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.
While most summer basketball leagues have struggled or fallen by the wayside, the Stiles League continues to be a viable option.
The 10-team league, which plays on Mondays and Wednesdays, is winding down it season toward the beginning of its postseason July 24.
“We are doing well,” said league director Robbie Roberts, who is in sixth year at the helm. “Since I have been here, we have been as high as 11 (teams) and been as low as eight. We have been at 10 teams the last three years.
Whitehall senior Joe Herman had his share of highlights both on the football field and volleyball court this past season.
As a wide receiver, Herman was a main cog in the Zephyrs’ offense throughout the year. He also was a centerpiece for the boys’ volleyball program, as he captured MVP honors for the East Penn Conference and guided his team to league and District 11 titles.
Former Whitehall head football coach Brian Gilbert read the movements of the Giants’ Saquon Barkley who nearly rushed for 4,000 career yards as a Zephyr.
Gilbert also had a good read on Barkley when the rookie ran for a career-high 142 yards and scored three overall touchdowns in his team’s 38-35 victory over Tampa Bay at Met Life Stadium Sunday afternoon.
After a season in which they just missed districts, Whitehall’s boys’ soccer team will be looking to take the next step.
The Zephyrs finished the year with a 7-10-1 overall record and will graduate six seniors from their current allotment.
Their next transition will be about tightening their defensive play after they tallied the most goals in school history the past two seasons.
“We have been very good at scoring the past two years,” said head coach Chris Bastidas. “We have to defend better.
Whitehall’s boys’ soccer season certainly has been an adventurous one.
Throughout the season, the Zephyrs have hovered around the .500 mark and still have a district playoff berth within their sights.
Ironically, they have a 6-6-1 mark to begin play this week with five games remaining in the regular season.
The Zephyrs suffered a tough, 1-0 loss at Nazareth Monday night and had Northampton Wednesday and Allentown Central Catholic Friday to round out a challenging, and important week.
In the 29th annual Tournament of Champions (TOC), the ending was ironic and also fitting.
Curmaci Dental and Blue Monkey – both who had the same players on both teams – met in the recent TOC final at the Catasauqua Middle School instead of the Catty Playground due to weather issues.
In the end, it was Derek Hall who led Curmaci to a 74-64 victory over Blue Monkey. It also was a test of attrition as Curmaci had five players and Blue Monkey had six.
It was a true Catty-Northampton flavor night, as all but one player was either a former Roughie or Konkrete Kid.
It wasn’t a typical night of high school football. Instead, it was a night of camaraderie and memories for all those who participated and watched.
The 48th annual McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star Classic football game at Nazareth High School’s Andrew S. Leh Stadium wasn’t your average September game as it was dotted with errors from the players and referees alike who all struggled to get in sync.
Along with being the second overall pick in the recent NFL draft, Saquon Barkley couldn’t be happier with his new surroundings in the Jersey Meadowlands.
In fact on the first day of the team’s recent three-day OTA workouts, Barkley was the first player to arrive and the last player to leave the New York Giants’ training complex.
He already has developed into a staple in the greater New York area.
“This is where I wanted to be,” said the former Whitehall standout. “I am a hard worker, I am willing to learn, and I am coachable.
Twenty-eight years ago, Eric Snyder had one of those night’s where he couldn’t sleep.
He remembered a passage from a book written by legendary college football coach Lou Holtz who stated that he would “get up and do something to make him tired.”
So Snyder decided to follow the initiative. He had his concept and groundwork for the then initial Tournament of Champions, but he wanted to add another twist. Snyder wanted it to be a rotating tournament in which a different league every year would be the host site.