After losing a tough game to Liberty High School in overtime last week, the Whitehall girls basketball team was looking to bounce back against the Red Rovers.
Entertaining Easton Area High School inside their gym on Tuesday, the Zephs found themselves in a relatively tight contest in the first half, trailing only by three points.
But a familiar problem struck again in the second half as the Zephs struggled to put the ball in the basket, eventually losing 45-31.
The latest installment of the Zephyr Duals found a new king of the hill, a team that has been knocking on the door at the annual wrestling tournament at Whitehall High School.
After coming in second and third the last two years, respectively, Stroudsburg High School ascended to the top of the heap, beating Paramus (N.J.) High School 38-30 in the finals.
In all, 15 teams participated at Zephyr Gymnasium on Dec. 5, ringing in the new year with some intense competition.
When the Zephyrs boys basketball team went into halftime down four points to visiting Liberty High School, it was a tempo that could possibly unlock a victory.
Considering that the Hurricanes (6-2) were averaging a little over 61 points per game and wanted to push the ball up the floor and take advantage of their size and experience, the 20-16 score at the break was a reason for optimism.
"The first half we did exactly what we wanted to do," said head coach Jeff Jones. "We slowed the tempo down and made it a four-point game. It's what we needed to do.
The Athletic Hall of Fame Committee in the Whitehall-Coplay School District is proud to announce its hall of fame class of 2013.
Four individuals will be honored at the induction ceremony, which will take place on Friday, Jan. 11, at Whitehall High School. The ceremony will be prior to the varsity boys basketball game between Emmaus and Whitehall, at approximately 6:45 p.m. The varsity game versus Emmaus will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m.
The Hall of Fame Class of 2013 includes:
Michelle Geiger Brown,
Class of 1995
The Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athlete Banquet will be held Sunday, Jan. 13, at 5:30 p.m. This year is the inaugural boys and girls joint banquet and it will take place at the Northampton Community Center.
Kareem K. Green is a midfielder with two career goals and three career assists. He ranks 89th with a 3.68 GPA out of 4.
He was a captain of the soccer team as well as a kicker in football.
The Whitehall swim team split against Allen. The girls rolled to a 117-53 victory while the boys fell 89-78.
The girls won all but one event in their meet and didn't have a multiple winner as eight different girls took home victories as well as all three relay teams.
It's been a tough stretch for the Whitehall girls basketball team, and they're going to need a little patience to turn their fortunes around.
After dropping four consecutive games, head coach Rick Worman attributes some of those losses to being impatient on offense. He said they need to hold onto the ball a little longer, looking for an open shot. He chalks some of that impatience on having a young team, so he's hopeful they'll remedy that situation once they gain more experience.
With visions of three pointers dancing in their head, the Zephyrs boys basketball team settled in for a savory victory over Pleasant Valley High School last week.
The Zephs unleashed a wellspring of offense on the Bears, ringing in a 65-33 win. They kept their foot on the accelerator for most of the game, applying both offensive and defensive pressure to record their third win. The win also helped ease the memory of a disappointing loss to Parkland High School the previous evening, as they fell to the Trojans 61-42.
When the opposition's scoreboard numbers start to eclipse Social Security eligibility ages, Jeff Jones knows his team is in trouble.
The Zephyr head basketball coach has often stated that his team must keep their opponent under 60 points to have an opportunity to win.
While they may occasionally get into a high-scoring swap with an opponent, the optimum is to keep a team in the 50s.
It's a formula that's been a staple of his tenure.
"Our focal point has always been, and what we need to do, is control the tempo," said Jones.
When she was younger, Vicky Ceasar swam in organized programs as a complement to playing soccer. Over the years, her affection and interest in the sports reversed their roles as she began to spend more time in the pool rather than on the field.
In recent years, former teammate and graduate Allison Coe finally turned the tide toward swimming for the current Whitehall senior.