The Whitehall cross country team’s season is winding down, which means it’s time to get ready for the upcoming postseason meets.
The Zephs took part in their final regular season meet at Parkland Tuesday, and will next get ready for the EPC meet on Oct. 17 and districts on Oct. 25. Both meets take place at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
Head coach Mike Lelko said Juanita Flores and Caleb Staub have both been the top consistent runners for the girls and boys cross country teams this season.
Upland hunters will experience some changes when the statewide season for pheasants opens Oct. 21.
This past Saturday (Oct. 7) the season opened for junior hunters, giving them first shot at a pheasant before the regular season opens.
Whitehall’s victory over Freedom last Friday night was due in large measure to the work of the guys up front who spearheaded a robust running game that flattened the Patriots.
Yes, this night belonged to the Hogs, that collection of unsung heroes who opened holes for Whitehall’s stable of backs who rushed for 412 yards in their 45-37 win over the Pates at Frank Banko Field. That’s the most yards gained on the ground this season for the Zephyrs, surpassing their previous high by 59 yards which came against Nazareth.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Girls Tennis Tournament provided a number of bright spots for the Zephyrs who will now turn their attention the district playoffs which got underway next week.
They had two doubles teams advance to the second round of the EPC tourney as Emma Garneau and Teresa Nappo performed well at No. 2 doubles against East Stroudsburg South, said head coach Alex Green.
“They won 6-3 and played their best set of the year,” said Green.
Whitehall’s late flurry of opportunities against Emmaus in last Friday’s girls soccer game demonstrated how staying determined throughout the match will benefit them as they finish out their remaining schedule en route to the postseason.
They lost 2-0 to the Green Hornets, but they played well in the second half, generating a number of scoring chances, most notably Kassidy Cunningham’s acrobatic boot that looked like it would tuck high inside the right hand corner of the goal, but a leaping stab by goalkeeper Alexa Ryan kept the Zephyrs off the board at the 8:12 mark.
As current Whitehall football players gathered around former quarterback Robert Smale, the prevailing sentiment was that time cannot erase the bonds between those who wore the maroon and gold on the gridiron.
“Once a Zephyr, always a Zephyr,” said head coach Brian Gilbert, who accompanied 11 of his players on their visit to Smale’s room last week.
The Whitehall field hockey team’s gritty win against Moravian Academy most likely punched their ticket to a postseason berth, keeping them in the mix for a shot at a district title.
Their latest win puts them on target for a district playoff spot as it lifts their overall record to 8-7-1 with two games remaining. Barring anything unforeseen happening, they should win at least one more of those games ensuring their D-11 appearance.
The Whitehall boys soccer team got a couple of huge scoring efforts which produced victories.
The Zephs beat Lehighton 9-0 as well as Nazareth 6-0 in a couple of recently games. The team also fell to Emmaus 3-0.
Whitehall scored five goals in the first half on the road against Lehighton, then added four more in the second half.
Kresstoph Whittick scored first on an assist from Aziz Atiyeh. Atiyeh then found the back of the net on the next two goals for the Zephs. Atiyeh would score the team’s eighth goal and also added another assist for a big day in the score book.
Well, so much for Parkland not being their consistent selves. The Trojans convincing 38-24 win over Bethlehem Catholic solidified that Parkland is the team to beat this year and the 6A bracket will go through them.
For the likes of Whitehall, Becahi and Palisades, they’ve clearly painted the picture for district title runs in their respective classes as well.
With teams heading down the home stretch of the season, district positioning is now at the forefront.
Only three more weeks of the regular season are upon us, so get your fill with this week’s picks.
Just one team remains unbeaten in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference after the seventh Friday night of the 2017 high school football season. Several games on this week’s card have District 11 Class 6A playoff implications. Here’s a look at some of Friday’s action.
The Trojans won a battle of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s last two unbeaten teams with a 38-24 win over the Hawks.