Pen Argyl's Travis Roberts slides into second base during a 5-3 loss to Palisades in a game played Friday at Mike Williams Memorial Field. PHOTO GALLERY Sbtt Photo Jennifer Trinkley Photography
Bangor's Bryan Beam takes a high pitch during the Slaters' 8-4 loss to Palmerton in a game played at Bangor High School Thursday. PHOTO GALLERY Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
This Pen Argyl girl competes high jump during the Knights' meet with Saucon Valley Thursday. The boys won 77-73 while the girls lost 92-58. PHOTO GALLERY Sbtt Photo Jennifer Trinkley Photography.
Bangor's Amelia O'Brien competes in the long jump during a track meet versus NDGP held in Paul Farnan Field in Bangor Park. Bangor won the boys meet 97-52. The girls won 76-74. PHOTO GALLERY Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Bangor Senior Tennis players were honored recently in the high school cafeteria. PHOTO GALLERY Sbtt Photo Courtesy Nick Pulsinelli Belt and Beyond.
Bangor freshman catcher Sarah Harvat bats during the Slaters' 11-5 win over Pen Argyl in a game played at Bangor Wednesday PHOTO GALLERY Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Pen Argyl's Jacob Abruzzese catches a fly ball in right field during the Slaters' 11-6 loss to Pen Argyl in a game played at Bangor. PHOTO GALLERY Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Bangor's Ian Absalom raised his seasonal singles record to 4-1 during the Slaters' (2-3) close 4-3 loss to Stroudsburg on a chilly Saturday morning at Bangor High School. PHOTO GALLERY Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Bangor - Pen Argyl Baseball
Bangor - PA Softball.....
Bangor swimmers have earned spots in the PIAA state swimming competition at Bucknell University Friday. Amelia O'Brien, Brenek Strawn and Morgan O'Brien all qualified for states in the District XI competition. Amelia won district gold in the Class 2A 100 Freestyle. Strawn was the District XI champion in the 100 Butterfly and 100 Breast Stroke. Morgan placed second the district 100 Breast Stroke. Photo Courtesy Bangor Athletics
Bangor Down But Not Out........
Bangor gave powerful Allentown Central Catholic all it could handle for nearly three quarters until the Slaters' shooting went south and Bernard Davis went to the bench with his fourth personal foul. The Vikings reaped the rewards of the Slaters' misfortune and pulled away for a 52-31 win and District XI 5A gold in a game played Thursday night at Pleasant Valley.
The Slaters jumped to an early 5-2 lead only to see the Vikings make an 11-0 run to close out the first quarter, leading 13-5 at the buzzer. The Slaters bounced back with an 8-1 surge as Tony Jones scored four points, Davis made a bucket and Saber Singleton's three tied the game at 14-14. The score was still tied at 19-19, thanks to a three by Ben Holland, when the Vikes scored a three with just seconds left in the half to lead 22-19 at intermission.
With Central clinging to three-point lead at 27-24 midway through the third quarter, fate opened the door for Central when Bangor's Bernard Davis, who had been a force inside from the game's outset, picked up his third and fourth personal fouls on a couple of incidental bumps and went to the bench.
Four minutes later, the Vikings stretched their lead to 40-29 going into the fourth quarter. Bangor only managed two points in the final period as Allentown Central coasted to the district title.
The good news is Bangor (23-3) gets to play another day since District XI 5A is allowed to send two teams into the state tourney. The Slaters will play Lampeter-Strasburg from the Lancaster area which is the District III sixth place team.
Six Takeways From Bangor's 73-57 win.........
District Game Rewind
by Larry Cory
The 1987-88 school year at Bangor High School is a memorable era. The boys basketball and football teams won district titles in the same year, which is the only time in school history that both teams won district titles in the same year. In fact, it is the last time that either team won a district championship.
The undefeated Slater football team after winning the league title demolished Bethlehem Catholic 28-7 in the unforgettable "ice bowl" (temperature was 15 degrees with a 30-mph wind) at Catasauqua in November to win the District XI AA title. The basketball team, after winning its third consecutive Colonial League Championship, edged Allentown Central Catholic at Stabler Arena 73-71 in a game for the ages to win the District XI AAA championship.
The game pitted Bangor's 6-8 Bron Holland, who went on to play Division I basketball at LaSalle, and Central's Bill McCaffrey, who later played at Duke .
Although not as dramatic as the "Hoosiers" the game also featured a small-town team going to play the city boys from Allentown for the second time that season. The Slaters beat Central 61-60 in the second game of the year played at Rockne Hall in Allentown.
Needless to say, Central sought redemption after losing on their home floor to the country boys from Bangor.
Central fans taunted the Slaters at Stabler ringing cow bells and jeering the Slaters with barnyard calls and chants with a hicks-from-the sticks reference.
Here is a story I wrote 30 years ago for the Bangor Daily News edited for brevity:
After playing over two dozen games one might believe that a team would have reached its peak, but not the Slaters' basketball team
Friday night (March 12, 1988) at Stabler Arena before a crowd of nearly 4,000 the Slaters met the biggest challenge in Slater basketball history, winning their first-ever District XI AAA crown in an exciting 73-71 win over Allentown Central Catholic.
Bangor will advance to play Selinsgrove in an interdistrict game.
Despite being triple-teamed Bron Holland led the Slaters with 24 points and 16 rebounds. Christian Miller added 12 points and a dozen rebounds. Scott Thomas scored 12 points and made a pair of three-point shots. (This was the first year of the three-point shot) McCaffrey scored 34 points for Central.
With each win in recent weeks new Slater heroes have emerged.
Friday, it was Steve Bussenger and Mark Panczer. Each was counted on to help Joe Emrick guard McCaffrey, but by game's end the duo had scored a combined 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
Bussenger's pair of baseline jumpers tied the game at 10-10 in the first period, Panczer hit three outside shots at critical times, his last was the first Slater score of the second half, giving Bangor a 36-31 lead. The Slaters maintained control, leading 47-41 at the end of the third quarter.
Bangor took an 11-point lead with 3:25 to play when Thomas fired a long pass to Holland who slam dunked for a 59-48 lead.
Bangor still led 63-52 when Central launched a comeback. McCaffrey hit three jumpers, including a three, but Thomas made four straight free throws and Bussenger made a pair as Bangor held on to a 71-62 lead with 38 seconds left.
The Vikings hit a three and then converted a Slater turnover into a pair of made free throws, slicing the lead to 71-67 with 24 second left.
Miller later made a free throw, but Central's Mat Kalady hit a three making the score 72-70 with five seconds left. Miller then made another free throw for a 73-70 lead, but McCaffrey was fouled on a three-point attempt with one second left. He made the first, and intentionally missed the second (players were not yet awarded three free throws when fouled on a three-point attempt). Bussenger grabbed the miss, ending the game.
Takeaways From Slaters' Win Over Blue Mt.