It’s not the season that both Whitehall and Parkland envisioned heading into the 2018 football season, but records never matter when these two rivals meet, and that’ll be true this Friday when they clash in Orefield.
Whitehall’s bid for a girls team tennis district playoff berth took a hit when they lost a tough match to Emmaus last week, a team that they were jockeying with for one of the final tournament spots.
With the 2-5 loss to the host Green Hornets, they enter the last week of regular season competition with a 6-7 record. While they still have a match remaining with Nazareth (12-2), they’ll now turn their attention to the District XI AAA Girls Singles Tournament which got underway Monday at Lehigh University.
Whitehall has relied on a stingy back line and an opportunistic offense to position themselves as the top girls soccer team in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference so far this season, even after suffering their first loss of the season Monday to Nazareth, 1-0.
Before that, after Emmaus dealt Parkland their first league loss in 70 matches, Whitehall made sure the Trojans weren’t going to reel off another 70, by defeating them 3-1 when the two met a few weeks ago.
The Whitehall girls volleyball team finds itself in a nice stretch right now, and that will help lay the foundation for a district playoff push as the season heads into the final two weeks.
The Zephyrs have won three games in a row, their latest a four-set victory over Easton. It comes in the midst of the team reeling off five wins in their last six games.
With last Thursday’s win over Pocono Mountain West, the Whitehall girls volleyball team continues to take steps in the right direction as they approach the midway point of the season.
They earned their second victory of the season with a straight set win over the visiting Panthers, 25-11, 25-18 and 25-11.
Head coach Eric Budge has been reinforcing the notion that they’re still learning how to close out games, and during the second set after PMW cut the led to two points on two separate occasions, they were able to withstand those rallies and complete the seven-point victory.
Friday’s win over Pleasant Valley demonstrated once again that the Whitehall girls soccer team is finding ways to win, and that’s enabled them to stay undefeated so far this season.
It took two overtimes, but the Zephyrs connected for the winning goal around four minutes into the second extra session, giving them their ninth win of the season. The Zephyrs have played three overtime matches to date, prevailing in each one to keep their record unblemished.
With the regular season winding down, the Whitehall girls tennis team is targeting a few more wins that could propel them into the district playoffs.
It was a welcome sign of progress for the Whitehall girls volleyball team as they prevailed in a tough battle with Saucon Valley for their first win of the season.
The girls won in five sets, winning 21-25, 25-19, 15-25, 25-22, 15-10 on Monday night. With the win they were 1-4 on the year, and it also marked the first win for new coach Eric Budge.
In that victory, Alyson Peters collected 22 kills and 5 blocks, while Lexi Crum had 43 assists. Additionally, Taylor Levan tallied 11 digs and 8 aces, and Olivia Ballard registered 10 digs.
Kate Bonshak made sure that the Whitehall girls soccer team would remain undefeated, drilling the game-winner in overtime to complete the come-from-behind victory against Freedom last week.
A few minutes earlier, Bonshak scored the tying goal, sealing off the trailing defender and then maneuvering past Patriot keeper Jenelle Romig who came out to challenge the shot. That tally was her second of the night and knotted the score at 3-3.
At halftime, Allentown Central Catholic’s marching band played Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” and that pretty much summed up Friday’s football game at Zephyr Stadium.
Well, if you liked offense it was certainly thrilling as both teams combined for 110 points. And if you found yourself sitting on Whitehall’s side of the bleachers, you found it especially thrilling since the home team scored 75 of those 110 points.