Robert Tully's performance at the District XI AAA Team Duals in many ways mirrored Whitehall's appearance at the district event which brings together the best teams from the area in a quest to become the top squad in the state.
Whitehall, who entered the tourney as the 12th seed, met Bangor in the opening round at Zephyr Gymnasium on Jan. 29. The Zephs were familiar with the Slaters, who came in as the 5th seed, having seen them at the Jim Thorpe Christmas Tournament right before the new year.
After their game against Emmaus High School, Whitehall girls basketball head coach Dwight Repsher was left wondering what could have been.
With Ivanna Jones on the line with a chance to make it a one possession game with just under a minute remaining in regulation, Repsher was confident the junior could cut the lead to one, helping them mount a ferocious comeback after being down by as many as 10 points heading into the final period.
The Konkrete Kids were able to take the Zephyrs boys basketball team out of their comfort zone last Friday night, and in so doing dealt Whitehall a blow that will most likely prevent them from making the league playoffs this year.
As it stands now, the Zephs would have to leapfrog two teams in order to get the final spot, with Northampton and Pocono Mountain West High Schools standing in their way.
Jeff Jones has coached enough basketball games to know that while a call at the end of a game may adversely affect the outcome, it's the plays leading up to that point that truly decide the contest.
Brett Radocha's phantom foul at least that's the assessment from the Whitehall faithful put Allentown Central Catholic's Jack Nosovitch on the line for a chance to win the game as time expired.
The game was tied 47 at that point, with Nosovitch snaring a long rebound following Zay Jennings miss.
It was a successful sojourn for the Whitehall wrestling team when they traveled to Lower Moreland for a final tournament in preparation for the postseason.
The Zephs won four matches at the Lower Moreland Invitational on Jan.17 en route to their finals showdown against Conestoga High School where they narrowly lost to the Pioneers, 39-34.
The match could have gone either way, with Whitehall winning six of the eight bouts, four of those by pins. However, they just couldn't prevail in the close matches as the Zephs dropped all three decisions to the Pioneers.
Taylor George has been the basketball team's sparkplug this season, igniting the Zephyrs offense as they vie for a conference playoff berth heading into the final two weeks of the season.
Having already clinched a district playoff spot with their win over Parkland High School last week, the Zephs were looking to pad their Eastern Pennsylvania Conference résumé with a win over Allentown Central Catholic last Friday. But those plans, while still very much alive, were momentarily halted as the Vikettes stormed to a 48-26 win.
When opposing wrestlers step into the circle against Brad Schuler, they must wonder if the school's basketball center somehow stumbled onto the wrestling mat.
It's not often a 6-5" grappler is prowling the mat of a high school meet, and the prospects of wrapping up such a tall opponent presents a set of challenges that Schuler is happy to use to his advantage.
With three big wins last week, and a huge win over Parkland to start this week, the Whitehall girls basketball team continues its ascendancy in the Skyline Division of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
They're currently 7-4 in the division, reeling off impressive wins against Liberty, Emmaus, Hazelton and Parkland, raising their overall record to 11-6. With a win over William Allen on Jan. 9, coupled with Tuesday's win over the Trojans, the Zephs have strung together a four-game winning streak, having previously reeled off two three-game runs this season.
Whitehall's victory over Emmaus inside a packed gym last Friday came with a pair of cleaning supplies that effectively wiped out the Hornets, giving the Zephyrs another win toward a possible EPC wildcard berth.
Those supplies came in the form of Brett Radocha and Saquon Barkley, who thoroughly wiped the glass clean, combining for 27 rebounds in a 55-47 win over the Green Hornets.
Their physical presence inside, aided by guard Nick Hassler who grabbed a few boards himself among the trees, helped them notch another league win.
With football's biggest game about to take center stage, the Whitehall football team recognized their own gridiron accomplishments at their annual banquet.
The banquet, held Jan. 18, featured a long list of accomplishments by a team that finished 8-3, making it to the quarterfinals of the district playoffs.
In order to get to that point it took a monumental team effort, and those achievements were celebrated when they huddled together to acknowledge one another at their annual gathering.