Week 4 of the poll features the most movement this season as teams settle into their identities. Freedom remains steadfast at the top, but face a hungry Nazareth squad looking for respect.
Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic will be in a battle this week, while Central Catholic and Whitehall are in desperation mode.
Southern Lehigh’s impressive romp over Notre Dame catapults them into the poll as well.
With three weeks of action in the books, Week 4 will continue to prove who belongs where.
1. Freedom (3-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
Suburban Dart League
Salem UCC 2 1
Ebenezer 2 1
Emmanuel 2 1
Bath Luth 2 1
Star of Beth 2 1
Farmersville 1 2
Light of Christ 1 2
Dryland 1 2
Christ UCC 1 2
St. Paul’s 1 2
St. Stephen’s 0 0
Emmanuel (6-2, 5-0) at Christ UCC (5-3)
Em - Jim Hill 5-12 HR, Bob Bast 5-13 HR, Troy Haydt 4-12 HR, Bruce Danyluk 4-13, Dave Williams HR.
C - Keith Laudenslager 5-12 HR, Eric Yocum 4-12, Ron Wagner 4-13, Donnie Laudenslager HR.
Ebenezer (3-0, 5-4) at Light of Christ (4-2)
Friday’s severely dropping temperatures could be a hint that fall is on the way. As such, fresh water fish traditionally go on the feed as cooler water temps signal the feeding frenzy, says our local fishing reporters.
Willie, from Willie’s Bait & Tackle in Cementon, reports Leaser Lake is the hot spot with customers picking up muskies on jumbo minnows while bass anglers are nailing largemouths on large shiners. As for Lehigh River, Willie said it’s dead of late although one avid angler picks up an occasional trout or two but no smallmouths, which is rare for this time of year.
The Whitehall football team dropped its third game of the season 49-21 to the visiting Emmaus Green Hornets on Friday night.
The Zephyr defense continued to struggle, allowing their opponents to breach the 40-point barrier for the third time.
Things got off to a bad start when Emmaus QB Jake Moyer hit Jameel Sanders on a slant on the Hornet’s first play of the game and Sanders took it 48 yards to the house.
Resiliency has been the hallmark of this year’s girls tennis team, and Monday’s win over Easton was further evidence of that fact.
After dropping a tough 4-2 loss to Freedom last week, the girls rebounded with a hard fought 4-3 win over Easton on Monday.
The win raised their record to 6-3, and places them sixth among the 19 District XI 3A teams based on power rankings.
In the first half of the field hockey game between Whitehall and Parkland on Tuesday, it looked like the Trojans were going to overwhelm the Zephyrs with offensive pressure.
It seemed that goalkeeper Mackenzie Holubowski was constantly surrounded by a sea of gray and red as Parkland sent 18 shots in the direction of her goal.
The Trojans scored the opening goal on a penalty stroke just a minute and a half into the contest.
They had a second goal disallowed seven minutes later, but wound up notching another score within two minutes.
The 2019-2020 Cement Belt challenge kicked off with the Whitehall boys soccer team drawing first blood on Northampton’s home field with a 4-2 victory.
A few hours later, the Konkrete Kids’ girls soccer team evened the standings by scoring a 2-0 win on the Zephyrs’ home turf.
Senior tri-captain Abbi Czarnecki got Northampton on the board in the first 5 minutes of the game when she took a pass from Alex Benedict and slotted the ball under the goalie’s arms.
The Whitehall boys soccer team got off to a great start with an 8-0 win over Palisades.
The Zephs put the game away with five goals in the first half before adding three more in the second half.
Ziyad Atiyeh, Gio Mazzola, Jake Gier and Rahman Ojulari-Sulyman scored in the first half with Gier notching two and finishing with four goals total for the game.
Atiyeh got the scoring started with an assist from Elie Khalil, it was followed by Mazzola’s goal from Rahman Ojulari-Sulyman before Gier made it 3-0 on a pass from Nabieh Saloum.
With over a quarter of the regular season in the books, Whitehall’s Natalia Pedraza is on track to reach one of her goals as she aims to be part of the postseason singles tournament mix.
This year the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference changed the qualifying standards, admitting only the top eight players in each of the singles and doubles brackets. Previously, they were open to all players in the conference.
That will make it more difficult to reach the tourney, but Pedraza is determined to be one of the players participating.
After two weeks of the regular season, we have an idea of where teams stand in the Lehigh Valley football landscape. Freedom narrowly escaped last week, but Bethlehem Catholic proved they are right up there with anyone, as long as Tavion Banks is running the ball.
The Pates follow up their city rivalry last week with a trip to Parkland, while the Hawks are back at BASD to tangle with the Hurricanes.
Easton is proving its hype train is overblown, while Central Catholic has become a team nobody wants to play.