Whitehall’s swimming team opened its season with a meet against Liberty last Saturday, and although it was not a regularly scheduled meet for either team this year, it gave the Zephyrs and Hurricanes a jump on the 2018-2019 season, and all times did count toward district qualifying times.
Whitehall senior and captain Dan Jablonski had two first place finishes, one in the 50 free with a time of 23.21, and one in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:03.79.
In the grand scheme of things, Connor Bunnaman’s second goal of the season wasn’t one that will be extremely memorable. His goal put the Phantoms up 1-0 in a game that they would wind up losing 4-2 to the Cleveland Monsters. What “Bunny” did with his goal though was launch an avalanche of stuffed teddy bears and other assorted animals onto the ice as part of the Phantoms annual Teddy Bear Toss.
Suburban Dart League
Star of Beth 28 11 .718
St. Paul’s 20 13 .606
Christ UCC 23 16 .590
Bath Luth 21 15 .583
Emmanuel 20 19 .513
Dryland 18 21 .462
Ebenezer 17 22 .436
St. Stephen’s 17 22 .436
Light of Christ 16 23 .410
Farmersville 14 22 .389
Salem UCC 13 23 .361
Salem UCC (4-1) at
Christ UCC (6-4, 6-0)
C - Dave Shaver 6-12, Garry Hunsicker 5-12, Eric Yocum 5-12.
S - Larry Fehnel 5-11, Bob Krause 4-12.
Farmersville (6-5, 4-2) at
St. Stephen’s (2-1)
A slow start doomed the Whitehall girls basketball team in their season opener last Friday, but their ability to rebound from those early struggles shows promise as they begin league action this week.
The girls traveled to Northwestern Lehigh High School to play the Tigers to tip-off the 2018-19 season. The Tigers jumped out to a 16-4 lead and head coach Josh Madas said that a little opening night jitters may have contributed to that early deficit. He said that they committed a lot of unforced turnovers in that first quarter.
When the Whitehall girls basketball team hits the hardwood this season, expect some hard-nosed defense and transition buckets.
That’s the underlying philosophy of new head coach Josh Madas, who says they’ll be aggressive defensively, while offensively they’ll be looking to push the ball in transition.
Madas has spent the summer with the team after getting hired last spring. They’ve played 23 games over the summer where they got to learn about one another. They also convened this fall, with about half of their varsity players participating in those sessions.
The Northampton and Whitehall boys basketball teams kicked off their EPC schedules with a dramatic, three overtime contest that Northampton won by the score of 60-58.
The Kids took a 14-9 lead after the first quarter on the strength of four three-point shots.
The second period saw the offenses stall a bit as the teams could only muster a total of 12 points. Northampton had seven of them and took a seven-point lead into halftime at 21-14.
The Whitehall grapplers will be hitting the mat this upcoming season with a roster that has veterans sprinkled throughout the lineup.
They return starters in the lightweights, middleweights and upper weights, giving the Zephs a good foundation heading into the 2018-19 campaign.
They finished 11-8 overall last season and will look to build on that success as they roll out the new campaign that began with a dual meet Dec. 10 versus Pocono Mountain West.
The upcoming boys basketball season will feature a team that’s full of experienced varsity players, and that bodes well for a possible return to the postseason.
Last year head coach Jeff Jones was tasked with replacing over 90-percent of his offense, and that proved to an uphill battle all season long. This season that percentage was significantly upgraded as a little over 75-percent of their offense returns.
If you’re an avid bird watcher, you may enjoy participating in this year’s, Dec. 14-Jan. 5 Christmas Bird Count. If so, register now.
Suburban Dart League
Star of Beth 28 8 ,778
St. Paul’s 20 13 .606
Christ UCC 21 15 .583
Bath Luth 19 14 .576
Emmanuel 18 18 .500
Ebenezer 16 20 .444
St. Stephen’s 16 20 .444
Dryland 15 21 .417
Light of Christ 15 21 .417
Salem UCC 12 21 .364
Farmersville 12 21 .364
Dryland (12-8 11in, 6-3) at
Light of Christ (5-3)
D - Butch Silfies 9-13, Earl Sigley 7-14, Larry Golick 6-15 cycle 2HR, Al Gilbert 5-13.