The Whitehall football team was unable to deliver a win in front of an opening night home crowd in head coach Matt Senneca’s debut as they dropped a 41-28 decision to East Stroudsburg South.
The defending District XI 5A champion Cavaliers entered the game ranked 8th in the state in 5A, but the Zephyrs must feel that they let a golden opportunity slip through their fingers.
Ali Barkley carried the ball 8 times on a 10-play opening drive and capped it off with a 3-yard plunge over right tackle for the first TD of the season.
With warm temperatures, it’s difficult to think about hunting. Even fishing isn’t that good during these times. But come Monday, September 2, the traditional dove and early goose season kicks off.
Since dove are somewhat easier to hunt this time of year, we’ll focus on them as corn and soybean crops are still standing, which makes those fields not conducive to goose hunting methods.
Another Cement Bowl Challenge is in the books with Northampton retaining the Cement Belt Championship for another year.
The rivalry series, which was conceived in the 2016-17 school year, has seen the Kids from Laubach Avenue win the first three installments of the challenge.
The Whitehall girls tennis team quickly rebounded from last week’s loss at the hands of Bethlehem Catholic when they took to the court Monday against Pocono Mountain West to begin a busy week.
After suffering a 7-0 defeat to the Golden Hawks who may eventually lay claim as the top team in the league, the Zephyrs responded with a 5-2 victory over the visiting Panthers on the first day of school.
The 2019 golf season got into full swing two weeks ago, and the Zephyrs made sure they would put a checkmark on the plus side of the ledger.
Whitehall faced off against three Eastern Pennsylvania Conference foes as Nazareth, Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic kicked off the new season at Woodstone Country Club on Aug. 15.
The Zephyrs emerged from that quad match 1-2, shooting 512 for their round. That placed them third among the four teams as Nazareth won the match with a 398, followed by Freedom shooting a 508, and finally the Golden Hawks at 549.
With week one of football in the books, not much has changed in the poll heading into this week’s action.
With the EPC South contests back under a full slate, we’ll get a better gauge of where teams are at. Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic highlight this week’s top game on the slate, while Parkland and Central Catholic should be another noteworthy contest.
Notre Dame looks like the team to beat in the Colonial League, while Northampton hopes it can make a run in the EPC North. With the Week 1 kinks out of the system, let’s see if teams operate smoother this week.
Whitehall got a good preview of what its offensive potential could be in its 41-28 loss to East Stroudsburg South in its opener last week.
Senior Ali Barkley played his role as the team’s presumed workhorse with 127 yards on 23 carries and two rushing touchdowns, catching another TD for a trio.
But the Zephyrs will need to tighten the reins on defense, a problem area that plagued them last season. East Stroudsburg South’s Christian Arrington ran for 209 yards and scored three times on the ground.
Major League teams can expand their rosters to as many as 40 players on Sunday when the calendar flips to September. It’s the last season that teams can go that high.
Starting next season, the roster can expand to just 30 players and there will be a 26-man roster for the regular season instead of the current 25-man roster.
So with the minor league season nearing an end and the rosters expanding, who will be continuing their season in Philadelphia and who starts their offseason?
Whitehall’s cross country team competed in a scrimmage against Freedom and Southern Lehigh last Thursday at Freedom where senior Devon Roberts placed sixth in the girls’ race and sophomore Sean Connelly placed 15th in the boys’ race.
The second annual scrimmage was an opportunity for the Zephyrs to get a taste of competition before the regular season meets begin on Sept. 10.
The Phillies have made a series of questionable moves this summer, with one of them coming last week when they signed catcher Nick Hundley.
While Hundley isn’t known for his offense, he’s been a strong defensive catcher and has thrown out just over the major league average of 26 percent of would-be base stealers over 12 seasons in the majors.
It never hurts to have a quality defensive catcher, but the Phillies already had three catchers on their Triple-A roster at Lehigh Valley.