Three words best summarize the 2019 Whitehall boys volleyball season.
Best. Year. Ever.
They were the league and district champs, and remained undefeated until they lost to Northeastern High School in the quarterfinals of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association 6A Championships. The championship was eventually won by North Allegheny High School who defeated Central York in three sets.
The summer basketball season is in full swing, and the Zephyrs got their first win last week, defeating Pocono Mountain East on Whitehall’s home court.
The threat of thunderstorms pushed the game from Cedar Beach, site of the Allentown Summer League, to Dick Tracy Court where Whitehall took to the floor with a full contingent as 15 players showed up for last Thursday’s game.
It’s probably a safe bet that Logan Kreglow didn’t encounter any obstacles along the parade route while participating in Egypt’s Curt Simmon’s Day Parade.
Kreglow, who will be making his second appearance this summer on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, was invited to march in this year’s parade that was held on June. 1. He walked along with his family who were all wearing American Ninja Warrior T-shirts. The parade honors Simmons, an Egypt native, who spent 18 years as a pitcher in the major leagues, 11 of those years with the Phillies.
Whitehall’s march to a state volleyball championship was halted last Saturday after a valiant comeback bid in which they erased an 0-2 deficit fell just short in the fifth set against Northeastern High School.
Their quarterfinal match pitted them against the Bobcats from District 3 who came in as the district’s second seed, losing to Central York in the finals. They had moved up a classification and were owners of a hefty championship résumé in 2A, winners of the six consecutive state championships.
Whitehall’s track and field season ended at Shippensburg last Saturday with some fine performances from all their PIAA participants.
The AAA field events were held on day two, and Lucas Souders was among those athletes competing. He was competing in the javelin and uncorked a 173-5 toss that landed him just out of the top-10 finishers. He wound up 11th among the 28 competitors.
The junior will have one more year to try and make it among the top-eight in the state.
Once Hunter Pinkey’s kill bounded on the floor for the final point in the district finals against Parkland, the celebration erupted, leaving no doubt that Whitehall was the best boys volleyball team in the area.
They had met every challenge, and now stood inside Catasauqua High School’s gymnasium wearing gold medals that were placed around their necks by head coach George Cowitch.
Editor’s note: Whitehall District 11 finals game was moved from Tuesday to Thursday because of weather. However at Press deadline time, no date or location was official yet.
Owen Fischl’s RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted Whitehall over Southern Lehigh, sending them into the 5A finals against Blue Mountain for the district title.
The Whitehall softball team is heading to Pates Park, defeating Nazareth in Tuesday’s second round of the District XI 6A softball playoffs, setting up another meeting against Northampton for a chance to play for a title.
They defeated the Blue Eagles 7-6 at Nazareth Intermediate School, overcoming a five-run deficit to get into the semifinals. The game is scheduled for next Tuesday.
Head coach Blake Morgan said that the best compliment he can give his team after that victory is “the fact that they kept on fighting.”
It will be a packed vehicle when the Whitehall track team heads to the state championships this weekend.
Heading on that trip to the PIAA Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University will be Lucas Souders, Chad Hussett, Aspen Schache, Helen Davis, Aliyah Barkley and Kate Bonshak.
That group earned two silvers and a bronze at last week’s District XI 3A Track and Field Championships at the Zephyr Sports Complex.
The PIAA Championships are set to begin this weekend at Seth Grove Stadium on the campus of Shippensburg University.
Monday’s semifinal match of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Boys Volleyball Championships represented a big hurdle, one in which the Zephyrs decidedly overcame in their attempt to claim a league title.
They defeated their nemesis Emmaus, a team that’s stood in the way of their pursuit of both league and district titles the last couple of years. They took the match in straight sets, knocking off the Hornets 27-25, 25-16, 27-25 to set up a championship match against Freedom on Wednesday.