When manager Shaun O’Boyle pulled his team aside heading into the home half of the fourth inning against Liberty, he knew it was time for a wake-up call.
They were trailing the Hurricanes 7-1 and the team just seemed lethargic. O’Boyle said it wasn’t through a lack of effort, but it was something that had been percolating since the Bethlehem Catholic game to open the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference season.
It has been a rousing start for the Whitehall boys tennis team.
They are currently 6-1 and sit in fifth place in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. Their only blemish was a tough 3-4 defeat at the hands of Freedom.
Freedom, a perennial league powerhouse, was a good barometer for the Zephyrs. Head coach Austin Berg said that he was anxious to see how his team would fare against the Patriots. They were the reigning district champs and still retained Ross Sonnenblick and Aidan Bodeo-Lomicky, who were instrumental in that win over Parkland for the district crown.
With dynamic athletes up and down their roster, it looks to be another strong season for the Whitehall boys track and field team.
After coming off a season in which they went 8-2, finishing among the top five in the standings of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, the Zephs will look to regain some of that success that made last year one of the best under head coach James Sebesta.
It’s been a whale of a start for the Whitehall boys tennis team as they eclipsed last year’s win total right out of the chute.
The boys started 4-0 as of last week, with wins over East Stroudsburg South, Pleasant Valley, Pocono Mountain West and Dieruff High Schools.
For head coach Austin Berg, it’s trending the way he envisioned when he took over the program. The players are responding to the challenge and it shows in the results.
“It’s really looking up,” said Berg. “It’s really exciting.”
The excursion to the land of the Palmettos turned out quite fruitful for the Whitehall softball team.
Once they arrived at Myrtle Beach in South Carolina, they got in some work at the complex inside the Cal Ripken Experience. When Saturday rolled around, they took the field against Bloom-Carroll High School from Ohio who lost in the Division III state finals last season.
After taking a tour of former Whitehall alum Chris Raber’s college alma mater, the Zephyr baseball team hopped back over to Myrtle Beach to open their season against a team from the Empire State.
Raber, a 2003 Whitehall graduate, hosted the team’s visit to Coastal Carolina where Raber played outfield and first base for the Chanticleers from 2004-06. The players got to visit the spacious facilities including the locker room that drew raves from the group.
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.