Whitehall’s victory over Pleasant Valley on Tuesday demonstrates just how far the girls tennis team has come in a year.
Last season the Bears defeated them 7-0, blanking them back in late August of 2017. This year they pulled out a hard-earned 4-3 win, putting them at 4-2 on the year.
Second year head coach Alex Green has presided over this growth, and said that Tuesday’s win was a big accomplishment in their development.
“Our best win since I’ve been here,” said Green. “The girls are ecstatic.”
After Whitehall took the lead early against Easton during their home opener Friday night, it appeared that they could trade punches with the Red Rovers.
But Easton’s jabs were augmented by the legs of Harold Reynolds who rushed for 186 yards, scoring three touchdowns. But it was his arm that delivered the knockout blow as he took the handoff on their first play from scrimmage in the second half, and rolling to his right, tossed a 76-yard touchdown pass to Mike Dunlap to put them up 27-14.
If you’re an avid bird watcher, you may be seeing an influx of Ruby Throated hummingbirds at your feeders, provided you have an appropriate feeder or flowers for them to feed from.
This influx is because these tiny, colorful and quick birds have begun their fall migration back to southern Mexico and northern Panama.
As they migrate southward, they refuel their bodies in the early morning as they travel by midday and forage again in the late afternoon in an effort to maintain their body weight.
The sun made a brief appearance at the conclusion of the girls soccer opener against Nazareth, putting a warm glow on a league win that gets them off on the right foot.
The Zephyrs defeated the Blue Eagles 2-0 on a damp and dreary Saturday morning at Andrew S. Leh Stadium. The last time these two teams met at this facility, a torrential downpour turned the field into a lake. This time there were no puddles to contend with, but the Eagles had a tough time dealing with Whitehall’s relentless attack, especially in the second half.
It didn’t take long for a shakeup in the poll, as Parkland jumps to the top after only two weeks.
Freedom proved it is for real this season, while Emmaus needed a miracle play to survive against Nazareth.
A new Colonial team enters the fold, while this team pits together excellent matchups for a bevy of competitive games this early in the season.
1. Parkland (2-0)
Last week’s rank: #3
Looks like Parkland is our version of Alabama.
The Pick: Parkland 28- Freedom 24
2. Freedom (2-0)
Last week’s rank: #5
The second Friday night of the high school football season saw Emmaus pull out a big win, Northampton get its first East Penn Conference North Division victory and a rare Thursday night game in the Colonial League.
The Red Rovers pulled away late for a 55-21 win over Whitehall.
Easton had a six-point lead at halftime and extended it with five second-half touchdowns.
Harold Reynolds ran for 186 and three touchdowns on 19 carries, while quarterback Nate Nimeh completed 11 of 18 passes for 176 yards and a score.
The first part of the small game season traditionally gets underway on the first day of September, and this is when dove and geese become legal game. This year, Sept 1 falls on Saturday, which is great for hunters as it’s a weekend.
The Whitehall golf team won two matches last week, defeating Pocono Mountain West and East Stroudsburg South at Allentown Municipal Golf Course, but those wins may have been overshadowed by a an unbelievable performance on back-to-back holes by Corinne Deichmeister during their Aug. 21 match.
The senior shot an eagle on the par-four fourth hole, and then if that wasn’t spectacular enough, she drilled a hole-in-one on the following hole, a par-three that covered about 100 yards.
Freedom sophomore Lauren Charboneau was the winner of the Patriot girls’ first cross country scrimmage last Thursday at Freedom.
The Patriots hosted the scrimmage which included Liberty, Whitehall, and Southern Lehigh.
Charboneau’s time was 20:08.
“I was hoping for a P.R., but I died on the back stretch after the two mile,” she said.
Also, the grass had grown too high at Freedom by Thursday evening, making it difficult for anyone to P.R.
While the biggest take away from Friday’s loss to East Stroudsburg South to open the 2018 football season points to the performance of Cavalier running back Ryan Clark, Whitehall’s inability to sustain drives also led to its downfall.
The Zephyrs dropped their opener 37-28 to the Cavs, and it marks the first time they’ve lost their opener since 2012. Clark had a pivotal role in that outcome, rushing for 269 yards and scoring three touchdowns en route to the nine-point win.