With the weather finally warming up to normal temperatures for this time of year, folks will be out and about after suffering from cabin fever.
While the much needed warming trend is upon us, so are ticks. Both wood ticks and deer ticks, the latter being more difficult to spot because of their tiny size. Experts are expecting a potential tick explosion with the warm weather and the bloodthirsty critters will be in abundance this summer. The exports say ticks will be looking for a host that walks by so they can latch themselves onto them and your pets.
The Whitehall softball team ran into a Konkrete barrier last week as Northampton blanked the Zephyrs last week, clinching the Cement Belt Championship.
Northampton pitcher Maddie Biechy put up a huge roadblock against Whitehall’s offense, going the distance for the 3-0 win. The sophomore surrendered just four hits, and allowed just one base runner to reach third base the entire game.
All ready down a set to Nazareth, the Zephyr volleyball team were in danger of dropping the next set, but took on the role of the comeback kids as they rallied late in the next two sets, paving the way to their 14th win of the season.
Generally, you think of rivalries as being between teams in close proximity to each other.
Sometimes though, rivalries can develop because of circumstances, including a big playoff series. Such is the case for the budding rivalry between the Phantoms and Charlotte Checkers. The two teams played each other very evenly during the regular season and are matched up in the Atlantic Division finals on their quest for an AHL Calder Cup trophy.
The Whitehall track and field team acknowledged their senior cast as they said good-bye prior to Monday’s meet against Parkland to close out their regular season.
The Zephyrs saluted boys Muhammad Azim, Michael Bogucki, Dez Boykin, Darwin Cofield, Zachary Hricak, Martin Labib, Zahir Linton, Galal Mohamed, Jhodari Reid and Johan Williams.
The senior girls who were recognized included Angel Bacon, Amanda Crooks, Kassidy Cunningham, Cameryn Evans, Makenzie Irelan, Jennifer Kromer, Logan Miller, Taylor Rummel, and Cheyenne Shook.
Whenever the Whitehall boys volleyball team got close to capturing the lead against Emmaus last Friday, the Green Hornets always had an answer.
In the second set of their match that featured the two best teams in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, the Zephyrs were within a point of tying the Hornets on seven occasions, the latest of those coming at 21-22, but Emmaus never relinquished their grip on the lead, demonstrating why they’ve been able to remain undefeated this season.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Whitehall baseball team turned to Robbie Lamm, and the senior delivered with a strong outing on the mound to help the Zephyrs notch their sixth win of the season.
It was the first start of his career, and he went three scoreless innings against East Stroudsburg South without yielding a hit to get the win. The Zephs won the rule-shortened game 17-6 to reach the .500 mark for the season.
Lamm, who has pitched in relief this season, said that taking the ball as a starter required a slightly different approach on the mound.
Whitehall’s Saquon Barkley stole the show with the NFL Draft taking place last week, but he wasn’t the only local football player to hear his name called by NFL teams during the draft’s three-day event.
Barkley, the former Whitehall and Penn State running back, who was taken second overall by the New York Giants last Thursday, became the highest selection from the Lehigh Valley since Chuck Bednarik was taken first overall in the 1949 NFL Draft.
The Whitehall softball team scored early and often against East Stroudsburg South on Monday as they rolled to another win that keeps them in the hunt for a conference playoff berth.
At their recent meeting, the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners gave final approval to the 2018-19 hunting/trapping seasons, and a lot more.
The first bit of news is that the agency increased the antlerless deer allocation from 804,000 licenses last season, to 838,000 for the upcoming seasons.
Locally, Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) 5C remained the same at 70,000. Other local WMUs include: 5B, 58,000 (57,000); 5D, 28,000 (30,000).