At the recent District XI qualifying tournament, golfers from area schools looked to advance with the hopes of putting themselves in position to claim the championship.
On a brisk Monday evening, the Whitehall field hockey team was looking to avenge an earlier loss to Emmaus when they hosted the mighty Green Hornets at home and almost pulled off the upset.
With the Green Hornets ahead 2-0 midway through the second half, Rachel Schannauer's goal to pull the Zephs within one sent a charge through the Zephyr Sports Complex. She got a feed from Kourtney Cunningham and sent a dribbler past the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Tori Laczo who couldn't stop the ball before it crossed the line for a goal.
Chad Rex has been "The World's Strongest Zephyr" in his weight class for two years in a row, and he put that title to the test on Friday night in a rousing win against Parkland High School.
With the Zephyrs leading 14-0, they began their fourth series of the game at their own 10-yard line. Quarterback Gianni Sinatore pitched the ball to Saquon Barkley. Barkley started to run upfield, drawing the defense toward him. However, the senior running back suddenly stopped, planted his back foot, and launched a strike to Rex who was wide open behind the Trojan defense.
The Whitehall volleyball team looked to get off the schneid when they hosted Allentown Central Catholic in a rematch on Monday night.
After being swept by Emmaus and Parkland High Schools in their last two matches, the Zephs were hoping to avenge an earlier loss to the Vikettes and get back into the win column.
However, the Vikettes had other ideas and defeated the Zephs in three sets, 25-15, 25-17 and 25-19. It marks the third consecutive loss for the Zephyrs and drops their record to 6-6 (5-6 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference).
In case your appetite for high-stakes football wasn't satiated last week, this week will provide another opportunity to feast on an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference battle with championship implications.
The Zephyrs will travel to Cottingham Stadium on Friday to take on the undefeated Red Rovers. It's the second consecutive year the Zephs will make the trek to the storied building. Last year they defeated Easton 31-14, ruining the Red Rovers chance at a Lehigh Valley Conference Championship.
The inaugural league championship in golf for the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference had a hint of green in it.
No, not a green jacket.
A Green Hornet. Actually, a few of them.
Woodstone Country Club in Danielsville, Pa. was the setting as Emmaus High School won the first league championship in the newly minted EPC. They posted a 322 to claim the top honor. Parkland came in second at 339, while Nazareth finished third, stroking a 340, and Easton came in fourth with a 342. Allentown Central Catholic rounded out the top five with a 345.
The Whitehall field hockey team got a dose of some Skyline snipers during last week's divisional match-ups.
One of those sharpshooters was Emmaus' Meredith Sholder whose hat trick doomed the Zephs at the Hornet's nest. Sholder's three goals and assist helped keep the Green Hornets perfect in league play, giving them a two game cushion over the Zephs (after Parkland's win against Whitehall) in the Skyline division of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
Call it the power of positive thinking.
Or maybe the power of positive practicing.
After losing three consecutive games, the Whitehall girls volleyball team reeled off four wins in a row thanks to their commitment during practice.
Head coach Laura Hausman said that "they made the turn in practice and realized what they wanted." That's led to a 6-3 record as they head into some tough games this week against Emmaus and Parkland.
The proverbial measuring stick for the Whitehall boys' soccer team began this week when the Zephyrs had games scheduled against undefeated Emmaus and front-runner Parkland.
While Emmaus has already edged Parkland for the top spot in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, the Zephyrs have been trying to establish their own identity.
They entered the week with an overall 4-4-1 record and look to regain some respectability.
The Zephyrs hosted Pleasant Valley Monday and defeated the Bears 5-1 under the lights. That win boosts their record to 8-1-1 (after the rescheduled Pocono Mountain West game), placing thema half-game behind Emmaus for the lead in the Skyline Division of the EPC. The Zephs could have sole possession of first if they beat the Hornets later this week.
Monday's win featured five different players finding the back of the cage, with Kassidy Cunningham getting the Zephs on the board early.