With some of his players returning to the lineup from injuries and a maturing team, Whitehall head boys' soccer coach Gus Garcia believes his team may be peaking toward a successful finish.
Beginning the week with an overall 6-3-1 mark, Garcia likes his chances. The Zephyrs began play with a two-game winning streak and a tight 2-0 defeat to Northampton.
It was another lesson for the Zephyrs in their battle with Emmaus High School as they try to unseat the reigning champs who still sit in LVC field hockey's top perch.
Their 4-0 loss came last Wednesday in a game where the Zephs couldn't muster enough offense, and were hampered by the loss of the some key players due a scheduling conflict.
They've been knocking on the door the last few seasons, meeting the Green Hornets in the league and district finals last year, with the latter game decided by two goals.
Whitehall head girls' tennis coach Meredith Kester admitted her team recently experienced their most difficult part of their schedule as they begin to conclude their 2012 campaign. The stint left them with an overall 6-8 mark beginning this week.
Yet, Kester is both optimistic and patient the program can soon return to the same level when they captured the District 11 Class AAA title two years ago.
"We definitely went through the hardest part of our schedule," Kester said. "We had some of those matches back-to-back, and it was a real challenge for us.
Kelsey Himmelwright has aspirations of becoming a speech pathologist someday. It as a career choice Himmelwright chose a few years when she spoke with a professional in the field and learned about the profession.
She also has a passion for working with children, notably ones with special needs, to help brighten and improve their world. She is also a person who will always tackle another challenge.
One of the primary goals for the Whitehall boys' soccer team this fall was to finish games. It was a haunting memory from last year when the Zephyrs got off to a 3-1 start only to finish with an overall 5-13 mark that included a season-ending seven game losing streak.
But to borrow the phrase that was then and this is now.
The Zephyrs have sharpened their gaps from last season and have produced four wins is as many games to begin the season and signal a new dawn ahead.
Whitehall head girls' soccer coach George Romano understands his team can't keep a low profile this season, especially in the ever-competitive Lehigh Valley Conference (LVC).
The Zephyrs have returned a healthy crop of players from last year's Class 3A state runner up squad and haven't really missed a beat. Through their first four games, Whitehall had a sterling 4-0 mark and had outscored their opponents by a 25-2 margin, but they had a tight 2-1 victory over Nazareth.
Olivia Kuhn and Nicole Tock etch their names in the annals of Whitehall's girls' tennis program, but fate has brought the duo together for a memorable and surely unforgettable season.
At the end of last week's play, both Kuhn and Tock, the Zephyrs' number three doubles team, had an unblemished 8-0 record and had incurred some obstacles in reaching the peak. It can easily also be considered a remarkable achievement considering this is the first season the duo has played doubles together.
When Chris Polony finally assumed he would be Villanova' starting quarterback this fall, he appreciated the low-key process.
During spring ball, Polony was assigned to the first-team offense and took the most reps among the quarterbacks. So Polony believed it would be safe to assume he would be under center when Villanova opens its season at Temple next Friday night.
It has been the same approach the former Whitehall quarterback has taken since he began as a freshman in the Wildcats' program last season.
Mike McFetridge remembers participating in a football practice for the first time at Millersville University and experiencing a myriad of emotions and feelings.
McFetridge knew his chances were slim as a walk-on, but he was determined to take the chance, something he had never been afraid of doing.
"When I first got there, I noticed the difference in size and speed of the game," recalled the former Whitehall graduate. "I really didn't know what to expect. I was nervous and anxious, but I knew I could play. It took a while, but it worked out."