The Whitehall swim team’s depth rose to the surface once again, proving to be the difference in their sweep of East Stroudsburg South last Thursday.
While ESS had some strong individual performances, the Zephyrs depth was too much to overcome for the Cavaliers, with the girls winning 112-55, and the boys prevailing 99-71.
Whitehall’s ability to counteract 11 first-place finishes by the Cavaliers showcased just how valuable that depth is, allowing them to secure points by finishing second and third in a majority of those races. That held true is the races they won as well.
The Whitehall wrestling team’s recent trip proved to be a fruitful endeavor as they placed first at the Lehighton Indian Duals last weekend.
The Zephyrs went 5-0 at the tournament, culminating in a 42-25 victory over Tunkhannock to win the championship.
The Indian Duals featured eight area teams as William Allen, Scranton, East Stroudsburg North, Jim Thorpe, Panther Valley, Tunkhannok and Lehighton participated in the tourney.
Last Friday’s game began on a strong note for the Whitehall girls basketball team, but some missed opportunities gave Allen the opening they needed to seize the victory.
After ending the first quarter tied 10-10, the second quarter began with promise as Olivia Hines made a pretty inside feed to Cassie Due who was fouled on her layup attempt. The senior point guard sank both shots to give the Zephs a two-point lead.
However, the Zephs managed to score just six more points in that pivotal second quarter as the Canaries reeled off 19 points to take a 29-18 lead at the break.
Eight area boys basketball teams gathered at Parkland High School for a good cause last Sunday, and in turn the setting also proved beneficial for the Zephyrs who got back on track with a victory over Pocono Mountain West.
The teams were part of the annual Lehigh Valley Parkinson’s Jamfest which raises awareness of the disease. Now in its fourth year, the afternoon of hoops is in honor of former Northampton Athletic Director and coach Mike Schneider who’s currently battling the disease.
The Whitehall boys basketball team rang in the new year with a victory, keeping their foot on the gas with a decisive win over East Stroudsburg North last Friday.
The win 67-46 win marked the fifth win in a row for the Zephyrs who climbed to 6-3 on the season. However, that streak was snapped by Liberty who beat them in overtime on Saturday.
It was a wire-to-wire win for the Zephyrs who led by 11 points after the first quarter against the Timberwolves, and then steadily increased that lead, taking a 18-point lead into the break.
The Whitehall swim team didn’t experience a holiday hangover (the confection kind, that is), earning two big wins as soon as the calendar turned to 2020.
The Zephs defeated Freedom on Jan. 2, and followed that with a victory against Saucon Valley on Jan. 4.
The Zephyr wrestling team’s holiday break featured some grueling competition as they appeared in two of the area’s toughest tournaments that should help prepare them for the rugged battles ahead in 2020.
First on the holiday wrestling stop was the Beast of The East which ran from Dec. 21-22 at the Carpenter Center in Newark, Delaware.
The event featured 106 teams, and is arguably the premier scholastic tourney in the country.
It was the first step in what will be the next chapter in their academic and athletic lives as five Whitehall student athletes participated in the National Letter of Intent signing ceremony that was held in November. The fall signing period featured Kate Bonshak, Ella Holmes, Grace Clary, Shane Fillman and Kresstoph Whittick.
For Bonshak, the event was merely a formality, the finality to a decision that was made in the beginning of her sophomore year.
The Whitehall boys basketball team made some beautiful music together, handing Parkland their first defeat when they hosted the Trojans on Dec. 20.
And providing a strong solo in that ensemble was Tyler Holubowski who was on lead guitar, strumming away after his three-pointer to make it 34-28 in the pivotal third quarter which supplied the resounding accompaniment to the eventual 59-54 win. In that frame the Zephyrs outscored the Trojans 16-4, setting the tone for the second half with their stifling match-up zone and rhythmic offense.
Whitehall’s path to the finals of the Zephyr Holiday Classic featured a smothering defense that put Faith Christian Academy’s offense in a deep freeze.
The game was close during the first quarter, but Whitehall began to steadily pull away, eventually taking a 34-15 lead into the break. The home team continued that offensive surge in the second, dropping 27 more points to win 61-17.