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Zephs ready for district swimming

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Whitehall will have a strong senior presence when the District XI Swimming and Diving Championships get under way this weekend at Parkland.

Of the eleven swimmers who will be competing in the AAA event, five of them are seniors. Among that group is Daniel Jablonski who earned the highest seed, nailing down the third seed in the 500 yard freestyle. He’s also among the top five in the 200 freestyle, securing the fourth spot in that race.

Grol, Zephs ready for postseason runs

Thursday, February 21, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

When the District XI 3A Individual Wrestling Tournament commences this weekend, senior Josh Grol and the rest of his Zephyr teammates will be looking to take that journey a step further in a tough field that boasts some of the toughest wrestlers in the state.

Grol has been a member of the varsity since his freshman season. He participated in the D-11 tourney since that time and is focused on making this postseason appearance memorable.

Swimmers get ready for district meet

Thursday, February 21, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Next weekend’s District XI Swimming and Diving Championships will be awash in a myriad of school colors, and Whitehall head coach Pete Rile would like to see a bigger concentration of maroon and gold among that group.

As it stands right now, the Whitehall girls have four guaranteed spots, while the boys will have two when the event begins on March 1. The girls also have four swimmers who are on the cusp with consideration times, while the boys have two who fall into that category.

Girls end season with win over EHS

Thursday, February 14, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall girls basketball team earned a division victory in their final game of the season, sending them into the offseason on a bright note.

The Zephyrs defeated Emmaus 37-24, ending the season with a 7-15 mark.

Head coach Josh Madas said that he was happy with the win, noting that is was the culmination of a strong second half that saw them win six games after the start of the new year. They finished the season 7-15.

Wrestlers get ready for postseason

Thursday, February 14, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall wrestling team ended their regular season with a victory, setting the stage for a postseason that has a lot of promise.

The Zephyrs closed out the 2018-19 season with a 67-7 win over Palmerton High School. The win gives them 12 victories on the year.

They won 12 bouts against the Blue Bombers, a good team win for a squad that’s now preparing for the postseason and the ultra competitive District XI AAA Individual Wrestling Championships.

Zephyrs fall to Emmaus

Thursday, February 14, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

When Tyler Holubowski’s three-pointer cut Emmaus’ lead to eight points halfway through the third period, the Hornets decided that was enough and called a timeout.

In that huddle stood a 6-9 run-buster. And once they broke the huddle, the plan was to get it down low to Zach Sabol where the senior muscled his way inside; scored the hoop; got the foul.

Run over.

With Sabol completing the three-point play, the score went back up double digits and the Green Hornets went on to defeat the Zephyrs 64-35 in the last game of the season.

Boys fall to Eagles

Thursday, January 31, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Nazareth boys basketball team poses problems for a lot of their opponents, and their combination of size and skill was a lethal one-two punch last Friday as they knocked out the Zephyrs in conference action.

The Blue Eagles held a size advantage at every position, and when the soft perimeter touch of Zach Umar, who stands 6-foot-7, and the rugged interior play of Stephon Sheard, who is 6-foot-5, is added to the mix, that’s difficult for any team to overcome.

Girls steal a victory

Thursday, January 31, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Whitehall’s victory over the Northampton girls in their swim meet last Wednesday could have been categorized as unexpected.

But head coach Pete Rile preferred a different description.

“They stole it,” he said.

That watery pilferage could be credited to Whitehall’s strength across the board in matching up against the Kids, a team that Rile said was expected to blow them out of the water.

And while the girls won three only individual events, their true strength lied in their depth as they strung together enough second and third place finishes for the 90-80 victory.