A week before the high school football season hits the halfway mark, some playoff races are starting to take shape. Whitehall kept itself among the top of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with a win Friday night, while Liberty also stayed in the hunt by beating Northampton.
The Zephyrs cruised to a 41-13 win over Liberty.
Ethan Parvel passed for 172 yards and rushed for 103 yards in the win. He threw two touchdown passes and ran for three scores to keep his team unbeaten at 4-0.
Both Bethlehem Catholic remained undefeated with wins Friday night in the third week of the 2017 high school football season, while Northampton grabbed its second of the young season.
The Golden Hawks erased an early Emmaus lead with 21 straight points then held on for a 28-21 win.
Emmaus (1-2) went up 14-0 on two first quarter touchdowns, but the Hawks scored three unanswered touchdowns, capped by Shamus Williams’ interception return for a touchdown with 1:15 left in the first half that gave his team a 21-14 lead.
An entire slate of 1-0 teams matched up in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference division that swept it’s northern counterpart last week.
Defending District 11 Class 5A champ Whitehall made a statement with a win over defending Eastern Pennsylvania Conference champ Emmaus, while Bethelehem Catholic and Freedom also rolled to wins.
In the Colonial League, Catasauqua and Salisbury both remained undefeated with victories on Friday night.
The Zephyrs beat Emmaus 42-35.
High School football got under way Friday night across the state. Several teams from the Lehigh Valley Press coverage area posted big wins to open the season.
Defending Eastern Pennsylvania Conference champion Emmaus opened its season with a 62-19 win over Dieruff to open the 2017 season.
The Northampton softball team knew it had a tough draw as the No. 8 seed facing No. 1 Parkland in the first round of the EPC softball playoffs. But the Kids could gain some confidence in the fact that they had played the undefeated Trojans to a one-run loss just four days before their playoff match up.
But Parkland also remembered that game. The Trojans used the first meeting as motivation for the playoff game, where they put up nine runs in the first three innings en route to a 9-1 win over Northampton Friday at Parkland High School.
Something had to give when pair of undefeated baseball teams met Tuesday at Coca-Cola Park.
Parkland got a stellar pitching performance from ace Michael Jenkins to keep its record unblemished and hand Northampton its first loss of the season.
Jenkins allowed just three hits in the complete-game shutout. He struck out two and didn’t allow a walk.
“Mike throws strikes and he’s got a couple different pitches, so he keeps people off stride,” said Parkland head coach Kurt Weber. “He’s a battler. He’s going to make you earn it.”
Bethlehem Catholic advanced with a 60-37 win over Scranton Prep in the first round of the PIAA Class 4A girls basketball playoffs.
Taliyah Medina scored 18 points for the Golden Hawks, while Morgan Orloski added 13 points.
Scranton Prep was the third place team out of District 2 and finishes its season at 15-11.
The Northampton girls advanced with a 63-26 win over District 12 second-place team Central High School of Philadelphia.
Aja Blount scored a game-high 19 points for the Kids, while Jenna Rogers added 16 points and Victoria Keenan chipped in with 11.
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.
Bethlehem Catholic had 11 place-winners and earned the team title at Saturday’s District 11 Class 3 Wrestling Championships at Liberty High School.
The following is a team-by-team recap of the top finishers from Lehigh Valley Press-area teams. For more about your local teams pick up a copy of this week’s Press.
The Golden Hawks had two champions, 10 regional qualifiers and 11 place winners to edge Nazareth 240-223 in the team points race.