Nearly 100 football players along with their family members, friends, and coaches packed the Palmerton High School gymnasium back in June for the Eighth Annual Blue Bomber Football Invitational Weightlifting Competition.
When Chris Polony finally assumed he would be Villanova' starting quarterback this fall, he appreciated the low-key process.
During spring ball, Polony was assigned to the first-team offense and took the most reps among the quarterbacks. So Polony believed it would be safe to assume he would be under center when Villanova opens its season at Temple next Friday night.
It has been the same approach the former Whitehall quarterback has taken since he began as a freshman in the Wildcats' program last season.
Mike McFetridge remembers participating in a football practice for the first time at Millersville University and experiencing a myriad of emotions and feelings.
McFetridge knew his chances were slim as a walk-on, but he was determined to take the chance, something he had never been afraid of doing.
"When I first got there, I noticed the difference in size and speed of the game," recalled the former Whitehall graduate. "I really didn't know what to expect. I was nervous and anxious, but I knew I could play. It took a while, but it worked out."
The Whitehall Inferno 12-and-Under Tournament Softball team recently participated in the USSSA Summer Slammer Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament. The Inferno finished in second place out of 18 teams, going 6 -1 for the weekend.
While it was sweltering inside Rockne Hall this summer, the Zephyr girls basketball team found themselves nearly as hot as the temperature inside.
Head coach Rick Worman said the girls "had a pretty good summer" as they participated in three events, beginning with the Allentown Central Catholic Summer League. They also traveled to other schools in the area, playing the equivalent of a full winter schedule, said Worman.
Back on June 21, nearly two months ago, the Whitehall boys basketball team suffered one of their toughest losses of the Stellar Summer League, a 45-25 defeat to Allentown Central Catholic.
The two teams met again last Thursday in the first round of the playoffs with the stakes much higher this time around. And the Zephyrs were motivated to not just hang with the Vikings, but to take down the league's number one seed with an 11-1 mark.
The Super 2 Challenge, as it has unofficially been called, began in fall of 1998 as a result of the break-up of the East Penn Conference.
In desperate need of independent games for the 1998-99 season, the five remaining conference members (Allen, Becahi, CCHS, Dieruff and Emmaus) developed a challenge concept pitting the EPC against the Philadelphia Catholic League in a variety of sports. The sports selected for that first year were cross-country, field hockey, boys soccer, boys basketball, girls basketball, wrestling, baseball, softball and track.
Nick Shafnisky didn't want to have a huge weight on his shoulders heading into his senior year at Whitehall.
The top returning quarterback in the Lehigh Valley Conference wanted to get his college destination out of the way before the upcoming 2012 season and Shafnisky decided Lehigh was the best fit for his athletic and academic standards.
With Colgate and New Hampshire as other possible ventures, Shafnisky always knew what place was best for his interests.