Whitehall’s path to the finals of the Zephyr Holiday Classic featured a smothering defense that put Faith Christian Academy’s offense in a deep freeze.
The game was close during the first quarter, but Whitehall began to steadily pull away, eventually taking a 34-15 lead into the break. The home team continued that offensive surge in the second, dropping 27 more points to win 61-17.
Coming off recent cheerleading competition victories, Whitehall had some difficulties in its 13th place finish at the EPC Cheerleading Championships last Wednesday at Easton Area Middle School.
Last month, the Zephyrs took first place at the Nazareth competition and the Parkland competition.
Although the Zephyrs started off well at the EPC competition, their routine hit some difficulties.
“More than usual [did not hit],” said Whitehall cheerleader Jade Geist. “I think everyone was very nervous, but I think the cheer went really well.”
So far, the 2019-2020 season has been one for the kids on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms roster.
An offseason that saw the roster somewhat remade left plenty of opportunities for young players and they produced right from the season’s first puck drop. Some of them – Joel Farabee, Morgan Frost and Phil Myers – found a fast track to Philadelphia thanks to their early production with the Phantoms.
Whitehall’s swimming team recently began their quest for the upcoming season with an increase in their overall numbers on both their girls’ and boys’ teams.
However, the Zephyrs likely will need to be patient to see how their teams perform and improve down the stretch.
“Our girls team looks to be pretty solid,” said veteran head coach Pete Rile after the recent first day of practice. “It is typical to have about 20 girls out and we may have as many as 30. We do have a lot of new faces out for both our girls and boys.
On the strength of their robust first half, Loyalsock held off the charging Zephyrs boys basketball team to win the championship of the Loyalsock Tip-Off Tournament that opened the season for both teams.
The Zephyrs outscored the Lancers by six in the final two quarters, but weren’t able to bridge the gap created by a 41-point outburst in the first half by the host team. At one point in the fourth quarter, head coach Jeff Jones said that they were able to cut the lead to nine points, but that was the closest they came as the Lancers won 83-71.
The Northampton and Whitehall boys basketball teams renewed their Cement Belt Challenge rivalry at Pete Schneider Gymnasium on Tuesday night. The K-Kids came away with a 55-38 win in the first EPC game of the season for both schools.
Both teams struggled offensively in the first quarter, Northampton with turnovers and the Zephyrs with getting the ball through the hoop. After a back-and-forth 8 minutes, Whitehall led 11-9.
The Zephyr girls began the 2019-20 campaign with a Grace Clary three-pointer against visiting Northwestern High School, and then ended the game in dramatic fashion with another three by Clary who hit the game winner as time expired.
As many sportsmen and sportsgals are deer hunting right now, there are a number of avid anglers who don’t hunt (or have already filled their deer tags) who prefer to fish as local streams and lakes are virtually void of fishermen.
In minor league sports, coaches and managers have different ways of telling a player that they’re getting that first call to the highest level of their sport. Former Lehigh Valley IronPigs manager Dave Brundage used to enjoy having a bit of fun at the player’s expense, sometimes letting them think they were being passed over or that the coaches were concerned about their play lately before he would let the cat out of the bag and give out the good news. For Phantoms coach Scott Gordon, the approach is a little more straight forward and businesslike.
For sportsmen clamoring for more weekend hunting time afield, Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law Senate Bill 147, which permits additional hunting on three Sundays per calendar year - one within the archery deer season, one within the firearms deer season and one selected by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
The law will take effect Feb. 25, 2020, and the first new Sunday hunting opportunities will be identified by the Game Commission thereafter.