After squandering several scoring opportunities against Northampton for their first loss of the season, the Whitehall baseball team made sure they weren't going to suffer the same fate when they traveled to East Stroudsburg North on Monday.
Matt Dobeck emphatically made certain that wasn't going to be the case as he went 4-5 against the Timberwolves, including six RBIs in helping to lead the Zephs to a 12-6 victory for their fifth win of the season.
The win places them in second place behind Parkland in the Skyline Division of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
After a game against Kennett High School earlier this season, Whitehall girls basketball head coach Dwight Repsher was stopped by a parent from the opposing team as he headed for the team bus.
That parent just wanted to let the second-year coach know that he appreciated how his team played the game.
"He said he was impressed with how we passed the ball and how we ran our offense," said Repsher who guided the Zephs to an 11-12 record this season.
As the boys were wrapping up their tennis match against Nazareth on Saturday, head coach Austin Berg was reflecting on the opportunity that presented itself.
He said it provided another lesson, a lesson in their development as a team. They needed to compete and challenge a good team like Nazareth (5-3 in the EPC) if they want to take the next step forward.
"This match was definitely a building block for us," said Berg whose team is now 1-8 on the season. "It just showed them that they can stick with the competition. It's just a matter of finding a way to win."
When the Whitehall softball team finally broke into the win column, they did it in a big way.
Really big. In fact, call it breaking bat.
They erupted for 14 runs against host Catasauqua on Saturday, giving them their first win of the year. Before the game against the Rough Riders, they had scored 13 runs over five games.
They jumped on Catty early, scoring 10 runs in the top of the second inning. That inning saw them take advantage of their opportunities at the plate, allowing starting pitcher Kay Solderitch to settle into a groove
Judging by their early results, the baton has successfully been passed between last year's Whitehall boys track and field team that stayed in contention for a league title until the final week of the season, and this year's team that's off to a strong start.
With a mixture of newcomers and veterans, the Zephyr boys have raced out to a 3-1 record, toppling the Easton Red Rovers, 90-60, in one of those wins. The lone blemish came in a tri-meet loss to Stroudsburg High School on April 1.
An aspect of track and field has infiltrated the Whitehall baseball team this season, and it shows no signs of abating anytime soon.
You see, they're all racing to get to the bat rack. Whenever an opposing pitcher comes into view, the team makes a collective beeline to the bat rack, making sure they can get their hacks in before the game is called because of darkness like it was against Nazareth last week.
The Whitehall boys tennis team netted their first victory last week, rising to the occasion in two crucial three-set matches in edging Northampton.
After being on the opposite end of those close matches, the Zephs strung together two singles wins and two doubles wins to upend the Konkrete Kids, 4-3.
Even though the Whitehall softball team is still searching for its first win, head coach Alexis Berg-Townsend sees some light at the end of the tunnel.
In a rain-shortened game against Northampton Area High School on Tuesday, she believes their effort against the Konkrete Kids can serve as a springboard in helping them get into the win column. While they lost that game 3-2, she saw enough signs from her team that better days are ahead.
In basketball, you spend a lot of time looking up, whether it's eyeing up a jumper from the elbow, or watching the ball as it clatters around the rim, anticipating where it will drop so you can snag the rebound.
However, once the season ends, that focus shifts to looking ahead.
And for the Whitehall boys basketball team that will mean life without six seniors, five of whom were starters on a squad that finished 16-12 and made it to the finals of the District XI 4A Boys Basketball Championships.
With the amount of success the boys have had against Easton Area High School in track and field the last few years, the Red Rovers must be left wondering what they need to do to beat this pesky band of athletes who relish the role of the underdog.
With a pool of student-athletes that dwarfs Whitehall's, head coach James Sebesta has defied the numbers and led his boys team to four consecutive victories over the Red Rovers. In their tri-meet last week that also featured Stroudsburg High School, the boys dealt the Red Rovers a 90-60 loss.