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States doesn’t go as planned for Whitehall

Thursday, June 1, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

When Amanda Crooks could not finish her heat in the 100 meter preliminaries last Friday, the whole weekend suddenly turned dark for the Whitehall track and field team.

Crooks was competing at the PIAA Track and Field Championships, racing in an event where she had earned a fourth-place medal last year. Head coach James Sebesta said that she pulled up after 80 meters, ending her shot at a sprint title.

The junior has been battling a nagging quadriceps injury sustained during...

Rex and Staub make all-academic wrestling team

Thursday, June 1, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

In an individual sport such as wrestling, an athlete must rely solely upon himself if he wants to prevail.

It’s like that in the classroom as well since the final outcome on a test or any other endeavor rests solely with the student.

Wrestlers also need to be problem solvers, finishing a way to break through an opponent’s defense, or extricating themselves from a potentially dangerous situation that may result in an abrupt end to their match.

That’s one of the reasons...

Zephyr 5K race to benefit 22q Deletion Syndrome

Thursday, June 1, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

When Austin Berg was out playing tennis with his players on a warm afternoon last week, the ability to engage in a physical activity and participate competitively probably didn’t cross his mind.

But it’s fair to say that it crosses his mind when he’s in his role as a Physical Education teacher at Gockley Elementary School. That’s when he sees the everyday challenges confronting someone who has 22q Deletion Syndrome, also known as DiGeorge Syndrome, a disorder caused by a defect in the...

Three golds for WHS

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The trip to Shippensburg this year for the Whitehall track team will be for a party of six as the Zephyr contingent will look to make an impression at the state tournament.

The Zephyrs crowned three district champions last week, and earned a silver medal as well, and now those athletes will be heading to the PIAA 3A Track and Field Championships which get underway this Friday at Seth Grove Stadium at Shippensburg University.

Packing for the journey will be Tyler Myers, winner...

Zephyrs knock off Parkland

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Parkland and Whitehall have had some epic matches this season.

Tuesday’s District 11 Class 3A semifinal was the third time the teams have met in the past three weeks and not once has the match been settled in three games.

Tuesday night’s game had a bit more on the line than the last two meetings, with the winner advancing to the state playoffs and Thursday’s district title match against top-seeded Emmaus at 6 p.m. at Allen.

The Zephyrs came out on top Tuesday, 3-1 (25-28...

Zephs fall in EPC title game

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall boys volleyball team was looking to claim a league championship last week against Emmaus, but it wasn’t in the script, so now they’ll turn the page and challenge for a district title.

The Green Hornets took the crown at Easton Area Middle School, defeating the Zephyrs in three sets, 18-25, 17-25, 17-25.

In their earlier match this season, the Green Hornets controlled the action from the service line through long stretches, racking up points on aces and receiving...

Softball falls to EHS

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Zephyr softball team’s quest for a district championship ended Tuesday with a loss to Easton in the quarters.

Easton, who came into the tourney as the 4th seed, hosted Whitehall, the 5th seed, to begin district action for both squads. It was a rematch of a game played less than two weeks ago when they met in the final game of the regular season, a game in which the Red Rovers won 9-8 on their final at-bat.

This time the big blow came in the third inning as Alexis Jenkins...

Zephs ready for Blue Mt.

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

When the Whitehall baseball team needed to find an opponent left vacant when St. Peters Prep couldn’t reschedule, that search wound up paving their way to a district playoff berth.

Athletic Director Bob Hartman managed to arrange a game between the Zephyrs and West Scranton last Friday.

The Zephs rolled onto Luzerne Street in Scranton and brought out the lumber, defeating the Invaders 13-2. They had 15 hits, with several players collecting multiple hits in the win. Zach...

Zephs beat PHS again

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Whitehall unleashed some high energy against Parkland in the semifinals of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Boys Volleyball Championship, setting up a title match against Emmaus this week.

The Zephyrs defeated the Trojans in four sets Monday night, advancing to the finals where they’ll play the top seeded Green Hornets for the EPC crown.

They won 25-23, 25-23, 23-25 and 25-20 to knock the Trojans out of the playoffs. It was the second time in four days that the rivals...

Zephs compete at EPC meet

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Whitehall made a number of appearances at the medal podium during the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference/Colonial League Track and Field Championships last week, and this week some members got their tickets punched to the state championships at Shippensburg.

With the district tourney set to resume on Wednesday, Tuesday’s finals brought good news to senior Gavin Wood whose clearing of 13-3 in the pole vault nailed down second place, and with it a trip to the PIAA Championships.