Parkland remained one of two undefeated teams in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with a win over Whitehall Friday night. The other EPC unbeaten, Bethlehem Catholic, plays a Saturday evening game.
Palisades is still the only Colonial League team without a loss after rolling to a win over Salisbury.
Here’s a look at some of Friday night’s action. For more see this week’s Lehigh Valley Press newspapers.
The Trojans overcame an early deficit to beat Whitehall 31-21 and remain undefeated.
The Whitehall football team will have the opportunity to do something this Friday that Easton did to them the prior week, and that’s play spoiler against an undefeated team.
They’ll have the opportunity to knock the Trojans (5-0) from the unbeaten ranks and put them in either a second or first place tie in the EPC South standings depending on the outcome of the Bethlehem Catholic game whose record is also unblemished.
After looking for someone on the field hockey team to provide a spark, the Whitehall players responded with seven goals last Friday in a win over Bethlehem Catholic.
The Zephyrs scored off corners, on tipped shots in front of the net, and blasts from the top of the circle as they were relentless in the offensive zone, defeating the visiting Golden Hawks 7-1 to raise their record to 4-4-1 this season.
It was the type of performance that head coach Jennifer Bodnar was looking for from her young squad.
Whenever the Zephyrs began to pick up steam at Cottingham Stadium last Friday, the Easton offense derailed any hopes of them getting back in the game and staying undefeated.
Oh, and the red Rover defense wasn’t too shabby in aiding Easton’s offense on a night where they compiled 56 points, the most an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference opponent has scored against Whitehall since the 63 points Easton rung up in 2014.
It’s officially the second half of the season and the top five teams in the poll are littered with big matchups. The EPC race looks like it’s coming down to Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic, while Palisades keeps their grip on the Colonial league title.
Here’s a breakdown of this week’s bouts, along with some new friends from the North entering the poll.
1. Parkland (5-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
Trojans should have no problem running the ball this week.
The Pick: Parkland 35- Whitehall 28
2. Bethlehem Catholic (5-0)
Last week’s rank: #2
This past weekend provided perfect weather for the East Coast Steel Challenge Championship shootout held at Ontelaunee Fish & Game Association’s firearms ranges.
The four-day event in New Tripoli drew 310 shooters from 25 states with one coming as far as California. Shooters ranged in age from 7 to 70 and had pros like Smith & Wesson pro shooter and Hamburg resident Doug Koenig who was one of the competitors.
The Whitehall girls volleyball team is experiencing a bit of a rough patch right now, and they’re looking to find some solutions to get back on track as they head into a busy week.
With Monday’s loss, a three-set sweep to Nazareth, the Zephyrs have now dropped three of their last four games. That loss drops their record to 5-4 at the midway point of the season.
With the regular season completed, the Whitehall golf team turned its attention to the league championships which got underway this week at Woodstone Country Club.
The Zephyrs finished the season 6-10 overall, picking up three more wins than the previous year.
And when they convened at Woodstone on Tuesday for the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Golf Championships, head coach John Conrad viewed the tourney as an opportunity to beat teams that had defeated them during the regular season.
The high school football season has hit the halfway mark. Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic remained unbeaten in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with wins Friday night.
In the Colonial League, Northwestern routed Pen Argyl for its second straight win this season.
The Hornets posted their first shut out of the season with a 35-0 win over Northampton.
Whitehall hosted a cross country meet at the Whitehall Parkway 5K course on Tuesday afternoon.
The Zephyr girls came away with three wins on the day while the boys won one meet.
The girls beat Pleasant Valley, Pocono Mountain East and Pocono Mountain West by identical scores of 15-46.