While the biggest take away from Friday’s loss to East Stroudsburg South to open the 2018 football season points to the performance of Cavalier running back Ryan Clark, Whitehall’s inability to sustain drives also led to its downfall.
The Zephyrs dropped their opener 37-28 to the Cavs, and it marks the first time they’ve lost their opener since 2012. Clark had a pivotal role in that outcome, rushing for 269 yards and scoring three touchdowns en route to the nine-point win.
With the conclusion of the A-town Throwdown last weekend at Cedar Beach, the Whitehall girls have finished their summer tournament schedule.
First year coach Josh Madas said that it was a tough weekend for the Zephyrs who finished 0-3. Still, he said that each game was really close, and was encouraged by how well they improved in their second meeting against Nazareth this summer. Madas said they were leading at the half, but couldn’t sustain their first half momentum.
“I think we just ran out of juice in the second half,” said Madas.
The Coplay Legion baseball team had a good postseason run, advancing all the way to the quarterfinals before being ousted by Salisbury last Sunday evening.
Coplay had to play a single elimination game against Southern Lehigh to start the Leigh Valley Legion Baseball League playoffs. The 7-3 victory opened the gate to their second round game versus Lower Macungie where they were now facing double elimination. That was advantageous since they lost to Lower Macungie 10-4.
With August marking the time when the Zephyr football team will officially reconvene to prepare for the upcoming fall season, a familiar face will occupy a new role when the pads start popping being the field house.
Justin Kondikoff was named as the head football coach in a June 11 press release, and will become the 17th person to lead the program since they began playing football in 1928.
Conner Nejad made sure the Coplay Legion baseball team would climb back to .500, turning in a stellar performance on the mound and at the plate on Tuesday.
The Central Catholic product made his third appearance on the hill this season for Coplay, and the Lower Macungie hitters probably wished he’d taken a wrong turn on Chestnut Street since he didn’t allow a hit over his five innings of work.
He also did damage at the dish, going 2-3, including a deep drive to right for a double that drove in a run as part of their six-run fourth that put them up 10-0.
It was a successful weekend for the Whitehall girls basketball team as they made a big splash at the annual Cedar Beach Basketball Showcase in Allentown.
They went 4-2 and finished among the top-five in the Bash at the Beach which brought together 17 teams from the northeast to the asphalt courts in the Queen City.
As a result of finishing the tourney with a winning record, newly hired head coach Josh Madas said that they accomplished one of their goals heading into the Bash at the Beach.
“We had a goal to make it to Sunday and be competitive,” said Madas.
In Thursday’s opener against Lincoln Leadership Academy, the Whitehall boys showed that they can get up and down the court, cruising to a double-digit victory to get the Bash at the Beach off on the right foot.
Whitehall boys went 3-2 for the tournament, beginning with that 71-41 victory over Lincoln Leadership Academy in one of the tip-off games during the Bash at the Beach, the annual scholastic basketball tournament held at Cedar Beach in Allentown that attracts teams from across the northeast.
The girls basketball summer schedule is in full swing, and a new face will be overseeing all their activities during the offseason as they gear up for the 2018-19 campaign.
Josh Madas was recently named as the new girls head basketball coach at Whitehall. He succeeds Dwight Repsher who guided the program the last five seasons.
With the Lehigh Valley Legion season staring to heat up, Coplay finds itself looking to stay among the top teams in this year’s league championship race.
Salisbury has a commanding lead for top honors, flying out of the gate at 8-0. Coplay currently sits at 4-4, tied with North Parkland which is 5-5. North Parkland occupies the fourth spot in the standings as of June 19, while Coplay is in fifth.
Dwight Repsher walked off the court last winter with a win, a come-from-behind victory that it many ways reflected the resiliency of his Zephyr teams the last five years.
The Zephyrs win over Emmaus to end the season was the last game he would coach, resigning as the girls head basketball leader in March.
In his final assessment of that February win over the Green Hornets, Repsher said that they “ … hung in there, and hung in there, and kept cutting it down until we got over the hump.”