Six video games involving eight Instances Information space groups shall be on faucet because the semifinal spherical of the District 11 basketball match takes place over the subsequent couple of days.
Class 4A Semifinals
No. Three Tamaqua (18-7) vs. No. 2 Bethlehem Cath. (13-10)
: Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at Freedom Excessive College
: Tamaqua – Jimmy Barron (fifth season); Bethlehem Catholic – Scott McClary
: Tamaqua – Lucas Gregoire (17.36 ppg), Brayden Knoblauch (17.24), Barron Stauffenberg (7.58), Nathan Gregoire (6.28), Nate Boyle (5.48); Bethlehem Catholic – Isaiah Alexander (6-6 So.), Julian Thomas (6-Three Sr.), Bryan Santana (5-11 Sr.), Ryan Santana (5-11 Sr.)
: Bethlehem Catholic defeated Northwestern 56-39 within the quarterfinals, whereas Tamaqua earned a convincing 79-45 win over Pine Grove in the identical spherical … The winner of this matchup takes on the winner of No. Four seed Wilson and high seed Allentown Central Catholic within the finals, whereas the losers meet within the comfort spherical … The Blue Raiders have already clinched a state postseason berth because the 4A class will get 4 groups into the PIAA playoffs … Of their quarterfinal win over Pine Grove, the Raiders jumped out to a 29-11 lead after one interval … Becahi by no means trailed in opposition to the Tigers. The Golden Hawks’ tandem of Ryan Glassmacher and Matt Stianche mixed for 9 factors in a vital 11-Zero run within the third interval to present them an insurmountable lead. Thomas led the Hawks with 16 factors, whereas Alexander added 11 … In Tamaqua’s quarterfinal victory, Knoblauch and Lucas Gregoire each scored 19 whereas Bollentino tallied a season-high 17. The Raiders hit 11 three-pointers within the contest … Knoblauch now stands at 1,252 profession factors and is tied with Invoice Yelsh for sixth on the all-time Raiders’ scoring record. Teammate Lucas Gregoire is in eighth with 1,180 factors … Knoblauch’s 431 factors this season embrace 67 threes, that means 47% of his factors come from past the arc. The senior additionally has 167 rebounds (second on workforce), 127 steals (first on workforce) and a 2.44 assist-to-turnover ratio … Lucas Gregoire has a team-high 436 factors, and leads the workforce in rebounds with 248. He’s additionally the workforce’s main shot blocker … The workforce’s solely widespread opponent is Nazareth. Tamaqua dropped a 52-47 choice to the Blue Eagles on Dec. 7, whereas the Hawks misplaced a 44-39 contest on Jan. 17 … Tamaqua has scored at the very least 70 factors in eight of its video games, whereas Becahi has reached 70 thrice … The final time the 2 groups met in districts was 1998 when the Hawks posted a 66-39 victory within the quarterfinals. The Raiders’ final district title got here in 1983.
: “The sport plan is to maintain the ball and restrict their quick breaks. They’re a workforce that thrives off getting up and down the courtroom and getting transition buckets. They’re tall and athletic and make you’re employed on offense. We had a very nice win within the quarters and numerous strain appears to be off us now that we’re assured a spot in states, however we’re not settling with simply that win. We need to make a run at a district title now.” Tamaqua head coach Jimmy Barron
Class 3A Semifinals
No. 1 Palmerton (16-6) vs. No. Four Panther Vy. (11-11)
: Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Nice Valley Excessive College
: Palmerton – Ken Termini (4th season); Panther Valley – Patrick Crampsie (18th season)
: Palmerton – Kody Kratzer (21.00 ppg), Justin Hosier (18.44), Owen Buck (6.74); Panther Valley – Brandon Stilitino (13.82 ppg), Erick Marcharro (12.00), Aaron Gurierrez (10.73), Blake White (9.73)
: The 2 groups haven’t met this season, however have shared some widespread opponents. Palmerton dropped a season-opening 61-58 choice to Lehighton, whereas the Panthers defeated the Indians twice: 57-51 and 64-28. The Blue Bombers edged Jim Thorpe by a 52-50 rating, whereas PV misplaced twice to the Olympians — 43-42 and 51-39. The Panthers haven’t performed a aggressive sport since Feb. 7, and dropped their ultimate 4 video games (and 5 of their final six). The Blue Bombers final performed within the Colonial League quarterfinals, the place they dropped a 61-60 choice to eventual league finalist Bangor … Palmerton gained six of their ultimate seven video games of the common season to qualify for the Colonial League match for the primary time in over a decade … Coach Crampsie mentioned he handled the lengthy lay off as a two-part system, the place the workforce went again to fundamentals in a camp-style assault throughout rigorous apply periods, earlier than committing to sport play and scrimmages within the second half. In line with Crampsie, the Panthers “are a a lot better workforce than we had been two weeks in the past.” … The final time the 2 groups met within the district playoffs was 2000. In that quarterfinal contest, the Blue Bombers defeated the Panthers 84-75 earlier than falling to Notre Dame within the semifinals … Palmerton defeated Notre Dame in final season’s semifinals, which clinched the district title because the Panthers fell to non-District 11 member New Hope-Solebury within the different semifinal sport … The Panthers’ final win in districts got here in 2018, after they defeated Marian 52-49 within the semifinals.
