At this point of the season, Northampton head hockey Brian Ruff and his players will take what is given them in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL) this season.
It hasn't been a typical season for the defending Non-Pure division champions. With the LVSHL adopting a one-league format of eight teams having the top four make the postseason, Northampton appeared to be a lock to make another title run, likely facing former perennial Pure Division champion Parkland for the new title.
Before every game, Whitehall girls head basketball coach Dwight Repsher has some imparting words that serve as the foundation of what they want to accomplish.
In the case against Liberty High School, those two words happened to be determination and concentration, and those two nouns played a big part in securing the win over the Hurricanes.
It was a see-saw game when the Whitehall boys basketball team traveled to Bethlehem Catholic High School, but at the buzzer the Hawks found themselves perched atop the scoreboard thanks to some clutch free throws at the end.
Their accuracy from the line made the difference as they upended the Zephs 58-52, going a perfect 16-16 to deal Whitehall its second league loss. Conversely, the Zephs were only 13-21 from the charity stripe.
With a few weeks remaining in the regular schedule before the anticipated district and state meets, Whitehall's swimming program continues to make plenty of waves in the positive direction.
"We have been doing very well," said head coach Pete Rile. "Recently, we have had a number of new qualifiers for districts. Our girls are where they should be, and our boys have been near the .500 mark and that has been a big surprise with their ongoing number problems.
"We'll look to keep moving forward toward a positive finish in districts and states."
Once again, Whitehall High School rang in the new year with the Zephyr Duals, a wrestling tradition that features some of the top wrestling talent in the area.
And like last year, Stroudsburg High School was crowned the champs, defeating Quakertown High School 38-25 in the finals. Stroudsburg now has consecutive championships, joining LaSalle College High School as repeat champions in the tourney.
It's been a busy week for the Whitehall girls basketball team. But don't worry, a hectic schedule appeals to them as witnessed by the results.
The Zephs have currently won two consecutive games, and four out of their last five. Tuesday's 33-26 win over Dieruff High School now raises their record to 4-7
Even with their loss to the Green Hornets on Friday night, head coach Dwight Repsher said they've displayed consistent improvement which has been the key to their resurgence.
Coming into the season, Whitehall swimming coach Pete Rile wasn't sure what was going to happen with his team. He expected the girls side to be pretty strong, but with only 10 boys on the team, he had concerns about being able to realistically compete. The girls have been true to form and thankfully, Rile has found himself with a number of young swimmers on the boys side who have stepped up to make the season a success.
Sports channels have created a genre of viewing known as the Instant Classic, and that designation could have easily applied to Friday's boys basketball game between Whitehall and Emmaus.
It had all the elements necessary for it to slip into classic status: a pair of clutch threes by each team with less than a minute left; a controversial no-call; students charging the court that resulted in a technical foul, and a last-second shot at the basket as the buzzer sounded.
The Zephyr girls basketball team has found a head of steam, winning consecutive games that has put them back on track.
In Saturday's contest, they defeated Pine Grove 39-31. They used the same formula that allowed them to beat Pocono Mountain West High School, sticking to their game plan and overcoming adversity to notch their second win of the season.
Head coach Dwight Repsher said they lead through most of the game, but suddenly found themselves in the midst of a Cardinals run that had them trailing at the end of three quarters, 22-21.
The following are Whitehall's soccer scholar athletes, who will be honored at a banquet this Sunday night, Jan. 12, at the Northampton Community Center.
Diana J. Roustic
Roustic is a defender for Whitehall with three career goals and two career assists. She ranks 53rd in a class of 352 with a 3.93 GPA out of 4.0.
She is a member of the Respect Club, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honors Society, and has volunteered at a local library and church volunteer work. She has played club soccer for Tri Boro Soccer for three years.