As the Whitehall boys tennis team winds down their regular season, they can look to some recent matches as building blocks for the future.
While wins have been hard to come by, the incremental steps the team has taken has started to show.
Peering inside their 1-10 record reveals a team that is winning games and matches, while also stretching their opponents to the brink, and for a young team that experience is crucial.
The Whitehall softball team has put a new twist on Friday night lights.
That setting has been the domain of high school football, but when they met Emmaus under the lights in Coplay on Friday, the drama that unfolded in the seventh inning was worthy of the limelight usually reserved for the gridiron.
While it's been hard to get onto the track this season, the Zephyrs haven't really lost a step despite the long layoffs between meets.
With the weather finally cooperating on Monday afternoon, the Zephs completed another sweep, their second tri-meet sweep of the season. This time they defeated both Emmaus and Northampton. The boys took care of business by downing the Kids 92-57 and the Green Hornets 86-63, while the girls posted a 89.66-60.33 victory over Northampton and an 83-67 win over Emmaus.
After squandering several scoring opportunities against Northampton for their first loss of the season, the Whitehall baseball team made sure they weren't going to suffer the same fate when they traveled to East Stroudsburg North on Monday.
Matt Dobeck emphatically made certain that wasn't going to be the case as he went 4-5 against the Timberwolves, including six RBIs in helping to lead the Zephs to a 12-6 victory for their fifth win of the season.
The win places them in second place behind Parkland in the Skyline Division of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
After a game against Kennett High School earlier this season, Whitehall girls basketball head coach Dwight Repsher was stopped by a parent from the opposing team as he headed for the team bus.
That parent just wanted to let the second-year coach know that he appreciated how his team played the game.
"He said he was impressed with how we passed the ball and how we ran our offense," said Repsher who guided the Zephs to an 11-12 record this season.
As the boys were wrapping up their tennis match against Nazareth on Saturday, head coach Austin Berg was reflecting on the opportunity that presented itself.
He said it provided another lesson, a lesson in their development as a team. They needed to compete and challenge a good team like Nazareth (5-3 in the EPC) if they want to take the next step forward.
"This match was definitely a building block for us," said Berg whose team is now 1-8 on the season. "It just showed them that they can stick with the competition. It's just a matter of finding a way to win."
When the Whitehall softball team finally broke into the win column, they did it in a big way.
Really big. In fact, call it breaking bat.
They erupted for 14 runs against host Catasauqua on Saturday, giving them their first win of the year. Before the game against the Rough Riders, they had scored 13 runs over five games.
They jumped on Catty early, scoring 10 runs in the top of the second inning. That inning saw them take advantage of their opportunities at the plate, allowing starting pitcher Kay Solderitch to settle into a groove
Judging by their early results, the baton has successfully been passed between last year's Whitehall boys track and field team that stayed in contention for a league title until the final week of the season, and this year's team that's off to a strong start.
With a mixture of newcomers and veterans, the Zephyr boys have raced out to a 3-1 record, toppling the Easton Red Rovers, 90-60, in one of those wins. The lone blemish came in a tri-meet loss to Stroudsburg High School on April 1.
An aspect of track and field has infiltrated the Whitehall baseball team this season, and it shows no signs of abating anytime soon.
You see, they're all racing to get to the bat rack. Whenever an opposing pitcher comes into view, the team makes a collective beeline to the bat rack, making sure they can get their hacks in before the game is called because of darkness like it was against Nazareth last week.
The Whitehall boys tennis team netted their first victory last week, rising to the occasion in two crucial three-set matches in edging Northampton.
After being on the opposite end of those close matches, the Zephs strung together two singles wins and two doubles wins to upend the Konkrete Kids, 4-3.