2019 Saucon Valley Wrestling Preview (Brought to you by Spirk Brothers Inc.)

It seems hard to believe that Saucon Valley wrestling coach Chad Shirk has been doing his thing for the Panthers over the past fifteen years.  During his tenure, Shirk has tallied a 316-58 career record.  He has led Saucon to 75 consecutive regular season dual meet victories, 7 consecutive Colonial League titles and 4 straight District XI championships.  In addition to winning League and District championships last season, the Panthers finished 5th in the PIAA state tournament and placed four wrestlers on the podium including a state champion.

Panther Play of the Week: The Return of Garcia

In the first round of the PIAA District XI playoffs, the homegrown Saucon Valley Panthers needed a lot to go their way in order to hang with Allentown Central Catholic Vikings.  After their big win over Bethlehem Catholic last week, Central Catholic, out of the powerful EPC South, seems to be peaking at the right time for post-season play.  The Panthers battled hard, but ultimately fell to the Vikings.

Saucon Battles Central Catholic In District XI Playoffs

For the sixth straight season Saucon Valley played their way into the PIAA District XI playoffs.  This year the Panthers found themselves in a rematch from the 2017 encounter they had with the Allentown Central Catholic Vikings.  Saucon entered the contest as the #5 seed, Central earned homefield advantage at J. Birney Crum Stadium as #4.  The winner would earn the right to advance in to the District XI semifinals and keep their hopes of a PIAA state championship alive.

Week 11 Panther Pregame Football Focus: Saucon @ Allentown Central Catholic

The post-season begins on Friday night for the #5 seeded Saucon Valley Panthers (6-4) as they travel to J. Birney Crum Stadium to mix it up with the #4  Allentown Central Catholic Vikings (6-4) in the PIAA District XI AAAA playoffs.  The Panthers limp into the postseason being down a handful of two-way starters and face a Viking team that seemed to have gotten better and better as the season rolled along.  Central defeated Bethlehem Catholic last week 31-24 and fell just short with their comeback effort against powerhouse Freedom 34-31.  A win will keep the season alive for Saucon Valley while a loss brings about the end to their 2019 season.

Panther Play of the Week: Magnotta Wins Jump Ball

In their annual rivalry game against the Palisades Pirates, the Saucon Valley Panthers certainly had their work cut out for them.  The Pirates who were much better than their 2-7 record indicated played with a whole lot of inspiration and spirit.  The Panthers and Pirates battled fiercely forcing the game into an overtime period.

Pirate, Panther Rivalry Battles Into Overtime

Since 1975, the Palisades Pirates and the Saucon Valley Panthers have faced off as rivals and have played for the Bicentennial Trophy. The 2019 edition of this rivalry included a Pirate program with a 2-7 record playing in their season finale competing against the Panthers (6-3) who have already qualified for the District XI post-season playoffs.

Week 10 Panther Pregame Football Focus: Saucon @ Palisades

With last week’s big victory over visiting Notre Dame, Saucon Valley (6-3) is back on the winning track.  The Panthers snapped a two-game skid and now set their eyes on the District XI 4A playoffs.  With a win on Friday night against the Palisades Pirates (2-7), the Panthers will not only secure a Colonial League East title, but they also have a chance to secure home-field advantage in the opening round of the District XI playoffs. Things won’t be easy on Friday night for the Panthers.

Panther Play of the Week: Mahaffey, The Best Option

The Saucon Valley Panthers couldn’t have asked for a better opponent with whom to end their two-game losing streak.  After falling to both Wilson and Northwestern Lehigh the previous two weeks, Saucon returned home on their Senior Night to play Colonial League East leader, the Notre Dame Crusaders.  The Panthers needed to bring their “A-game” in this contest and that they did.  It wasn’t a perfect night, but Saucon Valley, perhaps, played their best game of the season.