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.
A second half surge powered the Whitehall girls basketball team to a double-digit win over visiting Stroudsburg, strengthening their hopes for a run that will put them into the postseason.
The two teams went into the intermission knotted at 13-13. But once the second half got underway, the Zephyrs rode the dynamic end-to-end play of Grace Clary who scored the bulk of her game-high 20 points in the final two quarters to lead them to the 39-28 victory over the Mountaineers.
With the major portion of the deer hunting seasons about over, our annual deer-take survey from local deer processors and a taxidermy shop shows a healthy population of 8-point bucks, a favorable accomplishment since antler restrictions went into effect in Pennsylvania.
Both the Whitehall’s boys and girls swim teams registered wins on Tuesday against visiting Salisbury, strengthening their conference standings as they head into the final quarter of their season.
The win raised the girls mark to 7-3 on the season, while the boys currently sit at 4-6 after the victory.
The girls defeated the Falcons 95- 71, with Martha Giletto claiming two first-place finishes, her initial victory coming in the 50-yard freestyle (26.96), and the second in the 500 freestyle (5:49.01).
In continuation of its Bob Warke – Dale Horn Scholarship Program, the Hokendauqua Park and Playground Association (HPPA) will again be awarding two, $1,000 scholarships.
To be eligible for the Warke – Horn Scholarship, you must be a class of 2019 high school eligible graduate, be continuing your education in the fall of 2019, you must have participated in the HPPA’s baseball, softball or basketball youth programs, and you must complete the scholarship application form and return it to the HPPA prior to Feb. 28, 2019.
If the Phantoms New Year’s resolution was to come out of the gate hot in 2019, consider their resolution to have been shorter than most of us who resolved to lose weight this year. Since putting new calendars on the wall, Lehigh Valley is 1-5-0-0 and have lost six of seven games. In those games, the Phantoms have been outscored 27-15 and have dropped to a fourth-place tie with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Most players have rolled out the usual excuses – call-ups, injuries, etc. - but can we talk about the elephant in the room?