When it comes to District 11 postseason play over the last two seasons, the Parkland girls' soccer team has had Whitehall's number.
The Trojans defeated the Zephyrs in last season's district title game. Unfortunately for the Zephyrs, they met up with the Trojans a year later in this season's district tournament. And the results were similar to those from a year ago, right down to the final score.
During Tuesday night's District 11 3A girls' soccer semifinals, the No. 4 seeded Trojans ended the No. 9 seeded Zephyrs' season with a 2-1 victory at Emmaus High School.
Brian Gilbert has been coaching football long enough to know there are no foregone conclusions.
Even though the final game pits them against the winless Konkrete Kids, merely showing up will not guarantee a win.
Northampton would like nothing better than to topple the Zephyrs chances for a repeat league title, as well as reclaim the Cement Bowl trophy that currently rests at Whitehall High School.
With a train whistle echoing through Zephyr Stadium last Friday, the Zephs defense derailed the Green Hornets offense, winning 19-7 to kick off Homecoming weekend.
The win sets up a huge showdown next week with Easton Area High School, as both teams currently sit atop the Lehigh Valley Conference standings along with Parkland. The Zephs (7-1 overall, 6-1 LVC) travel to Cottingham Stadium to play the Red Rovers with the loser virtually eliminated from the league title race.
A season full of minimal twists finally brings some intrigue this week with perhaps the most evenly matched up games in the poll this year.
Can Whitehall steal a win at Easton?
Has Nazareth hit their full stride heading into the final two weeks?
Will a reeling Bethlehem Catholic wake up from their slump?
And who earns the right to say they play second fiddle in the Colonial League?
All things are answered in this week's top ten.
1. Parkland (7-1)
Last week's rank: 1
Trojans keep rolling.
The Pick: Parkland 42- Central Catholic 14
This past weekend (Oct. 19) marked the opening of squirrel hunting season, the one-week muzzleloader season for antlerless deer, plus the ruffed grouse and woodcock season. These all coincide with the ongoing archery deer-hunting season throughout the Pennsylvania.
The stage is now set and the Whitehall field hockey team is about to embark on their second season starting Oct. 23.
The seedings have been issued, the pairings finalized, so right now it's time to prepare for the run to the state tournament and a possible title.
The Zephs will open the District XI AAA playoffs as the eighth seed, hosting William Allen High School, the ninth seed, in the pigtail round. The game begins 6:30 p.m. at the Zephyr Sports Complex.
When the Whitehall girls volleyball team opens district play this week, expect to see an aggressive team that wants to get its offense in gear from the jump.
The Zephs enter the District 11 AAA playoffs as the eighth seed, drawing Parkland High School, the top seed, in the opening round. These two familiar foes will face one another on Oct. 24 at Liberty's Memorial Gymnasium to begin the march to Hershey.
During the regular season, Whitehall pulled off a bit of a surprise when they beat Emmaus 3-1.
Tuesday night, in the first round of the District 11 playoffs, the fact that they beat Emmaus again was less of a surprise, but how dominating they were in the 5-0 victory was a little surprising.
A little over ten minutes into the game, Kylee Cunningham had a breakaway opportunity and fired a shot past Emmaus goalkeeper Kay Gustafson for the first goal of the night, giving the Zephyrs a quick 1-0 lead.
The new-look, 18-team Lehigh Valley Interscholastic Athletic Conference got some clarity last week when initial reports of potential scheduling and divisional alignment surfaced.
Athletic directors from all schools met recently to hash out what the future of the LVC would look like and the rumored talks of Bethlehem Catholic moving up north for football appear to be in order.
Becky Tyson didn't hesitate in reference to her reaction to being a participant in the third annual Football for a Cure Powder Puff Football game that is a fundraiser for breast cancer.
"Absolutely," boasted the Hokendauqua player, who has played all three years of the contests. "Heck, yeah, I love it! We all played hard and it is very intense. It is for a great cause and a terrific fundraiser.
"We all want to win, but we're really playing to help stop breast cancer."