So far it's been bad news for Bethlehem schools to make their way to Zephyr Stadium on Friday nights.
Freedom High School was the latest casualty in that exercise, losing 42-21, in a game that was a bit more competitive than the final score indicated.
The Zephs took advantage of some Patriot miscues, including a key interception by Ryan Bonshak which was turned into a pick six, as well as a bad punt snap deep in Freedom territory that ultimately resulted in a score which helped close the door on the visitors.
Kelsey Himmelwright has aspirations of becoming a speech pathologist someday. It as a career choice Himmelwright chose a few years when she spoke with a professional in the field and learned about the profession.
She also has a passion for working with children, notably ones with special needs, to help brighten and improve their world. She is also a person who will always tackle another challenge.
It may have been a taxing week for the Whitehall field hockey team, but it was their opponents who ultimately paid the price.
After a tough week in which they faced a trio of talented league foes, the Zephs breathed a little sigh of relief, edging out Easton Area High School 3-2 to complete the sweep.
The home win against the Red Rovers extends their record to 6-1 and sets up a highly anticipated rematch against undefeated Emmaus High School on Tuesday. (That game was postponed due to weather).
We're into week four of the poll and not much has changed on the forefront. Easton maintains their stay at the top, while Nazareth gets a bump. Parkland picked up their first win of the year and Catasauqua looks to keep their Colonial League title aspirations rolling.
What's your team in store for this week? Check out the poll below.
1. Easton (3-0)
Last week's rank: #1
Of all the teams in the league, Easton always seems to not have a hard time so far this year.
The Pick: Easton 28- Central Catholic 13
2. Nazareth (3-0)
Last week's rank: #3
As golf's regular season winds down, the Zephs will be sending one golfer to the District 11 qualifier at Woodstone on Oct. 1.
An 81 average is needed to qualify.
Whitehall senior Mark Roth averaged a 78 this season, according to head coach Curt Beer.
"He will be going to the district qualifier so congratulations to him for making that happen," Beer said.
Fellow senior Jake Szakal averaged an 83, which is just off the mark. Patrick Glasgow averaged an 87, Beer said.
Last Friday's win over Liberty High School by the Zephyr football team was filled with enough subplots to satisfy any number of amateur sleuths.
While it really wasn't a mystery how the Zephs dismantled the Hurricanes 38-19, the plot lines swirling around the game were enough to fill up a good Who-Run-It … er … make that a Who-Done It.
First, it was the Zephyrs home opener and that's always a big deal for a school that's produced a number of renowned football players.
Whitehall hosted Parkland, Becahi and Easton in its only home meet of the season at the Whitehall Parkway on Tuesday afternoon.
The boys and girls both split, losing to Easton and defeating Becahi. The girls won 28-30 over the Hawks while falling 19-43 to the Rovers, while the boys knocked off Becahi 17-42 and fell to Easton 20-36.
For the boys, Brian Plucinsky was the highest finisher taking 7th place with a time of 18:22. Easton Abert Colin won the race in 16:49 and Parkland's Trevor Bergen was second in 17:36.
After checking the Whitehall field hockey team's box score against Northampton Area High School, it seemed there was a misprint.
The Zephyrs lost 2-1? Can't be.
That's almost the expectation one gets every time the Zephs take the field. As unrealistic as that is, any time one sees a score in favor of the opposition, a feeling of surprise accompanies the cold statistics.
One of the primary goals for the Whitehall boys' soccer team this fall was to finish games. It was a haunting memory from last year when the Zephyrs got off to a 3-1 start only to finish with an overall 5-13 mark that included a season-ending seven game losing streak.
But to borrow the phrase that was then and this is now.
The Zephyrs have sharpened their gaps from last season and have produced four wins is as many games to begin the season and signal a new dawn ahead.
Whitehall head girls' soccer coach George Romano understands his team can't keep a low profile this season, especially in the ever-competitive Lehigh Valley Conference (LVC).
The Zephyrs have returned a healthy crop of players from last year's Class 3A state runner up squad and haven't really missed a beat. Through their first four games, Whitehall had a sterling 4-0 mark and had outscored their opponents by a 25-2 margin, but they had a tight 2-1 victory over Nazareth.