If the summer is any indication about the upcoming Whitehall girls basketball season, then it's safe to say that the kids will be all right.
Veterans Taylor George, Ivanna Jones, Jillian Rex, Jill Kreglow and Alix Buskirk will be the foundation heading into this season, games in the Stellar Tournament, for example, featured some solid interior play from Ariana Hines, who played junior varsity last year, and Kylee Cunningham who was deadly from the perimeter in the second half of the game.
It's always a good idea to refine your skills as a baseball player when the opportunity arises, and it doesn't matter if you're learning the game, or a seasoned pro, each chance to work on your game offers an avenue for improvement.
That's the idea behind the baseball summer camps that just concluded for kids in the Whitehall-Coplay School District. Whitehall High School manager Shaun O'Boyle and coach Steve Weidner lent their baseball expertise to kids ranging from grades 3-9, covering all aspects of the game.
It's been a busy summer for the Whitehall football team as they prepare for the upcoming season.
While every offseason is busy, this one holds special significance since a number of roster spots are up for grabs, allowing players to seize the most of their opportunities as they participate in a number of camps leading up to the official start of football practice in August.
Last week was a chance for the younger football players in the Whitehall school district to get into the spirit of competition while learning about the game from the Zephyr varsity coaching staff.
They gathered at the Whitehall practice field from Monday to Thursday to learn about the game from Whitehall head coach Brian Gilbert and his staff who run the program every summer. It's an opportunity for kids from ages 6 through 13 to learn about the intricacies of football as well as compete in a number of exercises and games that made it a fun learning experience for everyone.
Editor's note: This is the final part of our series of Whitehall athletes signing to compete at the next level.
Shadimon Navarro's next stop will be Kutztown University. The senior will be part of the women's tennis program once enrolled, joining a program that finished 4-11 last year competing in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.
The Golden Bears, a Division II school, are currently coached by Janice Regan.
It simply wasn't in the cards for the Coplay Legion baseball team this season.
Injuries to their pitching staff dealt them a blow that had them searching for some arms to carry them through the season. They wound up using eight different pitchers over the course of the year. And even when they got outstanding pitching, they found themselves on the short end of close games, often losing by a single run. That happened seven times during the course of their 18-game season.
"It was just a tough year," said manager Jim Murphy who completed his first year as the team's skipper.
The Fullerton Legion baseball team proved that getting into the playoffs is what really matters, dispelling the notion that wins during the regular season equates to playoff success.
Kourtney Cunningham has the rare distinction of scoring the game-winning goals in both of Whitehall's district championships in girls soccer.
The first came in her freshman season when Whitehall defeated Parkland 2-1 in overtime, advancing all the way to the state finals that year. Her other came last fall when she drilled the game-winner against Nazareth for the 2-1 victory.
In between those memorable tallies, the talented center-midfielder scored over 100 goals, finishing with 122 for her career. She also had 61 assists over that four-year span.
The moment came in his sophomore season after their playoff loss to Delaware Valley, a game that gnawed at him, stoking the fires that would eventually lead Saquon Barkley to rewrite the record books at Whitehall High School.
By his own admission, he didn't have a good game. He got pushed around defensively and committed a critical turnover on offense.
With the Stellar Summer Basketball League behind them, the Whitehall boys will look to close out their offseason with a couple of more tournaments starting this week.
The boys finished the Stellar Summer Basketball League at 7-5, which placed them in the middle of the pack among the Big School Division. Emmaus (10-2), Parkland (9-2), Bangor (9-3) and Nazareth (8-4) were the top four teams.