In any athletic endeavor, the goal is to get better, and that becomes the foundation for future success.
Senior Leah Coleman is the embodiment of that principle. She has been a member of the Whitehall golf team for four years, and when she first suited up her freshman season, she played in just two matches, splitting time between field hockey and the links. Her average that first year was 125.
She played both sports through her sophomore season, but eventually decided to concentrate on golf.
“I just saw golf as a better opportunity for me,” said Coleman.
It was some self-inflicted wounds that contributed to Whitehall’s loss to Nazareth last Friday at Zephyr Stadium, dimming their prospects of a district playoff berth in the process.
Whitehall’s win over Liberty in the first round of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Girls Soccer Championships featured two nearly identical goals, setting the stage for their shutout win over the Hurricanes.
Kylie Saliby and Hope Millets hooked up for their first two goals as Saliby’s corner kicks, one in the first half, and the second early in the final period, were knocked past ‘Cane goalkeeper Bridget MacDonald by Millets in nearly carbon copy fashion.
Call it the Xerox set piece.
Whitehall is still looking to string four good quarters of good football together, a blueprint that laid the groundwork for their win against Allentown Central Catholic earlier this season, but something that eluded them again last Friday as they fell to Bethlehem Catholic.
It’s not the season that both Whitehall and Parkland envisioned heading into the 2018 football season, but records never matter when these two rivals meet, and that’ll be true this Friday when they clash in Orefield.
Whitehall’s bid for a girls team tennis district playoff berth took a hit when they lost a tough match to Emmaus last week, a team that they were jockeying with for one of the final tournament spots.
With the 2-5 loss to the host Green Hornets, they enter the last week of regular season competition with a 6-7 record. While they still have a match remaining with Nazareth (12-2), they’ll now turn their attention to the District XI AAA Girls Singles Tournament which got underway Monday at Lehigh University.
Whitehall has relied on a stingy back line and an opportunistic offense to position themselves as the top girls soccer team in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference so far this season, even after suffering their first loss of the season Monday to Nazareth, 1-0.
Before that, after Emmaus dealt Parkland their first league loss in 70 matches, Whitehall made sure the Trojans weren’t going to reel off another 70, by defeating them 3-1 when the two met a few weeks ago.
The Whitehall girls volleyball team finds itself in a nice stretch right now, and that will help lay the foundation for a district playoff push as the season heads into the final two weeks.
The Zephyrs have won three games in a row, their latest a four-set victory over Easton. It comes in the midst of the team reeling off five wins in their last six games.
With last Thursday’s win over Pocono Mountain West, the Whitehall girls volleyball team continues to take steps in the right direction as they approach the midway point of the season.
They earned their second victory of the season with a straight set win over the visiting Panthers, 25-11, 25-18 and 25-11.
Head coach Eric Budge has been reinforcing the notion that they’re still learning how to close out games, and during the second set after PMW cut the led to two points on two separate occasions, they were able to withstand those rallies and complete the seven-point victory.
Friday’s win over Pleasant Valley demonstrated once again that the Whitehall girls soccer team is finding ways to win, and that’s enabled them to stay undefeated so far this season.
It took two overtimes, but the Zephyrs connected for the winning goal around four minutes into the second extra session, giving them their ninth win of the season. The Zephyrs have played three overtime matches to date, prevailing in each one to keep their record unblemished.