Saturday’s District 11 AAA Individual Wrestling Tournament provided the stage for the Zephyrs to continue their postseason aspirations.
They were battling to be the best in their respective weight classes with a chance to advance to the Regional Tournament the following weekend.
Whitehall had a number of wrestlers who were looking to take that step, and they each had varying degrees of success.
The junior varsity wrestlers across the district took the spotlight this past weekend and several Whitehall grapplers used that opportunity to shine.
They competed in the 2016 Ray Nunamaker District XI Wrestling Tournament held Feb. 19 at East Stroudsburg South High School. Whitehall finished in fourth place among the 31 teams competing, amassing 95 points to nail down that spot. The tournament was won by Bethlehem Catholic with a team score of 170.5.
It took some Zach and Jack for the Whitehall boys basketball team to power past the Spartans in the opening round of the District 11 playoffs.
No, Zach and Jack is not an energy drink. But what Jackson Buskirk and Zachary Gilbert did during the game certainly energized the team as they helped lead the Zephs to a 49-44 victory at Southern Lehigh. The victory pitted them against Bangor in Saturday’s 4A quarterfinals, where the Zephyrs lost 53-49.
It was a couple of missed opportunities late in the game against Nazareth that sealed the Whitehall girls basketball team’s fate and prompted their exit from the district playoffs.
The game went back and forth through most of the second half, and with the game tied 28-28, Ariana Hines stepped to the line for the front end of a one-and-one. While she missed the first, the Zephs retained possession and set up their offense for another shot.
They got another break when Nazareth lost the ball out of bounds, setting up another opportunity for the go-ahead bucket.
After doing a lot of legwork to raise money for pediatric cancer this past year, Connor Bortz and Will Watson will be on their feet once again — but this time for 46 straight hours. And they couldn’t be more excited to lend a hand, and their legs, in an effort to one day eradicate cancer.
The Whitehall girls basketball team secured the first step in their journey to a District title when they defeated Pleasant Valley at home to begin the tournament.
The game was originally scheduled for 7:00 p.m., but the early inclement weather which led to school cancellations across the Valley, prompted the decision to move the game up an hour.
That earlier start may have been just what the Zephs needed to awaken from a bad practice the day before, causing head coach Dwight Repsher to call it the “worst practice in the history of the world.”
When the Whitehall girls basketball team took to the floor to begin district play Tuesday, they were hopeful that it didn’t turn into a scene from The Revenant.
In that movie, its star Leonardo DiCaprio gets mauled by a bear, leaving him on death’s doorstep. In this case, the Zephyrs didn’t want the same fate when they met a group of Bears.
As the Whitehall wrestling team prepares for the District 11 Individual Wrestling Tournament, a group of up-and-coming Zephyrs have just completed their own successful year on the mat.
These wrestlers compete in the Valley Elementary Wrestling League. The VEWL is comprised of 32 teams divided among four divisions with Whitehall wrestling in the Northwest Division.
The Little Zephyrs finished 4-3 in their division and 6-4 overall. They are coached by Shane Schmeckenbecher who is in his third year as the head coach. Before that, he spent five years as an assistant.
The Whitehall boys basketball team will get a taste of a little Colonial League atmosphere when they begin their postseason venture this Wednesday, which comes after Press deadlines.
The boys will be headed to Southern Lehigh High School to play the Spartans who earned the seventh seed in the 4A playoffs. The Spartans finished the season 18-6 and were 14-3 in the league, finishing behind Salisbury for second place in the West Division of the Colonial League.
It took a while for the Whitehall girls basketball team to find their footing when they met Parkland in the opening round of the league playoffs, and when they finally did, time was no longer an ally.
The Zephs were trailing 35-15 after three periods, but once the final period started they woke up and went on an 8-0 run to slash the deficit to 35-22. Most of that work was done inside by Ivanna Jones and Jill Kreglow who each scored two buckets to get some momentum behind them in the last quarter as they began to make a charge.