It's not often that a high school basketball team plays four games in five days in two separate states with about 900 miles between them.
That's the task that was given to the Parkland Lady Trojans and they came through the test with a 2-2.
Parkland took part in a tournament in Orlando, Fla., Thursday through Saturday and then had a day of fun in the sun before jetting back home late Sunday night.
While they loved the trip, the Trojans were also exhausted and it showed early on against Whitehall (0-6 overall, 0-3 LVC) Monday night.
The Zephyr wrestling team traveled to Northampton last week, loudly declaring they're not about to go gently into that good night.
After falling behind 30-6 to start the match, they fought back, winning some close bouts along the way before finally succumbing 43-27 to the Konkrete Kids.
Head coach Tim Cunningham said the match demonstrated that they're headed in the right direction.
"We showed improvement," said Cunningham. "Obviously not enough improvement, so we have to keep working."
It was an old-fashioned barn burner Friday when the Trojans invaded Zephyr Gymnasium, and when the dust settled, the home team claimed victory to stay unblemished in league action.
Whitehall established an early lead, at one juncture extending the lead to 12 points, but had to survive a blizzard of threes in the third quarter that briefly put the Trojans in front 44-43 when Justin Zajko hit from beyond the arc.
Whitehall's swimming teams got by East Stroudsburg South last week. The girls had an easy time of it winning 124-45 while the boys score was a little closer as they edged out a 89-72 victory.
The girls lost just one event on the day, that coming in the 100 free. But Grace Sullivan and Maireed Doyle each won two events to help the girls to victory. Sullivan won the 200 free in 2:15.23 and the 100 back in 1:11.46. She also was part of two winning relay teams - the 200 medley and the 400 free. Doyle took the 200 IM in 2:35.72 and also won the 100 breaststroke in 1:19.25.
With each passing meet, Kailyn Beil approaches every dive she makes for the Whitehall swim program with a growing confidence and passion.
But it wasn't that long ago that Beil had some second thoughts about plunging into the pool.
"When I first started (diving), it was scary and frustrating," said the senior, who only joined the program her junior year. "I really had to learn in a hurry to get all of the tricks and formations that I needed.
"But it has been a good transition for me so far."
The Whitehall girls basketball team is experiencing some growing pains early in the season, dropping their league opener to Northampton, and losing a tough one to Tri-Valley.
While these early contests have seen them falter a bit, especially at the beginning of the game, head coach Dwight Repsher sees some positive signs emerging from the losses.
The fact that they cut the lead to five points at the half after trailing by 10 at the close of the first quarter in the game against the Kids, demonstrates their competitive spirit and desire.
With the Whitehall boys basketball team trailing by as many as eight points midway through the third quarter in Friday's league opener against the Kids, they needed a spark to get them back on track.
That flame was ignited when they ratcheted up their defensive intensity, the result of changing their defensive scheme.
"The second half I'm going to give coach [Corey] Frantz credit for; we decided to play man-to-man, and that obviously was a part of it," said head coach Jeff Jones.
Their defensive intensity was complemented by a change in offensive strategy as well.
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The Zephyrs come into this year with a good nucleus, and will lean on a good crop of seniors as they begin battling in the rugged Lehigh Valley Conference.
After finishing last year at 11-9, the Zephs still had a healthy line-up coming into this year. True, they lost their only PIAA regional qualifier when Matt Bonshak graduated, but they have a legion of good wrestlers who are capable of going far in the postseason. That group is led by their senior class.
Whitehall High School cross country coach Mike Lelko told his Zephyrs that any real runner has to be able to say they ran the Van Cortlandt course in Bronx, New York at least once in their lifetime.
So, Gabe Lamm and Calvin Schneck took Lelko up on his offer to compete at the Footlocker Cross Country Championships on Nov. 30.
Lamm walked away with a fifth place medal in the Junior/Senior Boys Race of the Northeast Regionals. The Whitehall junior was the top Pennsylvania boy with a time of 17:13 over the 5,000 meter course.