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.
It was not an easy road to the District 11 boys soccer playoffs, but now that the Hornets are there, they plan to make the most of it.
Emmaus football coach Harold Fairclough said during the preseason that his team’s strength would be its defense.
With the Hornets averaging over 52 points per game in their first three games, the defense wasn’t in the spotlight much this season. That changed in Friday’s 50-7 win over Northampton.
Emmaus held the Kids to just 78 yards of offense (17 rushing, 61 passing). The Hornet defense forced six punts and the Kids’ offense scoreless as their only touchdown came on an interception return.
Josh Schoenberger made two previous trips to the Lehigh Valley Conference Tennis Tournament and came away empty handed each time.
Monday, the Northampton senior had his best showing in his final appearance at the event, taking third place at No. 2 singles for his first career medal.
"I went further than I thought I would," he said. "I was hitting a better forehand. I wasn't hitting it out of bounds. I kept the ball in play and took care of key points."
With a win over the No. 2 seed earlier in the season, Bobby Fehr felt like he should have been higher than a No. 7 seed in the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic.
Six wrestlers had first round byes, meaning Fehr had to start in the pigtail round. On the other hand, he fell on the opposite side of the 160-pound bracket from defending state champ Garrett Peppelman.
Only six golfers from District 11's Class AAA field can move on to regionals. Half of them are from Northampton.
Evan Notaro, Kevin Kunkle and Carter Test all played well enough at Monday's District 11 Championship to earn a spot in next week's PIAA Eastern Regional field.
Notaro took second place at 107, three shots off the lead. Kunkle was fourth at 111 while Test placed fifth with a 114.
In one of the most important events of the high school golf season, the last thing a player wants to have are bad holes early in the round.
But that didn't bother Northampton's Kevin Kunkle. The junior took double bogeys on two of his first seven holes. But he didn't let those two holes ruin his round at Monday's District 11 Golf Championship Qualifier.
Kunkle carded a six-over par 78 Monday at Woodstone Golf Club in Danielsville after playing the final five holes at one-under par.
Evan Notaro owns two District 11 medals, earning one in each of his two appearances at the district championship.
The Northampton senior was hoping to add some Lehigh Valley Conference hardware to his trophy case Monday at the LVC Golf Championship.
Notaro earned a league medal Monday at Allentown Municipal Golf Course, but it wasn't the one he was hoping for. He shot a 4-over par 76 to tie for second place, earning the silver medal by a match of cards.
"I wasn't very happy with how I played," said Notaro. "I couldn't hit the shots I wanted and putts were not dropping.
Alec Lederer has lofty goals for his senior year. Through the season's first big race, he feels on pace to achieve them.
Lederer took fifth place Saturday at the 34th annual DeSales Invitational Cross Country Meet, beating all District 11 Class AAA runners in his first race of the season.
It was a good start to a season that the Northampton senior hopes ends with a District 11 title and a trip to the state championships.