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.
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.
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.
KJ Fenstermacher won his third District 11 3A wrestling championship over the weekend, but it didn’t come in the manner he hoped.
It was too close.
That’s how the mentality of a wrestler evolves over the duration of a career, where early on you’re just happy to grab gold, while your senior year is more about how you win gold.
Aja Blount didn’t want her first playoff game of the season to be her last one as a high school basketball player and she made sure it wasn’t, as she led the Konkrete Kids with 20 points in their 54-37 win in the District 11 6A quarterfinal game against Pocono Mountain East on Feb. 23.
“This game means a lot,” said Blount. “We didn’t want it to end yet. Now we get another try to beat Nazareth and go to the championship.”
The East Penn Conference recently announced their wrestling all-stars for this season.
Bethlehem Catholic had 11 representatives throughout all three teams, as well as the league MVP in senior Mikey Labriola.
Becahi and Northampton each had four wrestlers on the first team ballot to lead the way.
The Kids were led by Julian Chlebove at 126, KJ Fenstermacher at 132, Dan Moran at 128 and Cade Moisey at 170, who all made the first team.
Joe Tiwold was selected to the third team at 106.
106: So. Matt Maloney, Liberty
Disappointment was evident after Northampton’s 53-42 loss to Nazareth in the District 11 Class 6A girls’ basketball semifinal on Monday night at Catasauqua High School, yet hope remained for a chance to make the state tournament with a win in the consolation game on Thursday.
“I thought we would be where we are, one of the top four,” said Northampton coach Jeff Jacksits. “It’s a matter of nights, and what’s going on, and who has hot hands, and tonight, we didn’t.”
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.
District 11 basketball quarterfinals wrapped up on Saturday with Lehigh Valley Press area teams competing in boys Class 6A and 3A games.
Here’s a look at the results and next round match ups in both brackets.
For more about you local teams see this week’s editions of the Lehigh Valley Press.
Sam Iorio scored 39 points to lead No. 4 seed Parkland to a 63-54 win over No. 5 Stroudsburg.