is the largest group of student athletes to get scholarships for colleges and universities from Emmaus for as long as anyone connected with the school can remember.
Not just the amount of students is staggering, but the numbers and accomplishments achieved by those students is astounding, even to athletic director Dennis Ramella.
Nine Emmaus High School female student athletes signed letters of intent last week to continue their education and athletic careers at colleges and universities across the country. Alyson Bohman (volleyball), Christina Carotenuto (field hockey), Madalyn Dorn (field hockey), Samantha Fritzinger (golf), Kira Koehler (field hockey), Reilly McGinnis (soccer), Brittany Morgan (field hockey), Meredith Sholder (field hockey) and Kiyae White (basketball) have all accepted scholarships.