Fullerton head coach Jeff Scheuren believed his team was peaking at the right time when they opened the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack playoffs with a 13-9 victory over Lehigh Township in the opening-round, best-of-three series.
Entering the playoffs as the number nine seed, Fullerton broke open a 9-9 deadlock in the top of the seventh inning plating four runs behind the hitting of Dalton Buskirk (two RBIs in the inning), and Alex Bruneio and Tim Scheuren (one RBI apiece).
Coplay head coach Scott Rodriguez hasn't been afraid to honestly evaluate his club's performance in the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack season.
"It has been a rough season for us so far," said Rodriguez of his team's 4-10 mark to begin this week's play. "We're a very young team that has been learning along the way. We have a number of guys who played on the Whitehall JV team last year. But we also have a number of first-year players here. This has been a real learning process for us so far this season."
When they were sitting with a 6-4 record, Fullerton's chances for a playoff spot in Lehigh Valley Connie Mack were sketchy. With a recent four-game winning streak, their chances suddenly have become clearer.
In the final week of the regular season, Fullerton will likely receive either a fifth- or sixth seed when they playoffs begin July 8.
Whitehall head boys' tennis coach Austin Berg can compare his program to the empire of ancient Rome.
He knows it won't be built in a day or likely even this year, but he is confident it is on its way.
The second-year head coach didn't win a match last season, but it certainly wasn't a discouragement. Instead, Berg continued to plug away with any method he could find to enhance the program.
This season, the Zephyrs have a victory over Allen through their first six matches (1-5) and have also instilled a sense of self-belonging that will continue to shape their future.
After a runner-up finish in the PIAA District 11 Class 4A volleyball tournament in 2011 and a defeat in the quarterfinal round last season, Whitehall's boys' team appears primed to reclaim the title it captured in 2010.
The Zephyrs will bring a strong senior class to the floor after they lost just two players from last year's squad.
Allison Emick plans to continue her swimming career in the future, but she had a hard time ending her current one.
Emick was one of nine seniors who ended their regular season as a member of the Whitehall girls' swimming program this spring, a campaign that was a memorable one in many ways. Three of her teammates - one senior - advanced to the PIAA state meet last weekend at Bucknell.
For Emick, it was the end of a productive and unforgettable time in her life.
Earlier this week, Whitehall head swimming coach Pete Rile not only lost a noteworthy wager, but he also marked an event that had occurred in 17 years.
At the team's annual banquet, Rile lost a wager with his team and the result was the shaving of his ponytail, a fixture he sported for 17 years. It was also the time period since the Zephyrs has medal winners at the PIAA Swimming Championships.
As the season wound down, Abby Nemeth slowly has been realizing her high school swimming career was coming to its end. She wasn't among those who advanced to districts recently, but being out of the limelight hasn't bothered her.
Yet, it has been a classic case of one door closing and another door opening for her.
The Whitehall senior initially joined the program during her freshman year as an after-school outlet, but she soon developed a true passion for the sport.
Last weekend at the PIAA District 11 Class 3A swimming meet, Whitehall head coach Pete Rile admittedly had fun.
The veteran coach watched both his girls and boys squads have one of the more successful performances in district history for the school last weekend. The girls' team broke six schools records in seven swims, and the boys' team broke three school records. Overall, the girls' finished sixth in the 17 team field with 193 total points and the boys took 13th-place finish with 54 total points.
For their efforts, the girls' squad took home seven medals.
Brooke Gilson knew she had a very good chance at breaking the record and it would likely happen this season. Still, she enjoyed the limelight of the moment.
Gilson, a senior in the Whitehall swimming program, recently broke the all-time career points total in the program when she passed the previous mark set of 872. 5 set by Val Nordquist in 1995.
With her regular season total of 220 points, Gilson accumulated a career total of 891.5 points through the regular meet season that recently ended.