It was a good week for the Whitehall wrestling team as they won a dual meet and an area tournament as they get ready to face one of the top teams in the state.
The Zephyrs posted a 48-25 victory over Pleasant Valley last Wednesday, winning nine matches. That was followed by a Saturday trip to Lehighton High School where they came in first place at the Indian Duals.
In the win against the Bears, the Zephyrs got bonus points in five matches as Ali Barkley (195), Izak Bright (220), Caleb Staub (120), Kevin Urena (126) and John Kaintz (160), all recorded falls.
It was a tale of two halves for the Whitehall boys basketball team who experienced a healthy dose of Northampton’s Aidan Ellwood in the second half as the Zephyrs fell to the Kids on Tuesday night.
After taking a 30-29 lead into the intermission, a half in which they moved the ball around, found the open man, made their shots, including a number of threes, it seemed they found the right formula for success. That was the message at halftime when head coach Jeff Jones talked to his team.
It was a busy Saturday morning for the Whitehall wrestling team in their role as hosts at the annual Zephyr Duals.
They wrestled back-to-back matches, the first one against Somerville (N.J.), the second against Quakertown. They lost to the Pioneers, 48-22, and then lost to the Panthers, 57-15. They rebounded later in the day with wins against Dieruff and Catasauqua.
After their meet against Saucon Valley on Saturday, head coach Pete Rile believes that his team is rounding into shape as they’re approaching the halfway point of the season.
Whitehall split the meet with the girls winning 101-69, while the boys lost 93-77 to the visiting Panthers.
Rile said he believed that the girls had more strength and depth than their Colonial League counterparts and that proved true as they earned their fourth win of the season.
Friday’s game against Freedom showed that the Whitehall girls basketball team can put together a dynamite stretch of basketball, but their furious rally fell short as the Patriots held on for the win.
While the Whitehall wrestling team earned its second league victory last week, the match revealed that there’s still room for improvement as they march toward the new year.
They defeated the Timberwolves 54-23, winning four head-to-head matches against their Division B foes. The win raises their record to 2-1 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
The Whitehall girls basketball team took to the road this holiday season, but inclement weather intruded, forcing them to play just one game at the annual Gatorade Classic hosted by Pottsville High School.
Their opening round opponent was Minersville, a repeat of last year’s combatants as they sought revenge against a Battlin’ Miners team that hung a 67-28 loss around their necks last Dec. 28. This year they played much better, but eventually lost again to one of the top teams in the Schuylkill League, falling 41-25.
Taylor George’s year at Temple University provided her with a clear cut understanding of how she wanted the rest of her college years to unfold.
As she attended classes at the school that’s located on Broad Street in Philadelphia, the former Whitehall multisport athlete realized that something was missing, and that was reaffirmed when she returned home during Christmas break last year.
“I asked myself, ‘is this really what I want,’” said George. “I reached out to my sister and Kayla Bet, and asked their opinions, and then made my decision.”
While their game against East Stroudsburg North may not have been a clinic, the Whitehall boys basketball team persevered and found a way to win the consolation game of their annual Zephyr Holiday Classic.
It took two overtimes as the Zephyrs rebounded with a 65-63 victory over the visiting Timberwolves last Friday. The nightcap saw Faith Christian Academy- Sellersville and North Hunterdon High School tangle in another game that went overtime, with Faith Christian prevailing, 87-75 to win the Holiday Classic.
When Pete Rile became the coach for the Whitehall swim team, the Berlin Wall would soon fall, signaling the collapse of the Iron Curtain, Milli Vanilli ruled the charts, and The Simpsons were about to air their first half-hour episode.