The Whitehall track and field team didn't spend the winter hibernating, only to emerge once the clink of starting blocks sounded the arrival of spring at the Zephyr Sports Complex.
No, they were honing their skills during the bleak days of winter, competing at Albright College in Reading as well as Kutztown University.
With the wrestling mats stored until next winter, the Zephyr grapplers will look to build on another successful season that saw them make steady progress throughout the year.
As head coach Tim Cunningham reflected upon the year, he noted that their progress was steady and slow. He's always viewed the season using the metaphor of a long-distance run, equating it with a marathon that rewards perseverance and durability.
He guided his young team through some early tests against some potent opponents, and then helped them gain their stride which culminated in an 11-9 mark.
As the season wound down, Abby Nemeth slowly has been realizing her high school swimming career was coming to its end. She wasn't among those who advanced to districts recently, but being out of the limelight hasn't bothered her.
Yet, it has been a classic case of one door closing and another door opening for her.
The Whitehall senior initially joined the program during her freshman year as an after-school outlet, but she soon developed a true passion for the sport.
With another boys basketball season completed, the Zephyrs demonstrated a resiliency that took them into the playoffs, an experience that will hopefully lay the groundwork for the future.
As the season unfolded, the Zephs were struggling for consistency, trying to incorporate a lot of new faces into a line-up that lost most of its starters to graduation. It took a while to get their footing as they were mired in a 4-6 mark to start the season.
Last weekend at the PIAA District 11 Class 3A swimming meet, Whitehall head coach Pete Rile admittedly had fun.
The veteran coach watched both his girls and boys squads have one of the more successful performances in district history for the school last weekend. The girls' team broke six schools records in seven swims, and the boys' team broke three school records. Overall, the girls' finished sixth in the 17 team field with 193 total points and the boys took 13th-place finish with 54 total points.
For their efforts, the girls' squad took home seven medals.
You should have been here last week. That's usually what anglers hear, especially when ice fishing.
So was the case at Ontelaunee Reservoir in upper Berks County where fishing was good while panfish action was fair at Lake Minsi in Northampton County two weeks ago.
The upcoming weeks' weather may just be the death knell to local ice fishing. With temps in the high 40s combined with rain, both may put a damper on ice conditions rendering them unsafe.
It may not have been the finish Matt Bonshak envisioned at the start of the season, but when it ended last week at Liberty's Memorial Gymnasium, the senior wrestler concluded an extraordinary career at Whitehall High School.
In a scenario that was reminiscent of the District XI tournament, Bonshak once again faced Northampton's Bobby Fehr in the semifinals of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Northeast Regional AAA Tournament.
Misericordia University men's basketball standout Matt Greene has been named to the All-Freedom team.
Greene, a junior point guard, was named to the first-team.
Greene finished tied for first in the Freedom with 2.6 three-pointers per game and was second in assists (4.4 per game) and assist/turnover ratio (2.1). He was eighth in the league in three-point percentage (37.7)
Greene finished third on the team in scoring with 10.8 points per game and scored in double figures in 14 contests.
When Mark Bonshak looked around the scholastic sports landscape at Whitehall High School, he saw an area that was overlooked when it came time to celebrating its history.
Football has homecoming where alumni would converge to reminisce and watch a game, while basketball season had its Hall of Fame ceremony with a banquet and a tribute to former athletes during the game.
Baseball didn't have anything that bridged the current varsity game with its past.
When the District XI AAA wrestling tournament concluded, Matt Bonshak once again earned a spot into the regional round that begins this weekend.
Bonshak finished third at 160, registering falls in each of his three wins to guarantee him a return trip to Liberty's Memorial Gymnasium to defend his title. His defense of his district crown was thwarted by Northampton's Bobby Fehr in the semifinals, losing 5-2 in a tough, defensive battle.
Bonshak defeated Fehr 8-6 in their prior meeting during the season, and he knew their rematch would be another close bout.