If sports teams made trades based on the popularity of their players with the fans, Taylor Leier would still be a member of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Instead, as the old saying goes, sports are a business and Taylor Leier is now a member of the Rochester Americans. The 24-year old left winger was dealt to Buffalo for right winger Justin Bailey.
It’s the largest consumer outdoor show in the country. And it gets underway Saturday, Feb. 2 and runs until Feb. 10 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. To many sportsmen in the Lehigh Valley, this show is commonly known as the Harrisburg Show, despite it’s new name of The Great American Outdoor Show.
Hosted by the NRA and Ram trucks, this year’s super show will feature over 200 seminars, 1,100 exhibits, over 400 hunting/fishing outfitters from around the world, equipment dealers including the top firearms manufacturers, ATVs, SUVs, trucks and boats.
The sting of defeat is never easy, and for head coach Jeff Jones, their loss to Bethlehem Catholic last Friday night was a bit more painful than most.
Whitehall High School Hall of Fame night took place on Jan. 18 as the boys basketball team took on Bethlehem Catholic.
Life inside the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference for most girls basketball teams is difficult, and for Whitehall, this season has been one where they’re trying to establish some consistency among their league rivals.
After three wins in the first four games to open the new year, the Zephyrs lost consecutive games last week. They dropped last Tuesday’s game against William Allen and then succumbed to Bethlehem Catholic on Friday.
It wasn’t quick and it sure wasn’t easy.
But after over two years of discussions, debates, arguments and compromises, the Colonial League and Schuylkill League came up with a cooperative football scheduling agreement that allows 28 teams to play their 10 regular season games against more opponents from schools of a similar size.
Officials from both leagues announced the agreement Thursday at a press conference at Blue Mountain Resort. The agreement will take affect in 2020 and schedules for the first two seasons were handed out at the event.
Officials from the Colonial and Schuylkill leagues held a press conference Thursday announcing their new cooperative football scheduling model, which will take affect in the 2020 season.
The 12 Colonial League football teams and 16 from the Schuylkill League will form four divisions based on enrollments and PIAA Classifications. While Colonial League president Bryan Geist insisted the move was not a merger, the cooperative in effect creates a new 28-team league.
“It’s not a perfect system, but we’re getting closer,” said Northwestern Lehigh athletic director Jason Zimmerman.
With their victory over Stroudsburg last Friday night, the Whitehall boys basketball team has positioned themselves for a postseason berth heading down the home stretch.
While the win lifts their record to 7-7 on the season, their remaining schedule requires a lot of heaving lifting, beginning with Tuesday’s clash against William Allen. Each of the seven teams remaining on their schedule currently have winning records. Moreover, those teams have combined for 63 wins versus 28 losses.
DARTS and TRAP
Suburban Dart League
Star of Bethlehem 33 15 .688
St. Paul’s 28 14 .667
Bath Lutheran 27 18 .600
Dryland 25 23 .521
Christ UCC 23 22 .511
Emmanuel 21 24 .467
Ebenezer 22 26 .458
Farmersville 20 25 .444
St. Stephen’s 20 28 .417
Light of Christ 17 28 .378
Salem UCC 16 29 .356
Whitehall High School is proud to announce the hiring of Matt Senneca as its next head coach in football.
Coach Senneca is no stranger to the Lehigh Valley high school football scene. For the past three seasons Senneca has been the offensive coordinator at Emmaus High School, helping to lead them to two EPC Championships.
He had a two-year stint as head coach at Wilson Area High School after being an assistant coach at Moravian College, Parkland High School and Liberty High School.