The Whitehall-Coplay School District will announce their 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees on January 12, 2018 before the boys’ varsity basketball game against Pocono Mountain West at 6:45 p.m.
This year’s inductees are John Barton (Class of 1982), Jeff Buskirk (Class of 1984) and Maureen Whitsett (Class of 2004).
Pennsylvania has a new record book bow buck. The 13-point typical buck was arrowed on Oct. 24, 2017 by Ron Shaulis of West Newton, Pa., on public land in Westmoreland County.
The new record buck had a net score of 185-4/8 that surpassed the previous record holder that scored 178-2/8, which was taken in Allegheny County in 2004.
When you talk about the best players on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms this season, there isn’t much debate. Defenseman T.J. Brennan and winger Danick Martel would be the consensus best of the best for Lehigh Valley. Both were recognized by the AHL when they were named to the Atlantic Division All-Star Team. This year’s AHL All-Star Classic will be played in Utica on Jan. 29, with the skills competition taking place the day before the game.
Goaltender Alex Lyon earned the win in goal as he returned to the Lehigh Valley crease for the first time since Dec. 1 after spending most of the month with the Philadelphia Flyers. The key to Lyon’s success may have been the overall sharp play of the Phantoms defense, which held the AHL’s second-highest scoring offense to just 29 shots, 28 of which were turned away by Lyon in Lehigh Valley’s 3-1 win against the Charlotte Checkers.
Junior running back Saquon Barkley (Coplay, Pa.) was unanimously selected to the NCAA Consensus All-America team, becoming the 42nd student-athlete in program history to earn the honor. Barkley is also the 14th player to be a unanimous selection.
With the freezing temperature we’re having, ice fishing should kick off allowing fishermen to walk on water. And first-ice is generally the best time to ice fish in that the fish haven’t seen live bait or lures in some time.
Ice fishing can also be a family sport in that with kids in tow, and if the fish aren’t biting, kids can slide or ice skate over the water’s surface. Get a bite and the kids will get excited pulling in a fish with either a tip-up or mini jigging rod.
While the Whitehall wrestling team earned its second league victory last week, the match revealed that there’s still room for improvement as they march toward the new year.
They defeated the Timberwolves 54-23, winning four head-to-head matches against their Division B foes. The win raises their record to 2-1 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
The Whitehall girls basketball team took to the road this holiday season, but inclement weather intruded, forcing them to play just one game at the annual Gatorade Classic hosted by Pottsville High School.
Their opening round opponent was Minersville, a repeat of last year’s combatants as they sought revenge against a Battlin’ Miners team that hung a 67-28 loss around their necks last Dec. 28. This year they played much better, but eventually lost again to one of the top teams in the Schuylkill League, falling 41-25.
Taylor George’s year at Temple University provided her with a clear cut understanding of how she wanted the rest of her college years to unfold.
As she attended classes at the school that’s located on Broad Street in Philadelphia, the former Whitehall multisport athlete realized that something was missing, and that was reaffirmed when she returned home during Christmas break last year.
“I asked myself, ‘is this really what I want,’” said George. “I reached out to my sister and Kayla Bet, and asked their opinions, and then made my decision.”
While their game against East Stroudsburg North may not have been a clinic, the Whitehall boys basketball team persevered and found a way to win the consolation game of their annual Zephyr Holiday Classic.
It took two overtimes as the Zephyrs rebounded with a 65-63 victory over the visiting Timberwolves last Friday. The nightcap saw Faith Christian Academy- Sellersville and North Hunterdon High School tangle in another game that went overtime, with Faith Christian prevailing, 87-75 to win the Holiday Classic.