Everyone who puts on a uniform and steps onto a court or a field aspires to win.
That’s why the games are played.
It’s the same at every level from the dusty fields of the Pop Warner Leagues to the manicured turfs of the National Football League.
Whitehall graduate Dan Koppen knows about those fields. He won pro football’s ultimate prize: A Super Bowl. In fact, he won two of them as a member of the New England Patriots.
With all their offensive options, Whitehall boys basketball coach Jeff Jones knows that Parkland can come at you in waves.
And when Whitehall trimmed the Trojans lead to 38-30 early in the third period after Logan McGinley followed his own miss for the bucket, one of those waves hit. The Trojans answered with an 8-2 run to push the lead to 46-32.
However, Whitehall struck back, getting a pair of free throws from Jackson Buskirk and a three from Charles Hudson to slice their lead back to single digits at 46-37.
The Whitehall wrestling team was in search of its first EPC dual meet win when they hosted Dieruff last Wednesday.
The Zephs were 0-4 in EPC matches coming into the meet, and were well aware of how competitive Dieruff has become in the last few seasons. The two teams have split their last four matches, with Dieruff toppling Whitehall in their most recent meeting, 50-13.
It was another big game for the Whitehall girls basketball team when they hosted Emmaus last Saturday as postseason implications were hanging in the balance.
The Zephyrs responded with an excellent performance, both offensively and defensively, that was spurred by a 14-4 second-quarter run that took the sting out the Hornets and paved the way for the convincing 54-38 win.
It was going to be a huge task taking down Bethlehem Catholic on their home turf last Thursday evening, but the Whitehall wrestling team was ready for the challenge.
They were up against the denizens of Dewberry Avenue who came into the contest 5-0 in dual meet action, averaging a shade over 61 points in those five matches. They were also the defending District XI 3A champs and were on track to challenge for the title once again.
Whitehall was coming off a successful holiday tournament which saw them crown two champs.
The Whitehall girls basketball team stopped history in its tracks.
When Bethlehem Catholic entered their gym last Friday night, they were on the verge of establishing a new record for consecutive wins. They had won 58 consecutive conference games, tying Allentown Central Catholic’s mark. A win on Coach Tracy Court and the record would be theirs.
When Mikey Esquilin converted two foul shots midway through the third quarter to put the Zephyrs ahead against William Allen on Tuesday night, it looked as if they were on track for another comeback victory.
They were trailing the Canaries by eight heading into the third, but a succession of baskets by Esquilin and Logan McGinley, the latter resulting in a three-point play after getting fouled, drew them within two at 53-51, and clearly established momentum in their favor.
In a repeat performance from last season, Wyalusing Valley took home top honors at the annual Zephyr Duals by outlasting Emmaus 33-27 last Saturday.
Wyalusing emerged as the champs after defeating the Green Hornets in the title match, giving the Rams their third championship at the Zephyr Duals.
Last year they defeated Emmaus 41-33 to capture their second crown. Their first title came in 2002 when they defeated Whitehall in the finals, claiming the trophy on criteria (they won more individual bouts after the match ended tied at 33.)
If the summer is any indication about the upcoming Whitehall girls basketball season, then it's safe to say that the kids will be all right.
Veterans Taylor George, Ivanna Jones, Jillian Rex, Jill Kreglow and Alix Buskirk will be the foundation heading into this season, games in the Stellar Tournament, for example, featured some solid interior play from Ariana Hines, who played junior varsity last year, and Kylee Cunningham who was deadly from the perimeter in the second half of the game.
It's always a good idea to refine your skills as a baseball player when the opportunity arises, and it doesn't matter if you're learning the game, or a seasoned pro, each chance to work on your game offers an avenue for improvement.
That's the idea behind the baseball summer camps that just concluded for kids in the Whitehall-Coplay School District. Whitehall High School manager Shaun O'Boyle and coach Steve Weidner lent their baseball expertise to kids ranging from grades 3-9, covering all aspects of the game.