When Amanda Crooks could not finish her heat in the 100 meter preliminaries last Friday, the whole weekend suddenly turned dark for the Whitehall track and field team.
Crooks was competing at the PIAA Track and Field Championships, racing in an event where she had earned a fourth-place medal last year. Head coach James Sebesta said that she pulled up after 80 meters, ending her shot at a sprint title.
The junior has been battling a nagging quadriceps injury sustained during their Parkland meet, her lone appearance since that time was at last week’s district championships.
In an individual sport such as wrestling, an athlete must rely solely upon himself if he wants to prevail.
It’s like that in the classroom as well since the final outcome on a test or any other endeavor rests solely with the student.
Wrestlers also need to be problem solvers, finishing a way to break through an opponent’s defense, or extricating themselves from a potentially dangerous situation that may result in an abrupt end to their match.
The trip to Shippensburg this year for the Whitehall track team will be for a party of six as the Zephyr contingent will look to make an impression at the state tournament.
The Zephyrs crowned three district champions last week, and earned a silver medal as well, and now those athletes will be heading to the PIAA 3A Track and Field Championships which get underway this Friday at Seth Grove Stadium at Shippensburg University.
When the Whitehall baseball team needed to find an opponent left vacant when St. Peters Prep couldn’t reschedule, that search wound up paving their way to a district playoff berth.
Athletic Director Bob Hartman managed to arrange a game between the Zephyrs and West Scranton last Friday.
The Zephs rolled onto Luzerne Street in Scranton and brought out the lumber, defeating the Invaders 13-2. They had 15 hits, with several players collecting multiple hits in the win. Zach Hamscher was 3-4 with a triple and three RBIS and two runs scored, while Matt Dobeck was 2-3 with an RBI.
The Whitehall boys volleyball team was looking to claim a league championship last week against Emmaus, but it wasn’t in the script, so now they’ll turn the page and challenge for a district title.
The Green Hornets took the crown at Easton Area Middle School, defeating the Zephyrs in three sets, 18-25, 17-25, 17-25.
Parkland and Whitehall have had some epic matches this season.
Tuesday’s District 11 Class 3A semifinal was the third time the teams have met in the past three weeks and not once has the match been settled in three games.
Tuesday night’s game had a bit more on the line than the last two meetings, with the winner advancing to the state playoffs and Thursday’s district title match against top-seeded Emmaus at 6 p.m. at Allen.
The Zephyrs came out on top Tuesday, 3-1 (25-28, 24-26, 25-18, 25-13) behind a 28-kill effort from senior middle outsider hitter Logan McGinley.
The Zephyr softball team’s quest for a district championship ended Tuesday with a loss to Easton in the quarters.
Easton, who came into the tourney as the 4th seed, hosted Whitehall, the 5th seed, to begin district action for both squads. It was a rematch of a game played less than two weeks ago when they met in the final game of the regular season, a game in which the Red Rovers won 9-8 on their final at-bat.
Whitehall made a number of appearances at the medal podium during the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference/Colonial League Track and Field Championships last week, and this week some members got their tickets punched to the state championships at Shippensburg.
With the district tourney set to resume on Wednesday, Tuesday’s finals brought good news to senior Gavin Wood whose clearing of 13-3 in the pole vault nailed down second place, and with it a trip to the PIAA Championships.
The Whitehall boys tennis team continues to chart new territory in this postseason.
Jeremy Lim and Nick Rohn advanced to the quarterfinals of the District XI 3A Boys Doubles Championships. They arrived at the match, which is scheduled for last Wednesday afternoon at Parkland, by winning two matches in the opening rounds of the tourney.
That duo wasn’t alone in winning a first-round match. Nick Demjan and Erik Poon, the Zephyrs other entry, also won their first round match. They defeated Freedom’s Abdul Kutbuddin and Matthew Mullen, 5-7, 6-3, 10-7.
After playing three games over the span of 30 hours, the softball regular season came to an end for the Zephyrs when Easton rallied for a walk-off win last Thursday.
Their final two games against Eastern Pennsylvania Conference opponents led to some bitter disappointment as the Trojans spoiled their alumni night in Coplay last Wednesday, and then the Red Rovers’s AJ Bryfogle laced a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh to give Easton a come-from-behind win, 9-8.