The 2019 golf season got into full swing two weeks ago, and the Zephyrs made sure they would put a checkmark on the plus side of the ledger.
Whitehall faced off against three Eastern Pennsylvania Conference foes as Nazareth, Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic kicked off the new season at Woodstone Country Club on Aug. 15.
The Zephyrs emerged from that quad match 1-2, shooting 512 for their round. That placed them third among the four teams as Nazareth won the match with a 398, followed by Freedom shooting a 508, and finally the Golden Hawks at 549.
With week one of football in the books, not much has changed in the poll heading into this week’s action.
With the EPC South contests back under a full slate, we’ll get a better gauge of where teams are at. Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic highlight this week’s top game on the slate, while Parkland and Central Catholic should be another noteworthy contest.
Notre Dame looks like the team to beat in the Colonial League, while Northampton hopes it can make a run in the EPC North. With the Week 1 kinks out of the system, let’s see if teams operate smoother this week.
Whitehall got a good preview of what its offensive potential could be in its 41-28 loss to East Stroudsburg South in its opener last week.
Senior Ali Barkley played his role as the team’s presumed workhorse with 127 yards on 23 carries and two rushing touchdowns, catching another TD for a trio.
But the Zephyrs will need to tighten the reins on defense, a problem area that plagued them last season. East Stroudsburg South’s Christian Arrington ran for 209 yards and scored three times on the ground.
Major League teams can expand their rosters to as many as 40 players on Sunday when the calendar flips to September. It’s the last season that teams can go that high.
Starting next season, the roster can expand to just 30 players and there will be a 26-man roster for the regular season instead of the current 25-man roster.
So with the minor league season nearing an end and the rosters expanding, who will be continuing their season in Philadelphia and who starts their offseason?
Whitehall’s cross country team competed in a scrimmage against Freedom and Southern Lehigh last Thursday at Freedom where senior Devon Roberts placed sixth in the girls’ race and sophomore Sean Connelly placed 15th in the boys’ race.
The second annual scrimmage was an opportunity for the Zephyrs to get a taste of competition before the regular season meets begin on Sept. 10.
The Phillies have made a series of questionable moves this summer, with one of them coming last week when they signed catcher Nick Hundley.
While Hundley isn’t known for his offense, he’s been a strong defensive catcher and has thrown out just over the major league average of 26 percent of would-be base stealers over 12 seasons in the majors.
It never hurts to have a quality defensive catcher, but the Phillies already had three catchers on their Triple-A roster at Lehigh Valley.
With temperatures forecast to be in or close to 100 degrees this week, these dog days of summer make for tough fishing in local streams, rivers and lakes. If you crave big, good eating fish, head to the Jersey shore for some saltwater action.
It was a grueling four-hour match in the heat, and head coach Whitehall girls tennis coach Alex Green was hoping his team could come up with an improbable win in their opener
They were facing Liberty to start the season on their home court, and the midday sun was relentless. It was the type of day where spectators sought shelter in any sliver of shade available.
As the match began, Whitehall’s top two singles players began to assert control. The Zephyr pair eventually prevailed at No.1 and No.2 singles as both Natalia Pedraza and Noel Yacoub won in straight sets.
With a good offseason and a new system in place, Whitehall is anxious to shake the rust from a 2-8 season last year.
The Zephyrs will get their first shot and have a true test when they host East Stroudsburg South for their opener Friday night.
New head coach Matt Senneca has increased the tempo in camp, and he was pleased with their first showing in a tri-scrimmage against Lehighton and Notre Dame.
Limeport head coach Mike Cudwadie and plenty of other Bulls remember when Northampton swept them in the championship series in its first season of the Blue Mountain League (BML). That was back in 2014.
Jorge Montes doesn’t recall the deflating feeling five years ago. Montes is from Puerto Rico, and recently moved back to the Lehigh Valley area in 2017.