With the Lehigh Valley Phantoms well stocked with young, exciting talent and the Philadelphia Flyers off to a 1-4 start, changes came quickly to ignite the parent team with some youthful exuberance.
Joel Farabee and Mikhail Vorobyev were recalled by Philadelphia on Sunday, while Carsen Twarynski was loaned to the Phantoms.
Suburban Dart League
Dryland 10 5 .667
Salem UCC 8 4 .667
Star of Beth 8 4 .667
Emmanuel 11 7 .611
Light of Christ 11 7 .611
Bath Luth 8 7 .533
Christ UCC 7 8 .467
St. Stephen’s 5 7 .417
St. Paul’s 6 9 .400
Ebenezer 5 13 .278
Farmersville 5 13 .278
Bath Luth at
Light of Christ 2-0, 0-10, 2-3
LC - Dan Halteman 7-13, Andy Mickelson 5-12, Charlie Mann 4-10, Rich Hasonich 4-13, double steal and stole home runs in game 2.
BL - HRs - Matt Ziegler, D.J. Stillwell, Jason Matula.
The Zephyrs’ bid to topple Parkland in the opening round of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference boys soccer playoffs gained some early steam, but the Trojans took control in the second half to earn the victory.
It didn’t take too long for forward Jacob Gier to stake the visiting team to a 1-0 lead, and that held up through most of the first half until the Trojans were awarded a penalty kick at the 3:53 mark as Bryce Shalbert’s low shot slid past Justin Mattison for the equalizer.
Regarded as one of the top receivers in the Lehigh Valley, Whitehall’s Allen Negrete has been living up to his reputation all season.
Through eight games, Negrete leads all receivers with 51 catches for 611 yards for a 11.9 average per catch with seven touchdowns. He also tied the school record for receptions (10) in one game.
Yet, his success among some other’s has not been able to equate into success for the Zephyrs this season.
Whitehall (0-8) has allowed 40 or more point in seven of their games this season, the latest in a 56-21 loss to Nazareth last week.
The second part of the small game season gets underway this Saturday (Oct. 19) when squirrel, rabbit and grouse become legal game.
Of the trio, squirrels are the most plentiful and their sweet meat makes for excellent table fare be it in a stew, creamed or as a primary meat with mashed or sweet potatoes and a green vegetable or two.
As for rabbits, there are more of them in the city of Allentown and suburbs, than there are in area farmland fields and woodlots. And the reason for that are coyotes, foxes and great horned owls who keep their numbers there severely in check.
It was a positive end to an otherwise challenging year for the Whitehall girls volleyball team as they defeated Saucon Valley in their final game of the season.
The Zephyrs swept the Panthers on their home court, showcasing a well-balanced attack that had them winning points at the net and the service line.
As the Whitehall field hockey team heads into the postseason, they’ll be relying on the strength of a strong senior class to help them advance through a tough field of competitors.
Two of those seniors who will help them hopefully navigate upward through the brackets in pursuit of a district championship are Joyce Lu and Hallie Kern. The two defenders have been paired together since seventh grade. I guess it’s safe to say that they’re joined at the stick.
Week seven didn’t bring many surprises to the table, outside of Easton continuing to crumble with the real part of their schedule in tow.
Freedom stays on top after a record passing night by quarterback Jared Jenkins, as the top three teams seem to be cemented now until the end of the regular season, barring upsets.
Central Catholic preps for the postseason, while Northwestern looks to continue its quest for the Colonial League crown.
With Week 9 on the horizon, here are this week’s picks.
1. Freedom (7-1)
Last week’s rank: #1
After his team participated in the East Penn Conference (EPC) cross country meet at DeSales University Tuesday, Whitehall head coach Mike Lelko was having all of his runners take ice baths the following day.
Some may have been for rewards, while others may have been for the injuries. They were as a result of the current state of both teams.
Overall, the girls finished 12th out of 14 teams, and the boys were 13th in the 18-team field.
“We did about what I expected,” said Lelko. “Our girls have been battling through some injuries, and our boys continue to grow.”
The Whitehall girls tennis season ended at Lehigh University on Monday after both doubles teams weren’t able to advance past the first round in the district tournament.
The Zephyrs qualified two teams this season for the District XI 3A Girls Doubles Championship as Natalia Pedraza and Noel Yacoub comprised one team, while Heylee Chan and Emily Tran were the other entrants.
Pedraza and Yacoub drew Southern Lehigh’s Michelle Li and Kayla Lebby.