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.
In Class 6A action, Emmaus beat District 1 fourth-place team Cheltenham, 68-67.
Matt Kachelries scored a game-high 24 points to get his career total to 990. His twin brother David added 19 points for the Hornets (21-6). Zach Sabol chipped in with 16 points.
Jack Clark led the Panthers with 32 points.
Emmaus, the fourth-place team from District 11, moves on to face District 3 champs Harrisburg (20-6) in the second round with the winner advancing to Saturday’s quarterfinals.
Bethlehem Catholic advanced with a 60-37 win over Scranton Prep in the first round of the PIAA Class 4A girls basketball playoffs.
Taliyah Medina scored 18 points for the Golden Hawks, while Morgan Orloski added 13 points.
Scranton Prep was the third place team out of District 2 and finishes its season at 15-11.
The Northampton girls advanced with a 63-26 win over District 12 second-place team Central High School of Philadelphia.
Aja Blount scored a game-high 19 points for the Kids, while Jenna Rogers added 16 points and Victoria Keenan chipped in with 11.
Day two of the PIAA 3A wrestling championships saw seven of our local wrestlers advance to Saturday’s semifinal round.
Parkland’s Zach Ortman (138) is the most surprising semifinalist of the group, as he registered an overtime fall over Hollidaysburg’s Nathan Swartz in 6:46 during Friday’s quarterfinal round to advance in dramatic fashion.
Bethlehem Catholic’s Mikey Labriola and Northampton’s Julian Chlebove both continued their treks to a second straight state championship Thursday night during the opening round of the PIAA 3A wrestling tournament.
Labriola won his opening bout by fall over Britain Shields of Big Spring with a fall in :34 seconds.
Labriola is one of four Hawks heading to Friday’s quarterfinals, as Ryan Anderson (126), Jarred Papcsy (132) and Niko Camacho (HWT) look to move through the bracket.
Parkland was the overwhelming preseason favorite to win the 2017 Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League. And why wouldn’t it be? The Trojans haven’t lost a game this season, let alone the past 95 straight league contests.
To put the cherry on top, the only team to be crowned champions of the LVSHL since 2010 has been Parkland. The Trojans made it eight straight league championships last week.
After a 6-5 victory over Northampton in game one, the top-seeded Trojans had little trouble in the championship-clinching game two.
Pocono Mountain West’s Jalen Vaughn and Isaiah Wiggins might be the most well-known of the Panthers’ triple threat. But Parkland found out Saturday night in the District 11 Class 6A title game that the third member of the trio, Lance Singh, can be just as lethal as his counterparts.
Singh poured in 35 points in the district title game as all three of West’s best players reached double digits in an 83-59 win over the four-time defending district champion Trojans.
The Parkland girls basketball team dropped the District 11 third-place game to Northampton last week, 53-47.
The momentum shuffled back and forth much of the game, with Parkland taking the lead after the first and third quarters, but Northampton holding the lead at halftime and when it mattered most.
The Kids’ Victoria Keenan (24 points) and Aja Blount (19 points) led all scorers. Parkland (18-8) was led by Devyn Anderson’s 12 points, and Kassidy Stout had 10 for the Lady Trojans.
The look on Nathan Feyrer’s face said it all after losing to Freedom’s Evan Callahan in the 220-pound final of the Northeast Regional tournament last weekend.
Feyrer jumped the gun and scored a first period takedown to grab a 2-0 lead, but saw that disappear in the wake of a 6-3 defeat, leaving a look of frustration in the aftermath of another finals loss to Callahan.
It was the second consecutive runner-up performance in as many weeks to Callahan, as he hasn’t been able to solve the Patriots’ puzzle this postseason.
The Parkland girls swimming team conquered its ninth straight District 11 Championship last weekend in their home pool. Thanks to a good lead coming into the event from a strong performance in the diving portion of the championship, Parkland bested rival Emmaus by a score of 401-385 in the girls competition. The boys team finished second in team standings behind Emmaus by a 401-308.5 score.
In the swimming portion of districts, Zoe Sheridan took gold and a guaranteed spot at states in the 500 freestyle, besting her closest competition by just over four seconds in the event.