Whitehall-Coplay Press

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Peters heads to Clarion

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Alyson Peters decided she wanted a career tending to people in need, and that’s how a lot of opposing players felt as they hopelessly watched the ball rocket to the floor during one of her many kills over her volleyball career.

Maybe their pride was hurt more than anything else as Peters struck for 281 kills this season. The senior will now be making college players experience that same sense of helplessness as she’ll travel west to attend Clarion University next fall, announcing it at the National Letter of Intent early signing period at Whitehall High School recently.

Saliby to Shippensburg

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Kylie Saliby will be kickin’ it at the Ship, revealing her college choice during the National Letter of Intent early singing period held at Whitehall High School recently.

The senior will be heading to Shippensburg University next fall to play soccer after finishing an all-star campaign at Whitehall this season. Saliby was among three Zephyrs who were chosen for Eastern Pennsylvania Conference first team honors, with Saliby getting the nod as a midfielder.

Saliby said that upon her arrival at Shippensburg for a visit, she felt an immediate connection.

Boys looking to fill up swimming roster

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall boys swimming season will get set to splash down next week as they look to build off last year’s success that produced a number of district participants.

Head coach Pete Rile said that as it stands right now, they have 11 swimmers currently on the roster. He’s hopeful that number bumps up to 12 so that they can field a swimmer in each event.

Girls are ready for another season

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

It’s the dawn of another swimming season, and the Whitehall girls will be primed for another strong year as they return a number of district participants.

That roster of returning district swimmers includes Trish Bartosh, Madelyn Kutney, Kallie Lyle, Rachel Alulis and Martha Giletto. They’re part of a team that will have 30 swimmers among their ranks this season.

Head coach Pete Rile, who begins his 30th season at the helm, said that they’ll have a lot of girls to pull from, and that depth allows them to plug in swimmers from a good range of talent.

Zephyrs look to continue to build their program

Friday, November 30, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Every season brings a new set of challenges, and the Whitehall football team had a number of them thrown their way this season as they looked to defend their district title.

Even before the season began, they knew they had to replace a substantial portion of their offense when quarterback Ethan Parvel left for Emmaus. They also had to overcome the loss of last year’s leading tackler when Josh Novak was lost for the year in their preseason scrimmage.

Juliano commits to Sacred Heart

Friday, November 30, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Senior Erica Juliano likes a little chill in the air. It goes along with the feeling she puts down the spines of opposing forwards who venture into her turf on the soccer field.

Both Juliano and her Northeast Conference counterparts will be experiencing a lot of chills next fall as the senior begins her freshman season at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Girls had positive year

Friday, November 9, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

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.

Yacoub, Pedraza end season

Friday, November 9, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

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.

Girls look to build momentum

Friday, November 9, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

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.