Trout fishing is tops on the local fishing menu, but following a close second and third are shad and stripers.
Chris’ Bait & Tackle in Mertztown reports good trout action in all area streams thanks to recent stockings. At Ontelaunee Reservoir in upper Berks County, the crappie action died down and the overall bite is slow. At Blue Marsh Lake, anglers are doing really good on catch-and-release bass using large shiners. Crappie guys are also doing well there and picking up quite a few. Chris believes more warm weather is needed for them to turn on.
Whitehall’s match against Northampton on Friday served as a reminder that toppling one of the area’s best volleyball teams is still a tall task for any Zephyr opponent.
While the Konkrete Kids managed to win the second set, tying the match at 1-1, the Zephyrs dropped the hammer in the third set and dispelled any notion that a win was in store for the visitors.
Whitehall won that pivotal third set 25-9, with Joseph Herman firing a couple of emphatic kills down the stretch to help seal the win.
With just three games left in the regular season and long odds on reaching the playoffs, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms don’t appear to have given up just yet. After a slow, ugly start against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Sunday, the Phantoms kicked it up a few notches and wound up with a 10-6 win, their second in as many days against the Penguins. The 10 goals were also a franchise record for the squad.
Among Whitehall’s strong stable of throwers, Lucas Souders has emerged as one of the best javelin competitors in the league.
He was tops in the event Monday against Freedom with a 179-07 mark. It was his fourth consecutive victory in the event. Souders was part of a unit that nabbed 16 points in the throwing events, but it wasn’t enough to overtake the Patriots who defeated the boys 82-68.
Whitehall would split the meet against Freedom, with the girls winning 91-59. The girls dominated the sprints, amassing 23 points, which helped pave the way to the win.
Pennsylvania hunters posted their highest overall deer harvest in 14 years when they took 374,690 deer during the state’s 2018-19 hunting seasons. But the buck harvest dropped.
The 2018-19 deer harvest topped the previous year’s harvest of 367,159 by about 10-percent. The last time the total deer harvest exceeded this season’s total was in 2004-05.
The Whitehall boys tennis team is once again rolling up the wins, earning their seventh victory of the season with a sweep of Pen Argyl last Saturday.
They defeated the Green Knights 5-0 in a nonleague match.
At No. 1 singles, Nick Rohn defeated Brendan McMahon, 6-2, 6-3. Nick Demjan kept pace at No. 2 singles, downing Aiden McMahon in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3. Josh Mallory prevailed in a first set tiebreaker over Jayson Corsetti, winning 7-6. He closed out the match in the second set, winning 6-1.
With Whitehall and Parkland locked in a pitcher’s duel, the Trojans finally broke through in the bottom of the seventh, stringing together a pair of doubles to edge the visiting Zephyrs.
Parkland won 1-0 when Olivia Ondrejca connected with a deep drive that sailed into the right/center gap, scoring Kelly Dulaney who had earlier doubled down the left field line.
The hit sent the Zephyrs home with their third loss of the year.
The Whitehall boys track and field team will feature some strong throwers and speedy sprinters, which should make them a force this season inside the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
The boys, who finished 3-8 last season, come into the new campaign with a lot of talent returning in the sprints and throws. Among their returning medal winners at least year’s District XI Championships are junior Kresstoph Whittick and senior Chad Hussett, who comprised half of their 4x100 relay team which placed fourth at the tourney with a 43.63 mark.
The Whitehall boys volleyball team recorded two more wins, allowing them to keep pace with Emmaus as the two teams without a conference loss so far this season.
They defeated Easton and William Allen to boost their record to 4-0. They didn’t drop a set to either opponent. In fact, the Zephyrs haven’t dropped a set to any of their league opponents so far this season.
They began the week by traveling to Allen on Monday evening to begin a slate of four games that are on tap for this week. They caged the Canaries, winning 25-9, 25-10, 25-12 for their fourth win of the season.
Heading into this season, the sprints should prove to be a really a strong suit for the girls track and field team as their season.