Persistence throughout the losers' bracket at the Stellar Basketball Tournament last week at Cedar Beach Park led Whitehall High School to the tourney final against Parkland, only to be defeated 33-14, but with good reason.
It was the Zephyrs' fifth game of the day having knocked off Parkland JV, Allen, Pocono Mountain East, and Dieruff, all on Sunday.
The Zephyrs won their first game of the tournament against Northwestern 41-34 last Thursday. A 28-21 loss to Dieruff on Friday, however, sent Whitehall to the losers' bracket.
Lehigh Valley's appearance in the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic ended last Wednesday after losing for the second time in the double elimination tournament at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
Mercer County was the team that ultimately knocked out Lehigh Valley with a 7-4 victory.
"They were really solid, but we played our hardest," said Lehigh Valley and Whitehall High School catcher Mackenzie Guzy.
Freedom High School senior and number one singles tennis player Andrew Sinai was named the 2014-2015 District XI Boys' Tennis Scholar-Athlete winner on May 27 at the 16th annual District XI Tennis Scholar-Athlete Banquet held at the Best Western in Bethlehem. Moravian Academy's Kara Chyung was the girls winner.
"It's really, really cool to receive this honor. I know a lot of people on the committee, and to recognize me like that in a group of people like this, I was just really surprised," Sinai said.
Whitehall High School softball players, Rachel Spanitz, Julia Solderitch, Kay Solderitch, and Mackenzie Guzy were named to the 2015 Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup Tournament Softball Team.
Lehigh Valley is a tournament team comprised of softball players from the East Penn Conference and the Colonial League who just completed their sophomore or junior year of high school. The tournament itself is sponsored by the Philadelphia Phillies, providing these players the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of college coaches.
Whitehall High School senior, Mina Feyrer, clinched first place in the 100 butterfly at the District XI Class AAA Swimming Championships last weekend.
"It was a little bit [of pressure], especially coming back from last year and winning. I really wanted to do it again," Feyrer said.
Feyrer also broke the school record with her time of 56.64.
Three cheerleading squads from Fullerton Rec Co-ed Cheerleading are raising money to compete at U.S. Finals after winning first place at Nationals during the Garden State Championships competition last month in Toms River, N.J.
Coach and commissioner Nadia Duran Mullen and team manager Karin Cardenas are organizing coin tosses and bake sales at Redner's Warehouse Markets and Wal-Mart as part of their fundraising efforts.
Tears of joy overwhelmed Whitehall High School's cheerleaders, coaches, and fans when the Zephyrs medaled in the small division of the District XI Competitive Spirit Championships on Jan. 10 at Shawnee Middle School, Easton.
Whitehall scored 196.6 points and was runner-up to first place winner Wilson High School, with 212 points, both qualifying for the PIAA State Cheerleading Championships scheduled for this weekend at Hershey Giant Arena.
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.