It's tough to lose any competitive game, but it's even more difficult when you could have beaten your opponent if it wasn't for your mistakes.
That was essentially the case for Whitehall Tuesday night as they traveled to Bethlehem Catholic in a Lehigh Valley Conference volleyball matchup.
A night that saw Becahi unveil their state championship banner from a year ago, the Hawks took care of business on the court as well, racking up a hard fought three game sweep over the Zephyrs27-25, 25-23, 25-23.
The Whitehall softball team is still battling that inconsistent bug, losing to Bethlehem Catholic High School on Monday, a loss that leaves them little margin for error in their quest for a playoff berth.
After winning consecutive games against Dieruff and Pocono Mountain East High Schools, the Zephs fell to the Golden Hawks, losing 9-1 to their Lehigh Valley Conference counterparts.
The loss drops them to 5-8, adding weight to the remaining games on their schedule since two more losses officially eliminates them from the district playoff picture.
The Whitehall track team took a little spill against Nazareth Area High School last week, dropping both the boys and girls meets for their first losses of the season.
Both meets were close, but the Blue Eagles managed to fend off the charging Zephs, defeating the boys 87.5-62.5, while the girls were upended, 81-69.
Head coach Jim Sebesta said that it was a close meet, applauding his team's endeavor against a well-balanced Blue Eagle squad.
"They're very competitive kids," said Sebesta. "The effort has been outstanding."
The Whitehall tennis team took part in the Lehigh Valley Conference tennis tournament at Freedom on Monday.
Clement Mei and Rohit Gangapantulu came away with a win in their opening round of action at number-four doubles. They knocked off the team of Nick Melendez and Charles Albright of Dieruff 8-6. It marked the first win in the tournament for head coach Austin Berg. Mei and Gangapantulu would end up losing 8-0 to Parkland's Donovan Snyder and Peter Sohn, who went on to win the bracket.
The Zephyr baseball team continues its torrid season, visiting Bethlehem Catholic High School on Tuesday in their latest demonstration of blazing versatility.
The bat rack was once again sizzling as they slammed 15 hits en route to the 14-1 win.
On the mound, things were just as bleak for the Golden Hawks who had to deal with Elliot Mortimer who only allowed three hits in the win. He also fanned six and didn't allow a walk.
It was another combination of superb pitching and splendid hitting that enabled them to capture their 12th win.
It was just what the doctor ordered, or in this case, what head coach George Cowitch was hoping for when Whitehall took on Emmaus Tuesday night.
The Zephyrs earned their most vital win of the season in a five game triumph over the Hornets25-23, 25-21, 23-25, 30-32, 15-8.
Nick Kuti had 25 kills for the Zephyrs, while Tony Hanna had an astounding 46 assists. Brandon Yazji chipped in 18 digs, as Whitehall (4-4, 4-2) won their second straight match after a two-game skid with losses to Parkland and Liberty.
Once again, the Whitehall boys and girls track teams pulled off a sweep, capturing their second win with a strong showing in nearly every event.
The Zephs took the bull by the horns in demolishing the Kids, starting with the sprints. They maintained that level of consistency throughout the meet as the boys won 80-70, while the girls earned a 82-68 win.
In the boys 100, they nailed down then top three spots as James Wah led the way, finishing in 11.3. That was followed by John Johnson who crossed in 11.5, while Nick Shafnisky placed third with an 11.7 mark.
WANTED: A baseball team that can win the tight games with pitching and defense, as well as the slugfests utilizing their bats.
POSITION FILLED: The Zephyr baseball team has the ability to do both, winning the close games (see Parkland and Easton results), and the games where runs come in bunches (note Nazareth and Bethlehem Catholic wins).
For the past three seasons, District 11 has held their baseball championships at Coca-Cola Park, home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. It's return for 2013 was in jeopardy after the district had to pick up the full $8,000.00 cost for the use of the stadium last season when their previous sponsorship from Coca-Cola ended following the 2011 tournament. Fortunately, two new sponsors have stepped up to pick up half of the tab for this year's cost, allowing District 11 to return to the premier facility.
As the 2013 season is unfolding, the Whitehall softball team is still trying to get some solid footing and maintain some consistency to help them steer a course toward the postseason.
They've shown the ability to put together some wins as evidenced by their victories over Catasauqua and Easton Area High Schools last week, but then they dip into another valley, losing to Bethlehem Catholic and Emmaus their last two games to fall to 3-7 on the season.