The District 11 Wrestling Championships will get underway Friday afternoon at and culminate Saturday evening at Liberty High School.
Parkland has six wrestlers seeded in the top 10 in their weight class, led by No. 6 Cory Border (Sr., 24-11) at 285.
District team champ Bethlehem Catholic has five No. 1 seeds, while Stroudsburg has three and Northampton and Bangor each have two grapplers at the top of their respective bracket.
The top five wrestlers at districts will move on to next week’s Class 3A PIAA Northeast Regional Tournament at Liberty.
It wasn’t quick and it sure wasn’t easy.
But after over two years of discussions, debates, arguments and compromises, the Colonial League and Schuylkill League came up with a cooperative football scheduling agreement that allows 28 teams to play their 10 regular season games against more opponents from schools of a similar size.
Officials from both leagues announced the agreement Thursday at a press conference at Blue Mountain Resort. The agreement will take affect in 2020 and schedules for the first two seasons were handed out at the event.
Officials from the Colonial and Schuylkill leagues held a press conference Thursday announcing their new cooperative football scheduling model, which will take affect in the 2020 season.
The 12 Colonial League football teams and 16 from the Schuylkill League will form four divisions based on enrollments and PIAA Classifications. While Colonial League president Bryan Geist insisted the move was not a merger, the cooperative in effect creates a new 28-team league.
“It’s not a perfect system, but we’re getting closer,” said Northwestern Lehigh athletic director Jason Zimmerman.
The Parkland wrestling team opened its season with a 61-7 win over Dieruff last week.
The Trojans won 10 of the 12 contested matches, including eight wins by fall.
By most teams’ standards a 7-5 season and a trip to the District 11 football semifinals would be a pretty good year. Some places it would make history.
At Parkland, winner of six straight district titles from 2013-17, anything short of a trip to the state playoffs might be seen as a disappointing season. But this year’s Parkland team, which had its season end Saturday with a 35-21 loss to Freedom, overcame a lot of adversity to reach seven wins and earn the No. 5 seed in the district playoffs.
There’s rain in the forecast for this Friday night. And Dominic Nelson probably doesn’t mind.
The Parkland senior running back had one of the best games of his career last Friday night in a driving rain at Stroudsburg High School. Nelson ran for five touchdowns to lead his team to a 35-0 win over the Mountaineers in a District 11 Class 6A playoff game.
Players struggled to find their footing on the wet artificial turf at SHS. But Nelson piled up 100 yards on 21 carries in the game.
“It’s tough but it’s football,” said Nelson. “I love to play it in the rain.”
Five Parkland golfers competed in Monday’s District 11 Championships at Lehigh Country Club.
Three Trojans finished in a tie and came just one place short of advancing to regionals. Seniors John Angelella and Chris Panny, along with sophomore Trevor Grim, finished in a four-way tie for seventh place with Northampton’s Devon Britton.
“I played pretty well,” said Trevor Grimm. “I had a few holes I wish I could have back but all around I played pretty good.”
The three Trojans each shot 80 at districts, where the top six finishers advance to regionals.
Emmaus and Freedom both won football games Friday night to improve to 7-0 and set up next week’s match up of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s last two unbeaten teams. Parkland won a rivalry game over Whitehall Friday night, while Bethlehem Catholic picked up a win on Saturday.
Here’s a recap of this week’s games from around the Lehigh Valley Press area.
The Trojans picked up a 49-21 win over Whitehall Friday night in Orefield.
Chris Panny’s round was going well last week with two holes left at the Eastern Pennsylvania Golf Championships. Then on his 17th hole the round got even better.
Panny was six over on his first nine and was looking to shoot even par on the back in hopes of staying in the top five to qualify for districts. He was right around that number when he hit his second shot on the par 5, 17th hole to 80 yards. For his approach shot, he pulled a 58-degree wedge, choked down a bit and sent it straight at the hole.
Both Lehigh Valley high school leagues featured battles of unbeaten teams this week.
In the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, Freedom earned a 21-20 win over Parkland. In the Colonial League, Notre Dame (Green Pond) outlasted Northwestern in overtime, 35-34.
Here are recaps of some of this week’s games. For more, see this week’s issues of the Lehigh Valley Press.
Two undefeated Eastern Pennsylvania Conference went head to head and the Patriots came out on top, handing the six-time defending district champs a 21-20 loss.