Emmaus, Parkland, Bethlehem Catholic, Liberty and Northwestern all pulled off big wins Friday night. Here’s a recap of the action. For more about the games see this week’s issues of the Lehigh Valley Press.
Emmaus 37, Freedom 35
Lubens Myers ran for three touchdowns as the undefeated Hornets beat the Patriots 37-35.
Emmaus (6-0) bhuilts a 30-14 lead in the third quarter before Freedom (3-3) and quarterback Joe Young, who passed for three second-half touchdowns, battled back.
Despite rain in the area it was still a busy day for Lehigh Valley Press sports teams on Thursday, Sept. 28.
The Konkrete Kids beat the Bears 2-1 in overtime.
Ryan Kennan and Tyler Andrews scored unassisted goals for Northampton. Kelvy Gomez netted Pleasant Valley’s game-tying goal in the second half.
In goal, Morgan Heffelfinger stopped four shots for the Kids, who out-shot the Bears 5-3. Brad Brickman stopped one shot for the Pleasant Valley.
Freedom-East Stroudsburg North
The Saucon Valley football team had its toughest test of the season last week at Southern Lehigh, but were able to walk away with a 26-21 win over the Spartans.
The win put the Panthers at 5-0 as they head into the second-half of the season with a schedule that will be tougher then the first-half was.
It starts this week when the Panthers are again on the road, coming into Tiger Stadium for a meeting with Northwestern (3-2).
When Northwestern coach Josh Snyder brought his team out to the field for the second half of their game against Pen Argyl, he sensed that something just wasn’t right. His team held a 21-7 lead, but for some reason, the feeling just didn’t seem to be there for the second half even though Snyder couldn’t quite put his finger on what the problem was. After the second half of play, he still wasn’t sure exactly what happened or why, but he did know that his team had lost to Pen Argyl 35-21.
District 11 held a luncheon Thursday afternoon at the Moravian College-St. Luke’s Sports and Rehabilitation Center in Bethlehem to discus changes coming up this sports calendar year, in regards to postseason playoff berths, with the new PIAA classifications coming into effect this year.
It’s been a rough start to the season for the Northwestern volleyball team.
The Tigers entered last Thursday’s match against Catasauqua with just one win in their first seven matches.
Despite the struggles, however, head coach Gabby Pergosky is excited about her team’s potential for growth.
Northwestern got started in the right direction against the Rough Riders as it breezed to a 25-9, 25-21, 25-5 Colonial League victory.
The reason for Pergosky’s optimism is her belief that the Tigers will benefit from game experience more than most teams.
Last year Northwestern and Salisbury met twice in the boys soccer postseason. They were two of the best teams in the Colonial League and were the last two standing when the District 11 Class AA championship game came around.
This year the two are again among the best teams in the Colonial League. They met last week for their first and only regular season game. They played to a 1-1 draw that allowed both to escape without suffering the first loss on their 2016 schedule.
As Northwestern approaches the final third of the season, the Lady Tigers find themselves in a familiar position under head coach Kelly Bleam. Much like in past years, they are sniffing yet another Colonial League playoff appearance with a 6-1-1 record in league games.
Since falling to Southern Lehigh on September 16, Northwestern hasn’t lost a match. The Lady Tigers won two of their next three games, including a 9-1 romp over Pen Argyl on Monday. One of their more tested games came last week against Salisbury, which is now the lone unbeaten team remaining in the Colonial League.
The best thing for a good team to do after a loss is get right back to competition.
After the Northwestern girls soccer team suffered its first loss of the season Friday, the Lady Tigers were fortunate to have a Saturday morning game to shake off the loss.
Northwestern did just that in beating Liberty 4-0 Saturday in New Tripoli.
When an avalanche starts to fall, it begins to pick up speed as it rushes down a mountain. Before you know it, the tumbling snow is too much to overcome.
The Northwestern field hockey team put on its own rendition of an avalanche over the weekend against Salisbury.
After not scoring in the opening 30 minutes, one early second-half goal resulted in a snowball effect for the Lady Tigers’ scoring the rest of the morning. Northwestern (2-3-1) scored three in the span of 10:17 to shut out Salisbury 3-0 on Saturday morning.