First, goalie Brian Elliott went on the injured list for the Flyers.
Then, on Saturday, Michal Neuvirth went down with an injury leaving the Flyers scrambling in goal.
Former Phantoms goalie Alex Lyon, who was replacing Elliott on the Flyers roster, played the rest of Saturday’s game with no backup. While there’s no good time for an injury, the fact that GM Ron Hextall still had a few days before the NHL trade deadline hit was somewhat of a silver lining.
Now that the regular season has wrapped up for the Whitehall swimming team, they’ll be preparing to take a large pool of talent to the district tournament that gets underway next weekend at Parkland High School.
The girls finished the season at 9-7, while the boys posted a 6-10 mark. The girls ended on a strong note, defeating Allentown Central Catholic 86-84, while the boys dropped their contest against the Vikings, 95-74.
Junior varsity wrestlers across the region took the spotlight last weekend as they competed in their annual tournament that showcases the talent throughout the wrestling-rich Lehigh Valley.
The scene was East Stroudsburg High School as 30 teams competed last weekend in the Ray Nunamaker District XI Coaches association Wrestling Tournament.
The junior varsity tourney features schools who compete in the AA and AAA classifications. The tournament was won by Northampton who finished with 202 points. Whitehall finished eighth, locking up that spot with 52 points.
If you’re a snow goose hunter, or just a wildlife photographer, you both can shoot thousands of snow geese by trekking on down to upper Berks County.
There’s a large field behind Sittler’s Golf Center and Haldeman Ford on Route 222 outside Kutztown and on Kutztown Road. As I drove past there at 12:20 p.m. last week, the field behind these two businesses was a sea of white, that on first view took on the appearance of snow. But instead, was a few thousand snow geese feeding there with smaller flocks continuing to come in from the East to join them.
Four quarters of basketball, thirty-two minutes, came down to four seconds as the Zephyrs had the opportunity to defeat Emmaus last Thursday night in their final game of the season.
The undermanned Zephyrs, playing with a short bench, had led most of the way, but were trailing the Green Hornets by one as they attempted an inbounds pass at mid court to see if they could pull out the win.
As much fun as rivalries are, for them to be at their best, both teams have to be competitive. Unfortunately, the Hershey Bears haven’t upheld their end of that deal against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms this season. On Friday night, Lehigh Valley downed Hershey 5-1 to give themselves a perfect 5-0 mark against their Chocolatetown rivals. They also took their scoring advantage over Hershey to 26-10. The Bears have struggled against everybody this season, leaving them last in the Atlantic Division with a 19-25-3-4 record and just 45 points on the season.
For you avid bird watchers (also known as ‘Birders’), you may want to join in this years 21St. Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC).
This annual event takes place February 16-19 in backyards, parks, nature centers, on hiking trails, school grounds, balconies, and beaches. The global event provides an opportunity for bird enthusiasts to contribute important bird population data that help scientists see changes over the past 21 years.
When the Whitehall swim team hosted Parkland last week, head coach Pete Rile knew it was an opportunity for his swimmers to have some fun since toppling the Trojans would be a herculean task.
While that turned out to be true as the Zephyrs girls lost 132-38, and the boys succumbed 121-44, one swimmer who made a statement that he meant business was junior Daniel Jablonski. He set another school record, this time setting the mark in the 100 backstroke with a 58.88 finish, toppling the previous mark of 59.18 set in by Mike Ponte in 1998.
The Whitehall wrestling team closed out the regular season with a win over Palmerton High School, and now they’ll turn their attention toward the individual tournament that gets underway next weekend.
The Zephyrs ended the season with a 63-16 victory over the Blue Bombers. The win also puts a wrap on their dual meet season, finishing 11-8 overall this year.
Mike Ajami got things rolling for the Zephs, pinning Cody Green in 3:03. Randy Okungu followed with another fall, decking Aiden Melber in 0:50.
On Monday morning, I stopped at my local Turkey Hill for a coffee. I didn’t get a lot of sleep the night before.
In the store, I noticed an older gentleman who was also getting a coffee and estimated him to be about 80-years-old. He was talking about the big game the night before to anyone who would listen.
As I was sitting in my car ready to leave, the man came out and stood on the sidewalk drinking his coffee - just looking around and smiling. He seemed to simply be taking it all in.