The Zephyrs returned to a familiar sideline, having been at Frank Banko Field two weeks ago to play Freedom, but last week’s trip to the Christmas City didn’t produce the same results against grinchy Bethlehem Catholic.
The Golden Hawks struck for big plays throughout the game as they scored on three plays that covered 60 yards or more. Of those three, Daizhun Rhodes 66-yard TD run on their opening drive of the second half was probably the most damaging in sealing Whitehall’s fate.
It took two overtimes to finally decide a winner when Whitehall met Pleasant Valley in the opening round of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Girls Soccer Championship.
The winning goal came off the foot of Pleasant Valley defender Rylee Robinson. The victory put the Bears in the semifinals where they lost to Easton, 2-1. The EPC finals will pit Easton against Parkland, a battle of the two top seeds.
The Bears entered the tourney as the third seed while the Zephyrs had the sixth spot.
Leah Coleman made sure she was going to make it to the District 11 Golf Championship, topping the field among the AAA participants.
The junior fired a 96 at Olde Homestead Golf Club on Oct. 2. It was the top qualifying score among the District 11 AAA girls playing in the event.
Whitehall’s rousing win over Northampton catapulted them into the league playoffs, guaranteeing them a shot at an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference field hockey crown.
It was a busy final week for the Zephyrs who also clinched a district playoff spot in that final stretch of games as they went 3-0 to close out the regular season. But it was their victory over the Konkrete Kids that was especially gratifying given their first encounter with their league rivals.
Whitehall’s victory over Freedom last Friday night was due in large measure to the work of the guys up front who spearheaded a robust running game that flattened the Patriots.
Yes, this night belonged to the Hogs, that collection of unsung heroes who opened holes for Whitehall’s stable of backs who rushed for 412 yards in their 45-37 win over the Pates at Frank Banko Field. That’s the most yards gained on the ground this season for the Zephyrs, surpassing their previous high by 59 yards which came against Nazareth.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Girls Tennis Tournament provided a number of bright spots for the Zephyrs who will now turn their attention the district playoffs which got underway next week.
They had two doubles teams advance to the second round of the EPC tourney as Emma Garneau and Teresa Nappo performed well at No. 2 doubles against East Stroudsburg South, said head coach Alex Green.
“They won 6-3 and played their best set of the year,” said Green.
Whitehall’s late flurry of opportunities against Emmaus in last Friday’s girls soccer game demonstrated how staying determined throughout the match will benefit them as they finish out their remaining schedule en route to the postseason.
They lost 2-0 to the Green Hornets, but they played well in the second half, generating a number of scoring chances, most notably Kassidy Cunningham’s acrobatic boot that looked like it would tuck high inside the right hand corner of the goal, but a leaping stab by goalkeeper Alexa Ryan kept the Zephyrs off the board at the 8:12 mark.
As current Whitehall football players gathered around former quarterback Robert Smale, the prevailing sentiment was that time cannot erase the bonds between those who wore the maroon and gold on the gridiron.
“Once a Zephyr, always a Zephyr,” said head coach Brian Gilbert, who accompanied 11 of his players on their visit to Smale’s room last week.
The Whitehall field hockey team’s gritty win against Moravian Academy most likely punched their ticket to a postseason berth, keeping them in the mix for a shot at a district title.
Their latest win puts them on target for a district playoff spot as it lifts their overall record to 8-7-1 with two games remaining. Barring anything unforeseen happening, they should win at least one more of those games ensuring their D-11 appearance.
Tuesday’s win saw the Whitehall girls volleyball team get back to that balanced scoring which allowed them to reel off some early wins at the beginning of the year.
They swept visiting Northampton as Alyson Peters asserted herself in the first set, while Kristin Spengler was nearly unstoppable in the second set, and Alix Buskirk was knocking down winners in the third set.
Those three helped the Zephyrs get back on the winning track as the win pushed their record to 7-6.