Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Tournament
|Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Tournament|
|Location||Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA|
|Date||February 21st, 2020|
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Tournament, often shortened to the EPC Tournament, is a closed Division C tournament held at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA. The tournament is contested between the 18 members of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, a scholastic athletic conference in the Lehigh Valley and Southern Poconos.
Local tournaments have been hosted at Northampton Community College since 1999. At the time, the tournament hosted teams from two neighboring athletic conferences: the Lehigh Valley Conference (LVC), which consisted of schools from the Allentown area, and the Mountain Valley Conference (MVC), which consisted of schools from the lower Poconos. Each tournament would crown three medalists from each conference for each event, and a team champion for each conference, and then an overall champion for the entire tournament.
Starting in the 2014-2015 season, the LVC and MVC combined in all sports to form the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, a larger 18-team league. The tournament still runs as before, but instead simply crowns four medalists for every event and one single champion.
Historically, the tournament has only run for the morning, to ensure that students can return to their schools early enough to have transportation home. This means that only 10 events are usually run, which generally consist of 3 build events and 7 lab/study events.
While, before 2015, each conference had an individual champion, only the overall results are shown below.
The following schools are members of the EPC. Not all of them currently field Science Olympiad teams, but the majority of them do.
- Allentown Central Catholic High School
- Bethlehem Catholic High School
- East Stroudsburg High School North
- East Stroudsburg High School South
- Easton Area High School
- Emmaus High School
- Freedom High School
- Liberty High School
- Louis E. Dieruff High School
- Nazareth Area High School
- Northampton Area High School
- Parkland High School
- Pleasant Valley High School
- Pocono Mountain East High School
- Pocono Mountain West High School
- Stroudsburg High School
- Whitehall High School
- William Allen High School
Lehighton Area High School is not currently a member of the EPC, but is instead a member of the neighboring Schuylkill League. However, as a former member of the MVC, and since the Schuylkill League does not host their own tournament, Lehighton is still invited to compete at the EPC Tournament.