The Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners can probably identify with the Zephyr girls volleyball team as both are looking to make the most of a little open space.
That was the case in Whitehall's match versus Pleasant Valley High School last week as the Zephs had trouble putting the ball down against the Bears, losing in four games 25-16, 17-25, 19-25, 16-25.
Editor's Note: Duke Helm, the District 11 statistician provides the District 11 Football Notes. These note are after week 3 of the high school season.
Liberty's KJ Williams caught three TD passes against Nazareth to become the all-time school leader in TD catches. Williams now has 17 for his career, breaking Joe Donaher's record of 15 TD catches set from 1965-67. Williams now has 1,046 yards receiving in his career to become the fifth Hurricane to accomplish that.
Whitehall head girls' tennis coach Meredith Kester admitted her team recently experienced their most difficult part of their schedule as they begin to conclude their 2012 campaign. The stint left them with an overall 6-8 mark beginning this week.
Yet, Kester is both optimistic and patient the program can soon return to the same level when they captured the District 11 Class AAA title two years ago.
"We definitely went through the hardest part of our schedule," Kester said. "We had some of those matches back-to-back, and it was a real challenge for us.
Defense may have been the story when the Zephyrs and Blue Eagles clashed at Andrew S. Leh Stadium last Friday, but it was a Nick Shafnisky touchdown scamper that ultimately was the backbreaker in their 28-21 win.
The Lehigh Valley Conference Golf Tournament was held Monday at Allentown Municipal Golf Course.
Whitehall's Mark Roth led the Zephyr contingent with an 85, tying for 22nd place in a field of 73 boys players.
Roth, a senior who averaged a team-low 77 this season, was hoping to shoot a mid-70s round, which would have put him in medal contention.
"It could have been a bit better," he said after his round. "I had some errant shots out there. I could have made a few more putts. It also could have been a lot worse, though."
If the third game in Friday's match against Liberty High School is any indication of future success, than the Zephyr volleyball team has plenty of optimism looking forward.
In that game, the Zephs rallied from an early 7-0 deficit as they kept chipping away, eventually tying the game at 17.
With their confidence growing, and the "Canes committing a number of errors, Whitehall started to climb ahead of the taller squad from Bethlehem. In fact, they reeled off four unanswered points, then faltered a bit down the stretch, allowing the 'Canes to creep within a point at 24-23.
So far it's been bad news for Bethlehem schools to make their way to Zephyr Stadium on Friday nights.
Freedom High School was the latest casualty in that exercise, losing 42-21, in a game that was a bit more competitive than the final score indicated.
The Zephs took advantage of some Patriot miscues, including a key interception by Ryan Bonshak which was turned into a pick six, as well as a bad punt snap deep in Freedom territory that ultimately resulted in a score which helped close the door on the visitors.
Kelsey Himmelwright has aspirations of becoming a speech pathologist someday. It as a career choice Himmelwright chose a few years when she spoke with a professional in the field and learned about the profession.
She also has a passion for working with children, notably ones with special needs, to help brighten and improve their world. She is also a person who will always tackle another challenge.
It may have been a taxing week for the Whitehall field hockey team, but it was their opponents who ultimately paid the price.
After a tough week in which they faced a trio of talented league foes, the Zephs breathed a little sigh of relief, edging out Easton Area High School 3-2 to complete the sweep.
The home win against the Red Rovers extends their record to 6-1 and sets up a highly anticipated rematch against undefeated Emmaus High School on Tuesday. (That game was postponed due to weather).
We're into week four of the poll and not much has changed on the forefront. Easton maintains their stay at the top, while Nazareth gets a bump. Parkland picked up their first win of the year and Catasauqua looks to keep their Colonial League title aspirations rolling.
What's your team in store for this week? Check out the poll below.
1. Easton (3-0)
Last week's rank: #1
Of all the teams in the league, Easton always seems to not have a hard time so far this year.
The Pick: Easton 28- Central Catholic 13
2. Nazareth (3-0)
Last week's rank: #3