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.
As the Whitehall wrestling team prepares for the individual tournament this weekend, they’ll be leaning on their experienced wrestlers to guide them through the busy event that features some of the best grapplers in the state.
Whitehall, along with the rest of the District XI 3A schools, will gather at Liberty High School’s Memorial Gymnasium for the individual tournament that commences Friday evening. That’s when the wrestlers who have been through the grind can let their teammates know what to expect.
Four Whitehall student-athletes recently revealed where the next chapter in their lives will take them, with local universities benefiting from those decisions.
Bret Legath, Markes Cruz, Dez Boykin and Braxton Marrero all announced that they will be playing collegiate football in Pennsylvania as part of the National Letter of Intent Press Conference at Whitehall High School on Feb. 8.
All four seniors were integral parts of two district championship teams, and they hope to bring that winning tradition with them to their respective schools of choice.
Now that the regular season has wrapped up for the Whitehall swimming team, they’ll be preparing to take a large pool of talent to the district tournament that gets underway next weekend at Parkland High School.
The girls finished the season at 9-7, while the boys posted a 6-10 mark. The girls ended on a strong note, defeating Allentown Central Catholic 86-84, while the boys dropped their contest against the Vikings, 95-74.
Junior varsity wrestlers across the region took the spotlight last weekend as they competed in their annual tournament that showcases the talent throughout the wrestling-rich Lehigh Valley.
The scene was East Stroudsburg High School as 30 teams competed last weekend in the Ray Nunamaker District XI Coaches association Wrestling Tournament.
The junior varsity tourney features schools who compete in the AA and AAA classifications. The tournament was won by Northampton who finished with 202 points. Whitehall finished eighth, locking up that spot with 52 points.
Four quarters of basketball, thirty-two minutes, came down to four seconds as the Zephyrs had the opportunity to defeat Emmaus last Thursday night in their final game of the season.
The undermanned Zephyrs, playing with a short bench, had led most of the way, but were trailing the Green Hornets by one as they attempted an inbounds pass at mid court to see if they could pull out the win.
When the Whitehall swim team hosted Parkland last week, head coach Pete Rile knew it was an opportunity for his swimmers to have some fun since toppling the Trojans would be a herculean task.
While that turned out to be true as the Zephyrs girls lost 132-38, and the boys succumbed 121-44, one swimmer who made a statement that he meant business was junior Daniel Jablonski. He set another school record, this time setting the mark in the 100 backstroke with a 58.88 finish, toppling the previous mark of 59.18 set in by Mike Ponte in 1998.
The Whitehall wrestling team closed out the regular season with a win over Palmerton High School, and now they’ll turn their attention toward the individual tournament that gets underway next weekend.
The Zephyrs ended the season with a 63-16 victory over the Blue Bombers. The win also puts a wrap on their dual meet season, finishing 11-8 overall this year.
Mike Ajami got things rolling for the Zephs, pinning Cody Green in 3:03. Randy Okungu followed with another fall, decking Aiden Melber in 0:50.