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Softball needs extra innings for victory

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall softball team’s victory over Nazareth on Tuesday may serve as a template when the postseason begins, offering a guideline on how to win close games against tough opponents.

The Zephyrs needed eight innings to defeat the Blue Eagles, 2-1, raising their record to 12-3. With the victory, they remain in a virtual tie with Emmaus for second place in the Skyline Division of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. The win also keeps them on track for a spot in the EPC playoffs,...

Zephs fall in showdown vs. EHS

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Friday’s volleyball match could have been billed as a heavyweight bout, as the undefeated Zephyrs squared off against the unbeaten Green Hornets in the Main Event on Mechanicsville.

In front of a raucous home crowd, they slugged it out for four sets, with Emmaus’ service game registering the knockout blow. The Zephs were continually scrambling to set up their offense as the Green Hornets were able to get them out of sync from the service line, especially libero Brendan Duncan and...

Baseball loses to Northampton

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall and Northampton baseball teams were locked in a battle Friday afternoon that carried with it a place in history to see who would become the first team to hoist the Cement Belt Champions trophy.

The series, the Cement Belt Challenge, was inaugurated this year by the two East Penn Conference rivals who have a long, intertwined history. It came down to the boys baseball game. The softball win by the Kids that same afternoon put the entire series clincher into the hands of...

Track falls to PHS

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Whitehall’s track and field season wrapped up with their annual meet against Parkland, a team that’s been a thorn in their side ever since head coach James Sebesta took over the program.

Monday was no different as the Trojan boys won 97-53, while the Parkland girls defeated their counterparts, 102-48. In the 13 years since Sebesta has been at the helm, they’ve never defeated the Trojans.

The boys finished the year 4-6; the girls were 6-4.

Even though it was another loss...

Zephs prep for unbeaten battle with Emmaus

Thursday, April 27, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall boys volleyball team is setting up for a showdown with Emmaus later this week in what may be a battle of the unbeatens.

The Zephs swept visiting Northampton for their 11th win of the season. If they defeat Freedom on Wednesday, that will most likely set up a winner-take-all match for sole possession of first place in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. The Green Hornets must defeat Easton to hold up their end of the bargain.

The Zephs had to take care of business...

Track defeats Eagles

Thursday, April 27, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall track and field team celebrated senior night with a convincing win over visiting Nazareth, giving them some momentum as the regular season winds down on Monday.

The girls scored points in every event, winning 90-60, while the boys tallied points in everything but the distance races for the 88-62 win. The victory over the Blue Eagles lifts the girls record to 5-4, while the boys are now 4-5.

It was a nice send off for a strong senior class who will begin to prepare...

Tennis eyeing D11 run

Thursday, April 27, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

With a strong body of work behind them, Jeremy Lim, Gavin Meyers and Nick Rohn will try to advance as far as possible when the District 11 boys singles championships got underway Monday at Lehigh University.

Those three represented Whitehall when the tourney kicked off to determine who will be crowned the 2017 singles champ.

Lim, the team’s No. 1 singles player, headed into the tournament as a seven seed. He’s paired against Ian Absalom from Bangor. Lim recently met Absalom and...

Whitehall softball rally falls short against Parkland

Thursday, April 27, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Whitehall was hopeful that lightning could strike twice when Cara Bonshak stepped to the plate against Parkland in the top of the seventh inning last Friday.

The senior had tripled her last time at bat against Aubree Fritzinger, knocking in Veronica Rodriguez with their first run, trimming the Trojan’s lead to 2-1.

Bonshak stung the ball to deep right-center, proving she could get around on Fritzinger who up to that point had yielded just one hit.

This time she...

Zephs looking for a break

Thursday, April 27, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall baseball team can’t seem to catch a break, and manager Shaun O’Boyle knows there’s little room for error if they want to qualify for the postseason tournaments.

Last week’s game against Nazareth was a prime example of how one pitch, one inning, or one miscue has them at the bottom of the Skyline Division of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.

“It’s a very frustrating thing we’re going through,” said O’Boyle whose team is currently 4-7 after Monday’s win against...

Tennis keeps on winning

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The wins keep piling up for the Whitehall boys tennis team.

Their latest victory came against Easton as they defeated the Red Rovers 5-2 last week.

That win puts them at 5-0 this season, matching last year’s start in the same number of games. They have a chance to extend that streak to 6-0 when they met Northampton on Monday, and they did just that with a 5-2 victory.

The highlight of their match against Easton happened at No. 1 singles. Berg said that it embodied...