The Whitehall girls basketball team unwrapped an early gift to themselves, earning their first win of the season against Wyomissing just three days before Christmas.
They defeated the Spartans 37-33 to notch that first victory. Balanced scoring was the key as six players hit the stat sheet, with Olivia Hines leading the way with 11 points.
It was a welcome development for a team that’s been in a lot of close games. Of their seven losses, four have been by six points or less.
The Whitehall boys basketball team floated into the finals of the Zephyr Holiday Classic on the strength of Tyler Holubowski’s soft touch around the basket, giving them the opportunity to reclaim the title after Faith Christian seized it last year.
Holubowski scored 18 points to lead the Zephyrs past Dieruff in Friday’s opening round, and a good majority of those baskets came on floaters. His ability to use his natural momentum while releasing the ball toward the hoop was a potent offensive weapon and helped the Zephs earn a 62-59 win over the Huskies.
With the Whitehall boys basketball team closing the gap to six points twice in the second quarter against Pocono Mountain West, part of a four-game docket at Liberty’s Memorial Gym on Sunday, the Zephyrs seemed poised to settle into a tight back-and-forth battle against their Eastern Pennsylvania Conference foe.
Nazareth learned that you better not sleep on this year’s edition of the Whitehall girls basketball team as they scraped out a come-from-behind victory last Friday.
Whitehall had the lead heading into the fourth quarter, and then trailed by just three points with under three minutes left to play.
The Whitehall swim team faced another tough opponent when Emmaus plunged into their pool last week, and even though victory escaped them, the meet offered glimpses of just how good this year’s squad can be.
Head coach Pete Rile is well versed in their history against the Hornets, a team they’ve never defeated in his 30 years at poolside. It’s always a herculean task and this year was no different. The girls lost 89-67, while the boys were defeated 97-47.
The Whitehall wrestling team trekked up to the frosty north to begin the season and came away with a warm feeling as they won their opener against Pocono Mountain West High School.
They took down the Panthers 54-19 in the season opener, winning 10 bouts en route to the victory. Of those victories, five cam via pins as the Zephs recovered from an early deficit to record wins in the last eight bouts to seal the victory.
At 152, Kai Clark started them rolling with a fall over Stephen Weirich, pinning him in 2:32.
A slow start doomed the Whitehall girls basketball team in their season opener last Friday, but their ability to rebound from those early struggles shows promise as they begin league action this week.
The girls traveled to Northwestern Lehigh High School to play the Tigers to tip-off the 2018-19 season. The Tigers jumped out to a 16-4 lead and head coach Josh Madas said that a little opening night jitters may have contributed to that early deficit. He said that they committed a lot of unforced turnovers in that first quarter.
When the Whitehall girls basketball team hits the hardwood this season, expect some hard-nosed defense and transition buckets.
That’s the underlying philosophy of new head coach Josh Madas, who says they’ll be aggressive defensively, while offensively they’ll be looking to push the ball in transition.
Madas has spent the summer with the team after getting hired last spring. They’ve played 23 games over the summer where they got to learn about one another. They also convened this fall, with about half of their varsity players participating in those sessions.
The Whitehall grapplers will be hitting the mat this upcoming season with a roster that has veterans sprinkled throughout the lineup.
They return starters in the lightweights, middleweights and upper weights, giving the Zephs a good foundation heading into the 2018-19 campaign.
They finished 11-8 overall last season and will look to build on that success as they roll out the new campaign that began with a dual meet Dec. 10 versus Pocono Mountain West.
The upcoming boys basketball season will feature a team that’s full of experienced varsity players, and that bodes well for a possible return to the postseason.
Last year head coach Jeff Jones was tasked with replacing over 90-percent of his offense, and that proved to an uphill battle all season long. This season that percentage was significantly upgraded as a little over 75-percent of their offense returns.