Although Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup softball team placed fourth in its tournament last week at FDR Park in Philadelphia, Whitehall High School second baseman Rachel Arner became an even better player as a result of playing on the Lehigh Valley team.
“I really don’t know how, but this past weekend on my tournament team, I was 5 for 5 with a walk, I beat out the throws, I bunted, and I was doing things on my own, and getting better at slapping,” Arner said.
Whitehall sophomore Rachel Arner will play on this year’s Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup softball team, coached by Blake Morgan.
The Carpenter Cup is a Philadelphia Phillies sponsored tournament, which will be played the week of June 19 at FDR Field in Philadelphia, featuring teams comprised of high school sophomores and juniors from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
“I’m looking forward to getting more known and more interviews so colleges can look at me,” Arner said.
Whitehall softball coach Alexis Berg-Townsend is the one who told Arner about Carpenter Cup.
Meant to Move is a studio in Bethlehem owned and operated by certified Pilates teacher and licensed Yamuna Body Rolling practitioner, Jeanne Reilly, who teaches techniques that lead to more flexibility, greater muscle tone, and better posture.
“Both are low impact and can enhance everything you do in life,” said Reilly, who has clients of all ages. “My push right now is to teach more of our youth, and my dream would be to educate gym teachers, health teachers, and educators in general, and coaches in the schools who work with kids every day.”
Freedom High School graduate Brooke Munion and Whitehall High School graduate Brooke Gilson have been both opponents and teammates over the years, swimming separately at their respective high schools and together at Parkland Aquatic Club.
They met again, this time as seniors attending different colleges, at the 2017 NCAA Division II Women’s Swimming and Diving National Championships held back on March 8-11 at the CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala.
District medals were awarded to Whitehall High School swimmers Stephanie Setar and Daniel Jablonski at the District XI Class 3A Swimming Championships last weekend at Parkland High School.
Setar earned the bronze medal in the 100 butterfly.
“This is the first time I’ve broken a minute, so it’s a milestone,” said Setar. “I only saw the gil in lane one, but I was so focused I knew I could place and get on the podium.”
Setar’s time was 59.89.
Salisbury High School center midfielder, Ethan Heydt, and Quakertown High School forward, Victoria Sturgess, were named 2016 Soccer Scholar Athletes at the Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athlete Awards Banquet on Jan. 29 at Northampton Memorial Community Center in Northampton, Pa.
Heydt and Sturgess were among 76 nominees from 40 high schools throughout the area who were selected jointly by their coaches and the school administration. The Soccer Scholar Athlete Committee then selected the overall winners.
Whitehall High School’s varsity cheerleaders will compete at the PIAA State Competitive Spirit Championships this weekend in Hershey, after placing fourth in the small division at districts on Jan. 7 at Shawnee Middle School in Easton.
“We were really happy. I think a lot of us thought we wouldn’t place,” said Whitehall senior, Samantha Crim. “Coming in fourth, we beat Beca and Parkland, so that was nice, but in the end, we’re going to states, so we did it.”
Whitehall High School graduate and Kutztown University senior, Cassie Schmidt, wrapped up her collegiate soccer career with a trip to the NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer Championships as a defensive back for Kutztown University’s soccer team.
“It was crazy,” Schmidt said. “We had never made it past the first round.”
This year, the Golden Bears made it far past the first round when they went to the Final Four on Dec. 1 in Kansas City, Mo.
A surprise was in store for Whitehall High School graduate and University of the Sciences sophomore, Emily Brand, when she received Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference academic honors, having attained the highest GPA in the conference, at the conclusion of the CACC Cross Country Championships on Oct. 23 at Belmont Plateau in Philadelphia, Pa.
“I had no idea. I didn’t even know they gave out an award for that,” Brand said. “I was really excited about it because it was a lot of hard work that paid off in the end.”
Whitehall High School cross country runner, Autumn Dragovitz, came down with a viral infection last week, but that did not stop her from placing 29th at the District 11 3A Girls’ Cross Country Championships last Wednesday at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
“I could have done a lot better if I was feeling good,” Dragovitz said. “I could have gone faster.”
The Zephyr sophomore’s time was 21:11.30.
“I just wanted to be done,” said Dragovitz. “I tried to pass people if I could. At the finish, I just felt awful.”