The upcoming season for the Whitehall girls track team should hold a lot of promise with a strong group returning to set their sights on states again.
Last season the girls sent two underclassmen to the PIAA Championships at Shippensburg. Both Ivanna Jones, a senior, and Amanda Crooks, a sophomore, are back and looking to build off their success from last year.
The needle is pointing up this season for the Whitehall softball team.
With a large group of players returning from a squad that finished 12-11 and made both the district and league playoffs, there’s good reason for the optimism. This cast has also been playing together for a long time, and they’ve shown they know how to win together.
They also have eight seniors on the team, with the bulk of those players logging varsity innings since their sophomore seasons.
When the Whitehall baseball team reconvenes this spring, they’ll bring with them an arsenal of strong arms that should put them right in the mix among the league’s top contenders.
In this year’s Via All-Star Classic, Whitehall will have a prominent presence both on the court and on the bench.
Once the 41st annual installment of the Via All-Star Classic tips off this Saturday, both Jeff Jones and Dwight Respsher will be leading the West squads. Jones will coach the boys, while Repsher will pilot the girls, a team that features three of his own players.
The Whitehall boys tennis team’s outlook for this season is definitely on the upswing since they return most of their roster from last season, and that could give their foes some woes in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference this year.
The Whitehall wrestling team will now turn its attention to the upcoming season as they try to build from this year’s campaign.
The Zephyrs finished the season at 6-13 overall and 1-8 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
They were trending upward toward the end of the season. They won their last two matches of the season, and before that were just a few tossup bouts from getting wins against Dieruff, Pocono Mountain West and East Stroudsburg North High Schools, all of which were in the latter half of the season.
As the lights fade on another season for the Whitehall boys basketball team, the focus will now shift to what’s on the horizon for the maroon and gold, and that future should hold a lot of promise.
After finishing 13-11 overall and 8-8 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference this season, the Zephs can build on that success that saw them make the District XI playoffs and winning one game before bowing out against Bangor in the 4A quarterfinals.
A number of Whitehall track and field athletes used this winter to sharpen their skills in preparation for the upcoming season.
They participated in a number of events that should help bridge the gap between the offseason and the spring season which is just around the corner.
Whitehall head coach Jim Sebesta said that it was a good opportunity to get a lot of their younger kids some experience.
“It was the first time on a track for a lot of these kids,” said Sebesta.
The second rung in their quest for a district title proved to be too slippery for the Zephyr boys basketball team when they met the Bangor Slaters at Pleasant Valley High School two weeks ago.
The main culprit in their failure to ascend any further was senior guard Michael Martino, who tallied 22 points in the Slaters 53-49 win over Whitehall.
Saturday’s District 11 AAA Individual Wrestling Tournament provided the stage for the Zephyrs to continue their postseason aspirations.
They were battling to be the best in their respective weight classes with a chance to advance to the Regional Tournament the following weekend.
Whitehall had a number of wrestlers who were looking to take that step, and they each had varying degrees of success.