Coplay and Fullerton players competed in the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack all-star game at Limeport on Saturday. Pictured are: front row from left to right - Dalton Buskirk, Eric Sipp and Jimmy Scheuren from Fullerton; back row - Tyler Cyriax, Gianni Sinatore and Gabe Lamm from Coplay.
It seems the weatherman isn't fond of baseball this summer.
The Fullerton Legion baseball team is well aware of that fact. They had two games scheduled for Monday, one of which was the continuation of a suspended game with Emmaus, while the other was a full game against the same team. However, the weatherman threatened more rain over an already waterlogged Henry Glasser Field, forcing the cancellation.
That weather interruption followed Sunday's day-night double header, another forced scheduling adjustment due to the rains.
There wasn't much offense, but the 43rd annual McDonald's All-Star Football Classic still provided a punch, literally, for fans on June 20 at Nazareth's Andrew Leh Stadium.
A late game skirmish between both sides, led to the most exciting action on the night, as the Gold team knocked off the Red team 13-8.
Editor's Note: This is part two of Whitehall's signing day. Part one ran in the June 20 edition.
For Michael Leonhardt, the decision to attend Lehigh University this fall rested squarely on what the school offered academically for the track and field standout. Having investigated other schools that had engineering departments, most had single four-year degree programs.
Seven local seniors were named to the PIAA 3A and 2A all-state volleyball teams last week for the boys' season.
Bethlehem Catholic's Evan Blair (OH) and Bryan Brown (setter) both were named to the 2A team, while Emmaus' Gabe Shankweiler (OH), Collin Stanton (OH), Nazareth's Galin Swigart (OH), Parkland's Michael Lewis (setter) and Whitehall's Nick Kuti (OH) rounded out the 3A contingent.
When the Whitehall girls basketball team takes the court this winter, there'll be a new face guiding the team on the bench, but the surroundings won't be unfamiliar for the new man in charge.
Egypt Green shocked once beaten Bowmanstown Big Red Machine in the semifinals playoff pounding them by seven runs, something Catty didn't even do, but the Roughies rose to the occasion in a game that was closer than the final score appears, an 11-5 victory to capture the Central Whitehall League Biddy title.
The game was played at Stoney Ridge Park in Bowmanstown on Saturday, June 29.
Don't look now, but the Coplay Legion baseball team is rocketing up the standings.
Winners of three consecutive games, the lads from Coplay are now 5-7, and are looking to secure a playoff spot now that the season is in the back stretch.
The launching pad proved to be a full complement of baseball players, a happy turn of events for Coplay manager Louis Falco. "The key is having people back," said Falco. "It's nice to have, two or three extra guys off the bench."
Coplay head coach Scott Rodriguez hasn't been afraid to honestly evaluate his club's performance in the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack season.
"It has been a rough season for us so far," said Rodriguez of his team's 4-10 mark to begin this week's play. "We're a very young team that has been learning along the way. We have a number of guys who played on the Whitehall JV team last year. But we also have a number of first-year players here. This has been a real learning process for us so far this season."
When lightning interrupted the Lehigh Valley Legion game between Fullerton and South Parkland, the Ramblers were leading 3-1.
But Mother Nature decided to erase the game from the record books. Gone are the hits, runs, strikeouts and walks since the game only lasted four innings before streaks of electrostatic discharge pierced the night sky.