With a new coach installed, and a mix of retuning varsity players and newcomers, the Whitehall girls basketball team’s season started slow but finished strong.
Coach John Madas described it as a tale of two halves. They began the year 1-8 and that put a serious damper on any postseason aspirations. But once 2019 hit, the team began to jell, getting six wins in the second half, and that will serve as a good springboard heading into the offseason.
The Whitehall boys tennis team split their first two games of the season, defeating William Allen in their opener, followed by a loss to Liberty on their home courts.
They defeated the Canaries 6-0 to begin league action. They won all of their matches to get the season off on a strong note. It was a good beginning for a team that has a number of players assuming new roles.
“The kids played real well,” said head coach Bob Panny. “We had a lot of good rallies, and a lot of good serves; we played good. We were happy with the performance.”
The recently completed season for the Whitehall boys basketball team was characterized by a gritty group of players who fought hard every game, making sure everyone in the conference knew they were in for a tough battle.
That fierce competitive desire kept them in the playoff hunt throughout most of the year, eventually falling short in the last week of the season. They finished the year 7-15.
The Whitehall boys tennis team will embark on a new season with a good blend of varsity experience up and down their lineup as they look to build on last year’s excellent campaign.
The Zephyrs finished 13-4 last season. The stellar season also included a trip to the District XI 3A Team Tennis Championships.
This season will mark the first year with Robert Panny as the head coach. Panny replaces Guillermo Valera who coached the team last year in his lone year at the helm.
Commitment and sacrifice are synonymous with success in any sport, but for those who spend six minutes on a wrestling mat, the level of dedication needed to get them to the top of their sport makes them a breed apart.
Whitehall’s participation at last weekend’s District XI AAA Swimming and Diving Championships produced a trip to the medal stand, highlighting a strong showing for both the boys and the girls.
Whitehall will have a strong senior presence when the District XI Swimming and Diving Championships get under way this weekend at Parkland.
Of the eleven swimmers who will be competing in the AAA event, five of them are seniors. Among that group is Daniel Jablonski who earned the highest seed, nailing down the third seed in the 500 yard freestyle. He’s also among the top five in the 200 freestyle, securing the fourth spot in that race.
Last weekend’s District XI 3A Individual Wrestling Championship found Whitehall on the verge of getting a wrestler into the regional round as Kai Clark led a strong Zephyr contingent at arguably the state’s toughest district tournament.
When the District XI 3A Individual Wrestling Tournament commences this weekend, senior Josh Grol and the rest of his Zephyr teammates will be looking to take that journey a step further in a tough field that boasts some of the toughest wrestlers in the state.
Grol has been a member of the varsity since his freshman season. He participated in the D-11 tourney since that time and is focused on making this postseason appearance memorable.
Next weekend’s District XI Swimming and Diving Championships will be awash in a myriad of school colors, and Whitehall head coach Pete Rile would like to see a bigger concentration of maroon and gold among that group.
As it stands right now, the Whitehall girls have four guaranteed spots, while the boys will have two when the event begins on March 1. The girls also have four swimmers who are on the cusp with consideration times, while the boys have two who fall into that category.