If you’ve driven by Hokendauqua Park recently, chances are you’ve seen a spherical object soaring through the air.
Relax, it’s not a UFO. Rather, it’s a discus belonging to Izak Bright whose working to maintain his throwing schedule during the layoff.
In this period of isolation and social distancing, Bright is among a handful of Whitehall track and field athletes who have made Hokey Park their workout destination. Bright said that Lucas Souders and his brother, Nicholas, are also at the park working out as they all await a decision about the future.
It didn’t take long for Amanda Crooks to leave her mark on the Moravian Track and Field program.
Crooks set the indoor mark during her sophomore season at Moravian College. It happened in December while competing at Lehigh University Fast Times Before Break. She finished in 7.83, setting the new school record that was previously held by Erin Recker who set it in 2005 with a 7.88 mark.
Crooks finished second in the race held Dec. 6-7 at Phillip Rauch Field House. The 60-yard dash winner was East Stroudsburg University’s Tiana Webster who crossed the line in 7.65 seconds.
With the new track and field season fast approaching, a number of Whitehall athletes decided to get a head start by competing in indoor track this winter.
The Zephyrs competed in three meets as a team. A couple of their members also competed in a few specialty meets that focus solely on vaulting.
Their indoor season began with the Robert J. Burdette Indoor Classic on Dec. 28. It was held at Lehigh University’s Philip Rauch Fieldhouse and featured 61 teams.
It was a packed house inside Parkland’s Natatorium for the District 11 Swimming and Diving Championships, and the Zephyrs arrived with high hopes as they looked to make it to the state tournament competing against the best swimmers in the state.
The Zephyrs were well represented in the two-day event. They had 19 competitors swimming a variety of events.
Last weekend saw the completion of the Northeast Region 3A Wrestling Tournament, and with it came the end of the wrestling season for the Zephyrs.
Sophomore Xavier Arner has the opportunity to extend his wrestling season into March, and that’s the place where he hopes to lead the rest of his teammates in the coming years.
Arner advanced to the 3A Northeast Regional Wrestling Tournament by defeating Parkland’s Bryan Diaz 3-2 to earn fifth place during last weekend’s District XI 3A Individual Wrestling Tournament at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium.
The end of the season is a bitter pill to swallow for any student-athlete associated with scholastic sports, and the Whitehall boys basketball team felt all those emotions once the final horn sounded in the opening game of the district playoffs.
After finishing the season with consecutive victories to catapult them into the District XI playoffs, the Zephyrs were halted by visiting Pocono Mountain West in their quest to advance through the 6A brackets in search of a championship.
As the Whitehall wrestling team prepares for the District XI Individual Wrestling Tournament, they’ll be spearheaded by a roster of strong candidates who have the ability to make it to the regional round.
Editor’s note: The Whitehall boys basketball game took place Wednesday night, after Press deadlines.
A familiar face will greet the Whitehall boys basketball team as they begin the task of trying to claim a district championship as competition gets underway this week.
The final meet of the regular season produced a sweep for the Whitehall swim team, and now the focus will be to see if they can ride that crest into the district championships.
The Zephyrs hosted Allentown Central Catholic last Thursday in what was a “home” meet for the Vikings. The WHS girls prevailed 96-74, while the boys won 116-46.
By virtue of closing out the season with victories, both the girls and boys end the 2019-20 campaign with winning records. The girls finished 12-4; the boys ended 9-6-1.