The moment came in his sophomore season after their playoff loss to Delaware Valley, a game that gnawed at him, stoking the fires that would eventually lead Saquon Barkley to rewrite the record books at Whitehall High School.
By his own admission, he didn't have a good game. He got pushed around defensively and committed a critical turnover on offense.
With the Stellar Summer Basketball League behind them, the Whitehall boys will look to close out their offseason with a couple of more tournaments starting this week.
The boys finished the Stellar Summer Basketball League at 7-5, which placed them in the middle of the pack among the Big School Division. Emmaus (10-2), Parkland (9-2), Bangor (9-3) and Nazareth (8-4) were the top four teams.
Dakota Schiffer made sure that Fullerton was going to get a seat at the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League playoff table.
Fullerton played host to Salisbury last Wednesday in a game that was to determine who would make the LVLBL playoffs. The winner would advance into the round of eight for a chance at the title.
Schiffer has been the Ramblers most consistent pitcher this season. He has a sub 2.00 ERA, but more importantly, he's the guy who manager Daniel Delp wants on the mound in a must-win situation.
Editor's note: This is part 2 of our series of Whitehall athletes signing to compete at the next level.
Michael Burkhardt will be making the trek to Adrian College to play volleyball. The school is located in Adrian, Michigan, a private liberal arts and sciences college that's located in the southeastern corner of the state.
Editor's note - this is the first of a three-part series on students who signed to continue their athletic and academic careers at the next level.
The next chapter in the lives of a number of Whitehall High School student-athletes unfolded recently during a meeting in which they made those intentions known to schoolmates, families and friends.
Danielle Smith has blazed a historic trail since leaving Whitehall High School four years ago, forging a college career that saw her win multiple championships as well as overcoming some hardships.
The Coplay Legion baseball team got the win it needed on Sunday, preserving their chance for a postseason berth when the playoffs begin next week.
Just like their neighbors to the south, the Coplay Legion baseball team needs a win, something positive to get back on track heading into the final two weeks of the season.
Right now they're in the midst of a nine-game losing streak, but manager Jim Murphy still believes they can turn things around and mount a playoff charge. As with Fullerton, close games have been their Achilles heel. Five of those losses have been by a run. That was the case again Monday night when they lost to Southern Lehigh, 4-3.
The Stellar Summer Basketball League went indoors Tuesday night as severe weather was forecasted for the Lehigh Valley, prompting the change.
While the thundershowers never materialized at least they hadn't by 8 p.m., the time Whitehall was slated to play Bethlehem Catholic the storm that actually emerged was the constant defensive pressure which came at the Hawks in waves, giving them fits on the offensive end the entire game.
Right now the Fullerton Legion baseball team needs a win.
They've dropped six games in a row (one game was suspended), putting them in a tie for eighth place in the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League. That puts them perilously close of missing the playoffs for a team that's been a perennial postseason competitor the last few years.