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CL-SL embark on football co-op

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

It wasn’t quick and it sure wasn’t easy.

But after over two years of discussions, debates, arguments and compromises, the Colonial League and Schuylkill League came up with a cooperative football scheduling agreement that allows 28 teams to play their 10 regular season games against more opponents from schools of a similar size.

Officials from both leagues announced the agreement Thursday at a press conference at Blue Mountain Resort. The agreement will take affect in 2020 and schedules for the first two seasons were handed out at the event.

Football leagues announce cooperative schedule agreement

Thursday, January 17, 2019 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Officials from the Colonial and Schuylkill leagues held a press conference Thursday announcing their new cooperative football scheduling model, which will take affect in the 2020 season.

The 12 Colonial League football teams and 16 from the Schuylkill League will form four divisions based on enrollments and PIAA Classifications. While Colonial League president Bryan Geist insisted the move was not a merger, the cooperative in effect creates a new 28-team league.

“It’s not a perfect system, but we’re getting closer,” said Northwestern Lehigh athletic director Jason Zimmerman.

Hozza moves on to state tourney

Thursday, October 18, 2018 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

It’s one thing to play your best golf when there’s nothing on the line. It’s much harder to stay in form when the pressure is amped up a bit.

Northampton’s Andrew Hozza finds a way to play his best in either situation. With the end of his high school career looming, the Konkrete Kid senior shot a round of 3-over par 75 at Monday’s PIAA East Regional Championship at Golden Oaks Golf Course in Fleetwood.

Hozza needed a solid round in order to keep his high school career alive one more week and he played better than solid in the regional. The pressure wasn’t an issue.

Golfers 2nd at districts

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Andrew Hozza has teed off in each of the last three District 11 Class 3A Golf Championship tournaments. Each year he’s gotten better and better.

This year he nearly went all the way, taking second place after three playoff holes against Emmaus’ Mitch Machulsky.

Both players shot 5-over par 75 to tie for first place Monday at Lehigh Country Club. In the playoff, they both bogeyed their first hole and parred the second before Machulsky took the title with a par on the third playoff hole.

Hornets, Patriots stay unbeaten

Sunday, October 7, 2018 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Emmaus and Freedom both won football games Friday night to improve to 7-0 and set up next week’s match up of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s last two unbeaten teams. Parkland won a rivalry game over Whitehall Friday night, while Bethlehem Catholic picked up a win on Saturday.

Here’s a recap of this week’s games from around the Lehigh Valley Press area.

Whitehall-Parkland

The Trojans picked up a 49-21 win over Whitehall Friday night in Orefield.

Kids win EPC golf title

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

When Northampton’s golf team suffered its only loss this season, falling to Emmaus by just a few points in a showdown for the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference regular season title, Kids head coach Brian Davies immediately looked ahead.

Davies knew that when his team went down to its five-player tournament lineup in the EPC Championship, the Hornets’ depth advantage would be neutralized.

Davies was right.

Kids win EPC golf title

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

When Northampton’s golf team suffered its only loss this season, falling to Emmaus by just a few points in a showdown for the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference regular season title, Kids head coach Brian Davies immediately looked ahead.

Davies knew that when his team went down to its five-player tournament lineup in the EPC Championship, the Hornets’ depth advantage would be neutralized.

Davies was right.

Hornet golfers knock off unbeaten K-Kids

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Brian Davies saw it coming four years ago.

He had a class of talented freshman golfers and predicted that in a few years, his team would be in the mix for league and district titles.

Last season the Konkrete Kids went 18-3 overall and 13-2 in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference matches. They finished in second place in the league standings and were one of the four teams competing for the District 11 Class 3A team title, which was won by Liberty. Northampton finished as the runner-up in the district team tournament.

Week 2 Football: Freedom takes down Parkland

Sunday, September 9, 2018 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Both Lehigh Valley high school leagues featured battles of unbeaten teams this week.

In the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, Freedom earned a 21-20 win over Parkland. In the Colonial League, Notre Dame (Green Pond) outlasted Northwestern in overtime, 35-34.

Here are recaps of some of this week’s games. For more, see this week’s issues of the Lehigh Valley Press.

Parkland-Freedom

Two undefeated Eastern Pennsylvania Conference went head to head and the Patriots came out on top, handing the six-time defending district champs a 21-20 loss.

Hornets pull out late win

Saturday, September 1, 2018 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

The second Friday night of the high school football season saw Emmaus pull out a big win, Northampton get its first East Penn Conference North Division victory and a rare Thursday night game in the Colonial League.

Easton-Whitehall

The Red Rovers pulled away late for a 55-21 win over Whitehall.

Easton had a six-point lead at halftime and extended it with five second-half touchdowns.

Harold Reynolds ran for 186 and three touchdowns on 19 carries, while quarterback Nate Nimeh completed 11 of 18 passes for 176 yards and a score.