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.
It's not often that a high school basketball team plays four games in five days in two separate states with about 900 miles between them.
That's the task that was given to the Parkland Lady Trojans and they came through the test with a 2-2.
Parkland took part in a tournament in Orlando, Fla., Thursday through Saturday and then had a day of fun in the sun before jetting back home late Sunday night.
While they loved the trip, the Trojans were also exhausted and it showed early on against Whitehall (0-6 overall, 0-3 LVC) Monday night.
The Zephyr wrestling team traveled to Northampton last week, loudly declaring they're not about to go gently into that good night.
After falling behind 30-6 to start the match, they fought back, winning some close bouts along the way before finally succumbing 43-27 to the Konkrete Kids.
Head coach Tim Cunningham said the match demonstrated that they're headed in the right direction.
"We showed improvement," said Cunningham. "Obviously not enough improvement, so we have to keep working."
It was an old-fashioned barn burner Friday when the Trojans invaded Zephyr Gymnasium, and when the dust settled, the home team claimed victory to stay unblemished in league action.
Whitehall established an early lead, at one juncture extending the lead to 12 points, but had to survive a blizzard of threes in the third quarter that briefly put the Trojans in front 44-43 when Justin Zajko hit from beyond the arc.
Whitehall's swimming teams got by East Stroudsburg South last week. The girls had an easy time of it winning 124-45 while the boys score was a little closer as they edged out a 89-72 victory.
The girls lost just one event on the day, that coming in the 100 free. But Grace Sullivan and Maireed Doyle each won two events to help the girls to victory. Sullivan won the 200 free in 2:15.23 and the 100 back in 1:11.46. She also was part of two winning relay teams - the 200 medley and the 400 free. Doyle took the 200 IM in 2:35.72 and also won the 100 breaststroke in 1:19.25.