Well, Week 10 is finally here. The last week of the regular season is upon us without much fanfare in the District 11 postseason. Most teams are already qualified, but Week 10 is more about the rivalries with Bethlehem taking center stage this weekend.
Bethlehem Catholic hosts Central Catholic in the Holy War on Friday night and then the greatest spectacle of the high school season kicks off at 1 p.m. on Saturday at BASD with Freedom taking on Liberty.
Sprinkle in the Parkland-Emmaus contest, as well as Nazareth and Easton to round out the big games this week.
Since the grouse, rabbit and squirrel season opened last Saturday, the third part of small game opens this Saturday (Oct. 26) for pheasants, often referred to as long-tails. A reference to the long tail feathers of a male cockbird.
If a cockbird can be flushed, the cackle and burst of feathers is exciting and when not anticipated, a bit startling for the hunter. But it’s a nice rush to experience.
On Monday night, the Whitehall field hockey team knocked off Nazareth 4-2 in their opening round District XI playoff game.
To win in the playoffs, teams need their best players to come through. Senior Maddie Trocki showed she was worthy of her EPC 1st Team All-Star nod by scoring the team’s first and last goals.
The first goal came on Whitehall’s first corner of the night when the play gave her an open opportunity that she did not miss.
Head coach Jennifer Bodnar explained that the corners were the key to the win.
Northampton head football coach Kyle Haas understands the impact and the ripple effects of his team’s recent East Penn Conference (EPC) North title.
“Winning a championship is huge for the school and the community,” said Haas. “There hasn’t been one in a long time.
“Our younger kids are working harder to get on the field. They want to be part of the success. For us, it really was a big boost of confidence.”
Liberty Quarterback Dallas Holmes totaled four touchdowns in the Hurricanes 52-27 victory over Whitehall. The game was filled with mistakes and big plays, though, from the start it was apparent whose night this was at BASD Stadium.
“Dallas has been great as a senior leader this year,” said head coach John Truby. “Our season has not gone the way that we were hoping, and thanks to guys like Dallas and other seniors they have kept us working hard.”
The Whitehall golf team finished strong down the stretch, winning three of their final five matches, including a 398-418 victory over Tamaqua to close out the regular season.
In that match against the Blue Raiders, Cody Suhaka shot an 89 to lead the Zephyrs, while both A.J. Capille and Kevin Landis shot a 101, and Jayden Kuhn finished his round with a 107.
With that final victory, the Zephyrs finished 5-9 this season.
With the Lehigh Valley Phantoms well stocked with young, exciting talent and the Philadelphia Flyers off to a 1-4 start, changes came quickly to ignite the parent team with some youthful exuberance.
Joel Farabee and Mikhail Vorobyev were recalled by Philadelphia on Sunday, while Carsen Twarynski was loaned to the Phantoms.
Suburban Dart League
Dryland 10 5 .667
Salem UCC 8 4 .667
Star of Beth 8 4 .667
Emmanuel 11 7 .611
Light of Christ 11 7 .611
Bath Luth 8 7 .533
Christ UCC 7 8 .467
St. Stephen’s 5 7 .417
St. Paul’s 6 9 .400
Ebenezer 5 13 .278
Farmersville 5 13 .278
Bath Luth at
Light of Christ 2-0, 0-10, 2-3
LC - Dan Halteman 7-13, Andy Mickelson 5-12, Charlie Mann 4-10, Rich Hasonich 4-13, double steal and stole home runs in game 2.
BL - HRs - Matt Ziegler, D.J. Stillwell, Jason Matula.
The Zephyrs’ bid to topple Parkland in the opening round of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference boys soccer playoffs gained some early steam, but the Trojans took control in the second half to earn the victory.
It didn’t take too long for forward Jacob Gier to stake the visiting team to a 1-0 lead, and that held up through most of the first half until the Trojans were awarded a penalty kick at the 3:53 mark as Bryce Shalbert’s low shot slid past Justin Mattison for the equalizer.
Regarded as one of the top receivers in the Lehigh Valley, Whitehall’s Allen Negrete has been living up to his reputation all season.
Through eight games, Negrete leads all receivers with 51 catches for 611 yards for a 11.9 average per catch with seven touchdowns. He also tied the school record for receptions (10) in one game.
Yet, his success among some other’s has not been able to equate into success for the Zephyrs this season.
Whitehall (0-8) has allowed 40 or more point in seven of their games this season, the latest in a 56-21 loss to Nazareth last week.