The Whitehall girls basketball team secured the first step in their journey to a District title when they defeated Pleasant Valley at home to begin the tournament.
The game was originally scheduled for 7:00 p.m., but the early inclement weather which led to school cancellations across the Valley, prompted the decision to move the game up an hour.
That earlier start may have been just what the Zephs needed to awaken from a bad practice the day before, causing head coach Dwight Repsher to call it the “worst practice in the history of the world.”
When the Whitehall girls basketball team took to the floor to begin district play Tuesday, they were hopeful that it didn’t turn into a scene from The Revenant.
In that movie, its star Leonardo DiCaprio gets mauled by a bear, leaving him on death’s doorstep. In this case, the Zephyrs didn’t want the same fate when they met a group of Bears.
As the Whitehall wrestling team prepares for the District 11 Individual Wrestling Tournament, a group of up-and-coming Zephyrs have just completed their own successful year on the mat.
These wrestlers compete in the Valley Elementary Wrestling League. The VEWL is comprised of 32 teams divided among four divisions with Whitehall wrestling in the Northwest Division.
The Little Zephyrs finished 4-3 in their division and 6-4 overall. They are coached by Shane Schmeckenbecher who is in his third year as the head coach. Before that, he spent five years as an assistant.
The Whitehall boys basketball team will get a taste of a little Colonial League atmosphere when they begin their postseason venture this Wednesday, which comes after Press deadlines.
The boys will be headed to Southern Lehigh High School to play the Spartans who earned the seventh seed in the 4A playoffs. The Spartans finished the season 18-6 and were 14-3 in the league, finishing behind Salisbury for second place in the West Division of the Colonial League.
It took a while for the Whitehall girls basketball team to find their footing when they met Parkland in the opening round of the league playoffs, and when they finally did, time was no longer an ally.
The Zephs were trailing 35-15 after three periods, but once the final period started they woke up and went on an 8-0 run to slash the deficit to 35-22. Most of that work was done inside by Ivanna Jones and Jill Kreglow who each scored two buckets to get some momentum behind them in the last quarter as they began to make a charge.
The Whitehall wrestling team ended their regular season on a strong note, edging Palmerton High School for their second consecutive win.
They defeated the Blue Bombers in a close match, 39-34, to nail down their sixth dual meet victory of the season. It comes on the heels of their win against Allentown Central Catholic in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Championship Day wrestling event and gives them some momentum heading into the postseason.
The Whitehall boys basketball team will have a good head of steam heading into the district playoffs which will begin next week.
After winning two consecutive games to close out the season, both of which came against teams that had beaten the Zephyrs in their first meeting, head coach Jeff Jones was a bit torn about the prospects of having to shelve his players for a week while they wait for districts.
“It’s kind of unfortunate that we have these two weeks off, we would like to be playing,” said Jones.
In a season filled with big, savory wins for the Whitehall girls basketball team, Friday’s win over Parkland may have been the sweetest.
This year has featured wins over defending district champs Nazareth and Steel Division powerhouse, Liberty. They also halted Bethlehem Catholic’s march toward a consecutive win streak over league opponents, a record that spanned 58 regular season games, and even more recently knocked off a very good Northampton team.
The Whitehall wrestling team got its first league win with a victory over Allentown Central Catholic last Saturday.
The Zephs were paired against ACC in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Championship Day wrestling event at Easton Area Middle School.
Bethlehem Catholic won the event with a 40-9 drubbing of Nazareth in the match-up of the two division winners.
Whitehall won nine bouts en route to the 51-29 victory over the Vikings.
Once again they were paced by their lightweights as Caleb Staub and Noah Rex continue to peak heading into the postseason.
The Whitehall basketball team took a good run at Chester last Saturday, but in the end, too much depth and size became insurmountable and the Clippers sailed out of Zephyr Gymnasium with a win.
With the 76-68 loss, the Zephyrs were still searching for that elusive 11th win that would have propelled them into the district playoffs.
They finally got that win Monday night when they exacted some revenge against Northampton, defeating them on their own floor, 68-39.
They’ve now made the District 11 playoffs for the sixth consecutive year.