Postseason is here for high school, college standouts

LVC, MVC, CL, SL meets are next week

Team champions have been awarded in all leagues, so the fun and games are over with for the 2012 track & field season.

The no 'I' in team speech doesn't apply for the next three weeks.

It's all about in the individuals reaching personal goals. For a select few, it's about making it to the PIAA Championships.

For fewer still, it is about returning to the PIAA Championships.

The postseason is officially here.

It all begins next week with the respective league meets and culminates the last full week of the month with the state meet at Shippensburg University's Seth Grove Stadium.

Barring injuries or other unforeseen circumstances, there are several standouts who figure to make multiple trips to the awards stand the next two weeks at the league and district events. They come from all reaches of The Morning Call's coverage area.

Liberty's Amy Darlington, Stroudsburg's Langston Northern, Tamaqua's Christine Streisel, Notre Dame-Green Pond's Amy Kester, Palmerton's Kelsey Hay and Monty Szukics, Lehighton's Jon Strauss, Bangor's Bryan Pearson and Pocono Mountain West's Ramonia Benitez, to name a bunch.

So, who will be the newcomers to turn heads and grab headlines? Who will have their coming-out party in front of the largest crowds of the spring?

Could it be Easton freshman distance runner Colin Abert, Emmaus first-year sophomore Hanna Brosky or Freedom freshman distance runner Shaina Palmer?

Or, will it be someone else?

Those stories are just as exciting to witness as seeing graduating standouts such as Kowan Scott and Alyssa Lombardo deliver as expected.

And, is it too much to ask to get decent weather for the District 11 Championships? Last year's event at Blue Mountain High School was a nightmare for the athletes. Rain ruined both days.

My fingers are crossed for Whitehall AD Bob Hartman and coach Jim Sebesta, hosts for the LVC/CL and District 11 meets.

District 11 notes

This is the second year of a two-year cycle regarding enrollment figures, so there are no classification changes for the 2012 event.

But there is one difference: Class 2A boys get two automatic berths to the state meet in all events. Only the champion was guaranteed a berth last season.

Both genders in both classes receive two automatic state berths, plus all those who meet the qualifiying standards.

Around the leagues

Parkland boys and Easton girls are the Lehigh Valley Conference champions. … Notre Dame boys and Notre Dame, Palmerton and Bangor girls share the Colonial League crown. … Stroudsburg boys and girls are leading the MVC … Pennridge boys are the Suburban One League champs. … Marian Catholic boys are the Schuylkill League Division II champs.