The Whitehall boys swimming season will get set to splash down next week as they look to build off last year’s success that produced a number of district participants.
Head coach Pete Rile said that as it stands right now, they have 11 swimmers currently on the roster. He’s hopeful that number bumps up to 12 so that they can field a swimmer in each event.
It’s the dawn of another swimming season, and the Whitehall girls will be primed for another strong year as they return a number of district participants.
That roster of returning district swimmers includes Trish Bartosh, Madelyn Kutney, Kallie Lyle, Rachel Alulis and Martha Giletto. They’re part of a team that will have 30 swimmers among their ranks this season.
Head coach Pete Rile, who begins his 30th season at the helm, said that they’ll have a lot of girls to pull from, and that depth allows them to plug in swimmers from a good range of talent.
Every season brings a new set of challenges, and the Whitehall football team had a number of them thrown their way this season as they looked to defend their district title.
Even before the season began, they knew they had to replace a substantial portion of their offense when quarterback Ethan Parvel left for Emmaus. They also had to overcome the loss of last year’s leading tackler when Josh Novak was lost for the year in their preseason scrimmage.
Suburban Dart League
Star of Beth 26 7 .788
St. Paul’s 19 11 .633
Bath Lutheran 19 14 .576
Christ UCC 18 15 .545
Emmanuel 17 16 .515
Ebenezer 16 17 .485
St. Stephen’s 14 19 .424
Light of Christ 14 19 .424
Dryland 13 20 .394
Farmersville 11 19 .367
Salem UCC 10 20 .333
Farmersville (6-2) at
St. Paul’s (4-2, 4-1)
SP - Dave Clark 5-12, Abby Kern 4-10, Zach Kern 4-12, HRs - Tom Unger, Amber Gross.
While there were no 800-pound bears taken so far during the first three days of the 2018 bear hunting season, two came close. Regardless, the harvest total over the three-day hunt resulted in a total of 1,833 bears or a 12 percent increase over the 1,628 bears taken in the first three days of the 2017 season.
There’s a close connection between goalie Alex Lyon and Phantoms coach Scott Gordon. The two can relate well to each other because they have gone through much of the same trials as hockey players. Both went undrafted as goalies, Gordon out of Boston University in the 1980s and Lyon out of Yale. Both also experienced some lean times in the minors.
Senior Erica Juliano likes a little chill in the air. It goes along with the feeling she puts down the spines of opposing forwards who venture into her turf on the soccer field.
Both Juliano and her Northeast Conference counterparts will be experiencing a lot of chills next fall as the senior begins her freshman season at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.
The Phantoms continued their up-and-down play this season by splitting two road games over the weekend.
On Friday, they beat Providence 5-4 but followed that up with a 3-2 loss to Springfield the following night. After 16 games, the Phantoms are 9-5-1-1, but are 4-3-1-0 over their last eight games. It’s worth noting that four of those games have been against Springfield (9-4-0-2) and Charlotte (13-3-1-0), who are two of the three teams ahead of the Phantoms in the Atlantic Division. They’ve also played two games against Binghamton (8-7-3-0), who are third in the North Division.
It was a strong beginning for the Whitehall girls soccer team as they rolled into October still undefeated, but they couldn’t sustain that magic toward the end of the year as they lost in the semifinals in both leagues and districts.
Monday’s Nov. 26 antlered deer hunting season will have up to a million orange clad hunters invading Penn’s Woods in pursuit of a buck. The season runs until Dec. 8 in most areas of the state.
According to Pennsylvania Game Commission, about 45 percent of the season’s buck harvest was taken on the opener last year. But last season, hunters took more deer on the first Saturday of the season — a first in Pennsylvania’s deer-management history. “These really are two of the best times to be deer hunting,” said Chris Rosenberry, PGC deer and elk biologist.