Gabe Lamm was in, and Calvin Schneck was on the bubble, but by the end of the District XI Class AAA Boys Cross Country Championships last Thursday at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course, Whitehall High School would be sending both runners to the PIAA State Cross Country Championships, scheduled for this Saturday in Hershey.
Whitehall High School senior, Gabe Lamm, took fifth place with a time of 16:52 at the East Penn Conference Cross Country Championships on Tuesday at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
"I was feeling great [at the start]. I was trying to break away from the other guys as soon as I could," said Lamm. "I could have done better on the hills, but I pushed as hard as I could. I was with the chase pack after the last hill."
Soon after, Lamm set his sights on Michael Geiger from Parkland.
Whitehall High School's Eiman Nazif and Emily Yenser made it to the quarterfinals of the District XI Class AAA Girls Doubles Tennis Tournament before being eliminated last week at Parkland High School.
Yenser said, "I'm happy about the level we reached and how we played in the last two games."
The Zephyrs' quarterfinal match resulted in a 2-6, 3-6 loss to Freedom's Flannery Johnston and Elizabeth McCarthy.
"They just came out to play. There were a lot of unforced errors on our end," said Yenser.
Whitehall High School's number one singles player, Eiman Nazif, made it to the semifinal round of the District XI Girls Singles Tennis Tournament last week at Saucon Valley High School.
"I had no expectations. I was just going in for fun. I was in it last year, but I lost in the first round," Nazif said.
This year's first round match resulted in a 6-0, 6-1 victory for Nazif over Southern Lehigh's Naomi Li.
Lehigh Valley's Carpenter Cup softball team was eliminated from the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic after falling to Berks County, 2-0, and Delaware South, 6-1, on June 23.
Whitehall High School infielder, Karly Klein, who played on the tournament team, said, "The first pitcher just really put us in a ditch. Then they switched pitchers, and we got a couple hits off her."
Whitehall High School softball player, Karly Klein, has been named to the 2014 Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup softball team.
The Lehigh Valley team is comprised of players from local high schools in the LVC and the Colonial League and is coached by John Eyer.
The Carpenter Cup Softball Classic is a tournament for teams from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, and is sponsored by the Philadelphia Phillies. It gives players exposure to college coaches.
The Whitehall Zephyrs cheerleaders were crowned District XI Champions of the Small Division at the District XI Competitive Spirit Championships on Jan. 11 at Easton Area Middle School.
The Zephyrs, coached by Jean Marsteller, outscored Wilson, Emmaus, Bethlehem Catholic, Lehighton, East Stroudsburg North, and East Stroudsburg South for first place. Wilson came in second.
"It's a really good feeling. We worked really hard for it, and it's what our goal was this season," said Whitehall captain, Jenna Bowman.
Whitehall High School cross country coach Mike Lelko told his Zephyrs that any real runner has to be able to say they ran the Van Cortlandt course in Bronx, New York at least once in their lifetime.
So, Gabe Lamm and Calvin Schneck took Lelko up on his offer to compete at the Footlocker Cross Country Championships on Nov. 30.
Lamm walked away with a fifth place medal in the Junior/Senior Boys Race of the Northeast Regionals. The Whitehall junior was the top Pennsylvania boy with a time of 17:13 over the 5,000 meter course.
Whitehall High School cross country runner, Gabe Lamm's second trip to the PIAA State Cross Country Championships resulted in a 33 second improvement from last year's time on Saturday at the Parkview Golf Course in Hershey, Pa.
"I came out hoping to medal and hoping to go under 17:00, but the weather just got to me," Lamm said.
On a relatively unseasonably warm day, Lamm placed 76th out of 219 runners in 17:12.
As is typical at the state meet, the start was fast for the Class AAA boys race.
Whitehall High School cross country runner, Brian Plucinsky, stood in teammate Gabe Lamm's shoes after the District XI Cross Country Championships last week, not knowing whether he had qualified for the PIAA State Meet. Coincidentally, Lamm had also been on the bubble the year before.
At the end of the day, however, Lamm, who placed third, and Plucinsky, who placed 18th, found out that they both would be making the trek to Hershey on Saturday.