Whitehall’s victory over Pleasant Valley on Tuesday demonstrates just how far the girls tennis team has come in a year.
Last season the Bears defeated them 7-0, blanking them back in late August of 2017. This year they pulled out a hard-earned 4-3 win, putting them at 4-2 on the year.
Second year head coach Alex Green has presided over this growth, and said that Tuesday’s win was a big accomplishment in their development.
“Our best win since I’ve been here,” said Green. “The girls are ecstatic.”
After Whitehall took the lead early against Easton during their home opener Friday night, it appeared that they could trade punches with the Red Rovers.
But Easton’s jabs were augmented by the legs of Harold Reynolds who rushed for 186 yards, scoring three touchdowns. But it was his arm that delivered the knockout blow as he took the handoff on their first play from scrimmage in the second half, and rolling to his right, tossed a 76-yard touchdown pass to Mike Dunlap to put them up 27-14.
The sun made a brief appearance at the conclusion of the girls soccer opener against Nazareth, putting a warm glow on a league win that gets them off on the right foot.
The Zephyrs defeated the Blue Eagles 2-0 on a damp and dreary Saturday morning at Andrew S. Leh Stadium. The last time these two teams met at this facility, a torrential downpour turned the field into a lake. This time there were no puddles to contend with, but the Eagles had a tough time dealing with Whitehall’s relentless attack, especially in the second half.
The Whitehall golf team won two matches last week, defeating Pocono Mountain West and East Stroudsburg South at Allentown Municipal Golf Course, but those wins may have been overshadowed by a an unbelievable performance on back-to-back holes by Corinne Deichmeister during their Aug. 21 match.
The senior shot an eagle on the par-four fourth hole, and then if that wasn’t spectacular enough, she drilled a hole-in-one on the following hole, a par-three that covered about 100 yards.
While the biggest take away from Friday’s loss to East Stroudsburg South to open the 2018 football season points to the performance of Cavalier running back Ryan Clark, Whitehall’s inability to sustain drives also led to its downfall.
The Zephyrs dropped their opener 37-28 to the Cavs, and it marks the first time they’ve lost their opener since 2012. Clark had a pivotal role in that outcome, rushing for 269 yards and scoring three touchdowns en route to the nine-point win.
With the conclusion of the A-town Throwdown last weekend at Cedar Beach, the Whitehall girls have finished their summer tournament schedule.
First year coach Josh Madas said that it was a tough weekend for the Zephyrs who finished 0-3. Still, he said that each game was really close, and was encouraged by how well they improved in their second meeting against Nazareth this summer. Madas said they were leading at the half, but couldn’t sustain their first half momentum.
“I think we just ran out of juice in the second half,” said Madas.
The Coplay Legion baseball team had a good postseason run, advancing all the way to the quarterfinals before being ousted by Salisbury last Sunday evening.
Coplay had to play a single elimination game against Southern Lehigh to start the Leigh Valley Legion Baseball League playoffs. The 7-3 victory opened the gate to their second round game versus Lower Macungie where they were now facing double elimination. That was advantageous since they lost to Lower Macungie 10-4.
With August marking the time when the Zephyr football team will officially reconvene to prepare for the upcoming fall season, a familiar face will occupy a new role when the pads start popping being the field house.
Justin Kondikoff was named as the head football coach in a June 11 press release, and will become the 17th person to lead the program since they began playing football in 1928.
Conner Nejad made sure the Coplay Legion baseball team would climb back to .500, turning in a stellar performance on the mound and at the plate on Tuesday.
The Central Catholic product made his third appearance on the hill this season for Coplay, and the Lower Macungie hitters probably wished he’d taken a wrong turn on Chestnut Street since he didn’t allow a hit over his five innings of work.
He also did damage at the dish, going 2-3, including a deep drive to right for a double that drove in a run as part of their six-run fourth that put them up 10-0.
It was a successful weekend for the Whitehall girls basketball team as they made a big splash at the annual Cedar Beach Basketball Showcase in Allentown.
They went 4-2 and finished among the top-five in the Bash at the Beach which brought together 17 teams from the northeast to the asphalt courts in the Queen City.
As a result of finishing the tourney with a winning record, newly hired head coach Josh Madas said that they accomplished one of their goals heading into the Bash at the Beach.
“We had a goal to make it to Sunday and be competitive,” said Madas.