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.
The Whitehall girls soccer team’s season came to an end at the 9:39 mark of the second overtime in their District 11 semifinal game against Easton.
The second-seeded Zephyrs and third-seeded Red Rovers had been locked in a scoreless battle for over 100 minutes of playing time before Easton was finally able to break through following back-to-back corners.
Whitehall had beaten Easton 2-1 during the regular season and had outplayed Easton for most of the playoff game.
During regulation, the Zephyrs outshot the Rovers 9-5 and also led in corners, 4-1.