The Whitehall swim team’s depth rose to the surface once again, proving to be the difference in their sweep of East Stroudsburg South last Thursday.
While ESS had some strong individual performances, the Zephyrs depth was too much to overcome for the Cavaliers, with the girls winning 112-55, and the boys prevailing 99-71.
Whitehall’s ability to counteract 11 first-place finishes by the Cavaliers showcased just how valuable that depth is, allowing them to secure points by finishing second and third in a majority of those races. That held true is the races they won as well.
The Whitehall wrestling team’s recent trip proved to be a fruitful endeavor as they placed first at the Lehighton Indian Duals last weekend.
The Zephyrs went 5-0 at the tournament, culminating in a 42-25 victory over Tunkhannock to win the championship.
The Indian Duals featured eight area teams as William Allen, Scranton, East Stroudsburg North, Jim Thorpe, Panther Valley, Tunkhannok and Lehighton participated in the tourney.
The Whitehall-Coplay School District announced their latest Hall of Fame class for 2020, which will be honored on January 17.
The event will take place at 6:45pm, just before the varsity boys basketball home game against Pocono Mountain East.
The 2020 class includes Mike Deutsch, Ed Hawrylo, Nick Kurtz, Dennis Laub and Kara Perkoski.
Below is a brief bio on each athlete:
Last Friday’s game began on a strong note for the Whitehall girls basketball team, but some missed opportunities gave Allen the opening they needed to seize the victory.
After ending the first quarter tied 10-10, the second quarter began with promise as Olivia Hines made a pretty inside feed to Cassie Due who was fouled on her layup attempt. The senior point guard sank both shots to give the Zephs a two-point lead.
However, the Zephs managed to score just six more points in that pivotal second quarter as the Canaries reeled off 19 points to take a 29-18 lead at the break.
Eight area boys basketball teams gathered at Parkland High School for a good cause last Sunday, and in turn the setting also proved beneficial for the Zephyrs who got back on track with a victory over Pocono Mountain West.
The teams were part of the annual Lehigh Valley Parkinson’s Jamfest which raises awareness of the disease. Now in its fourth year, the afternoon of hoops is in honor of former Northampton Athletic Director and coach Mike Schneider who’s currently battling the disease.
The Whitehall boys basketball team rang in the new year with a victory, keeping their foot on the gas with a decisive win over East Stroudsburg North last Friday.
The win 67-46 win marked the fifth win in a row for the Zephyrs who climbed to 6-3 on the season. However, that streak was snapped by Liberty who beat them in overtime on Saturday.
It was a wire-to-wire win for the Zephyrs who led by 11 points after the first quarter against the Timberwolves, and then steadily increased that lead, taking a 18-point lead into the break.
The Whitehall swim team didn’t experience a holiday hangover (the confection kind, that is), earning two big wins as soon as the calendar turned to 2020.
The Zephs defeated Freedom on Jan. 2, and followed that with a victory against Saucon Valley on Jan. 4.
Suburban Dart League
Last week we had a pair of makeup matches. The first finds Star of Bethlehem beating Salem UCC 6-3, 8-6, losing the nightcap 2-1. Hitters for Star of Bethlehem: Scott Hoffert 6-13, Bryan Frankenfield 6-14, Austin Hoffert 5-14, Joey Hoffert with a HR. Sherry Bush was 6-12, Bill Rinker 5-10 (HR), Kim Bush with a HR, Kierstin Saeger with 2 HRs for Salem UCC.
Bethlehem Catholic’s cheerleaders were crowned Small Division district champions for the second consecutive year after competing in the District XI Cheerleading Competition on Saturday at Easton Area Middle School.
The Hawks were also overall champions with a total score of 253.30.
“I could see they were feeling confident and ready to go,” said Becahi coach Colleen Iannetta. “Once they hit the partner stunts, I could just see the relief and happiness on their faces and I knew they were going to hit the rest of the routine.”
Although we’re finally getting some below freezing temperatures, safe ice fishing is still some cold days away. And what seems like far too many rainy days, also prevents anglers to walk on water.
But as happens every year at this time, ice fishermen have to travel to the Poconos to find hard water. Places like Shohola, Promised Land, Gouldsboro, Tobyhanna and Fairview lakes usually freeze first.