The 2016 Summer Olympic Games kickoff this weekend with Friday’s opening ceremony taking place at the famous Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro and Bethlehem Catholic’s Joe Kovacs will be part of Team USA’s entourage during the event.
Kovacs enters the games as a gold medal favorite in the men’s shot put, as he continued his winning form on July 23 with a top throw of 22.04 meters in a final Diamond League competition at the Olympic Stadium in London’s Queen Elizabeth Park.
Bethlehem Steel FC stumbled again to their Canadian counterparts for the second time this month, falling to Toronto FC II 3-2 Sunday afternoon at Lehigh’s Goodman Stadium.
Despite out shooting Toronto by a 19-4 margin, the visitors were able to take advantage of their chances, including a goal by Shaan Hundal in the 17th minute to put them on the front foot with a 1-0 advantage, which they would take into halftime.
The Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup team saw their tournament end last Friday, falling to Suburban One League American/Continental 6-4 in a second round matchup at Ashburn Field in Philadelphia.
After trailing 2-0 heading into the eighth inning, Lehigh Valley put together four runs off four doubles in the top of the frame, only to see their lead evaporate in the bottom of the inning en route to defeat.
To exit the tournament after being ahead so late was a bitter pill for the locals to swallow.
Whitehall’s football team came away with a major off-season milestone over the weekend, as the Zephyrs captured the championship in the Lion Strong 7-on-7 Passing Camp at Penn State.
The 44-team tournament featured teams from all over the region and the Zephyrs proved to be the best on the day, topping Penn Manor (PA) in Saturday night’s championship.
With 23 skill position players on the Zephyrs tournament roster, Whitehall’s Dez Boykins (WR/S) came away with MVP honors to cap off a special day for the team.
All-star games are meant to be fun and the players who participated in last week’s 46th annual McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star Football Classic got to have one last night of glory on the gridiron, as the Gold team edged the Red squad 65-62 at Andrew Leh Stadium.
The Gold team, assembled with players from Northampton County, Phillipsburg and Palisades clearly overmatched their Red counterparts from Lehigh, Carbon and Monroe Counties, racing out to a 42-0 lead in the first half before the all-star rules kept putting the ball in the hands of the Red team.
Whitehall’s search for a girls soccer coach lasted a month and the Zephyrs have added another stellar coach to the girls program with the appointment of former Parkland and Southern Lehigh boss, Chris Bleam, on Monday evening.
Bleam takes over for Dave Weitzman, who resigned in late April after two seasons with the program, taking home a 34-11 record in those two seasons, while playing in back-to-back District 11 3A championship games. The team won the district title in 2014.
Whitehall’s volleyball team sat back and watched Liberty sweep Emmaus in Tuesday night’s District 11 semifinals and asked themselves, “why not us?”
Liberty was an example of what can happen to a team full of determination, as the Hurricanes were swept by Emmaus in both encounters this season, only to send a mighty dose of revenge their way in the postseason.
After Whitehall went through a similar run against Parkland this season, losing three times by sweeps, the Zephyrs got a dose of optimism by the Liberty win.
Bethlehem Steel FC extended their unbeaten streak to five games with a 2-1 victory over FC Montreal Sunday afternoon at Goodman Stadium.
A pair of penalty kicks in the 78th and 84th minutes proved to be the difference for the home side to push them past their Canadian counterparts.
Captain Ryan Richter evened the game at 1-1 with his PK in the 78th, while Derrick Jones put away the game winner from the spot six minutes later.
Whitehall knew what they were getting themselves into during Monday night’s East Penn Conference volleyball semifinals against Parkland.
It’s a tall task anytime the Trojans are on the agenda, but the Zephyrs weren’t able to overcome a slow start en route to a three game sweep, losing 25-12, 25-18, 25-18.
Parkland advanced to Wednesday night’s EPC championship against Emmaus, which was past Press deadlines, but it’s no secret that the Trojans, the top ranked AAA team in the state, will likely make a run to a second consecutive state title.
The District 11 Wrestling Coaches Association presented $1,000 scholarships to Stroudsburg’s Jake Jakobsen and Palisades’ Tyler Marsh as the District 11 Class AAA and Class AA scholar-wrestlers of the year during their annual banquet at the Best Western Hotel and Conference Center in Hanover Township.
Jakobsen was a 2016 PIAA AAA champion at 195 pounds and will wrestle at Lehigh next season. He carries a 3.6 GPA and is ranked in the top third of his senior class. He is the Mounties all-time win leader with 146 wins and was a three-time District 11 and Northeast Regional champion.