Posted in many football locker rooms is the axiom that luck is the residue of design.
However, some times luck is just that: luck. That was evidenced by Whitehall's fumble recovery for a touchdown, with Jacob Buskirk simply being in the right place at the right time after quarterback Jeff Charles lost the ball during a drive in the second quarter. It found Buskirk's waiting arms who then rumbled 30 yards to pay dirt.
The Whitehall girls volleyball team staged a furious comeback to extend the match to a deciding fifth game against Easton Area High School Tuesday night at Zephyr Gymnasium.
In the hole 0-2 to their Lehigh Valley Conference foes, the Zephs rallied to win the next two games, sending the match to the pivotal game five tiebreaker.
However, the Red Rovers got their mojo back, bolting out to an early lead from which Whitehall could never recover, winning 15-7 to earn the victory.
It's been a bit of a rollercoaster so far this year for the Whitehall field hockey team.
After dropping four games in a row, the Zephs climbed back up the track, winning two consecutive games last week to get their record to 3-4. Their ability to rebound after some close games can prove valuable as they fight for a playoff berth in the tough Lehigh Valley Conference.
Kurt Koehler is all about soccer.
Since he began playing the sport at the age of six, Koehler has had an admitted love affair with the sport.
In fact, he plans to continue being associated with his passion when he graduates from Whitehall in June.
Until then, Koehler plans to help his club rebound from a 2-5 start and get back to districts.
"We're off to rough start," said Koehler. "To be honest, we should have a better record. But we have been coming around more as a team and we're getting better team chemistry. We seniors know we have to start to pick it up."
Through their first four games, Whitehall's boys' soccer program had some mixed emotions and feeling about their performance.
Now that the 2013 Lehigh Valley Hunting and Fishing Extravaganza is history, the show's co-director, Bob Danenhower of Orefield, looks forward to next year's show that will be held Aug. 22-24 at Kempton Fairgrounds.
Watching Saquon Barkley burst through the Liberty High School defense without anyone able to bring him down, let alone get a hand on him, it seemed he could have made it look easy even if they trotted out their 291-strong Grenadier band to help them.
The junior tailback finished with 211 yards on 14 carries, accounting for all of the Zephyrs' scores en route to their 28-19 win over the Hurricanes at Frank Banko field last Friday.
After winning their first game, the Whitehall field hockey team found some bumpy terrain once league play started.
The Zephs thundered out of the gate, unleashing a powerful offensive attack against Pocono Mountain West High School that netted 12 goals. But since that time, Whitehall has dropped three division games, and also lost to nonconference foe Stroudsburg High School as well.
While their 1-4 record indicates they'll have an uphill battle to get into the postseason, interim head coach Jennifer Callahan saw a silver lining in their recent stretch of games.
The Whitehall tennis team sits at 5-5 this season and they continue to try and make a push toward the postseason.
With a .500 mark, it's expected there are some things head coach Meredith Kester would like to seem improve.
"We're struggling with match play consistency," Kester said. "But have showed overall improvement since the beginning of the season."
However, there is also plenty to build on according to Kester. The coach said the number-three and four doubles teams have really stepped up this season, and through Tuesday have a combined record of 17-1.
It was a poor second week for myself as Parkland and Emmaus laid major eggs in the weekly picks.
However, it's a feel good story for Bethlehem Catholic garnering a major win for the program, as well as Palisades showing they won't be run over this year.
East Stroudsburg South makes an appearance as well, as the bottom half of the poll is up for grabs.
Here goes this week's picks!
1. Easton (2-0)
Last week's rank: 2
Rovers seem to have cemented themselves here.
The Pick: Easton 42, Becahi 13
2. Whitehall (2-0)
Last week's rank: 3