When Logan Bortz stepped to the plate in the top seventh of a tie game in the quarterfinal round of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Softball Championships, she was looking for something to drive to put them ahead by a run in a tough pitcher’s duel.
She had blasted a double to deep center in her previous trip to the plate, and the senior was now looking to duplicate that prior at-bat with Abby Reese on first in a 1-1 tie.
Judging by what was written prior to the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Track and Field Championships, Whitehall’s 4x100 girls relay team was merely an afterthought.
Both Emmaus and East Stroudsburg South were being touted as teams to watch leading up the EPC/Colonial League Championships at the Zephyr Sports Complex last week. And even though the Zephyrs were the defending EPC champs, setting a new school record in the process, they were overlooked by local scribes.
The Whitehall boys volleyball team is moving closer to a perfect regular season.
Monday’s win over William Allen lifts their record to 16-0. They swept the Canaries, 25-9, 25-7, 25-12 to stay on track for an undefeated season, with games against Southern Lehigh and Parkland remaining on their schedule.
The first day of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Track and Field Championships produced some good results for the host team, with one of their relay teams making it the medal stand.
The Zephyr Sports Complex was the scene for the combined Colonial and EPC Track and Field Championships on Tuesday afternoon. Many of the events on day one were held under a scorching sun, and that may have impacted some of the performances, especially in the distance races.
The Coca-Cola Park Curse is officially broken.
The Zephyrs defeated Parkland 4-3 on Friday afternoon, part of the annual Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Play-Day at the IronPigs facility in Allentown.
While it may not rival The Curse of the Bambino, which was popularized during the Red Sox’s long 86-year title drought, it had been six years since WHS claimed a victory at the Phillies’ Triple A minor league park.
The “curse” was lifted thanks to a total team effort, said head coach Shaun O’Boyle, who was the skipper the last time they at the venue won in 2013.
At the start of Rachel Arner’s freshman season, a change at the plate turned her in the right direction, leading to a very successful softball career that’s allowed her to recently achieve a milestone.
That direction, as it turns out, was switching to the left side of the plate. It was a move that the natural right-hander said was suggested by a former coach.
“She [Alexis Berg-Townsend] knew it would be best for me because of my speed,” said Arner.
Whitehall’s bats sprang to life against Nazareth on Monday, while Jake Paashaus’ arm silenced the opposing Blue Eagles’ sticks, helping the Zephyrs position themselves closer for a berth in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference playoffs.
Whitehall ended its track and field dual meet season against Northampton, and will now enter the postseason with the potential of their sprinters and throwers medaling at both the league and district championships.
The sprints have been a big source of production for both the boys and girls. They accounted for 14 points for the girls, and 10 for the boys against Northampton.
One of those sprinters is senior Chad Hussett. He was among the many seniors honored at the final home meet against the Konkrete Kids on Monday.
The Whitehall boys volleyball team is charging toward the regular season finish line, picking up another win last Thursday against Pocono Mountain West.
They swept the Panthers 25-5, 25-9, 25-15 to improve their record to 12-0. They’re currently two games ahead of Emmaus (as of April 29) in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference standings, and sit atop the District XI AAA power rankings among the 15 schools profiled.
In his final appearance as a varsity swimmer at Whitehall, Daniel Jablonski made sure it was a memorable one.