The Whitehall wrestling team keeps building toward the postseason, and their recent performance at the Lehighton Indian Duals was another strong step in that direction.
They were among eight teams participating in the dual meet held Jan. 12 at Lehighton High School. The Zephyrs went undefeated, finishing 5-0 for the best record among the competitors which included William Allen, Central Bucks South, East Stroudsburg North, Jim Thorpe, Panther Valley, Scranton and host Lehighton.
Whitehall’s new head football coach Matt Senneca has been playing and coaching football for most of his life, and he believes that an important aspect of success is building a strong culture.
He wants the players to buy into that culture, and once that groundwork is laid, and players start to take ownership of the program, good things begin to happen.
The sting of defeat is never easy, and for head coach Jeff Jones, their loss to Bethlehem Catholic last Friday night was a bit more painful than most.
Life inside the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference for most girls basketball teams is difficult, and for Whitehall, this season has been one where they’re trying to establish some consistency among their league rivals.
After three wins in the first four games to open the new year, the Zephyrs lost consecutive games last week. They dropped last Tuesday’s game against William Allen and then succumbed to Bethlehem Catholic on Friday.
With their victory over Stroudsburg last Friday night, the Whitehall boys basketball team has positioned themselves for a postseason berth heading down the home stretch.
While the win lifts their record to 7-7 on the season, their remaining schedule requires a lot of heaving lifting, beginning with Tuesday’s clash against William Allen. Each of the seven teams remaining on their schedule currently have winning records. Moreover, those teams have combined for 63 wins versus 28 losses.
A second half surge powered the Whitehall girls basketball team to a double-digit win over visiting Stroudsburg, strengthening their hopes for a run that will put them into the postseason.
The two teams went into the intermission knotted at 13-13. But once the second half got underway, the Zephyrs rode the dynamic end-to-end play of Grace Clary who scored the bulk of her game-high 20 points in the final two quarters to lead them to the 39-28 victory over the Mountaineers.
Both the Whitehall’s boys and girls swim teams registered wins on Tuesday against visiting Salisbury, strengthening their conference standings as they head into the final quarter of their season.
The win raised the girls mark to 7-3 on the season, while the boys currently sit at 4-6 after the victory.
The girls defeated the Falcons 95- 71, with Martha Giletto claiming two first-place finishes, her initial victory coming in the 50-yard freestyle (26.96), and the second in the 500 freestyle (5:49.01).
With his headphones firmly in place, Kai Clark was in perpetual motion as he prepared for his 152-pound bout against Pleasant Valley to begin.
To watch him pace, like a tiger ready to be sprung from its cage, the observer may wonder if he’s expending too much energy before his match gets underway.
But Clark, who is 12-3 on the season, said that it’s simply part of his prematch routine.
Trailing by two points heading into the final race against Freedom, the Whitehall girls swim team knew exactly what they had to do.
In order to pull out the come-from-behind victory, they needed to claim two of the top three spots to walk out of the Patriots natatorium with a win.
Zephyr gymnasium was the scene for some robust wrestling action last Saturday as Whitehall kicked off the new year hosting their annual Zephyr Duals.
The Duals, now in its twenty-first season, featured 15 teams from Pennsylvania and New Jersey, with Muncy Junior-Senior High School claiming the championship with their victory over Quakertown in the finals.
Whitehall finished in seventh place, downing Bangor 41-36 to earn that spot.