When the District XI AAA wrestling tournament concluded, Matt Bonshak once again earned a spot into the regional round that begins this weekend.
Bonshak finished third at 160, registering falls in each of his three wins to guarantee him a return trip to Liberty's Memorial Gymnasium to defend his title. His defense of his district crown was thwarted by Northampton's Bobby Fehr in the semifinals, losing 5-2 in a tough, defensive battle.
Bonshak defeated Fehr 8-6 in their prior meeting during the season, and he knew their rematch would be another close bout.
Brad Owens ripped a shot into the upper 90 of the net past Charles Varga, and Salisbury/Whitehall staved off some late Bethlehem/Central Catholic pressure on their goal on their way to a 3-2 win in their season finale last Monday night at the Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.
"We got off to a good start," said head coach Rich Crowley. "We got to them early, and our defense was on tonight. We're a defensive team and we fought all year. We lost some leads, but we fought back. And that's how this team has been all year."
In a game that came down to the wire, the Zephyrs boys basketball team was undone by an opportune Stroudsburg team, spoiling their chances for a deep run in the playoffs.
With just over four seconds to go, and the Zephs leading by a point, Mountaineer guard David Clowney was Johnny-on-the-spot as he followed his own miss, netting the bucket and drawing a foul in the process. His subsequent conversion from the line gave Stroudsburg a 59-57 lead.
They say if you build it, they will come.
In the case of this week's Goal In One Coaches Clinic and Expo, it's more like if you host it, they will come.
Dean Koski, the founder and president of G.I.O., as well as head coach of Lehigh's men's soccer program, spent eight months preparing for February 28th's opening night of the expo at Bethlehem Sands Event Center.
The event will run throughout the weekend with clinics, speakers and exhibitions running all day Friday and Saturday from 8am-6pm.
The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame is having the Football Scholar Athlete Banquet on Sunday, March 3, at 4:30 p.m. at the Northampton Community Center.
The speaker this year is Penn State Coach Bill O'Brien. Tickets are $30. Contact Herb Barrall at 484-515-6530.
Whitehall will be represented by Jacob Scott Rex.
Editor's note - Wednesday's boys basketball game against Stroudsburg takes place after Press deadlines.
When the ball is tipped to begin the district basketball playoffs, pitting the Zephyrs against the Mountaineers, the stakes will be much higher than the first time these two met this season.
The two squads hooked up in a scrimmage as the 2012-2013 season was dawning, giving head coach Jeff Jones and his team a sneak peek into what to expect when these two teams clash at Zephyr Gymnasium on Feb. 20.
Brooke Gilson knew she had a very good chance at breaking the record and it would likely happen this season. Still, she enjoyed the limelight of the moment.
Gilson, a senior in the Whitehall swimming program, recently broke the all-time career points total in the program when she passed the previous mark set of 872. 5 set by Val Nordquist in 1995.
With her regular season total of 220 points, Gilson accumulated a career total of 891.5 points through the regular meet season that recently ended.
Sara Wagner hasn't been overly concerned whether or not she finishes among the top three competitors in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle events. She also isn't that concerned about not having qualified for the upcoming district meet.
Instead when the swimming season officially ends for the Whitehall senior, Wagner will be concerned about missing her family away from home.
"It will be tough leaving here," she said. "We have been a tight-knit group, a true family. Sure, we have our fights and disagreements, but we all have been very supportive of each other over the years.
It could have been a baseball team that Whitehall High School assembled when announcing the future plans of their student athletes during the National Letter of Intent ceremony held February 6.
Those nine seniors represented the latest class to sign on the dotted line, fulfilling dreams and stoking expectations as they prepare for the next phase of their lives.
That group included Kayla Cunningham, Aaron Genevese, Brooke Gilson, Kara Parvel, Cassie Schmidt, Nick Shafnisky, Nick Sommer, James Wah and Jake Wygant.
Four years ago, Rudy Romanyshyn joined the Whitehall High School swimming team as a way to get some exercise and get in shape.
Now, four year later, Romanyshyn is on the verge of becoming a district qualifier.
The senior has emerged among a budding group of male swimmers in the Zephyrs' program this winter. As a result, both the boy's and girls' programs have been raised their bars among their competitors in the Lehigh Valley Conference.