Following last year’s appearance in the 100 meters at the PIAA Track and Field Championships, Amanda Crooks knew that she wanted to get back to Shippensburg this year and that meant taking the necessary steps to ensure she would be racing in the finals against the best in the state.
The Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League did a little reconstructing since their season ended last summer, and those changes have altered the baseball landscape in Whitehall.
That change brings the consolidation of the two teams from the Whitehall-Coplay School District as Fullerton and Coplay have now merged.
Manager Jim Murphy, who was Coplay’s skipper last season, said that the Fullerton team got folded into the Coplay. He’s unsure of Fullerton’s future in the LVLBL, but next year he’ll be managing just the Coplay team.
The 2016 boys tennis season was notable for producing a series of first-time achievements, making it one of the most successful years ever at Whitehall.
That list has to begin with the boys qualifying for the District XI AAA Boys Team Tennis Championship, They earned that berth by finishing the season 10-8, placing them as the eighth seed. It marked the first time a boys tennis team qualified for the team tourney during Robert Hartman’s tenure as Athletic Director.
The Whitehall baseball season ended recently when the Zephs couldn’t harness Michael Jenkins who used his bat this time, in addition to his arm, to help propel Parkland into the district semifinals.
While Whitehall was able to connect for eight hits and three runs during Jenkins’ 6 1/3 innings of work, his double off the center field fence with two outs in the third inning, turned a three-run deficit into a 6-0 lead, giving the righty all the cushion he would need to send the Trojans into the 4A semis against Easton, which went on to win the District 11 title.
It may be something hard to prove, but it just seems like Cara Bonshak is genetically wired to battle her opponent with everything she has no matter what sport she’s playing.
Amanda Crooks left Shippensburg with something that clearly established her as one of the fastest people in the Keystone State.
She finished fourth in the PIAA 3A 100 meter dash finals on Saturday, crossing the line in 12.15 to earn a medal. With her fourth-place medal as a sophomore, it marks the highest finish ever by a girls sprinter during head coach James Sebesta’s tenure.
When the names were announced for the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference softball all-star team, the line-up had a distinct maroon and gold hue to it.
It’s safe to say that 2016 was the year of the Zephyr as evidenced by the presence of Whitehall players on this year’s first team. And it wasn’t just limited to players as Alexis Berg-Townsend was also recognized for her contribution guiding the Zephyrs to a terrific regular season.
Whitehall earned a bunch of medals and sent a number of athletes off to states last week after a strong showing at the District XI Track and Field Championships.
The two-day affair held at the Zephyr Sports Complex, brought together schools from both AA and AAA as they competed in 18 events in weather more suited for fall than spring.
The Zephyrs placed in the boys, while the girls had points.
That didn’t matter to Ivanna Jones, Calvin Schneck, Tyler Meyers and Amanda Crooks who each qualified for the PIAA Track and Field Championships next weekend.
Be prepared for round three this week as Parkland and Whitehall meet once again on the diamond, but this time the stakes are even higher.
With the game set for Wednesday afternoon at Whitehall, which unfortunately comes after Press deadlines, the Zephyrs, who earned the 5th seed, will be looking to advance to the semifinals of the District 11 AAAA tournament. Standing in their way will be the Trojans who come into the tourney as the 6th seed.
A maroon and gold caravan will be carrying a number of Whitehall athletes whose mission is to make the PIAA Track and Field Championships a memorable event.
Making the trip to Shippensburg will be Ivanna Jones, Amanda Crooks, Calvin Schneck and Tyler Meyers. All four qualified for the finals at Seth Grove Stadium on the campus of Shippensburg University which begins May 27.