Editor's note - Wednesday's boys basketball game against Stroudsburg takes place after Press deadlines.
When the ball is tipped to begin the district basketball playoffs, pitting the Zephyrs against the Mountaineers, the stakes will be much higher than the first time these two met this season.
The two squads hooked up in a scrimmage as the 2012-2013 season was dawning, giving head coach Jeff Jones and his team a sneak peek into what to expect when these two teams clash at Zephyr Gymnasium on Feb. 20.
Brooke Gilson knew she had a very good chance at breaking the record and it would likely happen this season. Still, she enjoyed the limelight of the moment.
Gilson, a senior in the Whitehall swimming program, recently broke the all-time career points total in the program when she passed the previous mark set of 872. 5 set by Val Nordquist in 1995.
With her regular season total of 220 points, Gilson accumulated a career total of 891.5 points through the regular meet season that recently ended.
Sara Wagner hasn't been overly concerned whether or not she finishes among the top three competitors in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle events. She also isn't that concerned about not having qualified for the upcoming district meet.
Instead when the swimming season officially ends for the Whitehall senior, Wagner will be concerned about missing her family away from home.
"It will be tough leaving here," she said. "We have been a tight-knit group, a true family. Sure, we have our fights and disagreements, but we all have been very supportive of each other over the years.
It could have been a baseball team that Whitehall High School assembled when announcing the future plans of their student athletes during the National Letter of Intent ceremony held February 6.
Those nine seniors represented the latest class to sign on the dotted line, fulfilling dreams and stoking expectations as they prepare for the next phase of their lives.
That group included Kayla Cunningham, Aaron Genevese, Brooke Gilson, Kara Parvel, Cassie Schmidt, Nick Shafnisky, Nick Sommer, James Wah and Jake Wygant.
Four years ago, Rudy Romanyshyn joined the Whitehall High School swimming team as a way to get some exercise and get in shape.
Now, four year later, Romanyshyn is on the verge of becoming a district qualifier.
The senior has emerged among a budding group of male swimmers in the Zephyrs' program this winter. As a result, both the boy's and girls' programs have been raised their bars among their competitors in the Lehigh Valley Conference.
With two tough losses to close out the season, the Zephyr girls basketball team experienced a little déjá vu that seems to have embodied their year.
The girls lost their final game to Pocono Mountain East in overtime, losing 49-45 to their Mountain Valley Conference rival. That loss served as a microcosm of their season, said head coach Rick Worman as he watched another team shoot well against them despite sinking more field goals than the Cardinals.
As the Zephyr wrestling team preps for the district tournament, they can look back on another successful year that will guide them into the postseason.
The Zephs ended their season with a win over Jim Thorpe Area High School, capping a 10-9 season that saw them get steadily better as the year progressed.
The Zephyr boys basketball team wrapped up another season, using a late-season winning streak to once again gain entry into the District 11 tourney.
They won four out of their last five games, finishing second in the North Division of the Lehigh Valley Conference with a 12-9 record. (7-6, LVC).
At one point they were 4-6, and while nobody was throwing dirt on them quite yet, it was a big hole that would require some steep climbing. It was at this time that head coach Jeff Jones did some evaluation and made a decision.
Heart has been the one word that head coach Rich Crowley reiterates about his team. The Salisbury/Whitehall hockey team never quits and always plays to the final whistle, even with the challenge of facing some of the top teams.
Last Monday night Salisbury/Whitehall stayed with the number 1 team in the league Parkland for a majority of the game, and came away with a late goal for their efforts in a 5-1 loss at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.
Whitehall High School's varsity cheerleading squad won the silver medal in the small division at the District XI cheerleading competition on Jan. 26 at Easton Area Middle School.
The Zephyrs' second-place victory earned them the right to compete at the PIAA State Cheerleading Championships in Hershey.