The Whitehall baseball team is thriving in elimination games, and that prosperity has landed them on the doorstep of a state title.
After their 6-2 semifinal win over Wallenpaupack on Monday, the Zephyrs have a chance to do what no Whitehall baseball team has done before: win a state title. They’ll be playing Greater Latrobe on Thursday for the PIAA 5A baseball championship at Penn State’s Medlar Field.
They’re now 6-0 in elimination games, beginning with their 13-2 win over West Scranton that catapulted them into the postseason.
The 2017 Carpenter Cup baseball rosters were announced last week, as the team opens up their 25th season in the event taking place at Philadelphia’s FDR and Citizen’s Bank Park.
The team’s opening round contest takes place on June 15 at 12:30 p.m. against Jersey Shore (NJ) at FDR Park.
The complete roster for the team is below.
Among the Kids who made the squad are Brittain Shander and Mike Ettl.
Brittain Shander (11) INF R-R Northampton
Michael Jenkins (12) P R-R Parkland
Matt Morrow (12) P R-R Becahi
Nate Kitchell (12) P/1B L-L Stroudsburg
Second only to trout, black bass is the most popular sport fish that Pennsylvania anglers fish for. And beginning June 17, the season for them opens with a creel limit of six and a size limit of at least 12 inches.
Despite this, most bass anglers wisely practice catch-and-release. It’s not because largemouth and smallmouth bass aren’t good eating, because they are. It’s because they’re more fun to catch-and-release as they can be caught again another day.
The Lehigh Valley Connie Mack season is under way already and Coplay’s entry in the league is off to a nice start at 5-2 thus far.
Coplay dropped a 7-5 game to Catty to open the season but then won three-straight contests and sit in a pretty good spot with only seven games played.
Doug Koenig, former Alburtis now Hamburg resident and professional handgun shooting competitor who shoots for Team Smith & Wesson, has won another prestigious Bianchi Cup. This makes it 18 for Koenig, a title that is unprecedented in the Cup’s history that began back in 1979.
And it’s considered the first of the triple crown with the others being the IPSC U.S. Nationals and Steel Challenge.
If it’s Juneio, it’s time for Bruneio.
Whitehall starting pitcher Alex Bruneio has simply been en fuego in his last two outings, one on the last day of May, the other on Monday against Daniel Boone. The southpaw has posted two victories in the postseason, his latest a shutout victory over the Blazers in the PIAA playoffs.
The senior has now tossed 14 innings in the postseason, allowing just one run on 10 hits, while striking out nine and only walking four. That includes a three-hitter against Daniel Boone in the opening round of the PIAA 5A playoffs.
The Whitehall boys tennis season ended with Jeremy Lim making a strong bid as one of the best singles players in the area.
Lim was participating in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Singles Tournament which recently resumed after a two-week break. He was paired against Parkland’s Aneesh Kapoor in the consolation round at Winning Touch Tennis in Allentown.
The Whitehall baseball team’s road to a District XI 5A title was filled with a lot of moments where they had to seize the day since a loss in any of their last three games would have ejected them from the playoffs.
Call it Carpe Adamantem.
And that’s precisely what they did when they met Southern Lehigh in the title game, seizing the game in the top of the sixth as they exploded for seven runs to break the contest wide open, paving the way for the championship.
When Austin Berg was out playing tennis with his players on a warm afternoon last week, the ability to engage in a physical activity and participate competitively probably didn’t cross his mind.
But it’s fair to say that it crosses his mind when he’s in his role as a Physical Education teacher at Gockley Elementary School. That’s when he sees the everyday challenges confronting someone who has 22q Deletion Syndrome, also known as DiGeorge Syndrome, a disorder caused by a defect in the 22 chromosome.
Already down a set, the Whitehall boys volleyball team needed something positive to build upon if they wanted to become district champions in the title match against Emmaus.
A second set win would tie the match, with the championship now whittled down to a best-of-three scenario to see who would hoist the trophy. Whitehall took an early lead thanks to kills from Nicholas Herman and Joseph Herman, and then the match seesawed back and forth until the Green Hornets began to pull away midway through the set.