The summer offseason in high school basketball can be tough to field full teams. Vacations and other commitments often conflict with the busy basketball schedules.
Last weekend the Whitehall boys basketball team once again played with a shorthanded team in the Sportsfest A-Town Throwdown Tournament at Cedar Beach.
A weekend after playing in the Stellar Catch A Rising Star Showcase, the heat didn't cease, and the Zephyrs competed against some of the best talent in the state without some of their top players.
The Fullerton Legion baseball team was unable to find their stride in the playoffs, bowing out after two consecutive losses.
The Ramblers lost their opening round game to the Northern Valley 5-1, and then were ousted by West Allentown, 3-2. The previous two seasons Fullerton went deep into the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs, winning the title in 2011.
Fullerton General Manager Jim Hein said that they fell victim to the walk, yielding a number of free passes that played a part in their quick exit.
"It came back to bite us," said Hein.
A scoreboard was recently donated to the Northampton Athletic Association by both the Coplay and Whitehall Giant Food Stores. Giant associates David Snyder, Alison Snyder, John Leitzell and Deb Thomas were on hand to present to Gary Winkle, NAA softball commissioner, and Jeremy Reph, baseball coach and fundraiser chairman, as well as boys and girls of the NAA. The NAA would like to thank Giant for the donation and what they do for the community.
The Coplay Legion team made it all the way to the semifinals in the playoffs, proving that once a group of players come together as a team, the sky is the limit.
They made it the semis of the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs after some early season stumbles, winning just four of their first eight games. However, they made a late season surge, winning their final two games to solidify a playoff berth, finishing 7-11 on the year. It was that momentum, along with a shared commitment that carried them deep into the playoffs.
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This scholastic sports season at Whitehall High School was characterized by strong performances from beginning to end.
They claimed some league championships, sent a number of student-athletes to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association championships, and found themselves in the district finals in three events during the year.
"It was another good year," said Whitehall Athletic Director Bob Hartman. "We've been on a good run here at Whitehall for the last few years."
Baseball is about adjustments, and Coplay manager Louie Falco believed his team's ability to win their last two games and make the playoffs was indicative of one such determined change.
It didn't come at the plate or in the field, but in their mental outlook, according to Falco.
"They definitely had a better attitude," said Falco. "A couple of the guys started picking it up a little more, and it started to take off from there."
Twenty years ago, both Brian Strauss and Chris Messinger were teenagers and were convinced they would someday have a chance to host a sports talk show, as the duo created and presented their own version on a Super Nintendo game system.
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Fullerton's final two wins cemented them in the fifth spot of the Lehigh Valley Legion, setting the stage for a playoff game on Wednesday to kick off the postseason.
While Fullerton finished at 9-9, manager Daniel Delp said it was a team in transition, with their line-up always in flux throughout the season.
"We didn't have the same line-up for the eighteen games this year," said Delp.
Fullerton head coach Jeff Scheuren believed his team was peaking at the right time when they opened the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack playoffs with a 13-9 victory over Lehigh Township in the opening-round, best-of-three series.
Entering the playoffs as the number nine seed, Fullerton broke open a 9-9 deadlock in the top of the seventh inning plating four runs behind the hitting of Dalton Buskirk (two RBIs in the inning), and Alex Bruneio and Tim Scheuren (one RBI apiece).