Senior Erica Juliano likes a little chill in the air. It goes along with the feeling she puts down the spines of opposing forwards who venture into her turf on the soccer field.
Both Juliano and her Northeast Conference counterparts will be experiencing a lot of chills next fall as the senior begins her freshman season at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.
The Phantoms continued their up-and-down play this season by splitting two road games over the weekend.
On Friday, they beat Providence 5-4 but followed that up with a 3-2 loss to Springfield the following night. After 16 games, the Phantoms are 9-5-1-1, but are 4-3-1-0 over their last eight games. It’s worth noting that four of those games have been against Springfield (9-4-0-2) and Charlotte (13-3-1-0), who are two of the three teams ahead of the Phantoms in the Atlantic Division. They’ve also played two games against Binghamton (8-7-3-0), who are third in the North Division.
It was a strong beginning for the Whitehall girls soccer team as they rolled into October still undefeated, but they couldn’t sustain that magic toward the end of the year as they lost in the semifinals in both leagues and districts.
Monday’s Nov. 26 antlered deer hunting season will have up to a million orange clad hunters invading Penn’s Woods in pursuit of a buck. The season runs until Dec. 8 in most areas of the state.
According to Pennsylvania Game Commission, about 45 percent of the season’s buck harvest was taken on the opener last year. But last season, hunters took more deer on the first Saturday of the season — a first in Pennsylvania’s deer-management history. “These really are two of the best times to be deer hunting,” said Chris Rosenberry, PGC deer and elk biologist.
Former Whitehall head football coach Brian Gilbert read the movements of the Giants’ Saquon Barkley who nearly rushed for 4,000 career yards as a Zephyr.
Gilbert also had a good read on Barkley when the rookie ran for a career-high 142 yards and scored three overall touchdowns in his team’s 38-35 victory over Tampa Bay at Met Life Stadium Sunday afternoon.
All-Stars 1st Team
Nazareth, Allison Hoff, Defender, 12; Easton, Leslie Echevarria, Defender 12; Whitehall, Erica Juliano, Defender 12; Stroudsburg, Emily Banashefski, Midfield, 12; PM West, Caroline Weirich, Midfield, 11; Whitehall, Kylie Saliby, Midfield, 12; Whitehall, Kate Bonshak, Forward, 11, MVP; Easton, Ashley Lucas, Forward, 12; Freedom, Haley Gschrey, Forward, 10; Beth. Cath., Brooke Bisko, Forward, 11; Nazareth, Caitlyn Lazzarini, Goalie, 12.
The third part of the big game season kicks off Nov. 17 when the black bear season opens in Pennsylvania for its four-day run.
According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), our state has a bear population of around 20,000 over the past three years. And with good mast crops all over, the agency says bears have spread out making them harder to find.
After a season in which they just missed districts, Whitehall’s boys’ soccer team will be looking to take the next step.
The Zephyrs finished the year with a 7-10-1 overall record and will graduate six seniors from their current allotment.
Their next transition will be about tightening their defensive play after they tallied the most goals in school history the past two seasons.
“We have been very good at scoring the past two years,” said head coach Chris Bastidas. “We have to defend better.
Suburban Dart League
Star of Beth 22 5 .815
St. Paul’s 16 8 .667
Bath Luth 15 12 .556
Christ UCC 15 12 .556
Emmanuel 13 14 .481
Light of Christ 12 15 .444
Ebenezer 12 15 .444
Dryland 11 16 .407
St. Stephens 11 16 .407
Farmersville 10 17 .370
Salem UCC 10 17 .370
St. Stephens (4-0) at
Dryland (7-5, 9-0)
D - Earl Sigley, Bernie Yurko 6-14, Larry Golick 4-9, Rich Dern 4-10, Nathan Phares 3-7.
With district titles handed out last week in various District 11 sub classifications, this weekend presents the showdowns that really count.
Freedom and Emmaus square off in must-see TV at Northampton Friday night and Bethlehem Catholic and Saucon Valley tango yet again at Nazareth on Saturday. With Becahi coming in as favorites over the Panthers, Friday’s 6A championship should be one for the memory books between two teams that have played the best football all year.
It’s only fitting that a gold medal is on the line.