When Pete Rile became the coach for the Whitehall swim team, the Berlin Wall would soon fall, signaling the collapse of the Iron Curtain, Milli Vanilli ruled the charts, and The Simpsons were about to air their first half-hour episode.
If you’re a bird lover, you may know that Dec. 14 was the start of the 118th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count that runs until Jan. 5. The count is one of the longest-running citizen science projects in the country and world. It provides important data for scientists but it’s a great time for folks to participate and collect the number of birds and species in wintering locations in the country.
Corban Knight is in one of those streaks where everything he does looks almost effortless, but turns out to be good. Take for example, the play he made Sunday in Bridgeport when he was literally on his stomach behind the goal, but still was able to flip the puck to Danick Martel, who was stationed in front of the net for a go-ahead goal.
The Zephyrs played the nightcap of a busy day of hoops last Sunday as they helped raise money for Parkinson’s research as part of the Lehigh Valley Roundball JAMboree.
The Zephyrs tipped off at 5:15 p.m. against Nazareth, the last of four games that benefitted the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research. It was established in honor of former Northampton Area High School basketball coach Mike Schneider.
Whitehall’s Saturday road trip to Pine Grove yielded a win as they unwrapped their first victory of the season.
Head coach Dwight Repsher said that their 13-4 run in the fourth quarter paved the way for the 35-26 win over the Cardinals.
It had been a seesaw affair heading into that final period, with Pine Grove holding onto a slim lead at 24-22 as the Zephyrs got the go-ahead bucket from Taryn Sayre who nailed a three-pointer to give them the one-point lead.
Whitehall took their annual trip up north to participate in the Donegal Holiday Tournament, crowning one champ during last weekend’s busy wrestling weekend.
The Zephyrs placed eight wrestlers, including Julio Diaz who was tops in the 285-pound class, pinning Donegal’s Yonnie Harvey in 3:48 to earn the title. They also had a second-place finisher as Kevin Urena dropped his championship match to Upper Dauphin’s Bronson Garber, 9-0.
While the boys swim team can’t match the raw numbers of their female counterparts, there’s still a possibility that they may reach a new record high and that should bode well for the upcoming season.
Head coach Pete Rile said that they currently have 13 boys on the roster, and that number may grow if things proceed as hoped heading into the season. If that occurs, 14 swimmers will also be the most he’s seen during his tenure.
Rile said that historically low numbers have impacted the overall success of their boys’ team.
In a swim meet, it’s a race against the clock as numbers tell the story. Likewise, numbers will likely play a big part in telling the story of the 2017-18 season for the Whitehall swim team.
Head coach Pete Rile said that it’s highly possible that this season could be the deepest he’s had since he began his illustrious career that’s spanned over four decades.
The girls have seven seniors returning from a squad that finished 12-4, giving them a solid foundation. They also have eight juniors, eight sophomores and 10 freshman, totaling 33 for the new season.
The Whitehall girls basketball team came out like gangbusters to start the 2017-18 season, but that fast beginning fizzled once visiting Northwestern Lehigh ramped up the defensive pressure, forging the Tigers’ path to a 40-36 victory despite a fourth quarter frenzy by the Zephyrs.
The Zephyrs opened the season with an Olivia George three-pointer. That was followed by Alix Buskirk sinking two foul shots on their next possession. Next, Ariana Hines stepped behind the arc for a trey and the Zephyrs were up 8-0 against the Tigers.
It’s that time of year when relatives and friends want to treat sportsmen and sportswomen with holiday gifts. These folks are the toughest to buy for as many items are personal be it equipment or clothing. As such, here’s a few universal things to consider that should delight these special folks.
FISHING: A 2018 fishing license would be a welcome gift for anyone. Shoppers who don’t wish to visit a local tackle shop to buy one, merely go to GoneFishingPa.com where a one, three, five or 10-year licenses can be purchased online.