It's coming down to crunch time in the Lehigh Valley Conference volleyball season and the wildcard spot for the LVC playoffs is a hot item. Both Whitehall and Northampton are fighting for that final spot, as well as Bethlehem Catholic, as teams enter their final four games of league play into the next week.
Northampton (11-3, 6-3), Whitehall (6-5, 6-3) and Bethlehem Catholic (7-3, 6-3) all share identical league records at the moment, but their fates will come into focus as key matchups take place.
It's almost summer and that means Carpenter Cup action is just around the corner. The Lehigh Valley team will hold their first of three tryouts on Sunday, May 5 at DeSales.
The other two tryouts will take place on Sunday's May 12 and May 19. All sessions are slated for 9 a.m.
The Carpenter Cup is one of the nation's premier scholastic tournaments that takes place at Ashburn Field at FDR Park and Citizens Bank Park.
Founder/General Manager of the Lehigh Valley team, J.F. Pirro, has been involved with the team for 21 years and shows no signs of slowing down.
Where there's smoke, there's fire and the news of a Lehigh Valley superconference finally came to fruition last week.
After months of rumors and speculation about the future of the Lehigh Valley Conference, the Mountain Valley Conference stepped in and sent out an invitation to 12 neighboring schools to ultimately form a "big school, super conference," according to Stroudsburg Principal and MVC President Jeff Sodl.
It's tough to lose any competitive game, but it's even more difficult when you could have beaten your opponent if it wasn't for your mistakes.
That was essentially the case for Whitehall Tuesday night as they traveled to Bethlehem Catholic in a Lehigh Valley Conference volleyball matchup.
A night that saw Becahi unveil their state championship banner from a year ago, the Hawks took care of business on the court as well, racking up a hard fought three game sweep over the Zephyrs27-25, 25-23, 25-23.
It was just what the doctor ordered, or in this case, what head coach George Cowitch was hoping for when Whitehall took on Emmaus Tuesday night.
The Zephyrs earned their most vital win of the season in a five game triumph over the Hornets25-23, 25-21, 23-25, 30-32, 15-8.
Nick Kuti had 25 kills for the Zephyrs, while Tony Hanna had an astounding 46 assists. Brandon Yazji chipped in 18 digs, as Whitehall (4-4, 4-2) won their second straight match after a two-game skid with losses to Parkland and Liberty.
They say if you build it, they will come.
In the case of this week's Goal In One Coaches Clinic and Expo, it's more like if you host it, they will come.
Dean Koski, the founder and president of G.I.O., as well as head coach of Lehigh's men's soccer program, spent eight months preparing for February 28th's opening night of the expo at Bethlehem Sands Event Center.
The event will run throughout the weekend with clinics, speakers and exhibitions running all day Friday and Saturday from 8am-6pm.
Who said that watching television isn't good for you?
The father and son duo of Tim and Dan Caffrey obviously used the television to spark an idea to help people that were ravaged from Hurricane Sandy.
As coaches at Northampton and Whitehall's freshman football teams, the Caffrey's decided to team up their high school allegiances for a greater cause by collecting donated goods to help people in the town of Union Bay, NJ earlier this month.
Well it's finally the postseason and this is the time of year that everyone has been waiting for. Unfortunately, computers have nudged their way into the process of making this fair, as you'll see below with some of the matchups.
But like they say, it is what it is.
1. Parkland (8-2)
Last week's rank: #1
Just goes to show you that power points still are not the answer when determining postseason seedings. It's a travesty that these two teams are playing this week.
The Pick: Parkland 21- Easton 14
2. Whitehall (8-2)
Last week's rank: #2
We're into week four of the poll and not much has changed on the forefront. Easton maintains their stay at the top, while Nazareth gets a bump. Parkland picked up their first win of the year and Catasauqua looks to keep their Colonial League title aspirations rolling.
What's your team in store for this week? Check out the poll below.
1. Easton (3-0)
Last week's rank: #1
Of all the teams in the league, Easton always seems to not have a hard time so far this year.
The Pick: Easton 28- Central Catholic 13
2. Nazareth (3-0)
Last week's rank: #3
Nick Shafnisky didn't want to have a huge weight on his shoulders heading into his senior year at Whitehall.
The top returning quarterback in the Lehigh Valley Conference wanted to get his college destination out of the way before the upcoming 2012 season and Shafnisky decided Lehigh was the best fit for his athletic and academic standards.
With Colgate and New Hampshire as other possible ventures, Shafnisky always knew what place was best for his interests.