A slow start doomed the Whitehall girls basketball team in their season opener last Friday, but their ability to rebound from those early struggles shows promise as they begin league action this week.
The girls traveled to Northwestern Lehigh High School to play the Tigers to tip-off the 2018-19 season. The Tigers jumped out to a 16-4 lead and head coach Josh Madas said that a little opening night jitters may have contributed to that early deficit. He said that they committed a lot of unforced turnovers in that first quarter.
When the Whitehall girls basketball team hits the hardwood this season, expect some hard-nosed defense and transition buckets.
That’s the underlying philosophy of new head coach Josh Madas, who says they’ll be aggressive defensively, while offensively they’ll be looking to push the ball in transition.
Madas has spent the summer with the team after getting hired last spring. They’ve played 23 games over the summer where they got to learn about one another. They also convened this fall, with about half of their varsity players participating in those sessions.
The Whitehall grapplers will be hitting the mat this upcoming season with a roster that has veterans sprinkled throughout the lineup.
They return starters in the lightweights, middleweights and upper weights, giving the Zephs a good foundation heading into the 2018-19 campaign.
They finished 11-8 overall last season and will look to build on that success as they roll out the new campaign that began with a dual meet Dec. 10 versus Pocono Mountain West.
The upcoming boys basketball season will feature a team that’s full of experienced varsity players, and that bodes well for a possible return to the postseason.
Last year head coach Jeff Jones was tasked with replacing over 90-percent of his offense, and that proved to an uphill battle all season long. This season that percentage was significantly upgraded as a little over 75-percent of their offense returns.
Alyson Peters decided she wanted a career tending to people in need, and that’s how a lot of opposing players felt as they hopelessly watched the ball rocket to the floor during one of her many kills over her volleyball career.
Maybe their pride was hurt more than anything else as Peters struck for 281 kills this season. The senior will now be making college players experience that same sense of helplessness as she’ll travel west to attend Clarion University next fall, announcing it at the National Letter of Intent early signing period at Whitehall High School recently.
Kylie Saliby will be kickin’ it at the Ship, revealing her college choice during the National Letter of Intent early singing period held at Whitehall High School recently.
The senior will be heading to Shippensburg University next fall to play soccer after finishing an all-star campaign at Whitehall this season. Saliby was among three Zephyrs who were chosen for Eastern Pennsylvania Conference first team honors, with Saliby getting the nod as a midfielder.
Saliby said that upon her arrival at Shippensburg for a visit, she felt an immediate connection.
The Whitehall boys swimming season will get set to splash down next week as they look to build off last year’s success that produced a number of district participants.
Head coach Pete Rile said that as it stands right now, they have 11 swimmers currently on the roster. He’s hopeful that number bumps up to 12 so that they can field a swimmer in each event.
It’s the dawn of another swimming season, and the Whitehall girls will be primed for another strong year as they return a number of district participants.
That roster of returning district swimmers includes Trish Bartosh, Madelyn Kutney, Kallie Lyle, Rachel Alulis and Martha Giletto. They’re part of a team that will have 30 swimmers among their ranks this season.
Head coach Pete Rile, who begins his 30th season at the helm, said that they’ll have a lot of girls to pull from, and that depth allows them to plug in swimmers from a good range of talent.
Every season brings a new set of challenges, and the Whitehall football team had a number of them thrown their way this season as they looked to defend their district title.
Even before the season began, they knew they had to replace a substantial portion of their offense when quarterback Ethan Parvel left for Emmaus. They also had to overcome the loss of last year’s leading tackler when Josh Novak was lost for the year in their preseason scrimmage.
Senior Erica Juliano likes a little chill in the air. It goes along with the feeling she puts down the spines of opposing forwards who venture into her turf on the soccer field.
Both Juliano and her Northeast Conference counterparts will be experiencing a lot of chills next fall as the senior begins her freshman season at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.