Kate Bonshak made sure that the Whitehall girls soccer team would remain undefeated, drilling the game-winner in overtime to complete the come-from-behind victory against Freedom last week.
A few minutes earlier, Bonshak scored the tying goal, sealing off the trailing defender and then maneuvering past Patriot keeper Jenelle Romig who came out to challenge the shot. That tally was her second of the night and knotted the score at 3-3.
The Parkland boys soccer team can finally say that it is on a winning streak during the 2018 season. After drawing with Central Catholic in the season-opener and then defeating rival Emmaus in their next game, the Trojans lost two of their next three games.
But after a 3-1 win over Pocono Mountain East last Saturday, Parkland (4-2-1 overall, 3-1-1 EPC Skyline) found its first win streak of the 2018 regular season after taking down Whitehall (3-3-1, 2-3) 4-0 Monday night under the rain at Parkland High School in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Skyline Division game.
At halftime, Allentown Central Catholic’s marching band played Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” and that pretty much summed up Friday’s football game at Zephyr Stadium.
Well, if you liked offense it was certainly thrilling as both teams combined for 110 points. And if you found yourself sitting on Whitehall’s side of the bleachers, you found it especially thrilling since the home team scored 75 of those 110 points.
Join Penn State Lehigh Valley and ArtsQuest in cheering on the Nittany Lions football team at SteelStacks, as Penn State faces off against University of Illinois Sept. 21, 9 p.m. and University of Michigan Nov. 3, TBA.
The free viewing parties include the big games shown live on the Levitt Pavilion’s large outdoor television screen plus food and drink specials like buffalo, sweet chili bacon or garlic Parmesan wings for $1 each, as well as featured items like fried pierogies, nachos and the new Yuengling Golden Pilsner.
A month into the season, clarity has been bestowed upon us to a certain degree.
The top-three teams have solidified their spots in the upper echelon of the pecking order to date, but Bethlehem Catholic looks eager to crash the party after last week’s win over Parkland.
The Colonial League takes a step forward with the removal of Nazareth and Central Catholic from the poll, while an outsider from the north makes a rare appearance.
Let’s see what comes to fruition this week in the latest top-10.
1. Freedom (4-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
The Hawks came back from an early 13-0 deficit to beat Parkland 24-16.
Bethlehem Catholic (3-1) outscored the Trojans 17-0 in the second half and 24-3 in the final three quarters. The Trojans (2-2) only points after the first quarter was a 48-yard field goal by Devin Bartholomew late in the first half.
Nicholas Lucien (4 receptions, 155 yards) caught a pair of touchdown catches for the Hawks, while Paul Carreras (3 carries, 73 yards) ran for the other score.
Zamar Brake completed 11 of 17 passes for 193 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
The Whitehall girls volleyball team found itself trying to extend their match against Northampton to five sets, but the Kids made a late rally in the fourth to ultimately defeat their Cement Belt rivals.
Whitehall jumped out to an early 6-3 lead and then it went back and forth until the Kids started to pull away at 15-16, prompting head coach Eric Budge to call at time out once Northampton reeled off two more consecutive points to take a 15-18 lead.
With the American Ninja Warrior experience now complete for Logan Kreglow, the former Whitehall grad is ready to do it all over again.
And why not?
After all, how often does one get to live out a dream and essentially compete in something that hearkens back to their youth?
“It keeps you active, you stay fit, and you’re like a little kid playing on a jungle gym,” said Kreglow. “I would absolutely do it again.”
The most anticipated archery deer hunting season kicks off this Saturday in Wildlife Management Areas 2B, 5C and 5D. The statewide archery deer season begins two weeks later on Sept. 29. Coincidentally, the early archery bear season also opens Sept. 15 in the same trio of WMUs.
But the primary pursuit is deer. And we do have an abundance of them. In fact, too many in certain areas.
Star of Beth 3 0 1.00
St. Stephens 2 1 .667
Bath Luth 2 1 .667
Dryland 2 1 .667
Ebenezer 2 1 .667
Emmanuel 1 2 .333
Light 1 2 .333
Farmersville 0 0 .000
St. Paul’s 0 0 .000
Salem UCC 0 0 .000
Christ UCC 0 3 .000
St. Stephen’s (6-3, 3-1) at Ebenezer (5-1)
SS - Art Oberrader 5-12, Allan Beahm, Gary Buczynski 5-13, Allen Antry 4-12, John Hoysan 4-13.
Eb - Steve Gountis 7-12, Dean Frear 5-13, Jim Voortman 4-12, Vic Pacchioni 4-13.