It didn’t take long for freezing Panther fans attending the District 11 championship game at Nazareth Area High School Friday night to realize Saucon Valley was outgunned by their opponent–the Bethlehem Catholic Golden Hawks.
For the fifth year in a row Coach Chad Shirk and Company will be heading west on I78 to the Giant Center in Hershey for the PIAA team championships. With all that experience and a second place finish last year, the Panthers enter very familiar territory.
Winning 10 of the 14 bouts last night, Saucon Valley qualified for the state tournament as the #1 seed out of District XI with a lopsided 51-18 victory over the Wilson Warriors.
Advance tickets are on sale this week in the Saucon Valley Athletic Office for the District XI AAAA championship football game in which the Saucon Valley Panthers will take on the Bethlehem Catholic Golden Hawks.
2004 was the last time Saucon Valley football claimed District XI gold. Until Saturday that is. Saturday night, the 2015 Panthers travelled to the home turf of the previously undefeated Lehighton Indians and convincingly demonstrated to the Pennsylvania football community that there is no question who are the deserving 2015 District XI champions. Saucon Valley walloped the Indians 56-20 on their way to claiming District gold.
Tonight at 7 p.m. the 11-0 Saucon Valley Panthers kickoff at LehightonArea High School in the PIAA District XI Championship against the hometown 11-0 Lehighton Indians. It is going to be a rough-and-tumble event…
Saturday will be one of the biggest days in recent memory for many Panther sports fans, as Saucon Valley’s 11-0 varsity football team (#3) will travel an hour north to take on the Lehighton Area Indians (#1) for the District XI championship title and the opportunity to advance to state championship-level play. The game is at 7 p.m., and gates will open at 5:30 p.m.
A large contingent of hometown supporters is expected to make the journey to Lehighton, where the stadium is located at 200 Beaver Run Road. The recommended route to reach the Lehighton stadium is via I-78 west and the Pennsylvania Turnpike’s Northeast Extension. DIRECTIONS FROM THE PA TURNPIKE NE EXTENSION TO THE STADIUM:
After exiting onto Route 209 South at the Mahoning Valley interchange on the turnpike, take Interchange Road (Rt. 209) south over the McCall Bridge across the Lehigh River.
The parents of a boy whose championship dirt bike was stolen from a locked trailer on their Lower Saucon Township property are asking the public for help locating it. Michele and Rich Pfanders posted a photo of the Yamaha PW50 on Facebook Thursday, and asked that it be returned to their seven-year-old son, Bradon. “This bike is his national championship bike and we would like it back,” Rich said. “This bike has a lot of memories.” Bradon rode it in the national championship race he won in Illinois in July, Michele said.