In basketball, you spend a lot of time looking up, whether it's eyeing up a jumper from the elbow, or watching the ball as it clatters around the rim, anticipating where it will drop so you can snag the rebound.
However, once the season ends, that focus shifts to looking ahead.
And for the Whitehall boys basketball team that will mean life without six seniors, five of whom were starters on a squad that finished 16-12 and made it to the finals of the District XI 4A Boys Basketball Championships.
With the amount of success the boys have had against Easton Area High School in track and field the last few years, the Red Rovers must be left wondering what they need to do to beat this pesky band of athletes who relish the role of the underdog.
With a pool of student-athletes that dwarfs Whitehall's, head coach James Sebesta has defied the numbers and led his boys team to four consecutive victories over the Red Rovers. In their tri-meet last week that also featured Stroudsburg High School, the boys dealt the Red Rovers a 90-60 loss.
The Whitehall softball team found out on Tuesday that Mother Nature may be their toughest opponent yet this season.
The brutal cold and rain that had been falling since the game started eventually led to snow showers, forcing the suspension of their game against Allentown Central Catholic in the fourth inning.
The game was tied 6-6 when play was halted, and will be resumed at that point when the two Skyline Division teams play one another again later in the season.
It will be a call to arms when the 2015 Whitehall baseball season opens later this month.
After coming off a year that featured a strong of crop of hurlers that helped propel them to a 16-6 record and a berth in both the league and district playoffs, the Zephs will now look to bolster a staff that contains two returning starters, while the rest of the rotation remains to be sorted out at this point.
When the gate opens on this year's track and field season, the Whitehall girls will be ready to sprint into action.
This year they'll be counting on a strong returning class of sprinters to guide the way this season. That group is led by four-year sprinter Decontee Krayee who is coming off a strong indoor season. The senior sprinter will also supply leadership among a talented crop of runners that includes returning seniors Kourtney Cunningham and Ivanna Jones, as well as another returnee, sophomore Kylee Cunningham, and freshman Amanda Crooks.
While the rest of the spring sports have been idle up until this week, the Whitehall boys tennis team has been hard at work trying to capture their first victory.
They've come agonizingly close, losing to Allentown Central Catholic High School by just one set last week, and then followed that with another close match against Pen Argyl that resulted in another one-set defeat.
The match against the Green Knights saw them win second and third singles, with Islam Ahmed (7-6, 6-1) and Gavin Meyers (6-2, 6-0) turning in victories to give them a 3-1 advantage in singles play.
Editor's note - this is the third and final part of the series featuring Zephyrs who will continue their athletic and academic careers in college.
Kourtney Cunningham will get her kicks at Rider University, signing her letter of intent with her parents by her side. The soccer standout chose Rider because of its intimacy.
"I liked it since it was a smaller school," said Cunningham. "I liked the campus. I liked the area."
The Whitehall High School boys track and field team will be looking to put a little distance between themselves and the competition this year.
Heading into the 2015 campaign, their strength lies in the distance races as they return a number of runners from last year's team that finished 6-3. That group helped the Zephs stay in contention for a league title until the last week of the season.
One year after making the quarterfinals in the district playoffs, the Zephyr softball team will be looking to build on that postseason run heading into 2015.
Most of their roster returns from the squad that upended Emmaus in the opening round of the District XI playoffs, and with that amount of experience returning, the future looks extremely bright for the Zephs.
While last season was characterized by baby steps, this year's team, which lost only two seniors, will be marked by achieving a level of success and sustaining it throughout the year.
Saquon Barkley was known for piling up yards as a running back for the Zephyrs, and now the senior is piling up hardware as result of his stellar season on the gridiron.
He was among Pennsylvania's top high school football players who were honored at the Mr. PA Football banquet at the Radisson Hotel in Harrisburg, PA. on Feb. 21.