Pine Grove’s power prevented the Whitehall softball team from ending the Cardinals unbeaten streak when the two squads met on Monday.
Pine Grove entered the game 11-0, leaders of the Schuylkill Conference, and Whitehall had them on the ropes with one out in the top of the sixth inning. The Zephs were leading 8-6, but the heart of the Cardinal batting order was up, and catcher Trish Kopinetz, who had parked a ball over the center field wall in the fourth to stake them to a 4-2 lead, was at the plate.
Whitehall’s depth in the sprints and middle distance relays was on display at the Zephyr Relays, claiming a number of first-place finishes with a mixture of younger runners and established vets.
The Zephyr Relays, now in its 12th year, brought together 11 teams from both the Colonial League and Eastern Pennsylvania Conference on April 13.
The Whitehall boys volleyball team has continued its perfect march toward the postseason, picking up two more league wins as they head down the back stretch.
They resumed action Tuesday against Nazareth, toppling the Blue Eagles in three, 25-14, 27-25, 25-16. It was their first action in nearly a week, having taken the court six days ago against Liberty.
But the team didn’t lose its edge in maintaining their winning streak.
Nick Rohn had a productive first day at the District XI AAA boys singles tennis championships, advancing to the quarterfinals where he’s among eight players remaining who are looking to claim the title.
On a chilly Monday at Lehigh University, Rohn and Nick Demjan, who also earned a berth to the district singles championship, began their journey through the brackets on the opening day of the tourney.
Rohn’s first opponent was Bangor’s Evan Gordon. He defeated the Slater 6-2, 6-0 to advance to the next round.
The Whitehall baseball team has been victimized by the big inning in a number of games this season, and that was the case when they hosted Liberty on a blustery Monday.
The Hurricanes, who came into the game with the league’s best record, hit that big inning in their first at-bat, scoring five runs. However, the Zephyrs responded by putting up their own big inning in their half of the first as the first five batters reached base en route to a four-run outburst.
The match between the Northampton and Whitehall boys tennis last Thursday featured two teams with identical records in a battle to see who would climb up the standings in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
Both teams entered the match 7-4, and were right in the middle of the pack in the EPC standings.
Whitehall struggled, however, and the Konkrete Kids emerged with the 5-1 victory to currently put themselves in the eighth spot in the standings. Whitehall (7-5) now occupies the tenth spot in a quest for an EPC team championship berth.
When the Emmaus boys volleyball team entered Zephyr Gymnasium last Thursday, one team would leave the facility as the lone unbeaten team in the league.
It didn’t take long to find the answer as the Zephyrs swept the Green Hornets, leaving themselves as the only EPC team with an unblemished record.
The Zephyrs won 25-21, 25-22, 25-23, defeating Emmaus for the first time since 2013. That streak spanned 12 matches. (One if those losses occurred during the postseason in 2013.)
Published long before Devon Roberts was born, the short story, “The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner,” is somewhat representative of her current situation on the Whitehall girls track team.
Whitehall’s match against Northampton on Friday served as a reminder that toppling one of the area’s best volleyball teams is still a tall task for any Zephyr opponent.
While the Konkrete Kids managed to win the second set, tying the match at 1-1, the Zephyrs dropped the hammer in the third set and dispelled any notion that a win was in store for the visitors.
Whitehall won that pivotal third set 25-9, with Joseph Herman firing a couple of emphatic kills down the stretch to help seal the win.
Among Whitehall’s strong stable of throwers, Lucas Souders has emerged as one of the best javelin competitors in the league.
He was tops in the event Monday against Freedom with a 179-07 mark. It was his fourth consecutive victory in the event. Souders was part of a unit that nabbed 16 points in the throwing events, but it wasn’t enough to overtake the Patriots who defeated the boys 82-68.
Whitehall would split the meet against Freedom, with the girls winning 91-59. The girls dominated the sprints, amassing 23 points, which helped pave the way to the win.