Killing off penalties is one of the best things a team can do to help themselves. It’s tough enough to play at even strength, but when short, especially in tight games, that’s where you need the penalty killing unit to step up and make big plays.
On Saturday night in Hershey, the Bears were able to break through with a power-play goal against the Phantoms, capitalizing on a penalty by Danick Martel. That goal snapped a streak of 24 straight penalty kills for Lehigh Valley.
The boys tipped off the basketball season at the Loyalsock Tournament as they scored 120 points over their two games, a good sign as they begin league play this week.
Heading into the season, the Zephyrs lost over 95 percent of their offense to graduation. Head coach Jeff Jones said that their performance in the two-game tourney demonstrated their balance, something they can lean on as they start Eastern Pennsylvania Conference action when they hosted Allentown Central Catholic on Tuesday night.
In wrestling, a strong foundation is essential when facing an opponent, and it’s also what’s going to benefit the Whitehall grapplers as a whole this season.
That foundation begins with a solid group of returning wrestlers who’ve gained varsity experience over the last few years. It will be augmented by an intriguing group of newcomers that will give the Zephyrs a good balance of youth and veterans.
We’ve all heard the phrase “Go West Young Man,” words written back in 1861 by John B.L. Soule. The phrase came to symbolize the idea that agriculture could solve many of the nation’s problems of poverty and unemployment characteristic of the big cities of the East.
But for Jules Fruhwirth of Emmaus and eight of his buddies, the phrase means heading to Nebraska for big white-tailed deer and huge mule deer. The latter duo are predominantly a plains pursuit that differs immensely from hunting in Pennsylvania.
As the new season approaches for the Whitehall girls basketball team, head coach Dwight Repsher is reluctant to put them in a box.
That’s because he’s still unsure exactly what he has and how it will evolve over the course of the season. Sure, he’s got great senior leadership with Alix Buskirk, Ariana Hines, Cheyenne Shook, and Iliana Oliver, but as far as where those upperclassmen and the rest of the roster will be playing on the floor, that question is still fluid and may not be set in stone at all this year.
Whitehall’s colors may be maroon and gold, but the boys basketball team is also going to be a little bit green as they enter the season with a very young group who will be looking to make their mark this year.
While this year’s roster only features four players who logged varsity minutes, head coach Jeff Jones said that opens an abundance of opportunities for players to earn playing time as they embark on a new season.
“There’s a lot of roster spots up for grabs,” said Jones. “Now it’s a matter of working hard and fighting for playing time.”
It was another superb season for the Whitehall football team as they repeated as district champs and earned another berth to the PIAA playoffs.
While head coach Brian Gilbert said that the goal is always trying to play into December, the Zephyrs won nine games and laid claim to another 5A title before being ousted by Wyoming Valley West in the opening round of the state playoffs.
Their road to their second consecutive District 11 championship was the result of senior leadership, team balance, and dedication, which fueled another gold medal season for the Zephyrs.
Just as the Phantoms finished up a six-game road trip, they looked forward to a nice set of games on home ice and all seemed right with the world. Then came word that leading scorer Danick Martel and defenseman Sam Morin were heading to Philadelphia. On the same day, forward Alex Krushelnyski was also summoned to the Flyers.
As tradition has it, the days after Thanksgiving have normally seen the opening of local ski areas. Thanks to some below freezing nights of snowmaking, Blue Mountain Resort in Palmerton had its earliest opening in years on Black Friday. They were able to open five slopes serviced by three lifts.
This opening also signals a milestone for this Carbon County resort. Blue Mountain is beginning the season celebrating its 40th anniversary on December 22, 2017. It’s a local ski/boarding area that many learned to ski and board there. Count my family and I as some of them.
Whitehall’s bid for a state title was thwarted by a brutish offensive line that powered a robust running attack that ate up both yards and the clock as visiting Wyoming Valley West advanced to the next round of the PIAA playoffs.
The visiting Spartans rolled up 298 yards on the ground en route to the 32-21 win over the Zephyrs. The win places Wyoming Valley West in the 5A quarterfinals where they’ll meet Archbishop Wood who defeated Simon Gratz, 36-6 to advance to the quarters.