With each successive match, the Whitehall girls tennis team is learning what it takes to become successful against fierce competition within the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
One of the difficult tests they faced was against Freedom in a match last week at their home court. Freedom is one of the best teams in the EPC and head coach Alex Green knew it would be a big challenge to win any of their matches against a team that is strong up and down their lineup.
While they lost 0-7 to the undefeated Pates, they managed to win games in each of those matches, save No. 1 singles.
The Whitehall golf team has managed to win one match each time they’ve stepped onto the course this season, making a bid to become one of the better teams in the league this year.
With their win over Stroudsburg last week, they’re now 5-6 on the year which puts them in the middle of the pack within the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
With the soccer season barely a minute old, the Whitehall girls struck for their first goal of the season, a tally which stood up the rest of the way as they defeated Northampton in the opener.
That goal wouldn’t have been possible without the diving save of goalkeeper Grace Clary. A Northampton player was barreling down the field on a breakaway, and Clary came out to challenge the play, sprawling onto the ground to make the save.
Whitehall’s Braxton Marrero and Emmaus’ Sone Ntoh can attest to the redemptive power of sport as they both responded to adversity with big plays that helped make last Friday’s EPC South matchup an early candidate for the high school football game of the year.
Ntoh had his moment of misfortune midway through the fourth quarter when he fumbled the ball as the Green Hornets were driving for the tying score. Whitehall had just forged ahead on a pass from Ethan Parvel to wideout Dez Boykin who found the end zone for the third time in the game, making it 35-28.
Whitehall head coach Brian Gilbert has always stressed fast starts as a recipe for success, and Friday’s opener against Pocono Mountain East was a textbook example of that philosophy.
Braxton Marrero and the running game took center stage against the Cardinals as the Zephyrs scored 35 points in the first quarter. Their running attack proved too much for PME as the Zephs racked up 437 yards en route to the 55-12 win.
It’s been a good start for the Whitehall girls tennis team, getting out of the gate early with a couple of league wins.
They began the season by defeating Pocono Mountain West, 7-0. Pleasant Valley was the next stop on their schedule, losing to the Bears 0-7 to knot their record at 1-1.
With two matches under their belt, they Zephs hosted East Stroudsburg South High School last week and won a tough match against the Cavaliers, 5-2.
When the Whitehall girls volleyball team reconvenes on the court this fall, they’ll be guided by someone who’s familiar with turning a program into state champions.
With the Whitehall boys basketball team ready to embark on their annual summer excursion to St Joseph’s University, this offseason has been about who will seize the opportunities for a roster spot.
For nineteen student-athletes at Whitehall High School, the question as to where to spend the next few years of their lives was revealed at a signing ceremony in May.
Summer is a usually a break from school for most students, but for Dwight Repsher and the Whitehall girls basketball team, the summer gives the players an opportunity to gain some experience while they look to carve out their own space as they head into the new school year.