One of the primary goals for the Whitehall boys' soccer team this fall was to finish games. It was a haunting memory from last year when the Zephyrs got off to a 3-1 start only to finish with an overall 5-13 mark that included a season-ending seven game losing streak.
But to borrow the phrase that was then and this is now.
The Zephyrs have sharpened their gaps from last season and have produced four wins is as many games to begin the season and signal a new dawn ahead.
Whitehall head girls' soccer coach George Romano understands his team can't keep a low profile this season, especially in the ever-competitive Lehigh Valley Conference (LVC).
The Zephyrs have returned a healthy crop of players from last year's Class 3A state runner up squad and haven't really missed a beat. Through their first four games, Whitehall had a sterling 4-0 mark and had outscored their opponents by a 25-2 margin, but they had a tight 2-1 victory over Nazareth.
With the golf season winding down, the Zephyrs have veered off course, but are now searching for a little momentum on the back three.
The Zephs got off to a fast start, registering two early wins, but since that time, they haven't been able to crack the win column and currently sit at 2-9. With three matches remaining, they would like to knock that total up a stroke, and will look to do that this week against Northampton Area High School.
Olivia Kuhn and Nicole Tock etch their names in the annals of Whitehall's girls' tennis program, but fate has brought the duo together for a memorable and surely unforgettable season.
At the end of last week's play, both Kuhn and Tock, the Zephyrs' number three doubles team, had an unblemished 8-0 record and had incurred some obstacles in reaching the peak. It can easily also be considered a remarkable achievement considering this is the first season the duo has played doubles together.
The Whitehall volleyball team experienced some ups and down this week as league play got into full swing.
The up was a five-game thriller against Northampton Area High School. The Zephs battled back from a two-game deficit, winning the last two games to seal the victory. The end result was a 25-23, 15-25, 14-25, 26-24, 15-12, toppling of the Kids to earn their first league win.
It was a roller coaster of emotions as they had to fight through that middle stretch that tested their resolve. Head coach Rob Garnder said the team stayed together and made sure not to lose focus.
PIAA District 11 is pleased to announce the adoption of a new power rating system to be used beginning immediately for fall sports in 2012, and progressing through the 2012-13 athletic seasons.
The power rating system and its policies and timelines were adopted on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012 during the District 11 committee meeting.
Nearly 100 football players along with their family members, friends, and coaches packed the Palmerton High School gymnasium back in June for the Eighth Annual Blue Bomber Football Invitational Weightlifting Competition.
When Chris Polony finally assumed he would be Villanova' starting quarterback this fall, he appreciated the low-key process.
During spring ball, Polony was assigned to the first-team offense and took the most reps among the quarterbacks. So Polony believed it would be safe to assume he would be under center when Villanova opens its season at Temple next Friday night.
It has been the same approach the former Whitehall quarterback has taken since he began as a freshman in the Wildcats' program last season.
Mike McFetridge remembers participating in a football practice for the first time at Millersville University and experiencing a myriad of emotions and feelings.
McFetridge knew his chances were slim as a walk-on, but he was determined to take the chance, something he had never been afraid of doing.
"When I first got there, I noticed the difference in size and speed of the game," recalled the former Whitehall graduate. "I really didn't know what to expect. I was nervous and anxious, but I knew I could play. It took a while, but it worked out."
The Whitehall Inferno 12-and-Under Tournament Softball team recently participated in the USSSA Summer Slammer Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament. The Inferno finished in second place out of 18 teams, going 6 -1 for the weekend.