If numbers are any indication, the Whitehall girls volleyball team is primed to have a successful season next year.
In looking at those numbers, the team only loses two seniors from a squad that finished 9-10 and qualified for the District XI tournament. Granted, those are big shoes to fill with kill leader Olivia Bobyak, departing, along with talented veteran Madison Scarfaro, but the team retains a number of experienced players that should make that transition smooth.
Although Parkland's bread and butter is their ground game, it was a pass that proved to be Whitehall's undoing last week in the district semifinals at Zephyr Stadium.
With the score tied 3-3, and five seconds left on the clock until halftime, Devante Cross found Eli Redmond streaking to the post and delivered a strike over the outstretched arms of Ryan Bonshak to give the Trojans a 10-3 lead going into the break.
It's difficult enough playing golf under ideal conditions, but throw in wind and rain, and that makes a tough sport even tougher.
That's what Whitehall golfer Loran Pritchard experienced when she teed up to begin her round at the District XI AAA Championships at Blue Ridge Country Club last month.
Facing those conditions, Pritchard said the winds were so strong that it meant going up a club. But that was tempered by the fact that a bad swing could get the golfer in trouble. That adjustment meant for a tricky decision every time she pulled a club from her bag.
Cementon Fall Biddy Baseball team played in the Allen Township Youth Association (ATYA) Fall League. There were 18 other teams and during the regular reason they won 9 out of 12 games making it to the playoffs. During the playoffs they lost one game early and went through the losers bracket to the finals and finished in second place in the Championship game played on Oct. 12. The coaches included: Ben Kovalcik, Rob Reitenauer, Sean Trump, Jeremy Graf and missing from photo Ed Foster.
The Zephyr girls volleyball season ended with the Trojans providing the exodus in the opening round of districts.
Granted, it was a daunting task facing undefeated Parkland High School to kick off the AAA tourney, but the Zephyrs were very familiar with their Lehigh Valley Conference foes, and they have been steadily improving all year.
When the Parkland football team knocked off Whitehall 21-12 almost two months ago, the defense was able to slow down the effective running game of the Zephyrs.
Ryan Bonshak and Saquon Barkley were held in check for a better part of the game. Bonshak was a nonfactor and, besides a 44-yard touchdown run, Barkley did not see the end zone more than once.
Head coach Jim Morgans hopes that what worked once will work again in favor of his Trojans.
Whitehall head girls' soccer coach George Romano knew it was just one of those games. He wasn't going to mince any words about the outcome either.
For the better part of his team's District 11 Class 3A semifinal against Parkland, his squad had arguably outplayed their opponent in nearly every phase. In fact, Whitehall outshot Parkland, 15-5.
However, Whitehall left the field frustrated in a 2-1 loss. It was the second consecutive year that Whitehall lost to Parkland in the final.
After a combined 56 points in the first half, the Zephyr football team found the brake pedal and kept visiting Pleasant Valley in the slow lane for most of the second half, defeating the Bears last Friday in the opening round of the district tournament.
The 56-28 win catapults the Zephs into a much-anticipated rematch with Parkland High School this Friday at Zephyr Stadium. These two teams will meet in the semifinals of the District XI AAAA subregional tourney, with the winner advancing to the finals and a possible district crown.
Friday Night Lights Permian High School ain't got nothing on Whitehall High and Zephyr Stadium this week.
With the arrival of Parkland High School for the District XI AAAA subregional semifinals, all eyes in the Lehigh Valley will be on the show that kicks off at 7 p.m. this Friday at Zephyr Stadium as the co-champs of the Lehigh Valley Conference meet again, with the winner advancing to the district finals.
It's finally playoff time and there aren't many toss-up games this week to factor. The MVC gets to prove if they're worth anything by playing the top two teams in the poll, while Bethlehem Catholic looks to win its first district title since they were 4A in 2001.
Catasauqua takes a major step backward, which is something they've become accustomed to over the past two years this late in the season.