The Whitehall baseball team is thriving in elimination games, and that prosperity has landed them on the doorstep of a state title.
After their 6-2 semifinal win over Wallenpaupack on Monday, the Zephyrs have a chance to do what no Whitehall baseball team has done before: win a state title. They’ll be playing Greater Latrobe on Thursday for the PIAA 5A baseball championship at Penn State’s Medlar Field.
They’re now 6-0 in elimination games, beginning with their 13-2 win over West Scranton that catapulted them into the postseason.
If it’s Juneio, it’s time for Bruneio.
Whitehall starting pitcher Alex Bruneio has simply been en fuego in his last two outings, one on the last day of May, the other on Monday against Daniel Boone. The southpaw has posted two victories in the postseason, his latest a shutout victory over the Blazers in the PIAA playoffs.
The senior has now tossed 14 innings in the postseason, allowing just one run on 10 hits, while striking out nine and only walking four. That includes a three-hitter against Daniel Boone in the opening round of the PIAA 5A playoffs.
The Whitehall boys tennis season ended with Jeremy Lim making a strong bid as one of the best singles players in the area.
Lim was participating in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Singles Tournament which recently resumed after a two-week break. He was paired against Parkland’s Aneesh Kapoor in the consolation round at Winning Touch Tennis in Allentown.
The Whitehall baseball team’s road to a District XI 5A title was filled with a lot of moments where they had to seize the day since a loss in any of their last three games would have ejected them from the playoffs.
Call it Carpe Adamantem.
And that’s precisely what they did when they met Southern Lehigh in the title game, seizing the game in the top of the sixth as they exploded for seven runs to break the contest wide open, paving the way for the championship.
When Austin Berg was out playing tennis with his players on a warm afternoon last week, the ability to engage in a physical activity and participate competitively probably didn’t cross his mind.
But it’s fair to say that it crosses his mind when he’s in his role as a Physical Education teacher at Gockley Elementary School. That’s when he sees the everyday challenges confronting someone who has 22q Deletion Syndrome, also known as DiGeorge Syndrome, a disorder caused by a defect in the 22 chromosome.
Already down a set, the Whitehall boys volleyball team needed something positive to build upon if they wanted to become district champions in the title match against Emmaus.
A second set win would tie the match, with the championship now whittled down to a best-of-three scenario to see who would hoist the trophy. Whitehall took an early lead thanks to kills from Nicholas Herman and Joseph Herman, and then the match seesawed back and forth until the Green Hornets began to pull away midway through the set.
When Amanda Crooks could not finish her heat in the 100 meter preliminaries last Friday, the whole weekend suddenly turned dark for the Whitehall track and field team.
Crooks was competing at the PIAA Track and Field Championships, racing in an event where she had earned a fourth-place medal last year. Head coach James Sebesta said that she pulled up after 80 meters, ending her shot at a sprint title.
The junior has been battling a nagging quadriceps injury sustained during their Parkland meet, her lone appearance since that time was at last week’s district championships.
In an individual sport such as wrestling, an athlete must rely solely upon himself if he wants to prevail.
It’s like that in the classroom as well since the final outcome on a test or any other endeavor rests solely with the student.
Wrestlers also need to be problem solvers, finishing a way to break through an opponent’s defense, or extricating themselves from a potentially dangerous situation that may result in an abrupt end to their match.
The trip to Shippensburg this year for the Whitehall track team will be for a party of six as the Zephyr contingent will look to make an impression at the state tournament.
The Zephyrs crowned three district champions last week, and earned a silver medal as well, and now those athletes will be heading to the PIAA 3A Track and Field Championships which get underway this Friday at Seth Grove Stadium at Shippensburg University.
When the Whitehall baseball team needed to find an opponent left vacant when St. Peters Prep couldn’t reschedule, that search wound up paving their way to a district playoff berth.
Athletic Director Bob Hartman managed to arrange a game between the Zephyrs and West Scranton last Friday.
The Zephs rolled onto Luzerne Street in Scranton and brought out the lumber, defeating the Invaders 13-2. They had 15 hits, with several players collecting multiple hits in the win. Zach Hamscher was 3-4 with a triple and three RBIS and two runs scored, while Matt Dobeck was 2-3 with an RBI.