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Call to arms for Zephyrs

Thursday, April 2, 2015 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

It will be a call to arms when the 2015 Whitehall baseball season opens later this month.

After coming off a year that featured a strong of crop of hurlers that helped propel them to a 16-6 record and a berth in both the league and district playoffs, the Zephs will now look to bolster a staff that contains two returning starters, while the rest of the rotation remains to be sorted out at this point.

Girls track has a strong returning class

Thursday, April 2, 2015 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

When the gate opens on this year's track and field season, the Whitehall girls will be ready to sprint into action.

This year they'll be counting on a strong returning class of sprinters to guide the way this season. That group is led by four-year sprinter Decontee Krayee who is coming off a strong indoor season. The senior sprinter will also supply leadership among a talented crop of runners that includes returning seniors Kourtney Cunningham and Ivanna Jones, as well as another returnee, sophomore Kylee Cunningham, and freshman Amanda Crooks.

Tennis still looking for its first victory

Thursday, April 2, 2015 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

While the rest of the spring sports have been idle up until this week, the Whitehall boys tennis team has been hard at work trying to capture their first victory.

They've come agonizingly close, losing to Allentown Central Catholic High School by just one set last week, and then followed that with another close match against Pen Argyl that resulted in another one-set defeat.

The match against the Green Knights saw them win second and third singles, with Islam Ahmed (7-6, 6-1) and Gavin Meyers (6-2, 6-0) turning in victories to give them a 3-1 advantage in singles play.

Zephyrs to continue careers at next level

Thursday, April 2, 2015 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Editor's note - this is the third and final part of the series featuring Zephyrs who will continue their athletic and academic careers in college.

Kourtney Cunningham will get her kicks at Rider University, signing her letter of intent with her parents by her side. The soccer standout chose Rider because of its intimacy.

"I liked it since it was a smaller school," said Cunningham. "I liked the campus. I liked the area."

Boys strength in distance

Thursday, April 2, 2015 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall High School boys track and field team will be looking to put a little distance between themselves and the competition this year.

Heading into the 2015 campaign, their strength lies in the distance races as they return a number of runners from last year's team that finished 6-3. That group helped the Zephs stay in contention for a league title until the last week of the season.

Softball team returns strong

Thursday, March 26, 2015 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

One year after making the quarterfinals in the district playoffs, the Zephyr softball team will be looking to build on that postseason run heading into 2015.

Most of their roster returns from the squad that upended Emmaus in the opening round of the District XI playoffs, and with that amount of experience returning, the future looks extremely bright for the Zephs.

While last season was characterized by baby steps, this year's team, which lost only two seniors, will be marked by achieving a level of success and sustaining it throughout the year.

Zephs make trip to Myrtle

Thursday, March 26, 2015 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

While the Lehigh Valley was digging out from a spring snowstorm last week, the Whitehall softball and baseball teams were enjoying a little fun in the sun.

The two teams kicked off their 2015 season at Myrtle Beach, part of their annual trek to the Ripken Experience, a sprawling complex of ball fields in the resort town of South Carolina that's been the site of their opener the last few years. They each got in a few practices, two scrimmages, and a game.

Zephs have high hopes

Thursday, March 26, 2015 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The common denominator in all sports is net results, and this year's Whitehall boys tennis team will look to increase their net gains with a strong, experienced roster heading into 2015.

The Zephs have improved every year under head coach Alex Berg. When he took over the program the team failed to get a victory, but every year since then he's made steady progress, as evidenced by last year's 3-12 record.

Zephs to continue careers at college

Thursday, March 19, 2015 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

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.