The Whitehall baseball team has been victimized by the big inning in a number of games this season, and that was the case when they hosted Liberty on a blustery Monday.
The Hurricanes, who came into the game with the league’s best record, hit that big inning in their first at-bat, scoring five runs. However, the Zephyrs responded by putting up their own big inning in their half of the first as the first five batters reached base en route to a four-run outburst.
The match between the Northampton and Whitehall boys tennis last Thursday featured two teams with identical records in a battle to see who would climb up the standings in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
Both teams entered the match 7-4, and were right in the middle of the pack in the EPC standings.
Whitehall struggled, however, and the Konkrete Kids emerged with the 5-1 victory to currently put themselves in the eighth spot in the standings. Whitehall (7-5) now occupies the tenth spot in a quest for an EPC team championship berth.
When the Emmaus boys volleyball team entered Zephyr Gymnasium last Thursday, one team would leave the facility as the lone unbeaten team in the league.
It didn’t take long to find the answer as the Zephyrs swept the Green Hornets, leaving themselves as the only EPC team with an unblemished record.
The Zephyrs won 25-21, 25-22, 25-23, defeating Emmaus for the first time since 2013. That streak spanned 12 matches. (One if those losses occurred during the postseason in 2013.)
Published long before Devon Roberts was born, the short story, “The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner,” is somewhat representative of her current situation on the Whitehall girls track team.
Whitehall’s match against Northampton on Friday served as a reminder that toppling one of the area’s best volleyball teams is still a tall task for any Zephyr opponent.
While the Konkrete Kids managed to win the second set, tying the match at 1-1, the Zephyrs dropped the hammer in the third set and dispelled any notion that a win was in store for the visitors.
Whitehall won that pivotal third set 25-9, with Joseph Herman firing a couple of emphatic kills down the stretch to help seal the win.
Among Whitehall’s strong stable of throwers, Lucas Souders has emerged as one of the best javelin competitors in the league.
He was tops in the event Monday against Freedom with a 179-07 mark. It was his fourth consecutive victory in the event. Souders was part of a unit that nabbed 16 points in the throwing events, but it wasn’t enough to overtake the Patriots who defeated the boys 82-68.
Whitehall would split the meet against Freedom, with the girls winning 91-59. The girls dominated the sprints, amassing 23 points, which helped pave the way to the win.
The Whitehall boys tennis team is once again rolling up the wins, earning their seventh victory of the season with a sweep of Pen Argyl last Saturday.
They defeated the Green Knights 5-0 in a nonleague match.
At No. 1 singles, Nick Rohn defeated Brendan McMahon, 6-2, 6-3. Nick Demjan kept pace at No. 2 singles, downing Aiden McMahon in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3. Josh Mallory prevailed in a first set tiebreaker over Jayson Corsetti, winning 7-6. He closed out the match in the second set, winning 6-1.
With Whitehall and Parkland locked in a pitcher’s duel, the Trojans finally broke through in the bottom of the seventh, stringing together a pair of doubles to edge the visiting Zephyrs.
Parkland won 1-0 when Olivia Ondrejca connected with a deep drive that sailed into the right/center gap, scoring Kelly Dulaney who had earlier doubled down the left field line.
The hit sent the Zephyrs home with their third loss of the year.
The Whitehall boys track and field team will feature some strong throwers and speedy sprinters, which should make them a force this season inside the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
The boys, who finished 3-8 last season, come into the new campaign with a lot of talent returning in the sprints and throws. Among their returning medal winners at least year’s District XI Championships are junior Kresstoph Whittick and senior Chad Hussett, who comprised half of their 4x100 relay team which placed fourth at the tourney with a 43.63 mark.
The Whitehall boys volleyball team recorded two more wins, allowing them to keep pace with Emmaus as the two teams without a conference loss so far this season.
They defeated Easton and William Allen to boost their record to 4-0. They didn’t drop a set to either opponent. In fact, the Zephyrs haven’t dropped a set to any of their league opponents so far this season.
They began the week by traveling to Allen on Monday evening to begin a slate of four games that are on tap for this week. They caged the Canaries, winning 25-9, 25-10, 25-12 for their fourth win of the season.