When the Whitehall boys tennis team eventually gets on the court this year, they’ll be looking to build off their record-setting season that was forged by a number of returning players.
With talent and experience on their side, the Zephyrs are poised to be one of the top teams in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference this season.
New head coach Guillermo Valera takes over a program that finished at 13-5 overall last year. They’re also coming off a season where they charted new territory, making historic runs in both the league and district tournaments.
The Whitehall boys tennis team struck the right chords, make that strings, when they hosted East Stroudsburg South High School last Thursday to open the spring season.
The Zephyrs defeated the Cavaliers 6-0 to get the 2018 campaign off on a strong note. The encounter with the Cavs was supposed to be their third match of the season, but bad weather forced early cancellations.
Thursday wasn’t ideal, either, as gusty winds whipped across the court. However, it didn’t appear to faze the Whitehall players as they swept the season opener.
While the 2017-18 Whitehall girls basketball season was filled with a number of what-ifs, head coach Dwight Repsher was proud with the team’s response of no excuses.
The what-ifs arose after they were on a roll, winning three consecutive games about midway through the season. But that momentum was interrupted by bad weather that led to a weeklong layoff. Shortly thereafter their bench was thinned after players left the program, and then two starters were sidelined with injuries that kept them out of the lineup the remainder of the season as they tried to make a playoff push.
With the boys basketball season now part of the historical record, the challenge moving forward will be to build on the experience their young squad gained as they prepare for a busy spring and summer.
They finished the year 6-16, integrating a young lineup that returned just three percent of their points from the previous season. That led to some growing pains as head coach Jeff Jones expected. It was a team that had to get production from many players who were new to varsity competition.
Braxton Marrero decided that Lock Haven University would be the place where he would continue his football career.
Marrero echoed his fellow signees when it came down to his decision to play for the Bald Eagles in the fall.
“I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the campus,” said Marrero. “It really was a family atmosphere, and better than I’d seen anywhere else.”
Whitehall swimmers took aim at securing spots on the podium during the district championships last weekend, putting up some impressive times as they looked to advance to the state tournament.
Senior Stephanie Setar was one of those who accomplished that feat, making an appearance at the podium on Saturday as she finished fourth in the 100 butterfly, touching the wall in 59.53.
With the Whitehall track and field team set to begin practice for their upcoming season this week, new head coach Adam Konsavage is excited to keep the program strong and moving in the right direction.
With the District 11 swimming championships approaching this weekend, Whitehall’s Kallie Lyle is looking forward to sharing that experience with her teammates.
Lyle will be participating in the District XI AAA Swimming and Diving Championships held at Parkland and Emmaus High Schools this weekend. She’s part of a Whitehall contingent that features eight girls swimmers, along with four boys swimmers, who will be competing at the D-11 tourney.
Whitehall’s hope for extending their wrestling season didn’t materialize last weekend at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium, closing the book on the 2017-18 season.
Area wrestling teams competed at the District XI AAA Individual Wrestling Tournament which saw Bethlehem Catholic place nine wrestlers into the finals, allowing them to emerge as the champs with 246.5 points. The Zephyrs finished 16th with 32 points.
While the Whitehall girls basketball team had to endure some disappointing developments that hampered their roster in their push for a playoff spot, they still managed to end the season with some impressive play.
They defeated Emmaus 46-44 in their final game of the season. It was a win in which they had to come from behind, trailing by eight points at the break. But they persevered and head coach Dwight Repsher said that it was a testament to their fighting spirit.