The Lady Zephyrs had their perfect 9-0 start ended in a 1-0 double overtime loss to Emmaus Tuesday night. Peyton Ritter scored the only goal of the game with 3:02 left in the second overtime to give Emmaus (6-3-1 overall, 6-2-1 EPC) the victory. Even with the loss, Whitehall hangs onto their lead in the Skyline Division of the EPC thanks to Parkland (8-2-1, 7-1-1) and Nazareth (8-1-2, 6-1-2) playing to a 1-1 draw.
The Whitehall tennis team came into the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Tournament with a distinct disadvantage.
The team was missing their top singles player, Eiman Nazif, who had a family obligation to attend to over the weekend and wasn't able to play. Even with that and a tough draw for their other singles players, Whitehall was able to come away with a third place finish in number-three doubles.
Through two regular season games, the Whitehall Zephyrs had a tough time with the Parkland Trojans, losing by a combined score of 7-0.
In Tuesday night's Lehigh Valley Conference semifinals, Whitehall finally got on the board against their division rival, and battled for nine innings, until a high-chop single in the bottom of the ninth gave the Trojans a 3-2 win and a trip to the conference finals.
Junior Mina Feyrer earned a trip to the PIAA Swimming Championships at Bucknell University next week with a first place finish in the girls 100 Yard Butterfly at the District 11 Championships this past weekend at Parkland High School.
Sophomore Alexus Merkert finished second in the event, but only the top finisher is guaranteed a trip to states. Merkert could still earn a trip once all of the scores from around the state are tabulated.
For the first half of the District 11 Diving Championships this past Saturday, it looked like Whitehall's Kailyn Beil wouldn't only medal, but would be heading to the state competition at Bucknell University. Unfortunately for Beil, Parkland's Maddy Hain and Emmaus' Anna Overholts put on a late charge and squeezed Beil out of the PIAA Championships and into a fourth place finish.
Coming into the season, Whitehall swimming coach Pete Rile wasn't sure what was going to happen with his team. He expected the girls side to be pretty strong, but with only 10 boys on the team, he had concerns about being able to realistically compete. The girls have been true to form and thankfully, Rile has found himself with a number of young swimmers on the boys side who have stepped up to make the season a success.
It's not often that a high school basketball team plays four games in five days in two separate states with about 900 miles between them.
That's the task that was given to the Parkland Lady Trojans and they came through the test with a 2-2.
Parkland took part in a tournament in Orlando, Fla., Thursday through Saturday and then had a day of fun in the sun before jetting back home late Sunday night.
While they loved the trip, the Trojans were also exhausted and it showed early on against Whitehall (0-6 overall, 0-3 LVC) Monday night.
During the regular season, Whitehall pulled off a bit of a surprise when they beat Emmaus 3-1.
Tuesday night, in the first round of the District 11 playoffs, the fact that they beat Emmaus again was less of a surprise, but how dominating they were in the 5-0 victory was a little surprising.
A little over ten minutes into the game, Kylee Cunningham had a breakaway opportunity and fired a shot past Emmaus goalkeeper Kay Gustafson for the first goal of the night, giving the Zephyrs a quick 1-0 lead.
The 28th Annual Howard E. Deppe All-Star Baseball Classic was played Saturday, June 1, at Limeport Stadium, with a team comprised primarily of players from the Lehigh Valley Conference (the red team) downing a team assembled generally from teams in the Colonial League (the blue team) 11-4.
The game raises money for the American Cancer Society and also provides a final high school memory for graduating seniors from area schools. Easton's Nick Beinlich was chosen as the Outstanding Player of the game for the red team as he found ways to contribute throughout the game.
For the past three seasons, District 11 has held their baseball championships at Coca-Cola Park, home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. It's return for 2013 was in jeopardy after the district had to pick up the full $8,000.00 cost for the use of the stadium last season when their previous sponsorship from Coca-Cola ended following the 2011 tournament. Fortunately, two new sponsors have stepped up to pick up half of the tab for this year's cost, allowing District 11 to return to the premier facility.