The Whitehall High School boys track and field team will be looking to put a little distance between themselves and the competition this year.
Heading into the 2015 campaign, their strength lies in the distance races as they return a number of runners from last year's team that finished 6-3. That group helped the Zephs stay in contention for a league title until the last week of the season.
One year after making the quarterfinals in the district playoffs, the Zephyr softball team will be looking to build on that postseason run heading into 2015.
Most of their roster returns from the squad that upended Emmaus in the opening round of the District XI playoffs, and with that amount of experience returning, the future looks extremely bright for the Zephs.
While last season was characterized by baby steps, this year's team, which lost only two seniors, will be marked by achieving a level of success and sustaining it throughout the year.
Saquon Barkley was known for piling up yards as a running back for the Zephyrs, and now the senior is piling up hardware as result of his stellar season on the gridiron.
He was among Pennsylvania's top high school football players who were honored at the Mr. PA Football banquet at the Radisson Hotel in Harrisburg, PA. on Feb. 21.
While the Lehigh Valley was digging out from a spring snowstorm last week, the Whitehall softball and baseball teams were enjoying a little fun in the sun.
The two teams kicked off their 2015 season at Myrtle Beach, part of their annual trek to the Ripken Experience, a sprawling complex of ball fields in the resort town of South Carolina that's been the site of their opener the last few years. They each got in a few practices, two scrimmages, and a game.
The common denominator in all sports is net results, and this year's Whitehall boys tennis team will look to increase their net gains with a strong, experienced roster heading into 2015.
The Zephs have improved every year under head coach Alex Berg. When he took over the program the team failed to get a victory, but every year since then he's made steady progress, as evidenced by last year's 3-12 record.
Editor's Note: This is part two of a series of Whitehall student-athletes who will continue their careers at college.
Allison Beltz will be trekking to Concordia College in the fall. Beltz, a two-year starter on the softball team will head north to the picturesque campus in Bronxville, N.Y.
She'll join the Clippers who are managed by Kathy Laoutaris. Laoutaris is entering her 21st year as the skipper. They compete in the Central Athletic Collegiate Conference and last year the Clippers finished 10-21 overall and 9-17 in the CACC.
With temperatures dipping into single digits this winter, most people opted to stay indoors, and for a number of Whitehall track and field athletes, that option also includes some healthy competition as they look ahead to the spring season.
The future of Whitehall wrestling was on display recently as the junior varsity grapplers took center stage to see who was tops in the district.
Teams from both AA and AAA classifications gathered at East Stroudsburg South High School to crown winners among the 28 teams participating in the District XI Wrestling Coaches Association's junior varsity tournament.
Whitehall fared well in the tourney, finishing in 11th place with 61 points. Easton was the top team, capturing 224.5 points to win the tournament handily.
The Whitehall boys basketball team has been defying the odds all year, and Saturday's game against Methacton High School was another chance to continue that trend in the state tournament.
The Zephs weren't one of the favorites to reach the District XI 4A finals, but they shrugged off the stigma of a seven seed and reached the title game against Parkland.
This time they were up against the Warriors, owners of a 24-5 record and a member of District One, a hotbed of basketball talent whose alumni include Richard Hamilton and Kobe Bryant.
Editor's Note: This is part one of a series of Whitehall student-athletes who will continue their careers at college.
Prospective employers often want to know where applicants see themselves in the next four or five years.
For 10 student-athletes at Whitehall High School, the question about their futures was officially answered at National Signing Day last monthwhen they announced plans to continue their athletic careers in college.