Editor's note - Wednesday's LVC final game against Parkland comes after Press deadlines. Look for coverage of the game in next week's edition.
When pitcher Jacob Wloczewski drew the opening round game of the Lehigh Valley Conference Championships, he knew that the adrenaline would be pumping on both benches.
He used that knowledge to his advantage as he tossed a shutout against Emmaus High School at Hackett Park in Easton, sending the Zephyrs into the championship game on Wednesday evening.
The District 11 3A volleyball tournament is set to kick off tonight and tomorrow with first round action with Whitehall and Delaware Valley playing in tonight's only opening match of the tournament.
The Zephyrs grabbed the sixth-seed and travel to third-seeded Delaware Valley tonight.
Head coach George Cowitch has to be happy with where his team is seeded in the tournament, despite having to travel for Thursday's tilt, as Parkland (1), Emmaus (4) and Northampton (5) are all the hottest teams in the district, as well as being on the opposite side of the bracket.
Lehigh Valley Conference officials had a chance to meet last week to discuss the future of the league and some clarity is now coming into focus. The league met on Monday in an emergency meeting to discuss the Mountain Valley Conference invitation of 10 of the league's schools, while excluding Bethlehem Catholic and Central Catholic.
Principal's and athletic directors met last Wednesday as well in a regularly scheduled meeting and all indicators point to the LVC staying intact with all of its members.
If you're an avid bass fisherman, did you know there's a new species of black bass swimming in southeast waters according to the Outdoor Pressroom.
Scientists from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have discovered these new species while DNA testing a species found in Florida's Chipola River in 2007. The accompanying photo of the bass, that is destined to be called the "Choctaw bass" (more on that later), was collected from Florida's Holmes Creek in February 2012.
Even though their last league game was a loss to Parkland High School, it reinforced the notion that the Zephyr softball team will battle to the end.
Trailing 5-0 as the final inning got under way, head coach Alexis Berg-Townsend said they mounted a rally, loading the bases in an effort to get on the scoreboard. While they failed to get a run across, they still battled until that final out.
"They never gave up and they continued fighting for the whole game," said Berg-Townsend.
Lightning may have hampered the second day of the Lehigh Valley Conference /Colonial League Track and Field Championships, but it didn't dampen the effort by the Zephyrs who were able to put together a strong performance.
The boys finished in fifth place with 65 points, while the girls earned the eighth spot with 46.50 points. The Championships were won on the boys side by Parkland High School, and by Emmaus High School for the girls.
A trip to the Caribbean is always a nice jaunt away from the daily mundane of work or school. Throw in some soccer and community service and the Whitehall girls' soccer team enjoyed one of their most memorable trips ever.
Whitehall girls' coach George Romano had 14 players join him, along with parents and Athletic Director Bob Hartman, from April 26-29 that saw them play against Antigua's U-17 and U-20 women's national teams, as well as do some charity work at the Willkies Primary School.
Lehigh Valley Conference principals and athletic directors met Monday morning in an emergency meeting to discuss the future of the LVC as we know it, following last week's developments that the Mountain Valley Conference invited 10 of the league's schools to form a 'super conference,' while excluding Bethlehem Catholic and Central Catholic.
Bethlehem Catholic Principal John Petruzzelli spoke at length about Monday's meeting and thought there was good discussion among all the schools in the conference.
The Zephyr boys track team split their engagements with the Trojans and the Green Hornets last week, relying on a jet burst from the sprints to get the one win.
The loss came at the hands of Parkland High School who tripped up the Zephs, winning 105-45. That same meet they dealt Emmaus High School a blow, bolting to a 88-62 win.
The Zephyr girls track team had some strong performances when they met Emmaus and Parkland High Schools last week, but it wasn't enough to overtake them in the final stretch.
The girls dropped the two meets by identical scores, losing 90-60 to their Lehigh Valley Conference rivals.
While it was a tough way to close out the season, head coach Jim Sebesta said that it was a valiant effort considering both the Trojans and Green Hornets were undefeated in Lehigh Valley Conference competition.