The Whitehall football team’s cornucopia of touchdowns involved a variety of players as they grew one step closer to repeating as district champs.
As the playoff game began under a harvest moon at Zephyr Stadium, the Zephyrs needed only three plays to score two touchdowns, setting the stage for a 56-7 win over East Stroudsburg North last Friday night. The win puts them in the title game where they’ll once again face Southern Lehigh for the 5A championship.
Another week is in the books and the playoffs are upon us. For as long as the season has been, it will end for many teams this weekend.
One team that won’t see their season ending anytime soon is Parkland, who has passed every test this season and should do it again this week against Liberty.
Easton and Nazareth square off in round two of their rivalry slugfest, while Emmaus and Freedom highlight another marquee battle this week.
Things are heating up even though it’s finally getting brisk outside. Bundle up for this week’s picks.
1. Parkland (10-0)
With the district game against East Stroudsburg North set for this Friday, the Whitehall coaching staff will be tasked with making sure their players stay sharp heading into the game.
The Timberwolves are 0-10 on the season, and head coach Brian Gilbert said that they’ll be focusing more on individual coaching while making sure they don’t get distracted by their won-loss record.
“You don’t prepare like they’re 0-10,” said Gilbert.
In a game highlighted by physical play and officiating that seemed to hurt both teams, Whitehall wound up dropping a 1-0 double-overtime game to Emmaus that ended the Zephyrs season with a loss in the district quarterfinals.
With Whitehall’s win over Northampton last Friday night, the Zephyrs completed another winning football season, their fifth of the Brian Gilbert-led era.
That’s pretty impressive considering that Gilbert has been the head coach for six years, their only losing campaign coming in 2015. With that final regular season win in their pocket, the Zephs remain as the top seed in the District 11 5A playoffs and will host East Stroudsburg North this Friday.
Whitehall High School cross-country runners competed in the District XI Class 3A Cross Country Championships last Wednesday at Bethlehem Municipal Course.
The girls’ meet was won by Easton, and Whitehall placed eighth.
Juanita Flores placed 33rd overall and first for the Zephyr girls.
“I had a different mentality since the last race, stronger than last week. I knew I wanted to finish first for Whitehall in our last race,” said Flores.
Flores’s time was 21:45.
This past Saturday kicked off the fall turkey hunting season in most parts of the state. The exclusion is in local WMUs 5C and 5D which haven’t been opened for fall turkey in some time. And depending on where you hunt, the game commission recommends checking season dates as their lengths are different in some management units and a handful changed this year. This is due to declining population trends and the results of an agency study that showed the longer fall season, the higher the female turkey harvest, which affects spring populations.
It was a feisty Whitehall girls volleyball team that won four games in the district playoffs, advancing to the quarterfinals before being ousted by Liberty.
They came in the 4A playoffs as the ninth seed and met Pleasant Valley, the eighth seed, in the opening round. The Bears were 11-6 heading into the tourney, and were undefeated in the Mountain Division of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
Few Penn State football games have the excitement of a clash between the Nittany Lions and the Ohio State Buckeyes, and anyone who can’t make the trip to Ohio this year is invited to enjoy the next best thing – getting together with friends and family at the White Out Viewing Party at SteelStacks.
The free event on Sat., Oct. 28, presented by Penn State Lehigh Valley and ArtsQuest, starts at 3 p.m. and includes the big game shown live on the Levitt Pavilion’s large outdoor television screen.
Right now, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms are in one of those grooves that most times a team can only dream about. At 5-1-0-1 on the season, Lehigh Valley is just percentage points behind Providence for the top spot in the Atlantic Division, but they do hold a one-point advantage over the Bruins, albeit with one extra game played than Providence.