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.
The Colonial League Boys Basketball Coaches Association selected and announced its 2019-2020 All-League and MVP Award Winners last week.
Northwestern’s Luke Hallman and Nick Henry earned honorable mentions.
Moravian Academy’s Abe Atiyeh earned this year’s Most Valuable Player selection.
The following is a list of this year’s league all-stars as chosen by the CLBBCA.
*Abe Atiyeh (Moravian Academy), *Brendan Boyle (Notre Dame-Green Pond), *Daryl Coleman (Southern Lehigh), *Kody Kratzer (Palmerton), Nate Owens (Bangor), and Jihad Range (Wilson).
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 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 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.
It was a quick turn of events for the Northwestern Lehigh Tigers Friday night at Salisbury High School and they came out on the downside of the changes, dropping a 46-42 decision to the Falcons.
The loss knocked Northwestern out of the Colonial League playoff picture.
The two teams exchanged leads throughout the first quarter, but Salisbury started to hit some shots in the second quarter.
Trey Weber’s jumper with 4:25 left before halftime put the Falcons up by four and they stretched it to six when Patrick Foley drove the lane to put Salisbury up 17-11. C
Thursday, February 6, 2020 by MIKE HAINES STAFF WRITERS TODD KRESS AND PATRICK MATSINKO CONTRIBUTED TO THIS ARTICLE in Sports
The Northwestern wrestling team ended the dual-meet part of its season last week with a 2-2 showing at the District 11 team tournament.
Northwestern overcame that obstacle Saturday against North Schuylkill, but the Tigers couldn’t make up for those lost points against a tough Wilson team.
The No. 3 seed Warriors beat the Tigers 57-16 in the second round of Class 2A consolation matches Saturday at Freedom High School, ending Northwestern’s run in districts.
The Northwestern Lehigh girls basketball team celebrated senior night with a 46-21 win over Catasauqua to finish the regular season with an 18-4 overall record and a 15-2 Colonial League record.
The Lady Tigers will have a first-round bye in the Colonial League tournament before facing either Moravian Academy or Wilson in the semifinals.
Against Catasauqua, Ali Lister led the Lady Tigers with 12 points, while Kailyn Jones finished with 10.
Northwestern Lehigh came into last week with an 8-8 record and in need of a couple of big wins.
The Tigers got the wins, but it wasn’t easy and it certainly wasn’t for the faint of heart.