A popular print ad from the 1970s used the slogan: You’ve come a long way, baby.
That same sentiment could apply to the Whitehall girls basketball team this year. After struggling to gain any traction in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, and before that the Lehigh Valley Conference, the last few years, the girls enjoyed a breakout season that was fueled by its strong senior corps.
Even though the Whitehall softball team is off to a great start, head coach Alexis Berg-Townsend cautioned that anyone pinning lofty expectations upon them so soon may want to pump the brakes a little.
They’ve jumped out to a 3-0 start, yielding just three runs in those games while scoring 15. They’ve beaten Bethlehem Catholic, the reigning 3A state champions, walloped a good Liberty team, and recorded a no-hitter in their opening game against Ohio’s Bloom-Carroll.
But Berg-Townsend knows you don’t win anything in March.
The Zephyr Relays withstood some foul weather again as Whitehall hosted the annual event which brings together some of the best track and field athletes in the area.
Twelve local high schools competed at the Zephyr Sports Complex in a series of relay events. Stroudsburg High School won the boys portion of the relays with 82.50 points, narrowly defeating Easton who came second with 79.50. On the girls side, North Penn won the relays with 167 points, easily outdistancing second place Stroudsburg who had 83.37
When manager Shaun O’Boyle pulled his team aside heading into the home half of the fourth inning against Liberty, he knew it was time for a wake-up call.
They were trailing the Hurricanes 7-1 and the team just seemed lethargic. O’Boyle said it wasn’t through a lack of effort, but it was something that had been percolating since the Bethlehem Catholic game to open the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference season.
It has been a rousing start for the Whitehall boys tennis team.
They are currently 6-1 and sit in fifth place in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. Their only blemish was a tough 3-4 defeat at the hands of Freedom.
Freedom, a perennial league powerhouse, was a good barometer for the Zephyrs. Head coach Austin Berg said that he was anxious to see how his team would fare against the Patriots. They were the reigning district champs and still retained Ross Sonnenblick and Aidan Bodeo-Lomicky, who were instrumental in that win over Parkland for the district crown.
With dynamic athletes up and down their roster, it looks to be another strong season for the Whitehall boys track and field team.
After coming off a season in which they went 8-2, finishing among the top five in the standings of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, the Zephs will look to regain some of that success that made last year one of the best under head coach James Sebesta.
It’s been a whale of a start for the Whitehall boys tennis team as they eclipsed last year’s win total right out of the chute.
The boys started 4-0 as of last week, with wins over East Stroudsburg South, Pleasant Valley, Pocono Mountain West and Dieruff High Schools.
For head coach Austin Berg, it’s trending the way he envisioned when he took over the program. The players are responding to the challenge and it shows in the results.
“It’s really looking up,” said Berg. “It’s really exciting.”
The excursion to the land of the Palmettos turned out quite fruitful for the Whitehall softball team.
Once they arrived at Myrtle Beach in South Carolina, they got in some work at the complex inside the Cal Ripken Experience. When Saturday rolled around, they took the field against Bloom-Carroll High School from Ohio who lost in the Division III state finals last season.
After taking a tour of former Whitehall alum Chris Raber’s college alma mater, the Zephyr baseball team hopped back over to Myrtle Beach to open their season against a team from the Empire State.
Raber, a 2003 Whitehall graduate, hosted the team’s visit to Coastal Carolina where Raber played outfield and first base for the Chanticleers from 2004-06. The players got to visit the spacious facilities including the locker room that drew raves from the group.
The upcoming season for the Whitehall girls track team should hold a lot of promise with a strong group returning to set their sights on states again.
Last season the girls sent two underclassmen to the PIAA Championships at Shippensburg. Both Ivanna Jones, a senior, and Amanda Crooks, a sophomore, are back and looking to build off their success from last year.