When the Whitehall softball team takes the field next season, the third-base coaching box will be without the familiar presence of Alexis Berg-Townsend.
After a coaching career than spanned 10 years, Berg-Townsend submitted her resignation last week. She won 136 games over that decade and guided the Zephyrs to a District XI championship in 2009.
She also led the Zephyrs to an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Skyline Division championship in 2016, culminating in a district finals appearance.
The Coplay Legion team took another step toward the top of the standings with a win over the Carbon Monarchs on Tuesday night, taking aim at consecutive regular season championships.
The win should put them in second place, leapfrogging Northern Valley who was idle Tuesday night. The 2-1 win lifts their record to 10-2, and they’ll look to continue their ascent with games against Emmaus on Wednesday evening, followed by Southern Lehigh on Friday.
The Whitehall’s boys volleyball season ended with a loss to Penn Manor in the state playoffs, closing the book on another successful year.
They lost in four sets to the Comets who were the Lancaster-Lebanon Section One champs. Last season the Comets lost in the 3A state finals to Hempfield, and had a roster containing many of those players who part of that state runner-up team.
The Whitehall baseball team is thriving in elimination games, and that prosperity has landed them on the doorstep of a state title.
After their 6-2 semifinal win over Wallenpaupack on Monday, the Zephyrs have a chance to do what no Whitehall baseball team has done before: win a state title. They’ll be playing Greater Latrobe on Thursday for the PIAA 5A baseball championship at Penn State’s Medlar Field.
They’re now 6-0 in elimination games, beginning with their 13-2 win over West Scranton that catapulted them into the postseason.
If it’s Juneio, it’s time for Bruneio.
Whitehall starting pitcher Alex Bruneio has simply been en fuego in his last two outings, one on the last day of May, the other on Monday against Daniel Boone. The southpaw has posted two victories in the postseason, his latest a shutout victory over the Blazers in the PIAA playoffs.
The senior has now tossed 14 innings in the postseason, allowing just one run on 10 hits, while striking out nine and only walking four. That includes a three-hitter against Daniel Boone in the opening round of the PIAA 5A playoffs.
The Whitehall boys tennis season ended with Jeremy Lim making a strong bid as one of the best singles players in the area.
Lim was participating in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Singles Tournament which recently resumed after a two-week break. He was paired against Parkland’s Aneesh Kapoor in the consolation round at Winning Touch Tennis in Allentown.
The Whitehall baseball team’s road to a District XI 5A title was filled with a lot of moments where they had to seize the day since a loss in any of their last three games would have ejected them from the playoffs.
Call it Carpe Adamantem.
And that’s precisely what they did when they met Southern Lehigh in the title game, seizing the game in the top of the sixth as they exploded for seven runs to break the contest wide open, paving the way for the championship.
When Austin Berg was out playing tennis with his players on a warm afternoon last week, the ability to engage in a physical activity and participate competitively probably didn’t cross his mind.
But it’s fair to say that it crosses his mind when he’s in his role as a Physical Education teacher at Gockley Elementary School. That’s when he sees the everyday challenges confronting someone who has 22q Deletion Syndrome, also known as DiGeorge Syndrome, a disorder caused by a defect in the 22 chromosome.
Already down a set, the Whitehall boys volleyball team needed something positive to build upon if they wanted to become district champions in the title match against Emmaus.
A second set win would tie the match, with the championship now whittled down to a best-of-three scenario to see who would hoist the trophy. Whitehall took an early lead thanks to kills from Nicholas Herman and Joseph Herman, and then the match seesawed back and forth until the Green Hornets began to pull away midway through the set.
When Amanda Crooks could not finish her heat in the 100 meter preliminaries last Friday, the whole weekend suddenly turned dark for the Whitehall track and field team.
Crooks was competing at the PIAA Track and Field Championships, racing in an event where she had earned a fourth-place medal last year. Head coach James Sebesta said that she pulled up after 80 meters, ending her shot at a sprint title.
The junior has been battling a nagging quadriceps injury sustained during their Parkland meet, her lone appearance since that time was at last week’s district championships.