The Whitehall boys made it all the way to the finals at the Stellar Construction “Catch A Rising Star Showcase”, fighting back from the consolation bracket to face Pocono Mountain West in Sunday’s night’s championship.
They began the tournament by defeating Kutztown on Friday evening, 55-30. Next they ran into Bishop McDevitt from Harrisburg who were 23-7 last season. They lost to the Crusaders 68-63, putting them into the consolation bracket where they would have to climb through a slew of teams in the 50-team field if they wanted to make it to Sunday’s finals.
It’s called the Catch a Rising Star Basketball Showcase, and in the case of the Whitehall girls basketball team, what they showcased was a potent offense throughout the tournament.
Whitehall played Upper Perkiomen in their first game following the traditional Ladies Night that opens the Stellar Construction tournament at Cedar Beach. That game saw the girls handily defeat Stroudsburg to kick off the annual tournament.
Against Upper Perk, they were clicking offensively the entire game. They were shooting the lights out from beyond the arc en route to the 75-14 victory.
The combined strength of Coplay and Fullerton made for a perfect mix this summer and helped earn them the regular season title in the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League. They clinched the title after defeating South Parkland 6-5 in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday. The suspended game was tied 5-5 in the ninth inning and Coplay-Fullerton scored the go-ahead run on a hit by Austin Dreisbach, scoring Matt Miller. South Parkland failed to deliver in the bottom of the ninth and Coplay-Fullerton won the title.
The Whitehall boys basketball team managed to take the wind out of the Hurricanes, downgrading them to a simple summer shower when the two met recently as part of the Stellar High School Boys Summer Basketball League.
With the game forced inside for the second Thursday in a row, Whitehall was able to pull away from Liberty in the second half to win their seventh game of the summer season at that point.
Heading into this season, the Whitehall baseball team was looking toward its stable of arms to carry them into the postseason, and that’s exactly what happened as their staff paved the way.
Editor’s note: This is part one of a multipart series.
At a recent ceremony at Whitehall High School, a number of student athletes revealed their future plans, setting in motion the next four years of the lives.
That list grew as the school year came to an end, and one of those students who will be pounding the books along with the polyurethane (if indeed the track surface at Goucher College is of that material) is Anna Gallina.
It’s been a torrid start for the Coplay-Fullerton Legion baseball team, staying undefeated through their first 12 games.
However, that winning streak was brought to a close on Sunday when Lower Macungie defeated them by a run, 6-5.
Manager Jim Murphy said that they lost the game on an error. They had been down in the game, but fought back to take the lead. Murphy understands that those things are going to happen during the course of a game.
“That’s just part of baseball,” said Murphy.
When the basketball game between Whitehall and Allen got pushed indoors last Thursday, the playground aspect managed to creep into Zephyr Gymnasium as the Canaries won a highflying, high-scoring affair.
When the Legion all-stars converge in Reading later this week, the Coplay-Fullerton team will be well represented at that annual affair.
Once again the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League will send its all-stars to First Energy Field in Reading to play the all-stars from Schuylkill-Berks American Legion Baseball League on June 24.
It turned into a Saturday night slugfest when the Carbon Monarchs visited Sammy Ballet Stadium to play Coplay-Fullerton in a Lehigh Valley Legion game.
When the bats stopped pinging, Coplay-Fullerton had weathered a final flurry from the Monarchs who scored three runs in the top of the seventh, but Alex Bruneio’s catch in deep right ended the threat, preserving the 9-7 victory.