It was a strong beginning for the Whitehall girls soccer team as they rolled into October still undefeated, but they couldn’t sustain that magic toward the end of the year as they lost in the semifinals in both leagues and districts.
The Whitehall girls volleyball team recently finished a spirited 2018 campaign that featured the steady growth of a program on the rise.
As the season began, they were trying to fit all the pieces together, and that led to some early rough patches. Through their first six games they were 1-5. Over their next nine games they were 7-2. The final stretch of the season competing against fellow Skyline Division opponents was another rocky patch, but their earlier work laid the groundwork for a possible playoff spot.
The Whitehall girls tennis season ended in the district quarterfinals as Natalia Pedraza and Noel Yacoub took a big swing at the doubles title, falling a little short in their quest to claim the championship.
The pair made it all the way to the District XI AAA Girls Doubles quarterfinals before being ousted by Nazareth’s tandem of Halle DeNardo and Jennifer Soika. They lost 6-0, 6-1, ending the 2018 season for the Whitehall squad.
It was a challenging season for the Whitehall field hockey team as they endured a tough early schedule, ultimately gathering some momentum that will benefit the younger players as they move forward.
They finished 6-12 for the 2018 campaign, most of those losses coming at the beginning of the season as they went 1-6 out of the gate. Of those six losses to either conference or division opponents, each of those six teams made the District XI playoffs.
Senior Chad Hussett shook of some early week soreness, and then shook off a host of would-be Northampton tacklers last Friday to help the Zephyrs end the football season on a strong note.
Hussett made Al Erdosy Stadium his personal running track as he rushed for 299 yards, his biggest output of his season and career. He scored two touchdowns and left a trail of exasperated, air-grabbing Kids in his wake.
News flash: Don’t tell the Whitehall girls volleyball team that they can’t compete with the top seed in the district tournament.
So don’t tell them that they have a zero chance of winning a set against an Emmaus squad that won 18 games in the regular season. I mean, history will tell you that the Zephyrs didn’t win a set against the Hornets in their two matches this season.
Yes, all is safe in Macungie.
With the postseason in full swing, a couple of Whitehall tennis players are looking to extend their seasons as long as they can.
On a chilly Tuesday afternoon at Lehigh University’s tennis courts, Natalia Pedraza and Noel Yacoub began District XI AAA Girls Doubles Tournament competition. The two drew Dieruff’s Vivian Soto and Ashley Balbuena in the first round.
It will be a familiar scenario for the Whitehall girls volleyball team when district action begins this week.
For the fourth consecutive year, Whitehall will be vying for a quarterfinal spot in one of the early play-in games when the District XI 4A Girls Volleyball Tournament gets underway on Oct. 25 at Emmaus High School.
If history repeats itself, Whitehall will once again be playing two games on that opening evening as top-seeded Emmaus awaits the winner of the 8-9 match featuring Whitehall and Wyoming Valley West.
It was the last home football game for twenty Whitehall seniors, and while they lost to Liberty, they still played every down as if a championship was on the line.
No one embodies that spirit more than senior Joe Herman. Herman had four receptions for 164 yards and two touchdowns. He also showed that never-say-die attitude on defense as he chased down a Liberty back from the opposite side of the field to prevent a touchdown late in the second half.
Nazareth goalkeeper Caitlyn Lazzarini stood in the way of Whitehall advancing to the finals of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Girls Soccer Championships, using her hands, and ultimately her feet, to knock the Zephyrs from the playoffs.
Lazzarini scored the winning penalty kick, propelling the Blue Eagles to a 1-1 (4-2) win over Whitehall, putting them in the finals against Parkland.