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.
If Northampton had hopes of forcing a winner-take-all Game 3 in the championship series of the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL), the Konkrete Kids would likely need a fast start. One much like Northampton had in Game 1.
Instead, seven-time defending champion Parkland was the one to hit the ice fast and never look back.
By halftime of Northampton’s girls’ first round PIAA state playoff basketball game against Philadelphia Central High School, Kids’ coach Jeff Jacksits was stressing fundamentals and the importance of running through their plays.
Then Jacksits watched as Northampton increased its lead from 27 points to 37 points and posted a 63-26 victory over the Lancers last Friday at Freedom High School.
Aja Blount was the top scorer of the night with 19 points, followed by Jenna Rogers with 16 points, and Victoria Keenan with 11 points.
Julian Chlebove certainly knows that with each win, the expectations will rise for him.
After the sophomore won his second straight PIAA 3A wrestling championship over the weekend with a 13-3 major decision over Liberty’s Luke Werne, Chlebove talked about following in the footsteps of Franklin Regional’s Spencer Lee.
That was, however, before Lee took the mat and lost to Exeter’s Austin DeSanto 6-5 in perhaps the greatest high school upset ever, as the senior 126-pounder suffered his first high school loss in his final career bout.
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.
Bethlehem Catholic’s Mikey Labriola and Northampton’s Julian Chlebove both continued their treks to a second straight state championship Thursday night during the opening round of the PIAA 3A wrestling tournament.
Labriola won his opening bout by fall over Britain Shields of Big Spring with a fall in :34 seconds.
Labriola is one of four Hawks heading to Friday’s quarterfinals, as Ryan Anderson (126), Jarred Papcsy (132) and Niko Camacho (HWT) look to move through the bracket.
On Friday, March 3, the Northampton varsity swim team arrived at Parkland High School, the home of the 2017 PIAA District XI Championship meet, with 15 swimmers ready to compete against the best of the best from surrounding schools.
Swimming in the AAA division, the competition for Northampton was undeniable, but at the close on Saturday evening, Northampton had earned five medals, set two new school records and achieved numerous personal best times.
Like father, like sons.
The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation held its 56th annual Scholar Athlete Banquet on Sunday.
Hundreds of athletes, families, friends, and coaches packed the Northampton Community Center to officially culminate the 2016-17 season and find out which high school student would be awarded one of the season’s highest individual accolades.
One scholar athlete was chosen from 33 area high schools to become the 2017 scholar athlete award winner.
Victoria Keenan has a way of just taking over a basketball game.
After being shutout in the first quarter of the District 11 consolation game against Parkland, Keenan gladly took the reins, leading Northampton to a 53-47 win over Parkland, making the Kids the three-seed out of District 11 and dropping Parkland to number-four.
There was ice and water spilled all over the floor in the hallways of Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium during the championship round of the 3A Northeast Regional finals last Saturday night.
It wasn’t hard to guess the culprit either, as Hazleton’s Jimmy Hoffman was the one responsible for making a mess.
And you couldn’t really blame him for knocking over a water cooler after getting pinned by Northampton senior KJ Fenstermacher in the 132-pound championship.