The Whitehall girls got some early wins from during Friday’s tennis match against Northampton, but couldn’t sustain the momentum and dropped a tough contest to their cross-river rivals.
Both Noel Yacoub and their No. 2 doubles team of Heylee Chan and Emily Tran staked them to a quick 2-0 lead against the visiting Kids.
Yacoub dusted off at Rose Sharga in straight sets at No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-0. while Chan and Tran also won in the same fashion, defeating the Kid tandem opponents, 6-2, 6-0.
Heading into the 2019 field hockey season, head coach Jennifer Bodnar knew that the early part of the schedule would be a challenge.
For the second consecutive season, the Zephyrs faced a front-loaded schedule with three Eastern Pennsylvania Conference teams that amassed a 73-18 record the previous year.
Bodnar said that the team was well aware of the challenges that spate of games posed. They were thrust into the EPC field hockey crucible right out of the gate, with those games ultimately serving as a learning experience, illustrating the areas that they need to address.
We have a new team at the top of the poll following Nazareth’s 35-33, thrilling win over Freedom last Friday night.
It was one of the best high school games the area has seen in a while and now the Blue Eagles have the task of upholding their status at the top by hosting Bethlehem Catholic Friday night. It could mark back-to-back weeks where Nazareth is involved in the top contest in the area and those things tend to happen when you have the best quarterback in the region with Anthony Harris under center.
The Moravian College football team held a lead through most of the first half and the majority of the fourth quarter until visiting McDaniel College scored its only touchdown of the game with 12 seconds remaining to earn a 13-10 victory over the host Greyhounds at Rocco Calvo Field Saturday in the Centennial Conference opener for each school.
The Hounds dropped their first home game of the season as the squad turned the ball over seven times and had a punt blocked while still having the lead late into the fourth.
Area players who stood out were:
There was a certain satisfaction for the Whitehall Zephyrs in defeating the defending EPC and District XI champions when they shut out Freedom, 4-0, last Wednesday on the Patriots’ home turf.
“After a loss it’s always good to get a win, but against the defending district champions, that’s a big thing, so now we have to keep on going and keep scoring goals,” said Whitehall forward Kresstoph Whittick.
That loss was to Emmaus, also last week, by a score of 3-2.
With an increasing number of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) cases occurring within certain areas of Pennsylvania’s deer herd, the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) is soliciting input from sportsmen on a response plan before more areas are affected.
To date the CWD has designated three CWD areas: Disease Management Area 3 (DMA3), encompasses WMU 2E and includes parts Jefferson and Indiana counties; DMA2, the largest of the affected areas, covers WMUs 4B, 4A, 5A and parts of 2G and 4D; DMA4 covers Lebanon, parts of Lancaster and Berks counties.
Looking up at the scoreboard in the second half, the Whitehall girls soccer team found themselves down by three goals and in search of a goal of their own. While they ended up getting two and were in search of just one more to tie the game, it just did not come before the final horn sounded and Whitehall’s comeback effort fell just short, losing 3-2 to Parkland Monday night at Parkland High School.
The Whitehall girls volleyball team continues to search for their elusive first win of the 2019 season after dropping their match to Freedom on Thursday, 25-19, 25-5, 25-9.
The Zephyrs were as close as 21-19 in the first set, but after the Patriots ran off the last 4 points, the wind left their sails.
Head coach Victoria Bobyak spoke about the difficulty of reversing the momentum of a match.
Suburban Dart League
Bath Luth 5 1 .833
Salem UCC 4 2 .667
St. Stephen’s 2 1 .667
Star of Beth 2 1 .667
Farmersville 3 3 .500
Dryland 3 3 .500
Ebenezer 3 3 .500
Emmanuel 3 3 .500
Light of Christ 2 4 .333
St. Paul’s 2 4 .333
Christ UCC 1 5 .167
St. Paul’s (5-4) at St. Stephen’s (2-0, 1-0)
SS - Dave Blaukovitch 6-12, Jon Hoysan 4-12 HR, Gary Buczynski 4-12, Nathan Naprava HR.
SP - Bret Remel 5-13, Rich Kern 5-13, Jen Erkinger 5-12.
Bath Luth (4-1, 2-0, 11-4) at Christ UCC
With a young team, Whitehall head cross country coach Mike Lelko didn’t mince his words about the state of his team.
“This is a rebuilding year for us,” said Lelko. “We have 20 freshmen out of the 38 boys runners on our roster.
“We expect them to get stronger as the year goes on. They already are gaining valuable experience and they should be improved at the end of the season.”
Sophomores Gavin Hagley and Sean Connolly have helped set the pace in the early going. Hagley was the boys’ top finisher in the 41st annual DeSales High School Invitational in a time of 19:11