In the waning minutes of the final game of Via’s Super Saturday basketball showcase, Aidan Ellwood spotted up behind the three-point line and called “banks.” He let the shot go, and it caromed off the backboard and through the basket. A few feet away his teammates went wild.
The Northampton senior scored 28 points in leading the West all-stars to a 119-112 win over the East in the finale of this year’s Via All-Star Classic, the 43rd annual edition of the event that showcases local senior high school basketball players.
The outlook for the upcoming girls track and field season rests heavily on the talented legs of their sprinters, an experienced group that will form a strong building block this year.
The Zephs are coming off a season where they finished 6-5. They have a good mix of returning veterans as well as newcomers that should allow them to plug in a host of strong competitors in a number of events.
And that begins with the sprints.
Last season, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms reached the AHL Playoffs, but had a much quicker exit than most expected.
That hasn’t been forgotten by the players who are around on this year’s playoff team and they’re determined to make this postseason a much longer experience. For veteran players and the organization as a whole, returning to the playoffs for a second straight season has a bigger meaning than just playing for a Calder Cup Championship.
During the Saquon Barkley Day celebration in Coplay, Whitehall Athletic Director Bob Hartman announced that no one will wear the maroon-and-gold No. 21 jersey at Zephyr Stadium after Barkley.
Ali Barkley, that is.
Saquon’s younger brother, a sophomore who also plays running back, currently wears No. 21 for the Whitehall football team. Hartman said that the school will retire the number after Ali is finished playing, with a ceremony whenever Saquon’s schedule permits.
The Whitehall boys tennis team is once again blazing a torrid trail though the early portion of their season.
With their 7-0 win over Easton on Monday, the Zephyrs move to 4-0 on the season. Last year they got out of the gate 6-0, while the previous season they posted a 5-0 mark at the start. This marks the third consecutive season that they’ve gone at least four matches without a loss.
Of their four wins, they have swept two of their opponents, demonstrating their strength throughout their lineup.
With some sun and warmer temperatures, the snow we had last week should hopefully melt enough to allow access to area stream banks and lake shores for the Saturday, March 31, regional trout opener in 18 southeastern counties.
The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission adds that their Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters program stocks 21 streams across the state with 14-20-inch trout. The trout, they say, will be stocked at a rate of 175-225 per mile. Anglers are invited to visit the agency’s website to see the list of these selected waters.
When the Whitehall boys volleyball team took the floor for their opening game of 2018, something wasn’t quite right.
It turns out that head coach George Cowitch made a mistake. He “flipped the middles,” putting an outside hitter, in this case Alex Khouri, where Dylan McGinley, a middle hitter, was supposed to be.
Cowitch said that it was an oversight as he was making out the lineup, placing guys next to one another who were not accustomed to playing side by side in the frontcourt.
The following are quotes captured from the March 24 Saquon Barkley Day celebration in the Whitehall-Coplay area.
• “I had the pleasure of seeing Saquon play quite a few of his high school games, and I could tell that he was developing into a special player. But when a player develops a deeper love and commitment to the game to take it to the college level, that’s a whole other ballgame. Watching Saquon play for Penn State was always something to look forward to, knowing that he came from our little organization.” - Terry Cramsey - President of the Hokendauqua Athletic Association
The Phantoms believe that the road to the 2018 Calder Cup goes through the Lehigh Valley.
The team clinched a playoff berth with a 5-4, overtime loss at Providence which combined nicely with Bridgeport’s 4-1 loss at Syracuse to lock up their playoff ticket. This will be the 12th playoff appearance for the Phantoms, dating back to their days in Philadelphia, and second in a row as they look for their third Calder Cup championship.