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.
District 11 announced the times, locations and matchups for the 4A volleyball tournament. The games begin on Saturday morning at four different locations.
Parkland, the top seed, will host the winner of (8) Whitehall vs. (9) Pocono Mountain East, which is scheduled for 9 a.m. The winner takes on the Trojans at 10:30 a.m.
(4) Emmaus will host (5) Pleasant Valley at 10 a.m. and Delaware Valley will host Wyoming Valley West, however no time was announced for this contest.
The Emmaus field hockey team did it again, this time with a come from behind win to capture the East Penn Conference title.
The Hornets and Stroudsburg were scoreless throughout much of the first half before the Mounties Lizzy Cunningham gave her team a 1-0 lead with about 10 minutes left in the first half.
That lead would hold up for the rest of the first half and into this second until the Hornets Kira Koehler tied the game at 1-1, on an assist of Meredith Sholder
The East Penn Conference released their updated playoff schedule on Wednesday with sites and times.
In field hockey, top-seed Emmaus will take on two-seed Stroudsburg at Whitehall High School at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20.
In boys soccer, top-seed Liberty advanced to the finals and will take on third-seeded Stroudsburg which needed OT to knock off Parkland, the two seed, on Tuesday. This game will take place at Nazareth on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m.