Saquon Barkley ended his Whitehall athletic career in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association finals of the long jump last Saturday, capping a luminous four years for the maroon and gold.
The future of Whitehall wrestling was on display recently when a number of youth wrestlers ventured to Maryland for the Middle Atlantic Wrestling Association Eastern National Championships.
The event was held at the Wicomico Civic Center, Salisbury, MD. on May 2-3, and Whitehall was represented by five wrestlers, including Adam Gasteratos, Luke Thomas, Tyler Cunningham and Jayden Youwakim. Of that group, Gasteratos, Thomas and Cunningham are part of the "Little Zephyrs" kindergarten through sixth grade, while Youwakim is a junior high wrestler.
After being held scoreless in their prior two meetings against Emmaus, the Whitehall baseball team was finally able to break through against the Hornets in the opening round of the district playoffs.
They scored both their runs in the top of the fifth, taking a 2-1 advantage into the Hornets home half of the inning.
But that's when their hopes of making it back to the finals evaporated as the Hornets plated three runs to take a 4-2 lead, a lead which stood up for the next two innings, eliminating the Zephyrs from the playoffs thus ending their season.
Whitehall's battery provided the spark in the District XI opener, as Mackenzie Guzy's bat and Kay Solderitch's arm helped drive them into the quarterfinals.
Guzy went 3-4 with three runs batted in, while Kay Solderitch tossed a complete-game four hitter en route to a 10-1 victory over Emmaus at Whitehall's home field on Tuesday.
It marked the third time the Zephs have beaten the Green Hornets this season, and puts them on track to face the Trojans in the quarters on Wednesday.
Calvin Schneck knew he had to separate himself from the pack if he wanted to medal in the mile at the district championships, and when he finally freed himself from jumble of competitors, the junior laid it all on the line as he sprinted toward the finish line.
The effort necessary to finish third took its toll, his body barely able to make it to the medal stand.
Saquon Barkley's legs alone weren't enough at the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Track and Field Championships, he also used a pair of wheels while competing in four events on the same day.
While his legs led him to victory in the 100 meters inside the Zephyr Sports Complex, crossing the line in 11.15, the senior needed a set of wheels to immediately rush him to the shot put after the medal ceremony.
Barkley hopped into the Gator driven by Whitehall trainer Sean Harkcom and was escorted to the practice field beyond the football stadium where the throwing events are held.
The District XI boys AAA doubles tennis tournament signaled the end of the year for the Whitehall boys tennis team, so with a firm eye on the future, they'll turn their attention toward next season.
The book on the 2015 season officially closed when Gavin Meyers and Max Nuscher lost in the opening round of the doubles tourney to Freedom's Aidan Bodeo-Lomicky and Ross Sonnenblick, 6-1, 6-0. That pair went on to the semifinals, eventually earning a bronze medal at the 3A tourney.
Whitehall wrestling head coach Tim Cunningham always stresses that succeeding on the wrestling mat begins with succeeding in the classroom.
Just like getting to a strong base provides a wrestler with the stability to execute a number of different moves, the knowledge provided in the classroom provides a solid educational base for the rest of their lives.
Having that solid academic foundation is what Cunningham emphasizes. Wins on the mat are just one aspect of what a true student-athlete should strive for when competing for the narrow and gold.
Last Friday proved to be prosperous for the Whitehall softball team as well, joining their campus brethren in a trip to the postseason after a come-from-behind win.
Their entree also came at the hands of division rival Northampton, a team that had beaten them 3-2 earlier this season in a rain-shortened game. Since that second-week loss to the Kids, the Zephs have gone 11-3, and are also in the mix for a league playoff spot as well.
The Whitehall track and field team closed out its regular season with a sweep last week, putting a big exclamation point on another successful year.
While they ended the year on a high note defeating Freedom and Pocono Mountain West High Schools, both the boys and girls were hoping to change the course of history when they met Parkland High School (9-1) the day before in their annual battle between the cornfields.