This season, Whitehall head swimming coach Pete Rile will be experience a part of the present, and he will also have a good look at the future.
No, the veteran coach hasn't abandoned his pool-side manor for a fortune teller's role, but he does have a roster that can resemble the aspects of one. Rile began the 2012-13 season with nine seniors and 11 freshmen from his girls' squad of 25 swimmers.
With our recent scant snowfall, it was just the incentive skiers and snowboarders needed to hit the slopes. But then came temperatures close to the 60s followed by below freezing temps on Thursday with temps rising again into the high 50s over the weekend. This seesawing of temperatures makes it difficult to not only make snow, but keep snow on the ground. What's a ski resort to do?
In a battle of two of the top goalies in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Ice Hockey League, Tristen Collins (Salisbury) had a hard time of stopping shot after shot. Ben Wykosky of Freedom had one blemish to an other wise flawless night, as the Patriots handled Salisbury/Whitehall 6-1 at the Steel Ice Center in Bethlehem last Monday night.
Three first period goals, one of which came on the shorthanded end, put Salisbury/Whitehall (1-5-2) in a hole they could not dig out of.
The Whitehall basketball teams opened up their seasons this past weekend in different ways.
The boys went 1-1, opening with a win over Becahi in the Yasso-Rothrock Classic before falling to Hazleton on the road Tuesday night.
The accomplishments of two powerlifting Michaels from Whitehall may allow them to to be called Iron Mike from on...
Competing in his first sanctioned meet, Mike Tsamutalis, a 16-year-old Zephyr sophomore, took first place in the teen 15-16-year-old division, 181-pound class at the USA Powerlifting (USAPL) Northeastern USA Regional Championships in Oaks last Saturday, Dec. 1.
When the Whitehall girls basketball team hits the floor this season, speed will be the operative word as they look to make it back to the playoffs.
Last year the Zephs went they went 16-10 and made both the Lehigh Valley Conference and District 11 playoffs, the former the first ever for a girls team at Whitehall. They also made it to the consolation round of the D-11 postseason, missing the PIAA playoffs with a loss to Pleasant Valley High School.
It's the dawn of a new basketball season, and the Zephyr boys will once again look to rise above the competition and get back into the postseason.
The Zephs finished last season 12-12 and made it to the district playoffs. With no margin for error, that team responded to the challenge of winning tough games down the stretch to secure a D-11 berth. This year's team will also need to find that same mental reserve since it's a fairly inexperienced team that's going to need to rely on heart as well as talent.
Even though winter is fast approaching, two Whitehall athletes thoughts turned toward spring as they made their plans official for the next four years.
With pens in hand instead of the their preferred bats, Madison Kelly and Jacob Wloczewski, signed their National Letters of Intent on November 14 at a ceremony in the high school.
Wloczewski will attend Binghamton University in the fall, a Division I school that rests in a valley at the confluence of the Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers in New York. He will play baseball and lean toward a degree in health or science.
Tim Drevitch scored two goals, the first of the game, and the game winner, to lead Easton past Salisbury/Whitehall 4-2 last Monday night at the Lehigh Valley Ice Arena in Whitehall.
Salisbury/Whitehall had good looks on net seemingly all game, but could not take advantage of the chances. They outshot the Red Rovers 32-28, and created more chances in open play.
After Monday's general deer season opener when 750,000 orange clad hunters took to Penn's Woods, there will have been some successful hunters and not so successful ones. If the former, hunter numbers will decline somewhat, however, so will buck numbers, which makes scoring on one a lot tougher.
Deer have a way to become scarce when hunters invade their home turf. They'll either go underground or move elsewhere when the going gets tough.