The Whitehall girls soccer team’s season came to an end at the 9:39 mark of the second overtime in their District 11 semifinal game against Easton.
The second-seeded Zephyrs and third-seeded Red Rovers had been locked in a scoreless battle for over 100 minutes of playing time before Easton was finally able to break through following back-to-back corners.
Whitehall had beaten Easton 2-1 during the regular season and had outplayed Easton for most of the playoff game.
During regulation, the Zephyrs outshot the Rovers 9-5 and also led in corners, 4-1.
WHITEHALL — Day after day.
Week after week.
Month after month,
Year after year.
Like clockwork, Derek Strohl has watched his players give their all - win, lose or draw.
It was no different for the Pleasant Valley head coach in a 3-0 loss to Whitehall in the District 11 Class 4A quarterfinals on Thursday night.
Senior Chad Hussett shook of some early week soreness, and then shook off a host of would-be Northampton tacklers last Friday to help the Zephyrs end the football season on a strong note.
Hussett made Al Erdosy Stadium his personal running track as he rushed for 299 yards, his biggest output of his season and career. He scored two touchdowns and left a trail of exasperated, air-grabbing Kids in his wake.
News flash: Don’t tell the Whitehall girls volleyball team that they can’t compete with the top seed in the district tournament.
So don’t tell them that they have a zero chance of winning a set against an Emmaus squad that won 18 games in the regular season. I mean, history will tell you that the Zephyrs didn’t win a set against the Hornets in their two matches this season.
Yes, all is safe in Macungie.
Whitehall junior Devon Roberts was in it to win it last week at the District XI Class 3A Cross Country Championships last Wednesday at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course, finishing 18th with a time of 20:41.92.
“I felt excited after this race,” Roberts said. “I really pushed myself.”
Although Roberts did not advance to states, she has one more year to reach that goal and will know how to accomplish that.
With the postseason in full swing, a couple of Whitehall tennis players are looking to extend their seasons as long as they can.
On a chilly Tuesday afternoon at Lehigh University’s tennis courts, Natalia Pedraza and Noel Yacoub began District XI AAA Girls Doubles Tournament competition. The two drew Dieruff’s Vivian Soto and Ashley Balbuena in the first round.
It will be a familiar scenario for the Whitehall girls volleyball team when district action begins this week.
For the fourth consecutive year, Whitehall will be vying for a quarterfinal spot in one of the early play-in games when the District XI 4A Girls Volleyball Tournament gets underway on Oct. 25 at Emmaus High School.
If history repeats itself, Whitehall will once again be playing two games on that opening evening as top-seeded Emmaus awaits the winner of the 8-9 match featuring Whitehall and Wyoming Valley West.
It was the last home football game for twenty Whitehall seniors, and while they lost to Liberty, they still played every down as if a championship was on the line.
No one embodies that spirit more than senior Joe Herman. Herman had four receptions for 164 yards and two touchdowns. He also showed that never-say-die attitude on defense as he chased down a Liberty back from the opposite side of the field to prevent a touchdown late in the second half.
Nazareth goalkeeper Caitlyn Lazzarini stood in the way of Whitehall advancing to the finals of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Girls Soccer Championships, using her hands, and ultimately her feet, to knock the Zephyrs from the playoffs.
Lazzarini scored the winning penalty kick, propelling the Blue Eagles to a 1-1 (4-2) win over Whitehall, putting them in the finals against Parkland.
Two weeks ago, we mentioned that Coho and steelhead fishing in the Salmon River in New York state was heating up. Well my friend Tom Marchetto, of Easton, made that trip two weeks ago and reported that he and his fishing buddy Joe Chelak of New Boston, PA, had an exciting trip but landed few fish.
Said Marchetto, “Although there were fish throughout the river, the hot spots seemed to be at both the lower end and upper end of the river, with very little action in the middle.”