The Whitehall softball team met Avonworth High School last weekend among the picturesque backdrop of The Ripken Experience in Myrtle Breach, but wound up dropping the opener to the Antelopes.
The Zephyrs lost 4-2 to Avonworth, a school situated in Pittsburgh. They surrendered four in the first, and that was enough for the Antelopes to leave the sunny clime with their first win.
Head coach Blake Morgan said the experience, which included a couple of scrimmages, was a good learning experience.
With a strong returning group of upperclassmen, the Whitehall boys volleyball team should once again challenge for league and district titles.
The Zephyr baseball season gets underway this week, and with the promise of a new season, the quest for a championship begins as they aim for a deep playoff run.
They’ll hope to achieve their postseason aspirations with a good combination of youth and experience. They return six players who saw action on the diamond last year, giving them a solid foundation on which to build. That group includes Andrew Snyder, Owen Fischl, Ben Hudak, Adin Hoderewski, Joe Lisicky and Jake Paashaus.
The Whitehall baseball team did its damage early, and that was enough to defeat Peters Township High School in their season opener.
The Zephyrs blanked the Indians 2-0, riding the effective arms of starter Andrew Snyder and reliever Shane Fillman for the victory at the Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The Zephs left last Wednesday, participating in a couple of scrimmages, one of which wasn’t over until midnight with the game against Peters Township the following morning.
With a new coach installed, and a mix of retuning varsity players and newcomers, the Whitehall girls basketball team’s season started slow but finished strong.
Coach John Madas described it as a tale of two halves. They began the year 1-8 and that put a serious damper on any postseason aspirations. But once 2019 hit, the team began to jell, getting six wins in the second half, and that will serve as a good springboard heading into the offseason.
The Whitehall boys tennis team split their first two games of the season, defeating William Allen in their opener, followed by a loss to Liberty on their home courts.
They defeated the Canaries 6-0 to begin league action. They won all of their matches to get the season off on a strong note. It was a good beginning for a team that has a number of players assuming new roles.
“The kids played real well,” said head coach Bob Panny. “We had a lot of good rallies, and a lot of good serves; we played good. We were happy with the performance.”
The recently completed season for the Whitehall boys basketball team was characterized by a gritty group of players who fought hard every game, making sure everyone in the conference knew they were in for a tough battle.
That fierce competitive desire kept them in the playoff hunt throughout most of the year, eventually falling short in the last week of the season. They finished the year 7-15.
The Whitehall boys tennis team will embark on a new season with a good blend of varsity experience up and down their lineup as they look to build on last year’s excellent campaign.
The Zephyrs finished 13-4 last season. The stellar season also included a trip to the District XI 3A Team Tennis Championships.
This season will mark the first year with Robert Panny as the head coach. Panny replaces Guillermo Valera who coached the team last year in his lone year at the helm.
Commitment and sacrifice are synonymous with success in any sport, but for those who spend six minutes on a wrestling mat, the level of dedication needed to get them to the top of their sport makes them a breed apart.
Whitehall’s participation at last weekend’s District XI AAA Swimming and Diving Championships produced a trip to the medal stand, highlighting a strong showing for both the boys and the girls.