With the latest blast of snow we've received, conditions are perfect for a cross-country ski experience.
Northampton head hockey coach Brian Ruff has been searching all season long for solutions to his team's season-long slump.
The defending Non-Pure division champions won just one of their first nine and the normal prolific scoring machine had trouble putting the puck in the net as they were the third-lowest scoring team in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL).
Ruff and his staff were perplexed by his team's status and didn't have any new possible solutions on the horizon.
The Whitehall High School boys basketball team's success this season has been the product of a good balancing act.
Now, they aren't incorporating aspects of Cirque du Soleil into their basketball game. No flips or cartwheels for this bunch (not yet, anyway). The Zephs balancing comes on the stat sheet.
In Saturday's win over Liberty High School, the Zephyrs had three players in double figures, with two more on the cusp of that mark, en route to a 57-53 win over the Hurricanes.
The Christmas holiday proved fruitful for the Whitehall wrestling team.
The Zephyrs participated in two holiday tournaments over the break, and wound up earning themselves a nice little present with a strong showing at both events.
In the Spartan Duals at Springfield Township High School they went 5-0. Head coach Tim Cunningham said it was a dual meet format, with the Zephs winning every match. The tournament featured eight schools, with the Zephs the lone undefeated participant. They won the matches by a combined 285-87.
The 2014 Zephyr Duals will be wrestled on Saturday, Jan. 4, at 8:30 a.m. at Whitehall High School.
Weigh-ins begin at 7 a.m.
Sixteen teams will take part in the event. Paramus is the top seed in the tournament and will take on 16-seed Mahanoy at 8:30 a.m.
Whitehall is seeded 10th and will wrestle seven-seed Hughesville at 9:45 a.m. If the Zephs win, they would wrestle the winner of second-seed Stroudsburg and 15th seed Souderton at 12:45. A loss in the first match would put them against the loser of Stroudsburg-Souderton at 11:15 a.m.
After getting bounced last year in the opening round of the Zephyr Holiday Classic, the boys basketball team exacted a little revenge this year, defeating North Hunterdon High School to claim their annual winter break tourney.
This year they kept the brakes on the Lions offense, limiting the visitors to 47 points in the finals. That defensive effort paved the way for the 51-47 win to reclaim the Classic. It was a far cry from last year when North Hunterdon bounded out to an early lead, and then kept their foot on the gas, scoring 73 points to knock out the Zephs.
It won't be long before anglers can walk on water. In fact before the recent heat wave hit, local ponds and even Ontelaunee Reservoir, the premier ice fishery in upper Berks County, had skim ice. But since we're in the southern zone, Pocono Mountain lakes and ponds normally develop thicker ice sooner, so ice fishermen hit those waters first.
And since we're in the lull between seasons, now's the time to dig out the ice gear and check your tip-ups, ice reels, line and power augers to see if they need repair or replacement before first safe ice.
To combat Pocono Mountain's West's chaotic tempo on the basketball floor, head coach Dwight Repsher used their pre-game walk through to remind his team to stick to their game plan.
"I've seen them play, and what West tries to get you caught up in how they want to play," said Repsher. "It's chaos. They run up and down the floor and you can't get caught up in that."
If you're like me and still have your buck tag intact, you'll get another shot when the late season for antlered and antlerless deer kicks in Dec. 26 to Jan. 25.
But listen up. The regulations have changed since last year. According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), some areas wherein hunters previously were permitted to use in-line muzzleloaders and slug guns to hunt antlerless deer in the late season, will be closed to hunting.
The Whitehall swim teams were swept by Liberty and split with Pottsville in two recent matches.
Against Pottsville, the girls won 107-63 while the boys fell 95-66.
Mairead Doyle led the way for the Zephs with two individual victories on the day. She took first in the 100 free in 1:00.62 and the 100 back in 1:07.92.
Alex Dorner, Alexus Merkert and Mina Feyrer also posted individual wins for the Zephs. Dorner won the 200 IM in 2:43.41, Merkert took the 50 free in 26.62 and Feyrer won the 500 free in 5:38.18.