Three Lehigh Valley Press teams moved on in state play Thursday night and will continue their quest for a state title.
The Emmaus boys knocked off Harrisburg 64-61 in a game that was supposed to be played Wednesday night. The Hornets got off to a nice start leading 19-13 after one and 32-22 heading into halftime. But Harrisburg would cut the lead to just 44-43 after three quarters before a close fourth quarter of action left Emmaus out in front in the end.
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.
Last Friday in the opening round of the East Penn Conference girls tournament, Northampton dug a hole it wasn’t quite able to get out of, despite an impressive second half effort against Nazareth.
The girls trailed 12-8 after one quarter, 20-8 at one point in the second, and then 24-15 at the half. They cut the deficit to six after three quarters before eventually falling 44-42 to the Eagles — a team they were facing for a third time this season and could very well see again.
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.
The East Penn Conference announced opening-round pairings for their boys and girls basketball tournaments. Action begins Friday night, Feb. 10 with most games beginning at 7 p.m.
In the boys bracket, Emmaus earned the top seed and will host Eastburg North. In the bracket below, fourth seed Becahi will host fifth seed Whitehall, which looked certain to finish with a top-four seed heading into the playoffs. The two winners will play Wednesday, Feb. 15 at a site and time to be determined.
After two disappointing losses at the end of January to Bethlehem Catholic and Minersville, Jeff Jacksits and the Northampton girls basketball team were determined to turn things around.
The goal was to finish the season winning their final six games. While that won’t happen, the team enters their final contest of the season on Feb. 8 (past Press deadlines) with a 4-1 mark in this span. The team will play Parkland before opening the EPC playoffs on Friday, Feb. 10..
The Northampton wrestling team fell to Nazareth in a big EPC rivalry matchup on Thursday night in Northampton.
The match got started at heavyweight where the Eagles Mohamed Tounkara won a 6-2 decision over Alex Darabaris.
At 106, the Kids Sam Hanley won 6-4 to tie things up at 3-3. But the Eagles would go up 12-3 after a Sean Pierson decision at 113 and a Ryan O’Grady pin at 120 led into the heart of the Kids order.
When the Moravian College ice hockey team takes on DeSales University on Sunday, Jan. 22, it will certainly be a special occasion.
The game takes place outdoors at Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink, but beyond that, this contest will also serve as a fundraiser for Derrick Wruble, a former Northampton ice hockey player who graduated in 2014.
With Tuesday’s game against Whitehall canceled, the Northampton girls basketball team and head coach Jeff Jacksits had a chance to catch their breath a bit from what’s been a busy season thus far.
The girls are coming off a 61-34 win over Pocono Mountain West on Monday night. That win put them at 8-3 so far this season.
While that mark has them in pretty good shape heading down the stretch, Jacksits and the girls are striving to be better, especially when it matters most.
On Wednesday, some District 11 titles were settled in the Lehigh Valley Press coverage area, while a few more are on the line Thursday night. In football, the action all gets under way this weekend.
In field hockey, the Emmaus Hornets did it again - their 28th straight district title after a 3-1 victory over Stroudsburg Wednesday night.