Whenever the Whitehall and Nazareth baseball teams meet, it seems inevitable that they’ll be locked in a close game that could swing either way.
In their last six meetings, the largest margin of victory has been three runs, and in three of those games, one run wound up being the difference. So when they met for their first time this season at Whitehall, it was no surprise that the Zephyrs and Blue Eagles game would come down to the final inning.
When the dust cleared from the finals of the girls 4x100 at Whitehall Sports Complex, the CDBB connection claimed the title among a strong group of contenders at the annual Zephyr Relays last Saturday.
The foursome of Amanda Crooks, Helen Davis, Angel Bacon and Kate Bonshak finished in 52.30, defeating North Penn by a little over a second. Last year their 4x100 team finished second, as 3/4 of that squad were on hand to deliver the top finish in 2018. The lone graduate, Kylee Cunningham was replaced by Davis on this year’s squad.
Don’t look now, but the Whitehall boys tennis team has reeled off eight consecutive wins to start the season.
With those eight wins, they’ve now established their best start in the program’s history. For the last few years they’ve been having early success, winning six consecutive games last year and five the previous year. That demonstrates the incredible ascendancy of a program that had just three wins four years ago.
Good pitching, strong defense and timely hitting will take a team a long way, and the Whitehall softball team exhibited all three in their win versus Emmaus on Tuesday.
The timely hitting came early as hot hitting Meghan Hutter laced a single to center in the bottom of the first inning to reach base with one out. She stole second, but once Emmaus starting pitcher Hannah Palinkas, an EPC second team all-star last season, struck out Casey Cunningham for the second out, the Hornet hurler seemed poised to wriggle out of the jam.
The Whitehall baseball team is finding ways to win, and that’s allowed them to remain undefeated so far this season.
The Zephyrs have allowed 13 runs and 20 hits in their last two games, but they’ve emerged victorious in both those contests. They scored two runs in their last at-bat against Daniel Boone to eke out a 10-9 win on Saturday, and then found a way to defeat Allentown Central Catholic despite the Vikings topping them by seven hits.
With the advent of a new softball season, Whitehall begins a new chapter under new head coach Blake Morgan.
Yes, it seems that new will be the operative word as they begin the 2018 campaign which got underway last weekend at Myrtle Beach.
“It’s new for everybody, new for the players, new for the coaches,” said Morgan who enters year one with a team that finished 13-9.
Casey Cunningham completed Whitehall’s comeback in a big way, sending a bomb over the right field fence for the walk-off win Saturday versus North Pocono to keep the Zephyrs undefeated.
The Zephyrs got down early as the Trojans took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. They answered with a run in their half of the frame to knot the score, but North Pocono, who added two runs in the third to make it 3-1, put two more runs on the board in the top of the fifth to make it 5-1.
The Whitehall boys track team will be leaning on a strong cast of sprinters to help them get off on the right foot this spring.
The Zephyrs return a number of sprinters, including seniors Martin Labib and Dez Boykin who give them a wealth of experience in those events. Also in the sprinting mix are juniors Shavar Hussett, Mekhi Lee, senior Muhammad Azim and sophomore Allen Negrete,
The outlook for the upcoming girls track and field season rests heavily on the talented legs of their sprinters, an experienced group that will form a strong building block this year.
The Zephs are coming off a season where they finished 6-5. They have a good mix of returning veterans as well as newcomers that should allow them to plug in a host of strong competitors in a number of events.
And that begins with the sprints.
The Whitehall boys tennis team is once again blazing a torrid trail though the early portion of their season.
With their 7-0 win over Easton on Monday, the Zephyrs move to 4-0 on the season. Last year they got out of the gate 6-0, while the previous season they posted a 5-0 mark at the start. This marks the third consecutive season that they’ve gone at least four matches without a loss.
Of their four wins, they have swept two of their opponents, demonstrating their strength throughout their lineup.