A week before the high school football season hits the halfway mark, some playoff races are starting to take shape. Whitehall kept itself among the top of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with a win Friday night, while Liberty also stayed in the hunt by beating Northampton.
The Zephyrs cruised to a 41-13 win over Liberty.
Ethan Parvel passed for 172 yards and rushed for 103 yards in the win. He threw two touchdown passes and ran for three scores to keep his team unbeaten at 4-0.
Both Bethlehem Catholic remained undefeated with wins Friday night in the third week of the 2017 high school football season, while Northampton grabbed its second of the young season.
The Golden Hawks erased an early Emmaus lead with 21 straight points then held on for a 28-21 win.
Emmaus (1-2) went up 14-0 on two first quarter touchdowns, but the Hawks scored three unanswered touchdowns, capped by Shamus Williams’ interception return for a touchdown with 1:15 left in the first half that gave his team a 21-14 lead.
An entire slate of 1-0 teams matched up in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference division that swept it’s northern counterpart last week.
Defending District 11 Class 5A champ Whitehall made a statement with a win over defending Eastern Pennsylvania Conference champ Emmaus, while Bethelehem Catholic and Freedom also rolled to wins.
In the Colonial League, Catasauqua and Salisbury both remained undefeated with victories on Friday night.
The Zephyrs beat Emmaus 42-35.
High School football got under way Friday night across the state. Several teams from the Lehigh Valley Press coverage area posted big wins to open the season.
Defending Eastern Pennsylvania Conference champion Emmaus opened its season with a 62-19 win over Dieruff to open the 2017 season.
Like most outdoor enthusiasts, James Soldridge III knew how to use a rod and reel by around the same time he could walk. His father had him out at local streams early in his life and young James fell in love with the sport.
But unlike most anglers, he took it to another level. During his freshman year of high school, Soldridge joined the Lehigh Valley Junior Bassmasters and began fishing competitively.
Through that program he competed in many fishing tournaments with success, mostly around eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. This year he earned his biggest title to date.
The top senior high school football players in the Lehigh Valley got one last chance to suit up and take the field last Thursday night in the 47th Annual McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star Football Classic.
Four Parkland players were part of the Red team, which lost 37-34 to the Gold team.
“I knew people who played in it and I was hoping I would get picked,” said Parkland offensive lineman Palmer Kerch. “This is a huge honor to play in this game.”
Kerch was joined in the game by Trojan teammates Patrick Ferry, Nick Suriel and DJ Hohman.
The Parkland baseball team already has one title under its belt this season. With Tuesday’s 10-3 win over Pocono Mountain East, the Trojans earned the right to play for two more.
The win put them in Wednesday’s district title game against Liberty and earned them a spot in next week’s state playoff tournament.
Parkland got another great pitching performance from Mike Jenkins and its offense exploded for 11 hits off Pocono Mountain East starter Zach McCambley.
After finishing eighth in last year’s PIAA Track and Field Championship Meet, Morgan Sherwin knew she was capable of bringing home another state medal this spring when she attended the annual meet at Shippensburg University.
But she even surprised herself when she got to climb up to the second-place level on the podium Saturday after clearing 5 feet, five inches in the high jump.
Parkland and Whitehall have had some epic matches this season.
Tuesday’s District 11 Class 3A semifinal was the third time the teams have met in the past three weeks and not once has the match been settled in three games.
Tuesday’s night’s game had a bit more on the line than the last two meetings, with the winner advancing to the state playoffs and Thursday’s district title match against top-seeded Emmaus.
The Zephyrs came out on top Tuesday, 3-1 (25-28, 24-26, 25-18, 25-13) behind a 28-kill effort from senior middle outsider hitter Logan McGinley.
There are a lot of positives about the race Parkland’s boys 3200-meter relay team ran at last week’s District 11 Championship Meet.
For one thing, the team earned the gold medal with a winning time of 8:08.24. On top of that, the group knows it can run even faster in this weekend’s PIAA Class 3A Championship at Shippensburg University.
“It was just a good team effort all around,” said sophomore Riley Williamson. “We all knew what we had to do and we all did it. We didn’t all run our best time, but we did what we had to do to win.”