The archery deer hunting season for antlered and antlerless deer kicked off Saturday, Sept. 16, in Wildlife Management Units 2B and local 5C and 5D. The season statewide gets underway Sept. 30 and runs until Nov. 11.
Right now the Whitehall field hockey team is searching, searching for some offense, searching for some leadership, and most important, searching for an identity.
After getting shut out for the fourth time this season, the latest blanking at the hands of Northampton on Saturday, head coach Jenn Bodnar is also searching for some answers.
During the opening quarter of the Whitehall boys soccer season, Head Coach Chris Bastidas knew that he would have some growing pains with a very young defense.
But following two big performances last week, the Zephyr offense appears ready to shoulder the load.
Whitehall defeated Stroudsburg 3-1 on Sept. 13 and East Stroudsburg North 5-0 on Sept. 16.
Tony Rodriguez scored twice and Zahir Linton added a goal and an assist against the Mounties. The Zephyrs held Stroudsburg to just four shots in the contest.
Heading into week five, it appears that the dust is settling and the EPC title race will come down to the top three teams in the poll.
In the Colonial League, Palisades has clearly taken the lead position after last week’s major win over Southern Lehigh.
With the regular season entering its second half, which teams will continue to stand their ground and which ones will fall off the edge?
This week’s results will make things a bit more clear.
1. Parkland (4-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
Trojans have picked up where they left off from a year ago.
Friday’s pop-up shower — make that pop-up downpour — made for some sloppy conditions even on turf, preventing the Whitehall girls soccer team from controlling the action against Nazareth as the ball just died on the drenched surface, leading to a game that ended scoreless after two overtime sessions.
By the time the field began to recover late in the second half, Whitehall began to put on the pressure, but Blue Eagle keeper Caitlyn Lazzarini kept the ball from getting behind her, making four saves in OT.
With the nil-nil tie, the Zephyrs are now 3-2-1 on the season.
With Whitehall’s recent volleyball matches against two Bethlehem schools going to five sets, resulting in a pair of tough losses, the hope is that they will serve as learning lessons for future tight contests.
Head coach Paul Abi-Daher firmly believes his team needs to find a way to win those close matches. They lost 3-2 to Liberty last week, and then dropped a match to Bethlehem Catholic by the same score on Tuesday. Sandwiched in between was a win against William Allen.
Senior day took center stage when the Whitehall girls tennis team hosted Northampton on Monday, but in the end they lost a close match to their league rivals.
The Zephs recognized seniors Catherine Chen, Shaniyah Colon, Jacky Mansour and Teresa Nappo as the regular season enters its final week. Whitehall has a final match with Parkland remaining on its schedule before the postseason begins.
Whenever the Whitehall offense needs a big play, they’ll often draw up something that involves Dez Boykin, utilizing the senior receiver’s knack for rising to the occasion when his number’s called.
With Liberty poised to get the ball back after controlling much of the action in the second quarter, Whitehall was staring at a 3rd and 27 deep in their own territory. The ’Canes had cut the Zephyr lead to 14-7, and with the way they were running the ball, it seemed like they could march down the field once again if they got the Zephs off the field in that third and forever.
A week before the high school football season hits the halfway mark, some playoff races are starting to take shape. Whitehall kept itself among the top of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with a win Friday night, while Liberty also stayed in the hunt by beating Northampton.
The Zephyrs cruised to a 41-13 win over Liberty.
Ethan Parvel passed for 172 yards and rushed for 103 yards in the win. He threw two touchdown passes and ran for three scores to keep his team unbeaten at 4-0.
The Whitehall girls soccer team is looking to gain some traction as their young corps is looking to establish a strong identity early in the season.
They’ve played close games so far this season, defeating Northampton by a goal in the opener, and then defeating Allentown Central Catholic in overtime for their two wins. They’ve also played Emmaus and Parkland, losing to the Green Hornets by a goal, and to the Trojans by two tallies.