: “We’ve got a bunch of movie on them, and there’s no different option to say it; Kratzer and Hosier are studs … We’re involved with these two. Palmerton, as a workforce, is lengthy, athletic, amd do an excellent job on the boards, so we have to deal with limiting their second- and third-chance factors. However this needs to be an excellent sport — two faculties with superior help from their communities. We haven’t had the possibility to play in the sort of ambiance, so we’re excited.” — Panther Valley head coach Patrick Crampsie
“We’re greater than able to go. I’m actually impressed with the youthful guys stepping up, they usually’ve actually come a great distance. None of us need Wednesday night time to be the final night time for our seniors, so we’re excited for the chance to tackle a well-coached program like Panther Valley.” — Palmerton head coach Ken Termini
Class 4A Semifinals
No. Three Tamaqua (19-4) vs. No. 2 Jim Thorpe (22-2)
Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Martz Corridor.
Tamaqua – Erika Davis; Jim Thorpe – Rob Kovac
Tamaqua – Tamaqua – Emma Kuczynski (22.9), Emily Titus (15.3), Jamie Zuber (5.0), Sophia Boyle (4.4), Jen Frederickson (3.8); Jim Thorpe – Leila Hurley (16.Four ppg), Skyler Searfoss (15.1), Olivia Smelas (12.7), Mackenzie Yuhas (5.8), Leah Snisky (3.6).
… It marks the second straight season that Jim Thorpe and Tamaqua have met up within the District 11 Class 4A semifinals. A 12 months in the past, it was the Olympians who superior to the championship sport with a 42-27 win. The Olympians’ Skyler Searfoss scored 19 factors in that sport, whereas Olivia Smelas added 12 factors. Emma Kuczynski was the lone Blue Raider in double digits with 12 factors … The Olympians have gained the final 5 conferences between the 2 groups, together with a pair of normal season video games this season. The Olympians gained 67-61 on Dec. 21 and 54-42 on Jan. 23 … The final time the Blue Raiders knocked off the Olympians was through the 2017-2018 common season. Again then, they scored an everyday season sweep of the Olympians … The 2 groups are very accustomed to one another. Kovac mentioned the Raiders have a pair of stars in Kuczynski and Titus, however they’ve plenty of different key gamers that fly beneath the radar. “They’ve keen position gamers, and it’s important to credit score them. On this day of age, the place everybody desires to be a “me” participant, Tamaqua has youngsters who’re keen to simply accept their roles. You possibly can see that. Boyle is available in and defends, Zuber sort of orchestrates the offense, they’ve plenty of gamers who know their roles. They’ve two 1,000-point scorers on their workforce. But, all of them play rather well collectively, and settle for their roles” … Tamaqua coach Davis is aware of lots concerning the Olympians too. “Hurley, Searfoss and Smelas work so properly collectively. They’ve an excellent pick-n-roll motion the place they learn one another very properly. They’ve a pleasant high-low motion. All three of them have completely different kinds, however all of them complement one another very properly. These three are extraordinarily laborious to protect.”
