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Girls look for more wins

Thursday, September 12, 2013 by STEVE ANDRES Special to the Press in Sports

After winning their first game, the Whitehall field hockey team found some bumpy terrain once league play started.

The Zephs thundered out of the gate, unleashing a powerful offensive attack against Pocono Mountain West High School that netted 12 goals. But since that time, Whitehall has dropped three division games, and also lost to nonconference foe Stroudsburg High School as well.

While their 1-4 record indicates they'll have an uphill battle to get into the postseason, interim head coach Jennifer Callahan saw a silver lining in their recent stretch of games.

Girls look to make push

Thursday, September 12, 2013 by SCOTT W. PAGEL in Sports

The Whitehall tennis team sits at 5-5 this season and they continue to try and make a push toward the postseason.

With a .500 mark, it's expected there are some things head coach Meredith Kester would like to seem improve.

"We're struggling with match play consistency," Kester said. "But have showed overall improvement since the beginning of the season."

However, there is also plenty to build on according to Kester. The coach said the number-three and four doubles teams have really stepped up this season, and through Tuesday have a combined record of 17-1.

Pete's Top-10

Thursday, September 12, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

Rovers find themselves back on top of poll

It was a poor second week for myself as Parkland and Emmaus laid major eggs in the weekly picks.

However, it's a feel good story for Bethlehem Catholic garnering a major win for the program, as well as Palisades showing they won't be run over this year.

East Stroudsburg South makes an appearance as well, as the bottom half of the poll is up for grabs.

Here goes this week's picks!

1. Easton (2-0)

Last week's rank: 2

Rovers seem to have cemented themselves here.

The Pick: Easton 42, Becahi 13

2. Whitehall (2-0)

Last week's rank: 3

Volleyball tops NHS

Thursday, September 12, 2013 by STEVE ANDRES Special to the Press in Sports

It's still thwack city for the Whitehall girls volleyball team.

They won their second game of the season, defeating Northampton Area High School in four games, 25-15, 22-25, 25-19, 25-15.

They've been hot out of the gate, confirming head coach Robert Gardner's prediction that they'll be really good.

Even with this small sample size, the Zephs have demonstrated that they may be one of the big surprises in the LVC. They played a spirited game against Freedom High School to open the season, then followed that up with a gritty performance against the Kids.

Girls start 2-2

Thursday, September 12, 2013 by JEFF MOELLER Special to the Press in Sports

Over the past three seasons, Whitehall's girls' soccer program has raised its awareness and respectability to rise from the ranks of pretender to contender. Two seasons ago, the Zephyrs rode some early season momentum all the way to the state Class AAA championship game.

As a result, Whitehall has found itself with a target on its back. That target was tarnished slightly when the Zephyrs didn't receive an invite to the state tournament.

Pritchard looking to qualify

Thursday, September 12, 2013 by STEVE ANDRES Special to the Press in Sports

As the Whitehall golf season heads down the back stretch, they're looking to qualify as many players as possible for the district playoffs.

Right now senior Loran Pritchard has the inside track among the Zephyr players, averaging an 86 so far this season.

"Loran is in a good position to qualify for districts," said head coach John Conrad who is in the middle of his first season as the golf coach.

Conrad said that right now she's looking to improve that average, polishing her game so she can knock off a few strokes every time she plays.

Boys cross country team wins at Lion Invitational

Thursday, September 5, 2013 by SCOTT W. PAGEL in Sports

The Whitehall cross country teams opened the season by taking part in the Lion Invitational at Moravian Academy on Friday, Aug. 30.

The Zephyr boys started with a bang as they captured first overall with a score of 99 points. They finished ahead of second-place Northwestern, which had 144 points. Jim Thorpe was third with 145 points.

Gabe Lamm was the first overall boy to cross, coming in first with a time of 16:59. He just edged out Liberty's Alex Fitch who ran a 17:00. Teammate Brian Plucinsky also finished in the top-five, taking home fourth with a time of 17:17.

Volleyball sweeps Freedom

Thursday, September 5, 2013 by STEVE ANDRES Special to the Press in Sports

The Zephyr girls volleyball team fended off game points twice in the third game, finally winning the back-and-forth battle to complete the sweep against Freedom High School Monday night.

That decisive 28-26 victory was the closest of the three, with the Zephs winning the prior contests, 25-18, 25-16 at Liberty High School's Memorial Gymnasium as part of the Lehigh Valley Showcase to kickoff the 2013 season.

The win showcased the Zephs ability to play strong fundamental volleyball as they rarely mishit a ball or made unforced errors.

Zephyrs strike early

Thursday, September 5, 2013 by STEVE ANDRES Special to the Press in Sports

After generating 402 yards of total offense in their opener against Spring-Ford High School, a critical question surrounding the Zephyr football team was met with a resounding answer.

That prolific output was a testament to the effectiveness of their line play, one of the main concerns heading into the 2013 campaign.

However, when the bell rang to kickoff the season, the line made their presence felt in helping to guide the Zephs to a 37-21 victory over the visiting Rams.

Girls rout Pocono West

Thursday, September 5, 2013 by STEVE ANDRES Special to the Press in Sports

The Whitehall field hockey team roared out of the gate with sticks a-blazin' as they blanked Pocono Mountain West High School to begin the season.

The Zephs erupted for 12 goals, as six players found the back of the cage en route to the 12-0 win.

That offensive surge was led by Taylor George who had five goals against the Panthers. Tianna Rivers rattled the ball home twice, while Kourtney Cunningham duplicated that feat. Additionally, Erin Everett, Brianna Peacock and Kylee Cunningham each scored one goal in the opener.