The Whitehall baseball team had a hard time solving a red and gray puzzle last Wednesday that was standing sixty feet, six inches away.
It wasn’t until their final at-bat in which they got two hits and scored a run that were they able to get to starter Michael Jenkins, whose perplexing repertoire propelled Parkland to an 8-1 victory over the Zephyrs.
Jenkins tossed a two-hitter for the visitors and bumped the Zephs from atop the Skyline Division of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. The Zephs record after that loss stood at 9-3.
It’s been a busy week for the Whitehall boys tennis team as they had league and district tournaments sandwiched around their regular season schedule.
The league tournament for doubles was to resume Monday. They were waiting to see if Nick Rohn and Max Nuscher at No. 2 doubles, and Nick Demjan and Hazem Abdelaal at No. 4 doubles could advance to the finals. However, inclement weather postponed the matches once again. The timetable for resuming action was still not known when speaking with coach Austin Berg Monday evening.
It’s always a good barometer for local track and field talent when they meet at J. Birney Crum Stadium to showcase their skills during the Allentown School District Track and Field Invitational.
The ASD event serves as precursor to the league and district meets which will ultimately set them on their way to states if they can place among the top three. While the conditions were tough at JBC, there were still a number of excellent performances when they gathered in Allentown on April 29.
It may have been just one more win for the Zephyr softball team, but last Wednesday’s 5-2 win over the Trojans clearly resonated more than any other in recent memory.
While head coach Alexis Berg-Townsend still maintains that defeating Parkland is just another step in the breakdown of the season that she views in two halves (this win is part of the second 10 games), she allowed herself to consider the enormity of it for the team.
The Whitehall boys tennis team broke new ground last week under head coach Alex Berg, sending two doubles teams into day two of the league tournament.
Their No. 2 doubles team of Alex Rohn and Max Nuscher advanced to the second day of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference tournament, winning 8-0 against Pocono Mountain West’s tandem of Joe Romano and Tom Gaudette, and then disposing of Nick Vo and Youseff Elmontacir of Pleasant Valley, 8-1. Those wins put them into the semifinals against Nazareth’s Matt Soika and Joe Guagliardi.
After establishing a pattern of consistency heading into last Thursday’s game against Emmaus at Coca-Cola Park, the loss to their division rivals was simply out of character for the Zephyr baseball team.
Manager Shaun O’Boyle described it as a “meltdown,” coming apart in almost all facets of the game.
“The things we were doing all year, we didn’t do,” said O’Boyle. “We struggled to throw strikes, we made base running errors.”
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.