The East Penn Conference and Colonial League held quarterfinal basketball playoff games over the weekend.
Both leagues have semifinals and finals set for this week.
In EPC boys action, top-seeded Allen beat Bethlehem Catholic 67-58 on Friday and will take on Parkland in the semifinals. The No. 5 seed Trojans topped No. 6 East Stroudsburg South, 57-52, on Saturday afternoon.
The other half of the boys bracket has No. 2 seed Liberty squaring off against No. 3 Central Catholic. The Hurricanes beat Freedom in the first round, while the Vikings beat Easton Friday.
The East Penn Conference basketball playoffs got underway Friday night despite two of the eight first-round games getting postsponed.
The top seeds advanced in both boys and girls.
The No. 1 Allen boys team beat No. 8 seed Bethlehem Catholic 67-58. The Canaries move on to Monday’s semifinals against either No. 4 East Stroudsburg South or No. 5 Parkland, which play Saturday at 2 p.m.
The 45th Annual Via All-Star Basketball Classic is set for Saturday, March 28 at Northampton Community College.
Super Saturday will include four all-star basketball games featuring the top senior players from the Lehigh Valley area. It begins at 10:30 a.m. with the North vs. South girls game, followed by their boys counterparts at noon.
After the 1:30 Special Olympics Shoot Out, the West vs. East girls (2 p.m.) and boys (3:30 p.m.) games will finish off the day.
The Parkland girls swim team may have had its most intense meet of the season Saturday at Emmaus, but Thursday the Trojans go for all the marbles when they go up against Easton High School (9-2 overall, 8-1 East Penn Conference). With a win, Parkland would earn the conference championship, but a loss would give Easton the title.
In relays Saturday against Emmaus, Parkland (10-0, 9-0) took the top spot in both the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay events.
The Parkland boys swimming and diving team (9-1 overall, 8-1 East Penn Conference) looked to knock off Emmaus (12-0, 11-0) and finish off an undefeated season in the EPC. Unfortunately for the Trojans, Emmaus was also looking to put together an unblemished record and came out on top 123-63 Saturday at Emmaus High School.
Matt Green, Shawn Kushner, Gavin Webb and James Zhang all put together impressive outings for the Trojans. The four combined for second-place finishes in both the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay events.
The Parkland boys basketball team will have some positive momentum and confidence to build off of with the postseason just around the corner. The Trojans used a strong second quarter to come from behind and take down Nazareth in their regular season finale Monday night at Parkland High School in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Skyline Division game.
The Parkland Lady Trojans knew they were headed for both the East Penn Conference and District 11 girls basketball tournaments, but they went into Nazareth High School Monday night playing like their postseason lives depended on winning against a tough team.
The Trojans traveled home with an impressive 46-43 double overtime win over the Blue Eagles, finishing their season at 14-8 overall and 11-5 in the EPC.
Lindsay Berger finished the night as the high scorer for Parkland with 17 points, while Sonya Shivok scored 12 for the Trojans.
The PPL Center will be the site of the EPC basketball semifinals and finals beginning on Monday night, Feb. 10.
EPC playoff action begins Friday with quarterfinal round action.
The championship games at PPL Center will be presented by Lehigh Valley Health Network and Service Electric Cable Television. The game schedule at the PPL Center will be as follows:
Monday, Feb. 10
6 p.m. – #2 seed vs. #3 seed
7:30 p.m. – #1 seed vs. #4 seed
Tuesday, Feb. 11
6 p.m. – #2 seed vs. #3 seed
Not a lot went right for the Parkland boys basketball team in its game against Central Catholic.
The ball just would not seem to fall. The Trojans scored their lowest output of the 2019-20 season and fell to the Vikings 44-35 last Friday night in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Skyline Division action at Rockne Hall.
You never want to tell a coach that his team played an ugly game. On Tuesday night, you didn’t have to use the word ‘ugly’ around Parkland coach Ed Ohlson because he was the one that brought it up.
The Lady Trojans never got in sync and committed an uncharacteristic number of turnovers against a good Northampton team resulting in a 46-34 loss for Parkland.
The game opened with a pre-arranged tip-off that saw Lindsay Berger tip the ball to teammate Marissa Olenwine, who then tossed to Mia Coval, who was playing in her first game of the season as she rehabbed from an ACL tear.