With their victory over Stroudsburg last Friday night, the Whitehall boys basketball team has positioned themselves for a postseason berth heading down the home stretch.
While the win lifts their record to 7-7 on the season, their remaining schedule requires a lot of heaving lifting, beginning with Tuesday’s clash against William Allen. Each of the seven teams remaining on their schedule currently have winning records. Moreover, those teams have combined for 63 wins versus 28 losses.
A second half surge powered the Whitehall girls basketball team to a double-digit win over visiting Stroudsburg, strengthening their hopes for a run that will put them into the postseason.
The two teams went into the intermission knotted at 13-13. But once the second half got underway, the Zephyrs rode the dynamic end-to-end play of Grace Clary who scored the bulk of her game-high 20 points in the final two quarters to lead them to the 39-28 victory over the Mountaineers.
Both the Whitehall’s boys and girls swim teams registered wins on Tuesday against visiting Salisbury, strengthening their conference standings as they head into the final quarter of their season.
The win raised the girls mark to 7-3 on the season, while the boys currently sit at 4-6 after the victory.
The girls defeated the Falcons 95- 71, with Martha Giletto claiming two first-place finishes, her initial victory coming in the 50-yard freestyle (26.96), and the second in the 500 freestyle (5:49.01).
With his headphones firmly in place, Kai Clark was in perpetual motion as he prepared for his 152-pound bout against Pleasant Valley to begin.
To watch him pace, like a tiger ready to be sprung from its cage, the observer may wonder if he’s expending too much energy before his match gets underway.
But Clark, who is 12-3 on the season, said that it’s simply part of his prematch routine.
Trailing by two points heading into the final race against Freedom, the Whitehall girls swim team knew exactly what they had to do.
In order to pull out the come-from-behind victory, they needed to claim two of the top three spots to walk out of the Patriots natatorium with a win.
Zephyr gymnasium was the scene for some robust wrestling action last Saturday as Whitehall kicked off the new year hosting their annual Zephyr Duals.
The Duals, now in its twenty-first season, featured 15 teams from Pennsylvania and New Jersey, with Muncy Junior-Senior High School claiming the championship with their victory over Quakertown in the finals.
Whitehall finished in seventh place, downing Bangor 41-36 to earn that spot.
Whitehall completed their holiday wrestling schedule with a solid showing at the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic, placing two wrestlers among the top eight in their respective weight classes.
The Zephyrs were part of a large and star-studded field of grapplers that assembled at Liberty’s Memorial Field House for the annual tournament that attracts some of the best teams in the country. This year’s tourney featured 32 teams, with Whitehall finishing 28th among that strong contingent with 40 points.
The Whitehall girls basketball team rang in the New Year with a couple of wins, giving them some momentum as they hit the midway point of the season.
The Zephs reeled off back-to-back wins, downing Pocono Mountain West and East Stroudsburg North once the calendar turned, lifting their record to 3-8 as they prepare for a busy week.
In Friday’s win over East Stroudsburg North, the Zephs jumped out to an early lead, leading by 15 points at the break.
It’s been a superb start to the new year for the Whitehall boys basketball team as they’ve reeled off two consecutive league wins to climb back to .500 as they begin to make their push toward the playoffs.
The first of those 2019 wins came against Pocono Mountain East which entered the game with a gaudy 8-1 record. The Cardinals have had an impressive start to their season with wins over Pocono Mountain West, Northampton and East Stroudsburg South, all of whom have winning records, so Whitehall knew this would be another fierce battle against a Mountain Division opponent.
It’s been a busy couple of weeks for the Whitehall wrestling team as they’ve spent the holiday break participating in a couple of tournaments that will get them ready for the heart of their conference schedule in the new year.
The first of those was the Donegal Invitational, a familiar venue for the maroon and gold who’ve spent the last four years trekking to Mount Joy, Pennsylvania to compete in the individual tourney.