Whitehall softball head coach Alexis Berg-Townsend has maintained throughout the season that good teams become great teams late in the season.
Right now the Zephyrs are holding onto first place in the Skyline Division of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. With two games remaining on this year’s docket, they have the chance to be division winners. That’s a spot that’s usually been reserved for Parkland the last few years.
It’s been a tough stretch the last few weeks for the Whitehall baseball team, and a win over Parkland this week could be an invigorating shot as they head into the postseason.
After winning eight games in a row to begin league play this season, the Zephyrs have found it tough sledding after their April 21 loss to Emmaus at Coca-Cola Park. Since that showdown at the Soda Pop Palace, an 8-5 defeat at the hands of the Green Hornets, they’ve dropped five out of the next seven.
It can be said with certainty that Whitehall’s Taylor George stands head and shoulders above the competition.
The senior point guard has just completed a remarkable career. She was a four-year starter, was the team’s leading scorer this season at 12.84 ppg, and was one of the prime reasons they made both the league and district playoffs.
She was a ballhawking defender as well, creating 71 steals this season.
Her impact was felt at both the offensive and defensive ends, earning her an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference selection as a second team all-star this season.
Every year head coach James Sebesta takes a number of track and field athletes to Shippensburg University so they can get familiar with the surroundings because in a few more weeks that’s where the state championships will be held.
This season 17 athletes arrived at Seth Grove Stadium for the 90th Jack Roddick High School Invitational on April 23.
Sebesta likes to expose his athletes to what will hopefully be their final destination this season. It also serves as a measuring stick among fellow competitors in the Keystone state.
The Whitehall baseball team had a hard time solving a red and gray puzzle last Wednesday that was standing sixty feet, six inches away.
It wasn’t until their final at-bat in which they got two hits and scored a run that were they able to get to starter Michael Jenkins, whose perplexing repertoire propelled Parkland to an 8-1 victory over the Zephyrs.
Jenkins tossed a two-hitter for the visitors and bumped the Zephs from atop the Skyline Division of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. The Zephs record after that loss stood at 9-3.
It’s been a busy week for the Whitehall boys tennis team as they had league and district tournaments sandwiched around their regular season schedule.
The league tournament for doubles was to resume Monday. They were waiting to see if Nick Rohn and Max Nuscher at No. 2 doubles, and Nick Demjan and Hazem Abdelaal at No. 4 doubles could advance to the finals. However, inclement weather postponed the matches once again. The timetable for resuming action was still not known when speaking with coach Austin Berg Monday evening.
It’s always a good barometer for local track and field talent when they meet at J. Birney Crum Stadium to showcase their skills during the Allentown School District Track and Field Invitational.
The ASD event serves as precursor to the league and district meets which will ultimately set them on their way to states if they can place among the top three. While the conditions were tough at JBC, there were still a number of excellent performances when they gathered in Allentown on April 29.
It may have been just one more win for the Zephyr softball team, but last Wednesday’s 5-2 win over the Trojans clearly resonated more than any other in recent memory.
While head coach Alexis Berg-Townsend still maintains that defeating Parkland is just another step in the breakdown of the season that she views in two halves (this win is part of the second 10 games), she allowed herself to consider the enormity of it for the team.
The Whitehall boys tennis team broke new ground last week under head coach Alex Berg, sending two doubles teams into day two of the league tournament.
Their No. 2 doubles team of Alex Rohn and Max Nuscher advanced to the second day of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference tournament, winning 8-0 against Pocono Mountain West’s tandem of Joe Romano and Tom Gaudette, and then disposing of Nick Vo and Youseff Elmontacir of Pleasant Valley, 8-1. Those wins put them into the semifinals against Nazareth’s Matt Soika and Joe Guagliardi.
After establishing a pattern of consistency heading into last Thursday’s game against Emmaus at Coca-Cola Park, the loss to their division rivals was simply out of character for the Zephyr baseball team.
Manager Shaun O’Boyle described it as a “meltdown,” coming apart in almost all facets of the game.
“The things we were doing all year, we didn’t do,” said O’Boyle. “We struggled to throw strikes, we made base running errors.”