Success on the football field invariably breeds keen interest, and judging by the throng of media crowded in then press box, Zephyr Stadium was the place to be last Friday.
On hand were two local television stations, four newspapers and a blogger to watch the 3-1 Zephyrs tackle the 2-2 Trojans in an eagerly anticipated Lehigh Valley Conference showdown that's usually reserved for the end of the year. It was the center of the football universe in the Lehigh Valley for that moment, and everyone expected a tough, close game.
It wasn't the kind of "second season" Whitehall head coach George Romano exactly had in mind.
After his team dropped its first game of the season in a 1-0 defeat to Allentown Central Catholic that snapped a 10-game opening-season winning streak last Thursday, Romano decided to begin a "second season" in which his team could possibly begin another winning streak en route back to another invitational to the state title game later this fall.
Senior golfer Mark Roth took a swing at qualifying for the District 11 Championships, but came up a bit short to reach the tourney.
Roth qualified for a spot by averaging 78 this season. On Monday's round at the Woodstone Golf Course, Roth shot a 96, missing the cut. The AAA tourney takes the top 20 golfers, plus the conference champions, and Roth missed the mark.
While Roth was unable to extend his Whitehall golfing career, head coach Curt Beer said that he left behind a strong work ethic and commitment to the game. That was evident in how well he played this season.
The Whitehall volleyball team is still trying to find some firm footing as they negotiate the hardwoods of the Lehigh Valley Conference.
The Zephs had another up and down week, winning one match while losing two, dropping their record to 3-8.
It's been that type of year so far for the netters, and they'll have to make a strong push if they want to make the playoffs.
The win came against Dieruff High School, sweeping the Huskies in three games, 31-29, 25-16, 25-10.
With some of his players returning to the lineup from injuries and a maturing team, Whitehall head boys' soccer coach Gus Garcia believes his team may be peaking toward a successful finish.
Beginning the week with an overall 6-3-1 mark, Garcia likes his chances. The Zephyrs began play with a two-game winning streak and a tight 2-0 defeat to Northampton.
It was another lesson for the Zephyrs in their battle with Emmaus High School as they try to unseat the reigning champs who still sit in LVC field hockey's top perch.
Their 4-0 loss came last Wednesday in a game where the Zephs couldn't muster enough offense, and were hampered by the loss of the some key players due a scheduling conflict.
They've been knocking on the door the last few seasons, meeting the Green Hornets in the league and district finals last year, with the latter game decided by two goals.
The Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners can probably identify with the Zephyr girls volleyball team as both are looking to make the most of a little open space.
That was the case in Whitehall's match versus Pleasant Valley High School last week as the Zephs had trouble putting the ball down against the Bears, losing in four games 25-16, 17-25, 19-25, 16-25.
Editor's Note: Duke Helm, the District 11 statistician provides the District 11 Football Notes. These note are after week 3 of the high school season.
Liberty's KJ Williams caught three TD passes against Nazareth to become the all-time school leader in TD catches. Williams now has 17 for his career, breaking Joe Donaher's record of 15 TD catches set from 1965-67. Williams now has 1,046 yards receiving in his career to become the fifth Hurricane to accomplish that.
Whitehall head girls' tennis coach Meredith Kester admitted her team recently experienced their most difficult part of their schedule as they begin to conclude their 2012 campaign. The stint left them with an overall 6-8 mark beginning this week.
Yet, Kester is both optimistic and patient the program can soon return to the same level when they captured the District 11 Class AAA title two years ago.
"We definitely went through the hardest part of our schedule," Kester said. "We had some of those matches back-to-back, and it was a real challenge for us.
Defense may have been the story when the Zephyrs and Blue Eagles clashed at Andrew S. Leh Stadium last Friday, but it was a Nick Shafnisky touchdown scamper that ultimately was the backbreaker in their 28-21 win.