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.
The Whitehall volleyball team has dropped two recent matches to league powerhouses.
Last Thursday, April 4, the boys lost to Parkland at home in four sets, 3-1.
One Tuesday night, Whitehall fell to red-hot Liberty team 3-1. After falling 25-20 in the first set, the Zephs won set two 25-16. Unfortunately, they would fall in two very close sets in three a four, 25-23 and 27-25.
The Whitehall boys tennis team dropped a pair of recent matches.
On Tuesday, April 9, they fell to Central at the West End Racquet Club, 6-1.
The number-one doubles team of Izzy Ahmed and Alex Rohn picked up the lone victory. The defeated Austin Grace and Jason Jiang 8-3.
The Zephs lost to Freedom 7-0 on Monday, April 8, at home.
After suffering three consecutive division losses, the Zephyr softball team was able to thaw out their bats last Saturday in a win over Catasauqua High School.
Indeed, the bats came alive in a big way, pounding out 11 hits en route to a 13-7 victory over the Rough Riders.
It was a welcome sign from a team that was scuffling a bit at the plate, scoring just four runs in those three games against Lehigh Valley Conference opponents. Head coach Alexis Berg-Townsend has been stressing the importance of offensive consistency and was glad to see it implemented against Catty.
It's been a blazing start for the Zephyr baseball team as they were undefeated heading into action this week.
Whitehall was 6-0 , getting a mix of solid pitching and timely hitting until they ran into Liberty Tuesday afternoon and suffered their first defeat of the season, 6-5.
It's a team that can do a lot of things well: pitch, play defense and hit. Head coach Shaun O'Boyle said that they also excel in another area that's sometimes overlooked, and that's been a prime reason for their success.
During their recent annual spring training trip to Myrtle Beach, the Whitehall Zephyr Varsity Baseball and Softball teams presented Robert Lammi, VP of The Miracle League of Northampton County, with a $1000 check to help those in need to have the opportunity to play ball this spring and summer. The money was raised during a recent bowl a thon sponsored by the baseball and softball booster clubs. GREAT JOB ZEPHYRS !!
Number seven proved to be lucky when local track teams descended on the Zephyr Sports Complex to compete in the annual Zephyr Relays.
After enduring a number of years of inclement weather more indicative of December football than spring track, the relays actually had dry and fair conditions last Saturday as nine teams participated in 14 events that encompass running, jumping and throwing.
The Zephyr track team burst out of the gates in their first dual meet, leaving Freedom High School in their wake.
Both the boys and girls won, with the boys earning a 113-38.5 victory, while the girls handed the Patriots a 107-43 loss.
Sebesta said he was a bit surprised at the margin of victory, believing that Freedom would present a bigger challenge, but they were able to sweep many of the events en route to both wins.
"I think things kind of fell our way," said Sebesta. "We had a lot of good things happen. The kids really ran and jumped well."
With the baseball season just under way, the Zephyrs have all ready demonstrated the ability to come through in the clutch.
That was the case in their league opener against Northampton Area High School as they found themselves trailing by two runs heading into the top of the sixth. That's when the Zephs put their crunch time heroics to use, coming up with a bases-loaded double by Tyler Sweeney to give them a 5-4 lead. A balk closed out the scoring in the frame, allowing the Zephs to post a 6-4 victory over their division rivals.