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.”
Whitehall’s girls’ soccer season came to an unexpected end on Tuesday night after losing in overtime to Stroudsburg 2-1 in the District 11 4A semifinal at Nazareth High School.
“I think we did [surprise ourselves]. We started off kind of rocky in the beginning of the season,” said Stroudsburg forward, Amber Quinn. “We don’t focus on the other team’s style; we focus on ourselves, and we’re a better team than we were because we’re clicking.”
The Zephyrs, seeded second, and the Mounties, seeded sixth, met in the regular season when Whitehall won 3-2.
Whitehall High School’s cross country team competed at the East Penn Conference Cross Country Championships on Tuesday at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
Sophomore, Juanita Flores, placed 15th in the girls’ race with a time of 21:29.99, the best finish for the Zephyrs.
“It was so hot, and I felt tired toward the end, but I was relieved and wanted to just collapse,” Flores said. “I think I’m a hill runner, and I took advantage of that, and I had a kick at the end and took advantage of that.”
Whitehall forward, Kate Bonshak, scored back-to-back goals and another to achieve a hat trick in the Zephyrs’ 5-1 soccer victory over Bethlehem Catholic on Monday.
Bonshak’s first goal came in the first half, and with 28:58 left in the second half, Becahi goalkeeper, Kiera Peterson, was pulled way out, giving Bonshak her second opportunity. Then, with 27:25 remaining, Bonshak scored again.
Kylee Cunningham had two goals in the first half, one on a penalty kick, to take a 3-1 halftime lead.
Whitehall’s girls’ soccer team raised its record to 4-2-1 on Monday night after defeating Stroudsburg 3-2.
Kate Bonshak scored all three goals for the Zephyrs, the first within the first 30 seconds of play.
“Cara [Bonshak] played me a ball, their goalie came out, I took a touch, and I shot it to the far corner,” she said.
Kate Bonshak’s other two goals also came in the first half.
Stroudsburg’s Amber Quinn put the Mountaineers on the scoreboard first, followed by Becca Meisse’s goal, both of which were also in the first half.
Whitehall High School’s cheerleading squad will roster not only varsity but junior varsity cheerleaders, which is new for the Zephyrs in 2016.
Varsity cheerleaders are Samantha Grim, Daniela Martinovic, Justice Mousseau, Tamara Riddick, Amanda Rivera, Arianna Viola, Kiana Wong, Keiana Allen, Makenzie Irelan, Tiara Settles, Emely Tavares, Kyleigh Grim, Nicolette Grundman, Kristina Martinovic, and Kelly Ta.