Judging by the success the junior varsity had this season, the Whitehall boys volleyball program is poised to be in title contention for the foreseeable future.
Even with the loss of seven seniors, the team is well stocked with talent, and soon they’ll be bursting onto the varsity scene to help the Zephyrs stay atop the tough Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
The main reason for such high optimism is the caliber of talent at the junior varsity level.
In a coaching career that’s spanned 25-years, James Sebesta has impacted the lives of thousands of student-athletes at Whitehall.
Those relationships, built over those two-plus decades with the track and field team, made his decision to retire extremely difficult, but he knew that time was slipping away if he wanted to watch his own son play high school sports.
Jared will be entering his senior year at Northampton High School and Sebesta wanted to make sure he would witness his final scholastic season.
When the Whitehall softball team takes the field next season, the third-base coaching box will be without the familiar presence of Alexis Berg-Townsend.
After a coaching career than spanned 10 years, Berg-Townsend submitted her resignation last week. She won 136 games over that decade and guided the Zephyrs to a District XI championship in 2009.
She also led the Zephyrs to an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Skyline Division championship in 2016, culminating in a district finals appearance.
The Coplay Legion team took another step toward the top of the standings with a win over the Carbon Monarchs on Tuesday night, taking aim at consecutive regular season championships.
The win should put them in second place, leapfrogging Northern Valley who was idle Tuesday night. The 2-1 win lifts their record to 10-2, and they’ll look to continue their ascent with games against Emmaus on Wednesday evening, followed by Southern Lehigh on Friday.
The Whitehall’s boys volleyball season ended with a loss to Penn Manor in the state playoffs, closing the book on another successful year.
They lost in four sets to the Comets who were the Lancaster-Lebanon Section One champs. Last season the Comets lost in the 3A state finals to Hempfield, and had a roster containing many of those players who part of that state runner-up team.
With the Cementon Fair soon to begin, patrons may be treated by seeing a black bear.
No, it’s not part of a fair act, but a wild bear was seen (and photographed) last Wednesday running across Main Street and onto the Cementon Playground property.
Liberty’s Darian Street and Jaohne Duggan spent one last night together as teammates in last weekend’s Big 33 Classic at Central Dauphin High School.
Both played their part in Pennsylvania’s 44-33 victory over Maryland, as Street hauled in three catches for 84 yards on the night, including a 51-yard TD grab in the fourth quarter to put Pennsylvania up 37-21 with 6:43 left.
Duggan, a back-to-back all-state selection on the defensive line, proved to be a menace to Maryland’s offensive line on the night, as he’ll continue his college career at Rutgers.
The Cedar Beach Basketball Showcase kicks off its inaugural tournament this week in Allentown, with the tournament taking over the reigns of the former Stellar Basketball Tournament.
Action runs Thursday to Sunday and the double elimination format that everyone was used to at Stellar is back.
Liberty, who is 4-2 in the Allentown Summer League heading into this week, opens the tournament with Boyertown on Thursday night with the winner facing Allen on Friday night.
Lehigh Valley’s run in the Carpenter Cup Classic ended on day one of the tournament following a 4-2 loss to Jersey Shore in last Thursday’s opener.
T.J Scuderi broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning with a two-run homer to put Jersey Shore ahead for good and to eliminate the LV squad at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
Jersey Shore built a 2-0 lead after the first two innings of play, but Lehigh Valley battled back in the third and fourth innings respectively to nod the game.
For this year’s McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star Classic participants, Thursday’s outing is undoubtedly the last time all of them will suit up for one last high school football game.
For Gold head coach Kyle Haas, it’s also one last game to lead after serving as head coach of Bethlehem Catholic last season on an interim basis.
Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. Thursday night at Nazareth’s Andrew Leh, as the Gold team (Northampton County, Palisades and Phillipsburg) takes on the Red team (Lehigh, Carbon and Monroe Counties).