Former Whitehall coach Dick Tracy will have a permanent spot in a place where he built a legacy that has helped shape the lives of all of those who knew him.
Tracy's name is now emblazoned on the basketball court inside Zephyr Gymnasium, a reminder of his contribution to a team and a community since he began his coaching tenure in 1972. The court dedication preceded last Tuesday's game against Nazareth Area High School and included many of his former players, from both Whitehall and Dieruff, all of whom impacted by his mentorship and leadership.
After reeling off a few wins to begin the season, the Whitehall girls basketball team now finds themselves battling back from two consecutive losses.
The Zephs have won three of their first four games to start the season. It took them 10 games to win that same number last year. They've shown steady improvement, witnessed by last week's 53-35 victory of East Stroudsburg North High School for their third consecutive victory, setting up Friday's game against Allentown Central Catholic High School.
When Nick Hassler got fouled on a runner in the lane late in the third period, it looked like the Zephs were on the way to digging out of a hole they found themselves in after the first half against Allentown Central Catholic at Rockne Hall.
His subsequent free throw trimmed the lead to four points with 2:30 left in third quarter, and the Zephs looked like they were going to overcome that 12-point halftime deficit.
It was a Thursday matinee inside the Whitehall wrestling room last week featuring some fierce action that showcased another league win for the Zephyrs.
The team was huddled around a monitor watching some highlights during their matches from the last two weeks, including their win over Allentown Central Catholic High School the previous day.
The Zephs happened to win that dual meet 62-9, and Thursday's video session gave them the opportunity to see the things they did well and not so well.
It's an important tool for head coach Tim Cunningham and his staff.
Just in time for the holidays, there was a blanket sale at Zephyr gymnasium when the Whitehall basketball team hosted East Stroudsburg North on Tuesday.
The blanket, in this case, was maroon and gold and fit snuggly over the Timberwolves offense. In fact, when applied to the visitors, it didn't allow ESN more than 10 points in any quarter, paving the way for a 54-24 win.
The Timberwolves, who were averaging 49 points per game coming into the contest, couldn't solve Whitehall's match defense.
It was a wire-to-wire victory for the Whitehall girls basketball team when they hosted Stroudsburg High School last Friday.
The Zephs took charge from the initial tip-off, opening up a 16-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, and then held off a late surge by the Mounties to record their first win of the season, 46-33.
Head coach Dwight Repsher has been adamant about playing ahead this season, something that eluded the team all last year. Their win demonstrated the importance of getting a lead as they used a balanced offensive attack to register their first league win.
The Whitehall wrestling team got off to a strong start, claiming a tournament championship as well as winning its first league match of the season.
The Zephs placed first at the Springfield Duals, reeling off five wins to capture the crown. The meet, held Dec. 13 at Springfield Township High School, featured eight teams with Whitehall going a perfect 5-0 en route to the victory.
The Whitehall wrestling team is eager for the challenge heading into the 2014-15 season.
Part of that challenge lies in competing in a new conference that pits them against strong competition throughout the 18-team league. Unlike most sports in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, wrestling will have no divisions. That means the Zephs will dive right into league matches as soon as the bell rings on Dec. 10.
The Whitehall boys basketball made an early statement when they captured the Mifflin County High School tournament to open the season.
The statement came in three parts. They proved they could come from behind and beat a tough team as they did against Bishop Shanahan High School in the opener. They also proved they can play stifling defense, handcuffing a good perimeter team like Mifflin County in the finals.
Finally, they proved they can get scoring from a host of players, making them tough to defend.
It was a season of adjustments for the Whitehall girls volleyball team as they look to make some net gains heading into 2015.
The Zephs came into the season with new head coach Laura Hausman taking over the program. Hausman emphasized that she didn't want to focus on wins and losses; instead, her goal was to stay competitive and get better every day.