Four top-seeded teams earned league basketball championships this week as tournaments were completed in both the East Penn Conference and Colonial League.
In the EPC title games, Allen boys beat Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic girls held off Nazareth Thursday night at the PPL Center. In the Colonial League, Southern Lehigh upended Bangor for the boys title and Notre Dame (Green Pond) took down Moravian Academy for the girls championship Friday at Freedom High School.
League championship basketball match ups are now finalized for both the Colonial League and East Penn Conference.
The Colonial League held girls semifinals Wednesday evening at Catasauqua High School.
Top-seeded Notre Dame (Green Pond) beat No. 4 Bangor 51-36 in a girls semifinal to advance to the championship game, while No. 3 Moravian Academy took down No. 3 Northwestern 49-45.
The Crusaders and Lions will meet Friday at 6 p.m. with the boys championship between No. 1 Southern Lehigh and No. 6 Bangor scheduled for 7:45 p.m.
Friday night was just one of those nights for the Parkland girls basketball team.
The Trojans traveled to Nazareth High School with a number of players under the weather and others who were just worn out physically. The result was that the longer the game went, the more worn down the Lady Trojans became, allowing the Blue Eagles to pull away from them for a 43-32 win in the quarterfinals of the EPC tournament.
The two teams had just met four days earlier and battled through a double-overtime game that Parkland came away from with a key win to end the regular season schedule.
Senior Lexi Lehman followed up her win in the East Penn Conference midseason meet with a gold medal at the EPC Championships last weekend at Parkland High School.
The top three spots were captured by Parkland divers, with Alexa Brinker finishing second and Kate Gottwald coming in third.
On their initial dives, Brinker edged out Lehman with a 34.40 compared to a 34.00 for the defending champion.
After nearly completing the 2019-20 season without a loss, the Parkland ice hockey team dropped a game and was held without a goal when Northampton beat the Trojans 4-0 last Friday night in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey League regular season finale at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.
The Trojans (13-1-2 overall) had not lost or been shut out in their first 15 games this season. Parkland was coming off of one of its two ties this season, a 2-2 draw against Phillipsburg.
Despite the loss, the Trojans were still crowned league champions for another year.
Parkland High School boys basketball head coach Andy Stephens had nothing but good things to say about his team Monday’s difficult loss.
In a fast-paced, back-and-forth game on the big stage in the big city, the Trojans fell to Allen 66-61 in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference semifinal game Monday night in the nightcap of a doubleheader at the PPL Center. The opening game saw Liberty defeat Central Catholic 60-53 to set up a rematch between the Canaries and Hurricanes in the championship game Thursday.
Throughout the East Penn Conference Diving Championships on Saturday, there was little doubt that one of the Parkland divers would come away with a gold medal around his neck. The question was which one was it going to be.
Ethan Radio took an early lead after two dives, but Kole Cannon led the rest of the way as the meet headed into the final round that saw Cannon with a scant lead of just 1.65 points.
Both divers had chosen to save the best for last, opting for high-risk, high-reward dives featuring reverse twists.
Basketball playoffs continued in the Colonial League and East Penn Conference Tuesday evening.
In the Colonial League were boys semifinals, while the EPC held girls semifinals.
Top-seeded Southern Lehigh beat No. 4 Notre Dame (Green Pond) 82-60. Friday night’s final will pit the Spartans against No. 6 Bangor, a 54-41 winner over No. 2 Moravian Academy Tuesday.
The top two seeds in the East Penn Conference boys basketball playoffs will meet in Thursday’s league title game.
Allen, the No. 1 seed, beat No. 5 Parkland in overtime Monday, 66-61, while No. 2 seed Liberty improved to 20-4 this season when it beat No. 3 Central Catholic, 60-53 on Monday.
Joe Barnes scored a game-high 20 points for the Hurricanes, which led 24-21 at halftime but stretched the lead to 42-30 after three quarters. Fifteen of Barnes’ points came in that decisive third quarter.
Nick Filchner led Central Catholic (20-4) with 19 points.
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.