Editor's Note: This is part two of a series of Whitehall student-athletes who will continue their careers at college.
Allison Beltz will be trekking to Concordia College in the fall. Beltz, a two-year starter on the softball team will head north to the picturesque campus in Bronxville, N.Y.
She'll join the Clippers who are managed by Kathy Laoutaris. Laoutaris is entering her 21st year as the skipper. They compete in the Central Athletic Collegiate Conference and last year the Clippers finished 10-21 overall and 9-17 in the CACC.
With temperatures dipping into single digits this winter, most people opted to stay indoors, and for a number of Whitehall track and field athletes, that option also includes some healthy competition as they look ahead to the spring season.
The future of Whitehall wrestling was on display recently as the junior varsity grapplers took center stage to see who was tops in the district.
Teams from both AA and AAA classifications gathered at East Stroudsburg South High School to crown winners among the 28 teams participating in the District XI Wrestling Coaches Association's junior varsity tournament.
Whitehall fared well in the tourney, finishing in 11th place with 61 points. Easton was the top team, capturing 224.5 points to win the tournament handily.
The Whitehall boys basketball team has been defying the odds all year, and Saturday's game against Methacton High School was another chance to continue that trend in the state tournament.
The Zephs weren't one of the favorites to reach the District XI 4A finals, but they shrugged off the stigma of a seven seed and reached the title game against Parkland.
This time they were up against the Warriors, owners of a 24-5 record and a member of District One, a hotbed of basketball talent whose alumni include Richard Hamilton and Kobe Bryant.
Editor's Note: This is part one of a series of Whitehall student-athletes who will continue their careers at college.
Prospective employers often want to know where applicants see themselves in the next four or five years.
For 10 student-athletes at Whitehall High School, the question about their futures was officially answered at National Signing Day last monthwhen they announced plans to continue their athletic careers in college.
It was a pair of fives for the Zephyrs last weekend when the Northeast AAA Regional Tournament concluded at Liberty High School's Memorial Gymnasium.
Both Brad Schuler and Joey Gladish finished fifth in the regional tournament, narrowly missing a trip to Hershey and the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Individual Wrestling Championships.
The number of qualifiers this year was expanded to four wrestlers in each weight class, and both Schuler and Gladish were hoping to get their tickets punched.
Whitehall had to play a nearly flawless game to beat Parkland Saturday night when the two rivals met on the hardwood to decide the District 11 4A championship.
They were playing a familiar foe, and in each previous meeting, Parkland dealt the Zephyrs a loss.
That streak stood at three.
The third time proved not to be a charm when the Whitehall girls basketball team met Nazareth in the opening round of the district playoffs.
The Zephyrs were in pursuit of a District XI 4A title, and standing in their way were the Blue Eagles, a team that defeated them twice during the regular season.
Their contest was the first game of a double-header at Northern Lehigh High School last Friday, and the Zephs were looking to end Nazareth's streak at two wins this season.
In a darkened wrestling room at Whitehall High School, Brad Schuler was busy pedaling the stationary bike in the corner, while Joey Gladish was on the mat shadow wrestling.
Wrestling is often a solitary pursuit, with each man preparing to go it alone against an opponent in the circle.
As they both settled into their daily routines inside the Zephyr wrestling room, these two solitary figures shared a common objective. They both want to represent Whitehall High School at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Individual Wrestling Championships next month.
It may have been snowing outside, but inside Pleasant Valley's gymnasium last Saturday it was raining buckets as the Whitehall boys basketball team sprung for 50 points, advancing to the semifinals of the district championship.
In a game where the Zephs defense was once again the story, rainmakers Brett Radocha and Jake Meyers combined for 35 points to help Whitehall defeat second-seeded Bangor Area High School 50-41 to set up another division match-up when they faced Nazareth in the District 11 4A semifinals Wednesday.