Friday’s game against Freedom showed that the Whitehall girls basketball team can put together a dynamite stretch of basketball, but their furious rally fell short as the Patriots held on for the win.
While the Whitehall wrestling team earned its second league victory last week, the match revealed that there’s still room for improvement as they march toward the new year.
They defeated the Timberwolves 54-23, winning four head-to-head matches against their Division B foes. The win raises their record to 2-1 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
The Whitehall girls basketball team took to the road this holiday season, but inclement weather intruded, forcing them to play just one game at the annual Gatorade Classic hosted by Pottsville High School.
Their opening round opponent was Minersville, a repeat of last year’s combatants as they sought revenge against a Battlin’ Miners team that hung a 67-28 loss around their necks last Dec. 28. This year they played much better, but eventually lost again to one of the top teams in the Schuylkill League, falling 41-25.
Taylor George’s year at Temple University provided her with a clear cut understanding of how she wanted the rest of her college years to unfold.
As she attended classes at the school that’s located on Broad Street in Philadelphia, the former Whitehall multisport athlete realized that something was missing, and that was reaffirmed when she returned home during Christmas break last year.
“I asked myself, ‘is this really what I want,’” said George. “I reached out to my sister and Kayla Bet, and asked their opinions, and then made my decision.”
While their game against East Stroudsburg North may not have been a clinic, the Whitehall boys basketball team persevered and found a way to win the consolation game of their annual Zephyr Holiday Classic.
It took two overtimes as the Zephyrs rebounded with a 65-63 victory over the visiting Timberwolves last Friday. The nightcap saw Faith Christian Academy- Sellersville and North Hunterdon High School tangle in another game that went overtime, with Faith Christian prevailing, 87-75 to win the Holiday Classic.
When Pete Rile became the coach for the Whitehall swim team, the Berlin Wall would soon fall, signaling the collapse of the Iron Curtain, Milli Vanilli ruled the charts, and The Simpsons were about to air their first half-hour episode.
The Zephyrs played the nightcap of a busy day of hoops last Sunday as they helped raise money for Parkinson’s research as part of the Lehigh Valley Roundball JAMboree.
The Zephyrs tipped off at 5:15 p.m. against Nazareth, the last of four games that benefitted the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research. It was established in honor of former Northampton Area High School basketball coach Mike Schneider.
Whitehall’s Saturday road trip to Pine Grove yielded a win as they unwrapped their first victory of the season.
Head coach Dwight Repsher said that their 13-4 run in the fourth quarter paved the way for the 35-26 win over the Cardinals.
It had been a seesaw affair heading into that final period, with Pine Grove holding onto a slim lead at 24-22 as the Zephyrs got the go-ahead bucket from Taryn Sayre who nailed a three-pointer to give them the one-point lead.
Whitehall took their annual trip up north to participate in the Donegal Holiday Tournament, crowning one champ during last weekend’s busy wrestling weekend.
The Zephyrs placed eight wrestlers, including Julio Diaz who was tops in the 285-pound class, pinning Donegal’s Yonnie Harvey in 3:48 to earn the title. They also had a second-place finisher as Kevin Urena dropped his championship match to Upper Dauphin’s Bronson Garber, 9-0.
While the boys swim team can’t match the raw numbers of their female counterparts, there’s still a possibility that they may reach a new record high and that should bode well for the upcoming season.
Head coach Pete Rile said that they currently have 13 boys on the roster, and that number may grow if things proceed as hoped heading into the season. If that occurs, 14 swimmers will also be the most he’s seen during his tenure.
Rile said that historically low numbers have impacted the overall success of their boys’ team.