Some people may think that the Indy 500 is the premier sporting event over the Memorial Day weekend, but folks in Whitehall may point to another event that has its own die-hard following that could one day rival the race at the Brickyard.
The Coplay Connie Mack team remains in the hunt for a state championship, splitting a pair of games in the opening round of the playoffs.
When the state playoffs began on July 20 at Limeport Stadium, Coplay drew Hatfield-Towamencin from the Bux-Mont Connie Mack Baseball League. Hatfield-Towamencin, the third seed, handed Coplay, the eighth seed, a 10-2 loss.
That put them in a must-win game against Nazareth. Coplay responded with a 12-2 win, earning them another game which is set for Tuesday against Catasauqua.
The word consummate is often linked to professional, or pro, but in the case of seniors Cara Bonshak and Kylee Cunningham, that word can also be associated with student-athlete.
Yes, Bonshak and Cunningham are the consummate student-athletes who give total effort both on and off the field. They’re the embodiment of that credo that hangs on their gymnasium wall, commonly known as the PRIDE banner: Prepared Respect Involved Dependable Empathetic. They’ve maintained those four principles throughout their athletic careers at Whitehall.
It’s hard to imagine a better senior year than the one Zach Gilbert just recently completed at Whitehall.
Not many seniors can claim two district championships in one season. Moreover, his résumé reads that he was the starting quarterback and starting pitcher for both those titles.
After stepping in as the starting quarterback, he led the team to a 9-5 record and a District XI Championship. He also helped them win a PIAA game over Abington Heights, riddling their vaunted defense for 310 yards and four touchdowns.
Although Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup softball team placed fourth in its tournament last week at FDR Park in Philadelphia, Whitehall High School second baseman Rachel Arner became an even better player as a result of playing on the Lehigh Valley team.
“I really don’t know how, but this past weekend on my tournament team, I was 5 for 5 with a walk, I beat out the throws, I bunted, and I was doing things on my own, and getting better at slapping,” Arner said.
When building a successful athletic program, early success is always a vital tool in helping establish a solid foundation at the varsity level, and that’s what’s been happening with Whitehall wrestling.
Competing in the highly-competitive Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, a league that routinely produces state champions, requires that teams have strong youth and junior high programs that will one day fill their varsity rosters.
With the Fourth of July holiday this week, many Lehigh Valley folks take off and many go fishing. As such, here’s a rundown on what’s been happening on local waters.
Willie from Willie’s Bait & Tackle in Cementon says the Lehigh River is fishing good for almost everything. Big trout, smallmouth bass, rock bass, perch and fallfish. Sizeable smallmouth are readily taking leeches. In fact, Willie recalls taking his grandson down to the falls in Cementon last summer and every cast his grandson took a fish with a leech.
Baseball great Ernie Banks famously said let’s play two, but with the way this season has unfolded for the Coplay Legion team, doubleheaders have become routine for them since the season started.
Bad weather struck over the weekend, forcing more cancellations. They played another doubleheader on Sunday, with this twin bill featuring league-leading Salisbury.
They lost both games of the doubleheader, dropping their record to 10-5-1. With those two losses, they finished the regular season in third place behind Northern Valley and Salisbury.
The East Penn Conference volleyball all-stars were announced for the 2017 season with five Emmaus players leading the pack, including league MVP Cameron Parsons.
The Hornets had four players named to the first team, as the team made a run to the state semifinals before falling to Central York in four games.
Whitehall’s Logan McGinley and Joey Maamari were also honored by being named to the first and second teams, respectively.
The full list of this year’s all-stars is below.
Cameron Parsons S (Emmaus) MVP
Logan McGinley OH (Whitehall)