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.
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.
East Penn Conference boys and girls finals are set and champions will be crowned Friday night at Freedom High School.
For the boys, Bethlehem Catholic will face Allen for the third time this season at 8 p.m. at Freedom.
Becahi survived against East Stroudsburg North for a 60-58 victory. The Hawks built an early lead and led 21-11 after one, and then 39-24 heading into the half. Eastburg chipped away in the third to cut the deficit to 49-37 before a frantic rally attempt in the fourth which saw them outscore Becahi 21-11 in that final frame.
The East Penn Conference announced opening-round pairings for their boys and girls basketball tournaments. Action begins Friday night, Feb. 10 with most games beginning at 7 p.m.
In the boys bracket, Emmaus earned the top seed and will host Eastburg North. In the bracket below, fourth seed Becahi will host fifth seed Whitehall, which looked certain to finish with a top-four seed heading into the playoffs. The two winners will play Wednesday, Feb. 15 at a site and time to be determined.
On Wednesday, some District 11 titles were settled in the Lehigh Valley Press coverage area, while a few more are on the line Thursday night. In football, the action all gets under way this weekend.
In field hockey, the Emmaus Hornets did it again - their 28th straight district title after a 3-1 victory over Stroudsburg Wednesday night.
District 11 announced the times, locations and matchups for the 4A volleyball tournament. The games begin on Saturday morning at four different locations.
Parkland, the top seed, will host the winner of (8) Whitehall vs. (9) Pocono Mountain East, which is scheduled for 9 a.m. The winner takes on the Trojans at 10:30 a.m.
(4) Emmaus will host (5) Pleasant Valley at 10 a.m. and Delaware Valley will host Wyoming Valley West, however no time was announced for this contest.
The Emmaus field hockey team did it again, this time with a come from behind win to capture the East Penn Conference title.
The Hornets and Stroudsburg were scoreless throughout much of the first half before the Mounties Lizzy Cunningham gave her team a 1-0 lead with about 10 minutes left in the first half.
That lead would hold up for the rest of the first half and into this second until the Hornets Kira Koehler tied the game at 1-1, on an assist of Meredith Sholder
The East Penn Conference released their updated playoff schedule on Wednesday with sites and times.
In field hockey, top-seed Emmaus will take on two-seed Stroudsburg at Whitehall High School at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20.
In boys soccer, top-seed Liberty advanced to the finals and will take on third-seeded Stroudsburg which needed OT to knock off Parkland, the two seed, on Tuesday. This game will take place at Nazareth on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m.
The East Penn Conference announced playoff matchups for the 2016 fall sports season on Friday, Oct. 14. Here’s a look:
Three games will take place Saturday, Oct. 15: Whitehall (8) at Emmaus (1) 3:30 p.m.; Easton (5) at Northampton (4), 2 p.m.; Pocono Mt. East (6) at Liberty (3) 3:30 p.m.; Parkland (7) at Stroudsburg (2) 2 p.m.
The semifinals will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 18 with the finals slated for Thursday, Oct. 20.