A trip to the Caribbean is always a nice jaunt away from the daily mundane of work or school. Throw in some soccer and community service and the Whitehall girls' soccer team enjoyed one of their most memorable trips ever.
Whitehall girls' coach George Romano had 14 players join him, along with parents and Athletic Director Bob Hartman, from April 26-29 that saw them play against Antigua's U-17 and U-20 women's national teams, as well as do some charity work at the Willkies Primary School.
Lehigh Valley Conference principals and athletic directors met Monday morning in an emergency meeting to discuss the future of the LVC as we know it, following last week's developments that the Mountain Valley Conference invited 10 of the league's schools to form a 'super conference,' while excluding Bethlehem Catholic and Central Catholic.
Bethlehem Catholic Principal John Petruzzelli spoke at length about Monday's meeting and thought there was good discussion among all the schools in the conference.
The Zephyr boys track team split their engagements with the Trojans and the Green Hornets last week, relying on a jet burst from the sprints to get the one win.
The loss came at the hands of Parkland High School who tripped up the Zephs, winning 105-45. That same meet they dealt Emmaus High School a blow, bolting to a 88-62 win.
The Zephyr girls track team had some strong performances when they met Emmaus and Parkland High Schools last week, but it wasn't enough to overtake them in the final stretch.
The girls dropped the two meets by identical scores, losing 90-60 to their Lehigh Valley Conference rivals.
While it was a tough way to close out the season, head coach Jim Sebesta said that it was a valiant effort considering both the Trojans and Green Hornets were undefeated in Lehigh Valley Conference competition.
Whitehall softball coach Alexis Berg-Townsend always has a theme to galvanize the team as they embark on a new season, but as their fortunes changed this year, she changed that message to fit the situation.
"Our team word has always been consistency, and now the last couple of games it's been urgency," said Berg-Townsend whose team was in danger of missing the playoffs before their late-season turnaround. "That's what we're taking in with us to each game and each practice."
With prom season officially here, the Whitehall baseball team has an engagement later this month that could see them getting some early dance lessons.
While it remains to be seen whether or not they'll be celebrating a Lehigh Valley Conference championship - which may include a few impromptu moves on the diamond - the mere fact that they're earned a spot is an historic feat for the Whitehall baseball program. It marks the first time a team has qualified for the LVC playoffs since the league's inception.
With anglers casting for trout along grassy-banked streams and woodlots, and spring gobbler hunters sitting in front of tree's, this makes them all susceptible to the dreaded tick bite.
Since we had a mild winter snow wise, ticks are already active and abundant and will readily attach themselves to sportsmen and sports ladies traipsing these areas.
The Zephyrs baseball team withstood a seventh-inning rally to record another victory this season, keeping them well positioned for a shot at a league title.
With runners on first and second, Allentown Central Catholic's Zach Tobash strolled to the plate. He had all ready launched two balls over the fence, and was looking to make it one more which would have tied the game.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) has announced seasons, bag limits plus elk and antlerless deer license allocations for the 2013-14 license year.
In addition, Wildlife Management Unit 2G has been subdivided into two WMUs (2G and 2H).
On the local scene, the PGC eliminated the extended regular firearms season in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D, except in Special Regulations Area counties of Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia.
It's coming down to crunch time in the Lehigh Valley Conference volleyball season and the wildcard spot for the LVC playoffs is a hot item. Both Whitehall and Northampton are fighting for that final spot, as well as Bethlehem Catholic, as teams enter their final four games of league play into the next week.
Northampton (11-3, 6-3), Whitehall (6-5, 6-3) and Bethlehem Catholic (7-3, 6-3) all share identical league records at the moment, but their fates will come into focus as key matchups take place.