Zephyr gymnasium was the scene for some robust wrestling action last Saturday as Whitehall kicked off the new year hosting their annual Zephyr Duals.
The Duals, now in its twenty-first season, featured 15 teams from Pennsylvania and New Jersey, with Muncy Junior-Senior High School claiming the championship with their victory over Quakertown in the finals.
Whitehall finished in seventh place, downing Bangor 41-36 to earn that spot.
Within an hours drive of the Lehigh Valley, some of the best smallmouth bass fishing can be had in the Susquehanna River that runs past Harrisburg. And in a pair of recent reports, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) biologists concluded that the Susquehanna River is home to a healthy, abundant population of smallmouth bass and channel catfish.
Bethlehem Catholic’s cheerleaders won the Small Division and Liberty’s cheerleaders won the Medium Division at the District XI Competitive Spirit Championships on Jan. 5 at Easton Area Middle School.
The Hawks had the highest overall score with 85.400. They were also the only squad that received no deductions.
Stroudsburg placed second in the Small Division with a score of 79.600. Pocono Mountain East was third with 75.083, Wilson was fourth with 70.933, Southern Lehigh was fifth with 68.183, and Pen Argyl was sixth with 67.800.
Whitehall completed their holiday wrestling schedule with a solid showing at the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic, placing two wrestlers among the top eight in their respective weight classes.
The Zephyrs were part of a large and star-studded field of grapplers that assembled at Liberty’s Memorial Field House for the annual tournament that attracts some of the best teams in the country. This year’s tourney featured 32 teams, with Whitehall finishing 28th among that strong contingent with 40 points.
The Whitehall girls basketball team rang in the New Year with a couple of wins, giving them some momentum as they hit the midway point of the season.
The Zephs reeled off back-to-back wins, downing Pocono Mountain West and East Stroudsburg North once the calendar turned, lifting their record to 3-8 as they prepare for a busy week.
In Friday’s win over East Stroudsburg North, the Zephs jumped out to an early lead, leading by 15 points at the break.
It’s been a superb start to the new year for the Whitehall boys basketball team as they’ve reeled off two consecutive league wins to climb back to .500 as they begin to make their push toward the playoffs.
The first of those 2019 wins came against Pocono Mountain East which entered the game with a gaudy 8-1 record. The Cardinals have had an impressive start to their season with wins over Pocono Mountain West, Northampton and East Stroudsburg South, all of whom have winning records, so Whitehall knew this would be another fierce battle against a Mountain Division opponent.
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.
Suburban Dart League
Star of Bethlehem 32 13 .711
St. Paul’s 25 14 .641
Bath Lutheran 25 17 .595
Christ UCC 23 19 .548
Dryland 23 22 .511
Emmanuel 21 24 .467
Farmersville 19 23 .452
St. Stephen’s 20 25 .444
Ebenezer 20 25 .444
Light of Christ 16 26 .381
Salem UCC 13 29 .310
It’s been a busy couple of weeks for the Whitehall wrestling team as they’ve spent the holiday break participating in a couple of tournaments that will get them ready for the heart of their conference schedule in the new year.
The first of those was the Donegal Invitational, a familiar venue for the maroon and gold who’ve spent the last four years trekking to Mount Joy, Pennsylvania to compete in the individual tourney.
The Whitehall girls basketball team unwrapped an early gift to themselves, earning their first win of the season against Wyomissing just three days before Christmas.
They defeated the Spartans 37-33 to notch that first victory. Balanced scoring was the key as six players hit the stat sheet, with Olivia Hines leading the way with 11 points.
It was a welcome development for a team that’s been in a lot of close games. Of their seven losses, four have been by six points or less.