“It’s the third time this season, and the sixth time in two years. So, clearly the familiarity continues to be there. The margin of error, the distinction between us realizing we’ve gained these video games, and Tamaqua has misplaced these video games, is not more than a play or two right here and there. We’re conscious of that. We’re two very even groups. We all know one another’s personnel extraordinarily properly. It most likely comes all the way down to who performs higher, who executes, and who makes the least variety of errors.” – Jim Thorpe head coach Rob Kovac.
… “I’m simply excited. Everyone in our communities — each Tamaqua and Jim Thorpe — understand it’s going to be an excellent sport. We’re simply excited that we get one other likelihood to play in opposition to them. We consider it’s going to come back all the way down to the ultimate buzzer to see who comes out on high.” – Tamaqua head coach Erika Davis.
Class 3A Semifinals
No. Four Northern Lehigh (10-12) vs.
No. 1 Notre Dame-Inexperienced Pond (21-1)
Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at Northampton
Northern Lehigh – Ken Shankweiler; NDGP – Josh Kopp
Northern Lehigh – Emma Niebell (10.82 ppg), Madison Seier (8.14), Lauren Hoffman (6.50), Kaylee Wilk (4.82); NDGP – Cassie Murphy (17.Zero ppg), Antonia Bates (10.0), Reagan Cooper (9.5).
GAME NOTES …
It’s been an extended three weeks off, however Northern Lehigh doesn’t care. The Bulldogs are simply glad to be again within the district playoffs for the primary time since 2012. It was a purpose of Bulldogs’ head coach Ken Shankweiler since Day One to get his program again to postseason play. “It’s undoubtedly good,” mentioned Shankweiler. “It’s nice for the children. It’s nice for this system. And what makes it even nicer is we’re younger too” … It’s a tricky draw for the Bulldogs although as they match up with the No. 1 seeded Notre Dame of Inexperienced Pond — this season’s Colonial League champions. The Bulldogs are accustomed to the Crusaders, having dropped a 54-26 choice to them on Jan. 23. In that sport, the Bulldogs dedicated 10 first-quarter turnovers and trailed 20-Zero on the outset … Cassie Murphy and Antonio Bates are the Crusaders high scoring threats. “Murphy is their huge. She’s 6-0. She’s acquired all of the strikes. We wrestle protecting her contained through the common season,” mentioned Shankweiler. “I feel she scored 24 or 25 factors on us. So, we have to include her – at the very least get her all the way down to 14 or 15 factors.”
“Look, I’m an trustworthy particular person. Once I speak to my women, they go into each sport realizing what I truthfully suppose we have to do. My purpose is to maintain this factor inside 20 factors. My purpose is to make Notre Dame work to get to 20. I don’t need to see a 20-Zero begin. I need to see my women combat with them. In the event that they get to a 20-point lead, I would like it to take them three or 4 quarters to get there. So, our purpose is to be slightly bit higher in our offensive units, deal with their defensive strain, and play slightly higher halfcourt protection ourselves. . If we will do these issues, I feel we will shock some individuals.” – No. Lehigh head coach Ken Shankweiler.
Class 3A Semifinals
No. Three Palmerton (15-8) vs. No. 2 N. Schuylkill (19-5)
Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at Martz Corridor.
Palmerton – Dan Beck; North Schuylkill – Wealthy Wetzel.
Palmerton – Bethie Morgan (12.7 ppg), Brianna Moore (10.2), Kayla Cincilla (9.0), Reagan Nemeth (6.8); North Schuylkill – Mya Wetzel (10.9 ppg), Sarah Wagner (9.2), Katelynn Himes (8.1), Savannah Gawrylik (6.3), Maddy Wetzel (5.4).
