The Northampton and Whitehall boys basketball teams renewed their Cement Belt Challenge rivalry at Pete Schneider Gymnasium on Tuesday night. The K-Kids came away with a 55-38 win in the first EPC game of the season for both schools.
Both teams struggled offensively in the first quarter, Northampton with turnovers and the Zephyrs with getting the ball through the hoop. After a back-and-forth 8 minutes, Whitehall led 11-9.
On Monday night, the Whitehall field hockey team knocked off Nazareth 4-2 in their opening round District XI playoff game.
To win in the playoffs, teams need their best players to come through. Senior Maddie Trocki showed she was worthy of her EPC 1st Team All-Star nod by scoring the team’s first and last goals.
The first goal came on Whitehall’s first corner of the night when the play gave her an open opportunity that she did not miss.
Head coach Jennifer Bodnar explained that the corners were the key to the win.
The Whitehall girls volleyball team continues to search for their elusive first win of the 2019 season after dropping their match to Freedom on Thursday, 25-19, 25-5, 25-9.
The Zephyrs were as close as 21-19 in the first set, but after the Patriots ran off the last 4 points, the wind left their sails.
Head coach Victoria Bobyak spoke about the difficulty of reversing the momentum of a match.
The Northampton and Whitehall girls volleyball teams renewed their Cement Belt rivalry last Thursday night at Whitehall High School.
The two teams had split their contests last year, but this match was dominated by the Kids in straight sets, 25-6, 25-14 and 25-15.
The Zephyrs had entered the match with reason to be confident after taking a set off perennial power Nazareth in their opening match. However, the match proved costly as Whitehall lost their setter, Lexi Crum to injury.
The Whitehall football team dropped its third game of the season 49-21 to the visiting Emmaus Green Hornets on Friday night.
The Zephyr defense continued to struggle, allowing their opponents to breach the 40-point barrier for the third time.
Things got off to a bad start when Emmaus QB Jake Moyer hit Jameel Sanders on a slant on the Hornet’s first play of the game and Sanders took it 48 yards to the house.
In the first half of the field hockey game between Whitehall and Parkland on Tuesday, it looked like the Trojans were going to overwhelm the Zephyrs with offensive pressure.
It seemed that goalkeeper Mackenzie Holubowski was constantly surrounded by a sea of gray and red as Parkland sent 18 shots in the direction of her goal.
The Trojans scored the opening goal on a penalty stroke just a minute and a half into the contest.
They had a second goal disallowed seven minutes later, but wound up notching another score within two minutes.
The 2019-2020 Cement Belt challenge kicked off with the Whitehall boys soccer team drawing first blood on Northampton’s home field with a 4-2 victory.
A few hours later, the Konkrete Kids’ girls soccer team evened the standings by scoring a 2-0 win on the Zephyrs’ home turf.
Senior tri-captain Abbi Czarnecki got Northampton on the board in the first 5 minutes of the game when she took a pass from Alex Benedict and slotted the ball under the goalie’s arms.
The Whitehall football team was unable to deliver a win in front of an opening night home crowd in head coach Matt Senneca’s debut as they dropped a 41-28 decision to East Stroudsburg South.
The defending District XI 5A champion Cavaliers entered the game ranked 8th in the state in 5A, but the Zephyrs must feel that they let a golden opportunity slip through their fingers.
Ali Barkley carried the ball 8 times on a 10-play opening drive and capped it off with a 3-yard plunge over right tackle for the first TD of the season.
The Whitehall softball team clinched their first state playoff berth since 2009 with a dramatic 8-6 win over second seed Northampton in the District XI playoffs.
The game was postponed three times due to rain. The first two delays pushed the start from Tuesday until Thursday and the third postponement forced the game to be concluded on Friday.
Abby Vivian scored the first run of the game in the top of the third when she walked, stole second, advanced to third on a single by Rachel Arner, and scored on a Northampton error.
The Northampton and Whitehall boys basketball teams kicked off their EPC schedules with a dramatic, three overtime contest that Northampton won by the score of 60-58.
The Kids took a 14-9 lead after the first quarter on the strength of four three-point shots.
The second period saw the offenses stall a bit as the teams could only muster a total of 12 points. Northampton had seven of them and took a seven-point lead into halftime at 21-14.