The Whitehall girls volleyball team found itself trying to extend their match against Northampton to five sets, but the Kids made a late rally in the fourth to ultimately defeat their Cement Belt rivals.
Whitehall jumped out to an early 6-3 lead and then it went back and forth until the Kids started to pull away at 15-16, prompting head coach Eric Budge to call at time out once Northampton reeled off two more consecutive points to take a 15-18 lead.
With the American Ninja Warrior experience now complete for Logan Kreglow, the former Whitehall grad is ready to do it all over again.
And why not?
After all, how often does one get to live out a dream and essentially compete in something that hearkens back to their youth?
“It keeps you active, you stay fit, and you’re like a little kid playing on a jungle gym,” said Kreglow. “I would absolutely do it again.”
It was another tough afternoon for the Whitehall field hockey team as the early part of their schedule has been loaded with some high-powered offenses that have left them winless after three games.
To date, the Zephyrs have played Easton, Emmaus and Pocono Mountain East. Those three teams combined for 59 wins last season. Additionally, those three teams are undefeated this year, and Whitehall found out just how potent the Cardinals’ offense is during their home game last Saturday afternoon.
Football is a game where tight bonds are formed, a game where every player is looking to win at the point of attack, and those shared battles draw players close to one another as they sweat and toil in the quest for victory.
Senior Chad Hussett knows about those battles and those bonds. He took the field last Friday wearing the jersey of teammate Mekhi Lee who was lost for the season after suffering an injury against Easton the prior week. He decided to honor his sidelined friend by keeping his spirit alive on the gridiron where they shared so many of those battles.
With the soccer game now heading into overtime at Lehigh County Fields last Friday, both Whitehall and Allentown Central Catholic were hoping for a quick ending to a game where the field was beginning to look more like a duck pond than a soccer pitch.
Both teams were drenched from the steady downpour that began just before halftime. And as the captains met at midfield, they were faced with the prospect of slogging through another 10 minutes.
It was a wet and windy opener as the Whitehall and Easton field hockey teams played through a steady downpour last Friday as Whitehall withstood the elements and most of what the Red Rovers dished out offensively to start the year.
Unfortunately, once again Easton spoiled the Zephyrs start to begin the season, defeating them 2-0. Last year the Red Rovers bested the Zephs 9-0, but this year Whitehall’s defense made sure that they wouldn’t equal that output and emerged through the slugfest with Easton managing just those two tallies.
Whitehall’s victory over Pleasant Valley on Tuesday demonstrates just how far the girls tennis team has come in a year.
Last season the Bears defeated them 7-0, blanking them back in late August of 2017. This year they pulled out a hard-earned 4-3 win, putting them at 4-2 on the year.
Second year head coach Alex Green has presided over this growth, and said that Tuesday’s win was a big accomplishment in their development.
“Our best win since I’ve been here,” said Green. “The girls are ecstatic.”
After Whitehall took the lead early against Easton during their home opener Friday night, it appeared that they could trade punches with the Red Rovers.
But Easton’s jabs were augmented by the legs of Harold Reynolds who rushed for 186 yards, scoring three touchdowns. But it was his arm that delivered the knockout blow as he took the handoff on their first play from scrimmage in the second half, and rolling to his right, tossed a 76-yard touchdown pass to Mike Dunlap to put them up 27-14.
The sun made a brief appearance at the conclusion of the girls soccer opener against Nazareth, putting a warm glow on a league win that gets them off on the right foot.
The Zephyrs defeated the Blue Eagles 2-0 on a damp and dreary Saturday morning at Andrew S. Leh Stadium. The last time these two teams met at this facility, a torrential downpour turned the field into a lake. This time there were no puddles to contend with, but the Eagles had a tough time dealing with Whitehall’s relentless attack, especially in the second half.
The Whitehall golf team won two matches last week, defeating Pocono Mountain West and East Stroudsburg South at Allentown Municipal Golf Course, but those wins may have been overshadowed by a an unbelievable performance on back-to-back holes by Corinne Deichmeister during their Aug. 21 match.
The senior shot an eagle on the par-four fourth hole, and then if that wasn’t spectacular enough, she drilled a hole-in-one on the following hole, a par-three that covered about 100 yards.