GAME NOTES …
Palmerton has now certified for the District 11 playoffs three straight years … The Bombers run into the identical North Schuylkill program that they performed of their semifinal spherical district playoff sport a 12 months in the past. Final 12 months, the Bombers earned a 54-47 victory over the Spartans. Beck is aware of it’s a brand new 12 months, and a unique Spartans workforce the Bombers shall be going through tonight “They’re improved 100-percent,” Beck mentioned. “They added a few freshmen. And, I feel the children that they had final 12 months are stepping up much more this season. In order that they’re going to be robust.” … The Blue Bombers of the Colonial League and the Spartans of the Schuylkill League, didn’t play this season, however did have a number of widespread opponents within the likes of Jim Thorpe, Lehighton and Panther Valley. Palmerton beat the Indians 55-35 on Dec. 6 and Panther Valley 82-47 on Dec. 7. The Bombers dropped a 56-35 setback to the Olympians again on Jan. 24. North Schuylkill had the Indians’ quantity twice (71-46 and 77-43) and the Panthers as soon as (67-28). The Spartans performed Jim Thorpe thrice. They dropped their first assembly (60-39). However turned the tables and beat Thorpe of their common season finale (67-55) after which once more within the Schuylkill league championship sport (49-46) … The Bombers usually are not solely excited to be again in districts, however they’re excited for one more alternative to play at Martz Corridor in Pottsville. “I do know the children simply love the truth that we’re going again to Martz,” mentioned Beck. “It’s an excellent ambiance, and It’s an excellent place to showcase what they’ve achieved this 12 months.”
“It’s an excellent accomplishment to get to the place we’re. I feel this simply reveals that the ladies are working very laborious they usually’re placing their time within the gymnasium, and that’s what it’s good to do to get into district and league playoffs. It was additionally a pleasant accomplishment to play leagues this season, because it was the primary time shortly for this system. The youngsters proceed to work laborious, they usually’re having fun with the limelight they’re having proper now, so it’s good to see,” – Palmerton head coach Dan Beck.
Class 2A Quarterfinals
No. 5 Marian (14-9) vs. No. 1 Mahanoy Space (18-5)
Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at Martz Corridor.
Marian – Paul Brutto; Mahanoy Space – Thomas Sheeler
Marian – Macy Alansky (11.Zero ppg), Emily Shaud (11.0), Julia Kreisl (8.7), Ashley Pleban (5.7), Abbey Digris (5.2); Mahanoy Space – Jordan Karmonick (14.9 ppg), Emily Lawrence (9.4), Claudia Clark (12.4), Meghan Macleary (5.5), Cealinn McGroarty (4.8).
GAME NOTES …
Marian superior to this District 11 Class 2A semifinal sport with a 40-27 win over Williams Valley within the quarterfinals. Mahanoy Space, who earned a first-round bye in districts, is trying to put a 64-61 setback to North Schuylkill within the Schuylkill League playoffs behind them … A 12 months in the past, the Fillies and Golden Bears performed within the Class 2A title sport with the Bears posting a 51-37 victory … Each groups compete in Division Three of the Schuylkill League. They performed twice through the common season with Mahanoy Space profitable each video games (41-25 and 50-36). Fillies’ mentor Paul Brutto is aware of his workforce must do some issues in another way if it hopes to show across the double-figure setbacks. “In sport one, we had been up at half, but it surely simply acquired away from us. However I feel the widespread theme that damage us in each video games was the tempo of the sport. We’ve got to regulate the tempo slightly higher than we’ve in opposition to them. They’ve rushed on offense and we simply panicked slightly bit and shot too quick.” … The Fillies don’t have numerous measurement so rebounding place and blocking out have been an enormous necessity for all of them season lengthy. Brutto mentioned Mahanoy Space isn’t a workforce with numerous measurement both, however they beat the Fillies on the boards within the two earlier video games and that’s one thing he feels his workforce wants to show round Wednesday.
“Though it’s a huge sport, you don’t need to get too overrated about it. It’s a giant rivalry sport between each faculties. You simply acquired to be all about managed aggressiveness, which may be one of the best ways of placing it. You simply acquired to be able to take it to the opposite workforce. However but not be too tight so that you’re capable of carry out at your greatest stage. We’ve got to search out that mix of aggressiveness, however nonetheless play managed and poised. Within the earlier video games, they simply sort of acquired us out of whack by way of poise and persistence. So we’d like that good mix of aggressiveness and poise this time.” – Marian head coach Paul Brutto.
Skyler Searfoss, Jim Thorpe
Brandon Stilitino, Panther Vy.
Kody Kratzer, Palmerton
Sophia Boyle, Tamaqua
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