Several Lehigh Valley Press area teams competed in the District 11 Cross Country Meet Wednesday at Bethlehem Municipal.
Parkland’s boys cross country team took first place in Class 3A.
The Trojans’s Hailemichael Geiger and Sam Morgan finished third and fourth, respectively, to lead the team over second place Southern Lehigh.
Riley Williamson (8th), Nicholas Bower (12th) and Steven Kaleycik (22nd) were also part of the Trojans’ top five at the meet.
Emmaus’ Del Vierling took fifth place overall as the Hornets finished sixth as a team.
Northwestern opened the season with a number of young players replacing graduating seniors and nobody was quite sure what to expect. While there have been some rough spots, the Tigers have seen some of the young players develop well in their first full varsity season as starters, leaving things in good shape moving forward.
Throughout Thursday night’s Colonial League championship game, the Northwestern boys’ soccer team took several shots at what seemed to be a brick wall in front of the Salisbury net.
The Tigers put a crack in it with a game-tying goal in the second half, but they couldn’t bring the wall completely down in 80 minutes of regulation.
In the second overtime period, it finally came crumbling down when Noah Meyers provided the game-winning shot as the Tigers defended last year’s league title with a 2-1 victory over the Falcons.
Sometimes, one just has to hand it to the other team. That’s what Northwestern had to do after losing 21-14 to rival Northern Lehigh in Bo and Brett’s Mountain Road Rumble last Friday.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, they also had to hand over the accompanying trophy that goes to the winner of the rivalry game and has been in the Northwestern trophy case for three straight years.
It’s hard to predict how a team will respond to a loss.
But if Northwestern’s District 11 Class 2A girls’ soccer quarterfinal against Lehighton is any indication, the Tigers will be just fine.
After falling to Southern Lehigh in penalty kicks in the Colonial League semifinals last week, Northwestern bounced back Tuesday with a 7-0 victory to move on to the semifinals.
The Tigers will face Salisbury, which earned an 8-0 quarterfinal win over Tamaqua, Thursday in the semis.
District 11 held playoffs in field hockey and volleyball Wednesday.
Below are scores from the Lehigh Valley Press coverage area teams that competed.
The No. 5 seed Zephyrs beat the No. 4 seed Konkrete Kids 4-2.
Emily Wells scored two goals for Whitehall (12-6), while teammates Kylee Cunningham and Kate Bonshak had one each. Rachel Schannauer had a pair of assists for the Zephs.
It’s week 10 of the football season and there’s a lot on the line heading into the regular season finale.
Check out the breakdowns below for each classification with scenarios for what local teams have to accomplish to either get into the postseason or improve their seeding.
(All teams listed have either clinched or are in contention)
1A (4 teams qualify)
1. Williams Valley 8-1
2. Tri-Valley 7-2
3. Marian Catholic 5-4
4. Nativity BVM 1-8
5. Shenandoah Valley 0-9
The following is the District 11 playoff schedule for field hockey, soccer and volleyball.
(9) Eastburg South at (8) Pocono East 6 p.m.
(1) Emmaus vs. winner of PME-Eastburg South 5:30 p.m. at Emmaus; (5) Whitehall at (4) Northampton 6 p.m.; (6) Easton at (3) Liberty 4:30 p.m.; (7) Parkland at (2) Stroudsburg 4 p.m.
(4) Salisbury vs. (1) Bangor 7 p.m.; (3) Eastburg North vs. (2) Southern Lehigh 5:15 p.m.
The penultimate week of the regular season saw some teams position themselves for the upcoming district football playoff tournaments.
Here are recaps of Lehigh Valley Press area games. For more about the games and all you local varsity teams, see this week’s editions of the Lehigh Valley Press.
The Colonial League held soccer championship games on Thursday.
Northwestern’s boys soccer team defended it’s title with a 2-1 win over Salisbury Thursday’s title game at Northern Lehigh.
Noah Meyers scored the game-winner for Northwestern on an assist from Kenny Gawelko.