When the Whitehall boys volleyball team took the floor for their opening game of 2018, something wasn’t quite right.
It turns out that head coach George Cowitch made a mistake. He “flipped the middles,” putting an outside hitter, in this case Alex Khouri, where Dylan McGinley, a middle hitter, was supposed to be.
Cowitch said that it was an oversight as he was making out the lineup, placing guys next to one another who were not accustomed to playing side by side in the frontcourt.
With a new season about to dawn, the Whitehall boys volleyball team is well positioned for a bright future as it looks to make another deep postseason run.
The Zephyrs made it to the district finals last season, losing to Emmaus in the championship game. That also earned them a state playoff berth, where they were eliminated by Penn Manor in the opening round.
They wound up 19-5 on the season, another winning campaign in a tenure marked by success under head coach George Cowitch.
Last season taught the Whitehall baseball team that anything can happen once a team makes the postseason, and that’s always been the philosophy of manager Shaun O’Boyle as he prepares his squad for the upcoming season.
O’Boyle piloted the Zephyrs to their first state championship appearance last spring, and throughout a season in which they’d endured many ups and downs, he remained steadfast in his belief that all they needed to do was get into the playoffs
When the Whitehall boys tennis team eventually gets on the court this year, they’ll be looking to build off their record-setting season that was forged by a number of returning players.
With talent and experience on their side, the Zephyrs are poised to be one of the top teams in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference this season.
New head coach Guillermo Valera takes over a program that finished at 13-5 overall last year. They’re also coming off a season where they charted new territory, making historic runs in both the league and district tournaments.
The Whitehall boys tennis team struck the right chords, make that strings, when they hosted East Stroudsburg South High School last Thursday to open the spring season.
The Zephyrs defeated the Cavaliers 6-0 to get the 2018 campaign off on a strong note. The encounter with the Cavs was supposed to be their third match of the season, but bad weather forced early cancellations.
Thursday wasn’t ideal, either, as gusty winds whipped across the court. However, it didn’t appear to faze the Whitehall players as they swept the season opener.
While the 2017-18 Whitehall girls basketball season was filled with a number of what-ifs, head coach Dwight Repsher was proud with the team’s response of no excuses.
The what-ifs arose after they were on a roll, winning three consecutive games about midway through the season. But that momentum was interrupted by bad weather that led to a weeklong layoff. Shortly thereafter their bench was thinned after players left the program, and then two starters were sidelined with injuries that kept them out of the lineup the remainder of the season as they tried to make a playoff push.
With the boys basketball season now part of the historical record, the challenge moving forward will be to build on the experience their young squad gained as they prepare for a busy spring and summer.
They finished the year 6-16, integrating a young lineup that returned just three percent of their points from the previous season. That led to some growing pains as head coach Jeff Jones expected. It was a team that had to get production from many players who were new to varsity competition.
Braxton Marrero decided that Lock Haven University would be the place where he would continue his football career.
Marrero echoed his fellow signees when it came down to his decision to play for the Bald Eagles in the fall.
“I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the campus,” said Marrero. “It really was a family atmosphere, and better than I’d seen anywhere else.”
Whitehall swimmers took aim at securing spots on the podium during the district championships last weekend, putting up some impressive times as they looked to advance to the state tournament.
Senior Stephanie Setar was one of those who accomplished that feat, making an appearance at the podium on Saturday as she finished fourth in the 100 butterfly, touching the wall in 59.53.
With the Whitehall track and field team set to begin practice for their upcoming season this week, new head coach Adam Konsavage is excited to keep the program strong and moving in the right direction.