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.
The Whitehall boys basketball team floated into the finals of the Zephyr Holiday Classic on the strength of Tyler Holubowski’s soft touch around the basket, giving them the opportunity to reclaim the title after Faith Christian seized it last year.
Holubowski scored 18 points to lead the Zephyrs past Dieruff in Friday’s opening round, and a good majority of those baskets came on floaters. His ability to use his natural momentum while releasing the ball toward the hoop was a potent offensive weapon and helped the Zephs earn a 62-59 win over the Huskies.
For those of you who struck out on getting a buck or doe over the past archery, muzzleloader and rifle deer seasons, you get another chance when the season reopens for archery and flintlock muzzleloader statewide on the traditional post Christmas seasons. Those seasons run Dec. 26-Jan. 12. If you hunt in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D, that season runs from Dec. 26-Jan. 26, 2019.
The extended firearms season also kicks off Dec. 26 and runs until Jan. 26, 2019, but only for antlerless deer and in Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.
Nineteen area cheerleading squads will compete in the 2019 District XI Competitive Spirit Championships beginning at 9 a.m. on Jan. 5 at Easton Area Middle School.
Bethlehem Catholic, which won the East Penn Conference Cheerleading Championships, will compete in the Small Division. Performing positions were assigned by random draw, and as with the EPC competition, the Hawks will perform last in their division at approximately 10:20 a.m.
Freedom will also compete in the Small Division, right before Becahi at approximately 10:15 a.m.
With spring fishing season upcoming, anglers may be interested in some statistics gathered by AnglerSurvey.com who do bimonthly and yearly surveys of anglers and hunters and their various mediums. The surveys also help equipment manufacturers tailor and market their products to sportsmen’s trends and needs. his report presents the results of the bibimonthlyglerSurvey.com© online consumer panel survey. The panel, composed of anglers across the U.S. who volunteer to participate, tracks angler participation and expenditures.
With the Whitehall boys basketball team closing the gap to six points twice in the second quarter against Pocono Mountain West, part of a four-game docket at Liberty’s Memorial Gym on Sunday, the Zephyrs seemed poised to settle into a tight back-and-forth battle against their Eastern Pennsylvania Conference foe.