When the District XI 3A Individual Wrestling Tournament commences this weekend, senior Josh Grol and the rest of his Zephyr teammates will be looking to take that journey a step further in a tough field that boasts some of the toughest wrestlers in the state.
Grol has been a member of the varsity since his freshman season. He participated in the D-11 tourney since that time and is focused on making this postseason appearance memorable.
Next weekend’s District XI Swimming and Diving Championships will be awash in a myriad of school colors, and Whitehall head coach Pete Rile would like to see a bigger concentration of maroon and gold among that group.
As it stands right now, the Whitehall girls have four guaranteed spots, while the boys will have two when the event begins on March 1. The girls also have four swimmers who are on the cusp with consideration times, while the boys have two who fall into that category.
The Whitehall girls basketball team earned a division victory in their final game of the season, sending them into the offseason on a bright note.
The Zephyrs defeated Emmaus 37-24, ending the season with a 7-15 mark.
Head coach Josh Madas said that he was happy with the win, noting that is was the culmination of a strong second half that saw them win six games after the start of the new year. They finished the season 7-15.
The Whitehall wrestling team ended their regular season with a victory, setting the stage for a postseason that has a lot of promise.
The Zephyrs closed out the 2018-19 season with a 67-7 win over Palmerton High School. The win gives them 12 victories on the year.
They won 12 bouts against the Blue Bombers, a good team win for a squad that’s now preparing for the postseason and the ultra competitive District XI AAA Individual Wrestling Championships.
When Tyler Holubowski’s three-pointer cut Emmaus’ lead to eight points halfway through the third period, the Hornets decided that was enough and called a timeout.
In that huddle stood a 6-9 run-buster. And once they broke the huddle, the plan was to get it down low to Zach Sabol where the senior muscled his way inside; scored the hoop; got the foul.
With Sabol completing the three-point play, the score went back up double digits and the Green Hornets went on to defeat the Zephyrs 64-35 in the last game of the season.
The Nazareth boys basketball team poses problems for a lot of their opponents, and their combination of size and skill was a lethal one-two punch last Friday as they knocked out the Zephyrs in conference action.
The Blue Eagles held a size advantage at every position, and when the soft perimeter touch of Zach Umar, who stands 6-foot-7, and the rugged interior play of Stephon Sheard, who is 6-foot-5, is added to the mix, that’s difficult for any team to overcome.
Whitehall’s victory over the Northampton girls in their swim meet last Wednesday could have been categorized as unexpected.
But head coach Pete Rile preferred a different description.
“They stole it,” he said.
That watery pilferage could be credited to Whitehall’s strength across the board in matching up against the Kids, a team that Rile said was expected to blow them out of the water.
And while the girls won three only individual events, their true strength lied in their depth as they strung together enough second and third place finishes for the 90-80 victory.
Shortly after Whitehall gave up its second half lead midway through the fourth quarter, Katie Kelly came running down the court after a steal, splitting the defenders for a layup and foul, putting the Zephyrs back on track toward victory.
Prior to her bucket, Pine Grove had gone on a 13-2 run, taking a 35-33 lead before Joey Shaul ended their scoring drought with a layup.
The Whitehall wrestling team keeps building toward the postseason, and their recent performance at the Lehighton Indian Duals was another strong step in that direction.
They were among eight teams participating in the dual meet held Jan. 12 at Lehighton High School. The Zephyrs went undefeated, finishing 5-0 for the best record among the competitors which included William Allen, Central Bucks South, East Stroudsburg North, Jim Thorpe, Panther Valley, Scranton and host Lehighton.
Whitehall’s new head football coach Matt Senneca has been playing and coaching football for most of his life, and he believes that an important aspect of success is building a strong culture.
He wants the players to buy into that culture, and once that groundwork is laid, and players start to take ownership of the program, good things begin to happen.