Vanessa Hadeed stood at the back of the circle, knees bent, waiting for the right moment to uncoil her body to set the discus in flight.
It was her third attempt against Nazareth and she was trying to cement her lead. As the discus sailed through the air, she had a feeling she may have unleashed a good throw. She waited a moment to watch the tape measure stretch out before retrieving the disc. The call from the official was 99-11. Not only did she win the event, but she established a personal record as well.
The Whitehall softball team showcased three main reasons why they’re at the top of the heap in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference when they met Emmaus at Pates Park last Friday.
The Zephyrs can pitch, hit and play defense, and do each of those things at a high level. That’s allowed them to rack up 11 wins so far this season, placing them in a tie atop the Skyline Division with Parkland. One of those two teams will have sole possession of first when they meet Tuesday at Whitehall.
Emmaus got to witness the Zephs ability in each of those categories on Friday evening.
It took 31 years to accomplish the feat, but Ivanna Jones made sure she etched her name in the Whitehall track and field record book when they met Freedom and Pocono Mountain West last week.
Jones took possession of the triple jump record, a mark that has stood since 1985 when Marci Berner set the record with a 36-0 leap. Jones sailed 36-0.50 to set the new mark, giving her two school records during her illustrious career. She set the long jump record last year with a 17-81/4 mark.
It was another productive week for the Whitehall softball team.
They reeled off three consecutive wins, defeating Northampton, Pocono Mountain East and East Stroudsburg North.
After that current winning streak, the Zephyrs sit at 8-1, their lone blemish the loss to Nazareth. That puts them in second place behind Parkland in the Skyline Division of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. Those two teams are set to meet April 26.
The Whitehall track team had their hands full when they traveled to the Poconos for a recent league meet.
Their second trip north in less than a week proved to be a challenge when they faced Easton and Stroudsburg in a tri-meet on April 12 at Stroudsburg High School. That’s because both teams are perennial powerhouses with a long history of excellence, and their ability to flood each event with talent proved to be too much for the Zephyrs this year, resulting in a sweep at the hands of the Red Rovers and the Mounties for both the boys and girls.
Manager Shaun O’Boyle said that one of the benchmarks this season would be how fast his team got to 10 wins.
Well, the early indicators point to that happening sooner rather than later. They currently sit at seven wins and they could approach that double-digit figure this Saturday. That would mean winning every league game this week, including a tilt against Emmaus at Coca-Cola Park on Friday evening to put them on the doorstep of 10 wins. The final game in that stretch is against Brandywine Heights High School, a team that defeated them 12-1 last season.
It wasn’t supposed to be that kind of frosty cold drink awaiting teams at Coca-Cola Park last Saturday.
However, the Whitehall baseball team and their league counterparts couldn’t escape some April snow that intruded on their plans to play at the IronPigs facility over the weekend.
The Whitehall boys tennis team hosted Nazareth on Monday afternoon, and the undefeated Blue Eagles were able to swoop in for the league victory.
The Zephs lost 6-1 to the Blue Eagles, who currently sit atop the standings in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference at 11-0.
Despite the loss, the Zephyrs have been racking up wins this year. They’re currently 7-4, having just passed the midway point of the season.
The Whitehall track and field team had to do a little adjusting on the fly when they traveled to East Stroudsburg South for a tri-meet last week.
Now, it’s not uncommon for athletes to make adjustments on the spur of the moment, but in this case they needed the aid of boys tennis team to get them where they needed to go.
After getting knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten last week, Whitehall got back onto the field Monday and quickly started what they hope will be another winning streak.
The Canaries fell victim to Whitehall’s determination to dispel that bad taste left in their mouths after their 4-2 loss at the hands of the Blue Eagles. They quickly erased that feeling against their Steel Division foe, winning 16-1.
The win now pushes their record to 5-1 overall and 4-1 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.