An aspect of track and field has infiltrated the Whitehall baseball team this season, and it shows no signs of abating anytime soon.
You see, they're all racing to get to the bat rack. Whenever an opposing pitcher comes into view, the team makes a collective beeline to the bat rack, making sure they can get their hacks in before the game is called because of darkness like it was against Nazareth last week.
The Whitehall boys tennis team netted their first victory last week, rising to the occasion in two crucial three-set matches in edging Northampton.
After being on the opposite end of those close matches, the Zephs strung together two singles wins and two doubles wins to upend the Konkrete Kids, 4-3.
Even though the Whitehall softball team is still searching for its first win, head coach Alexis Berg-Townsend sees some light at the end of the tunnel.
In a rain-shortened game against Northampton Area High School on Tuesday, she believes their effort against the Konkrete Kids can serve as a springboard in helping them get into the win column. While they lost that game 3-2, she saw enough signs from her team that better days are ahead.
In basketball, you spend a lot of time looking up, whether it's eyeing up a jumper from the elbow, or watching the ball as it clatters around the rim, anticipating where it will drop so you can snag the rebound.
However, once the season ends, that focus shifts to looking ahead.
And for the Whitehall boys basketball team that will mean life without six seniors, five of whom were starters on a squad that finished 16-12 and made it to the finals of the District XI 4A Boys Basketball Championships.
With the amount of success the boys have had against Easton Area High School in track and field the last few years, the Red Rovers must be left wondering what they need to do to beat this pesky band of athletes who relish the role of the underdog.
With a pool of student-athletes that dwarfs Whitehall's, head coach James Sebesta has defied the numbers and led his boys team to four consecutive victories over the Red Rovers. In their tri-meet last week that also featured Stroudsburg High School, the boys dealt the Red Rovers a 90-60 loss.
The Whitehall softball team found out on Tuesday that Mother Nature may be their toughest opponent yet this season.
The brutal cold and rain that had been falling since the game started eventually led to snow showers, forcing the suspension of their game against Allentown Central Catholic in the fourth inning.
The game was tied 6-6 when play was halted, and will be resumed at that point when the two Skyline Division teams play one another again later in the season.
It will be a call to arms when the 2015 Whitehall baseball season opens later this month.
After coming off a year that featured a strong of crop of hurlers that helped propel them to a 16-6 record and a berth in both the league and district playoffs, the Zephs will now look to bolster a staff that contains two returning starters, while the rest of the rotation remains to be sorted out at this point.
When the gate opens on this year's track and field season, the Whitehall girls will be ready to sprint into action.
This year they'll be counting on a strong returning class of sprinters to guide the way this season. That group is led by four-year sprinter Decontee Krayee who is coming off a strong indoor season. The senior sprinter will also supply leadership among a talented crop of runners that includes returning seniors Kourtney Cunningham and Ivanna Jones, as well as another returnee, sophomore Kylee Cunningham, and freshman Amanda Crooks.
While the rest of the spring sports have been idle up until this week, the Whitehall boys tennis team has been hard at work trying to capture their first victory.
They've come agonizingly close, losing to Allentown Central Catholic High School by just one set last week, and then followed that with another close match against Pen Argyl that resulted in another one-set defeat.
The match against the Green Knights saw them win second and third singles, with Islam Ahmed (7-6, 6-1) and Gavin Meyers (6-2, 6-0) turning in victories to give them a 3-1 advantage in singles play.
Editor's note - this is the third and final part of the series featuring Zephyrs who will continue their athletic and academic careers in college.
Kourtney Cunningham will get her kicks at Rider University, signing her letter of intent with her parents by her side. The soccer standout chose Rider because of its intimacy.
"I liked it since it was a smaller school," said Cunningham. "I liked the campus. I liked the area."