Weather continues to change schedules for league playoff games this week.
Here’s the latest as of Wednesday afternoon:
The District 11 track and field meet is still on for Wednesday, May 16, for day one with day two scheduled for Thursday, May 17. Both days take place at Whitehall High School with action beginning at 3 p.m.
Thursday will be a busy day for area baseball and softball teams:
The wait was over pretty early on Thursday night all throughout Whitehall - Saquon Barkley is headed to the New York Giants.
The Giants used their first round pick, second overall, to draft the former Zephyr and Penn State running back. The Giants love of Barkley was probably one of the worst-kept secrets in the National Football League heading into draft night. The only question was what were the Browns going to do with the first overall selection.
Whitehall AD Bob Hartman annouced that due to road conditions from Winter Storm Riley, Friday’s Northeast Regional Wrestling Tournament will be moved to all day Saturdary at Liberty High School.
Below is an updated schedule for Saturday’s action:
Revised Northeast AAA Regional Wrestling Schedule
Saturday, March 3, 2018
8 a.m. – Weigh-ins and Skin Checks – 1 pound allowance
9 a.m. – Preliminaries
11 a.m. – Quarterfinals
1 p.m. – 1st Round Consolations
2 p.m. – 2nd Round Consolations
3:30 p.m. – Semifinals / 3rd Round Consolations
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference made their pairings official on Wednesday night for the EPC Championship Wrestling Day, which is set for Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Easton Area Middle School.
Round 1 begins at 1:30 p.m. and features three matches: 17th – Pleasant Valley vs. Central Catholic; 15th – PM West vs. Dieruff and 13th – ES North vs. Allen.
Round 2 begins at 3:15 p.m. and also features three matches: 11th – Emmaus vs. PM East; 9th – Whitehall vs. Freedom and 7th – Stroudsburg vs. Parkland.
The Whitehall cross country team’s season is winding down, which means it’s time to get ready for the upcoming postseason meets.
The Zephs took part in their final regular season meet at Parkland Tuesday, and will next get ready for the EPC meet on Oct. 17 and districts on Oct. 25. Both meets take place at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
Head coach Mike Lelko said Juanita Flores and Caleb Staub have both been the top consistent runners for the girls and boys cross country teams this season.
The Whitehall boys soccer team got a couple of huge scoring efforts which produced victories.
The Zephs beat Lehighton 9-0 as well as Nazareth 6-0 in a couple of recently games. The team also fell to Emmaus 3-0.
Whitehall scored five goals in the first half on the road against Lehighton, then added four more in the second half.
Kresstoph Whittick scored first on an assist from Aziz Atiyeh. Atiyeh then found the back of the net on the next two goals for the Zephs. Atiyeh would score the team’s eighth goal and also added another assist for a big day in the score book.
Whitehall hosted a cross country meet at the Whitehall Parkway 5K course on Tuesday afternoon.
The Zephyr girls came away with three wins on the day while the boys won one meet.
The girls beat Pleasant Valley, Pocono Mountain East and Pocono Mountain West by identical scores of 15-46.
The Lehigh Valley Connie Mack season is under way already and Coplay’s entry in the league is off to a nice start at 5-2 thus far.
Coplay dropped a 7-5 game to Catty to open the season but then won three-straight contests and sit in a pretty good spot with only seven games played.
The East Penn Conference softball playoffs will look to beat the rain and get under way Friday afternoon.
By virtue of a perfect mark, the Parkland Trojans are this year’s number-one seed. They will face off against Northampton, which sneaks in as the number-eight seed. The two, of course, are very familiar Skyline Division opponents.
Liberty will take the second seed after finishing 14-2 in the EPC. They will take on seven-seed Whitehall, which is coming off a 9-8 shootout loss to Easton on Thursday afternoon in a game that featured seeding implications.
The Bethlehem Catholic girls basketball team captured its first state title on Thursday night, knocking off Villa Maria of Erie 46-27 in the girls 4A final.
Becahi was 0-for-2 to that point in state title games, falling as recently as 2013, but this time things would be different, as the Hawks won again using a familiar approach in their playoff run - a quick start.