Senior Chad Hussett shook of some early week soreness, and then shook off a host of would-be Northampton tacklers last Friday to help the Zephyrs end the football season on a strong note.
Hussett made Al Erdosy Stadium his personal running track as he rushed for 299 yards, his biggest output of his season and career. He scored two touchdowns and left a trail of exasperated, air-grabbing Kids in his wake.
News flash: Don’t tell the Whitehall girls volleyball team that they can’t compete with the top seed in the district tournament.
So don’t tell them that they have a zero chance of winning a set against an Emmaus squad that won 18 games in the regular season. I mean, history will tell you that the Zephyrs didn’t win a set against the Hornets in their two matches this season.
Yes, all is safe in Macungie.
With the postseason in full swing, a couple of Whitehall tennis players are looking to extend their seasons as long as they can.
On a chilly Tuesday afternoon at Lehigh University’s tennis courts, Natalia Pedraza and Noel Yacoub began District XI AAA Girls Doubles Tournament competition. The two drew Dieruff’s Vivian Soto and Ashley Balbuena in the first round.
It will be a familiar scenario for the Whitehall girls volleyball team when district action begins this week.
For the fourth consecutive year, Whitehall will be vying for a quarterfinal spot in one of the early play-in games when the District XI 4A Girls Volleyball Tournament gets underway on Oct. 25 at Emmaus High School.
If history repeats itself, Whitehall will once again be playing two games on that opening evening as top-seeded Emmaus awaits the winner of the 8-9 match featuring Whitehall and Wyoming Valley West.
It was the last home football game for twenty Whitehall seniors, and while they lost to Liberty, they still played every down as if a championship was on the line.
No one embodies that spirit more than senior Joe Herman. Herman had four receptions for 164 yards and two touchdowns. He also showed that never-say-die attitude on defense as he chased down a Liberty back from the opposite side of the field to prevent a touchdown late in the second half.
Nazareth goalkeeper Caitlyn Lazzarini stood in the way of Whitehall advancing to the finals of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Girls Soccer Championships, using her hands, and ultimately her feet, to knock the Zephyrs from the playoffs.
Lazzarini scored the winning penalty kick, propelling the Blue Eagles to a 1-1 (4-2) win over Whitehall, putting them in the finals against Parkland.
In any athletic endeavor, the goal is to get better, and that becomes the foundation for future success.
Senior Leah Coleman is the embodiment of that principle. She has been a member of the Whitehall golf team for four years, and when she first suited up her freshman season, she played in just two matches, splitting time between field hockey and the links. Her average that first year was 125.
She played both sports through her sophomore season, but eventually decided to concentrate on golf.
“I just saw golf as a better opportunity for me,” said Coleman.
It was some self-inflicted wounds that contributed to Whitehall’s loss to Nazareth last Friday at Zephyr Stadium, dimming their prospects of a district playoff berth in the process.
Whitehall’s win over Liberty in the first round of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Girls Soccer Championships featured two nearly identical goals, setting the stage for their shutout win over the Hurricanes.
Kylie Saliby and Hope Millets hooked up for their first two goals as Saliby’s corner kicks, one in the first half, and the second early in the final period, were knocked past ‘Cane goalkeeper Bridget MacDonald by Millets in nearly carbon copy fashion.
Call it the Xerox set piece.
Whitehall is still looking to string four good quarters of good football together, a blueprint that laid the groundwork for their win against Allentown Central Catholic earlier this season, but something that eluded them again last Friday as they fell to Bethlehem Catholic.