As one of the leading authorities on stinginess, Ebenezer Scrooge would be extremely proud of the Whitehall boys basketball team.
Granted, it's a bit late to be hauling out a Christmas reference, but their back-to-back wins over the weekend was a direct result of a defense that was downright parsimonious. Just the way Scrooge likes it.
Cody Rinkus bagged a hat trick, and Matt Emerick added two goals and an assist to fuel Whitehall/Salisbury (2-6-3) to an upset win over Northampton (6-6-1) on senior night last Monday at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.
"It was awesome," the senior Rinkus said on the win. "It's been a rough season for us, just to get this tonight, it was a big win."
For Salisbury/Whitehall, they are back on a winning streak for the first time since a 3-1 win over Pleasant Valley/Quakertown on November 12th.
The Whitehall girls basketball team found the recipe for success and served Dieruff High School with a loss on Tuesday.
The 45-34 win over the Huskies ends their nine-game skid and gets them back in the win column with a chance to pad their record with a win over Bethlehem Catholic on Friday. It's also a chance for them to avenge an early season loss to the Golden Hawks, dropping their opening game, 48-31.
Their record currently stands at 3-11 (2-6, Lehigh Valley Conference) with seven games remaining on their schedule.
On the eve of the National Hockey League finally ending the lockout, the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League returned to action after the holiday break.
Jeremy Hoffer staked the Emmaus ice hockey team to an early lead with two first period goals, and Michael Smoker nearly held a shutout, as the Green Hornets beat Bethlehem/Central Catholic 5-1 last Monday night in their first game after the long holiday break.
After losing a tough game to Liberty High School in overtime last week, the Whitehall girls basketball team was looking to bounce back against the Red Rovers.
Entertaining Easton Area High School inside their gym on Tuesday, the Zephs found themselves in a relatively tight contest in the first half, trailing only by three points.
But a familiar problem struck again in the second half as the Zephs struggled to put the ball in the basket, eventually losing 45-31.
The latest installment of the Zephyr Duals found a new king of the hill, a team that has been knocking on the door at the annual wrestling tournament at Whitehall High School.
After coming in second and third the last two years, respectively, Stroudsburg High School ascended to the top of the heap, beating Paramus (N.J.) High School 38-30 in the finals.
In all, 15 teams participated at Zephyr Gymnasium on Dec. 5, ringing in the new year with some intense competition.
When the Zephyrs boys basketball team went into halftime down four points to visiting Liberty High School, it was a tempo that could possibly unlock a victory.
Considering that the Hurricanes (6-2) were averaging a little over 61 points per game and wanted to push the ball up the floor and take advantage of their size and experience, the 20-16 score at the break was a reason for optimism.
"The first half we did exactly what we wanted to do," said head coach Jeff Jones. "We slowed the tempo down and made it a four-point game. It's what we needed to do.
The Athletic Hall of Fame Committee in the Whitehall-Coplay School District is proud to announce its hall of fame class of 2013.
Four individuals will be honored at the induction ceremony, which will take place on Friday, Jan. 11, at Whitehall High School. The ceremony will be prior to the varsity boys basketball game between Emmaus and Whitehall, at approximately 6:45 p.m. The varsity game versus Emmaus will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m.
The Hall of Fame Class of 2013 includes:
Michelle Geiger Brown,
Class of 1995
The Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athlete Banquet will be held Sunday, Jan. 13, at 5:30 p.m. This year is the inaugural boys and girls joint banquet and it will take place at the Northampton Community Center.
Kareem K. Green is a midfielder with two career goals and three career assists. He ranks 89th with a 3.68 GPA out of 4.
He was a captain of the soccer team as well as a kicker in football.
The Whitehall swim team split against Allen. The girls rolled to a 117-53 victory while the boys fell 89-78.
The girls won all but one event in their meet and didn't have a multiple winner as eight different girls took home victories as well as all three relay teams.