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.
The second Friday night of the high school football season saw Emmaus pull out a big win, Northampton get its first East Penn Conference North Division victory and a rare Thursday night game in the Colonial League.
The Red Rovers pulled away late for a 55-21 win over Whitehall.
Easton had a six-point lead at halftime and extended it with five second-half touchdowns.
Harold Reynolds ran for 186 and three touchdowns on 19 carries, while quarterback Nate Nimeh completed 11 of 18 passes for 176 yards and a score.
Several former Parkland high school athletes are making a name for themselves in the college ranks during the fall season. Here are a few that excelled last year and are ready to do more in 2018.
Brooke Robertson is heading into her senior season as a member of the Delaware University womens volleyball team. Robertson has appeared in 46 matches over her first two seasons despite missing most of her sophomore year with a foot injury. She had compiled 220 kills in 127 sets with 150 digs and 32 blocks.
The East Penn Conference South teams rolled over their North Division counterparts on the opening night of the 2018 football season.
Emmaus, Parkland, Freedom, Bethlehem Catholic, Liberty and Northampton were all part of the big night for South Division teams.
In the Colonial League, Northwestern won a shootout, while Catty dropped its opener.
The Hornets got two touchdowns from each of their senior running backs and couple passing touchdowns from quarterback Ethan Parvel in a 62-6 rout of Allen.
As high school football teams were just beginning their first week of preseason preparation last week, the National Football Foundation’s Lehigh Valley Chapter held its first ever Lehigh Valley Football Media Day.
Coaches from all 33 teams in the NFF-LV area were invited to come to Northampton High School’s Erdosy Stadium with their team captains to talk about the upcoming season.
Fans of all-star games expect a lot of offense. At last Thursday’s 48th Annual McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star Football Game, there was a good bit of scoring, but most of it came from one side.
The Gold team, made up of players from Northampton County and Phillipsburg and Palisades High Schools, beat the Red Team (Lehigh, Carbon, Monroe counties) 35-7.
Northwestern Lehigh graduate Cole Miller finished off his first US Open last weekend at 12-over par.
Although Miller was not one of the 67 players to make the cut, he finished in the top 100, tying for 98th place with the likes of Jason Day, Charl Schwartzel and Matt Kuchar. He finished one shot better than Adam Scott and a more than a stroke better than major champions Sergio Garcia (+14), Keegan Bradley (+15) and Martin Kaymer (+18).
Miller missed the cut by just four strokes.
Parkland head coach Kurt Weber has seen a lot of Trojan baseball teams earn league titles. He saw another one crowned last week and it was just as enjoyable as his first time back in 2000 when he was an assistant under Terry Stoudt.
“It never gets old,” said Weber, who has been head coach for three years and was an assistant with the program since 1999. “I used to tell coach [Tony] Galucy that when he was putting the medals on. Every one is a little bit different. Every one is special.
Parkland crowned three individual gold medalists and two more for relay teams at last week’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Track and Field Championships.
Trojan senior Sam Morgan hauled in a pair of individual golds, while also helping a two relay teams to first-place finishes. Freshman Mustapha Salau won one individual event and was part of both relay teams, while junior Shelby Staib grabbed one gold and one third-place medal.
Parkland only needed one run to win Monday’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinal softball game. The No. 2 seed Trojans got the game’s only run in the second inning then held off a seventh-inning rally from No. 3 Easton to advance to this week’s title game with a 1-0 victory.
The Rovers had their best chance to score when Gillian Walsh blasted a double to the right-field fence to lead off the seventh inning. But Parkland got out of the inning with two ground outs and a strike out to complete the three-hit shut out.