With the cold temperatures and occasional snow flurries we’re experiencing, it may be the incentive to think about the upcoming skiing/snowboarding/tubing season.
In a prepared press release, Tricia Matsko, Director of Sales and Marketing at Blue Mountain Resort in Palmerton, said they put their snow guns in service last Friday night thanks to below freezing temperatures and low humidity. It’s their first attempt this year to make snow and to build a base on the major trails of Lower Main Street, Vista, Come Around, Valley School and Snow Tubing Lanes.
With the final chapter closed on another Whitehall girls tennis season, the storyline will reflect another strong season for the Zephyrs.
They finished the season 7-8, losing a couple of tight matches down the stretch that prevented them from qualifying for the District XI AAA Girls Team Tennis Championship.
The Phantoms Tyler Wotherspoon is just one member of the family playing in the AHL, with the other being his brother Parker Wotherspoon, who plays for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Growing up the two were generally at different levels because of a four-year age difference. Their paths diverged even further as they got older and even through junior hockey, the two never got to play against each other.
Tyler, 26, was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the second round of the 2011 NHL Draft and 22-year old Parker was selected by the Islanders in the fourth round of the 2015 Draft.
Suburban Dart League
Star of Beth 19 5 .792
Dryland 19 8 .704
Salem UCC 13 11 .542
Light of Christ 14 13 .519
Bath Luth 14 13 .519
Emmanuel 13 14 .481
St. Paul’s 13 14 .481
St. Stephen’s 10 14 .417
Christ UCC 11 16 .407
Farmersville 10 17 .370
Ebenezer 8 19 .296
St. Paul’s at
Ebenezer 6-5, 3-2, 4-2
SP - Rich Kern 8-13, Kevin Gross, Dave Clark 6-13, Brett Remel 5-12.
Eb - Vic Pacchioni 5-12, Roman Lugo 4-12, Carol Voortman HR, Robert McDonald HR.
The East Penn Conference announced its boys and girls soccer all-stars recently.
Whitehall’s Kate Bonshak took home league MVP honors. It marks the second-straight year the senior forward was named MVP, as she scored 21 goals on the season and recorded nine assists.
Liberty goalkeeper Blake Koski (senior) took home boys MVP honors and Liberty head coach Ian Larimer was named Coach of the Year.
DeSales Seniors Morghan Shoemaker of Central and Cristal Fernandez of Whitehall and sophomore Audrey Wolfe were all honored recently being named to the All-MAC Freedom Team as announced by the conference office and as voted on by the eight MAC Freedom coaches.
Shoemaker earned First-Team honors while both Fernandez and Wolfe were named to the All-MAC Freedom Second-Team.
It’s often said that defense wins championships. In football, coaches talk about the defense needing to be strong as the key component of winning. In baseball, it’s all about pitching and keeping the other guys off the base paths. It’s much the same in soccer.
A good defense can make up for any potential shortcomings on offense and keep a team strong enough to win a championship. Fortunately for the Emmaus boys soccer team, there’s a solid offense helping to drive the team, but wins begin and end with the defense.
With cold temperatures settling in, most of the best fishing action appears to be at the New Jersey shore where big stripers up to 51 pounds are being caught.
Fishing reporters from On the Water Magazine say linesiders are the ticket. Their report is as follows:
Bob Matthews, from the Fishermen’s Den in Belmar, said boat anglers are finding big fish from a half mile to three miles out. Trolling bunker spoons and Mojos seem to be catching the majority of fish, with spoons taking the edge over Mojos. Party boats are jigging them with Ava 47s and rubber shads.
As the sixth-seed in the District 11 playoffs, Whitehall High School knew they would need to pull off a series of big wins to win district gold. In the first two rounds, they eliminated third-seed Liberty and then bounced second-seed Parkland, both in one-goal games, with the game against Liberty going to overtime. The win over Parkland locked up a spot in states for the Zephyrs, but they still needed to beat top-seed Emmaus to win district gold. Again, they played a one-goal overtime game, but came out on the short end of a 1-0 game, settling for silver medals in districts.
Sam Morin is trying to catch a break.
After missing most of last season recovering from knee surgery, the 24-year old defenseman hoped to break camp with the Flyers and get things going in his career.
He did break camp with the team, but was a healthy scratch through their first eight games of the season.
When he finally did get a chance to play against the Islanders he was basically outmatched and out-skated. With the long layoff, it’s hard to blame Morin for the performance, but it’s also hard to blame Flyers coach Alain Vigneault.