It was another record-breaking performance for the Whitehall girls 4x100 relay team during Friday’s preliminaries at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association 3A Track and Field Championships two weeks ago.
For the third week in a row, the girls established a new school record, this time setting the mark at 48.80. The foursome who accomplished the feat varied slightly from the prior two teams as Monica Manu, Helen Davis, Kate Bonshak and Amanda Crooks blazed that new time in their Friday heat.
The Whitehall boys volleyball season ended in Nazareth last week after getting bounced in the opening round of the state playoffs by Central York.
The Zephyrs found themselves locked in another grueling, five-set match, their third this postseason. The Panthers got out to a 1-0 lead, but Whitehall quickly erased that deficit by winning the next two sets.
The Colonial League and East Penn Conference split their doubleheader in the Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar-Athlete Foundation All-Star Soccer Classic on Sunday, June 3, at Salisbury High School.
The EPC girls were victorious by a score of 4-1 in the opener, with the Colonial League boys winning the second leg 2-1.
Pleasant Valley’s Morgan Covart got the EPC girls on the scoreboard less than three minutes into the contest with a long-range shot that curled into the right side of the net.
With the district title on the line in set three, the Whitehall boys volleyball team needed to stop a surging Emmaus squad to avoid the sweep.
They narrowly missed upending the Green Hornets in the first set, losing by two points to the undefeated denizens of Macungie Street, and as the third set began, they got out to a healthy 8-2 lead.
If they could maintain that lead, they would be able to prolong the match and see if they could seize the momentum and dethrone Emmaus as the reigning district champs.
As Memorial Day weekend traditionally kicks off the pleasure boating season, power boat owners in particular should be aware of a new survey done by Boating Industry magazine.
It says that those in the boating industry that manufacture, sell, repair and store recreational vessels are seeing a growing number of problems caused by ethanol-related fuels. Said one boat dealer in the survey, “Ethanol fuels are great for our service department but bad for our customers!”
With the district softball game teetering on the mercy rule, after Emmaus scored eight runs in the top of the fifth to make it 15-3, Whitehall refused to accept that fate in the opening round of the 6A playoffs.
They had already fought back once, trimming Emmaus’ 7-0 advantage to just four in the bottom of the fourth, but the Hornets erupted for eight more runs in their next at-bat to potentially ice the game if the Zephyrs didn’t score.
The Southern Lehigh baseball team prevented Whitehall from duplicating last year’s postseason run, exacting some revenge in the district semifinals to end the Zephyrs’ season on May 23 at Parkland.
Last year Whitehall who took home the inaugural District XI 5A baseball crown, defeating Southern Lehigh to begin their magical ride to the state finals. This year the Spartans derailed their hopes of repeating a long postseason run, defeating them 3-1 in the opening round of the 5A playoffs.
For the first time since moving to the Lehigh Valley, the Phantoms reached the Eastern Conference Finals. Unfortunately, their stay in the finals didn’t last long as the Toronto Marlies, complete with a number of players who saw considerable time in the NHL this season, swept the Phantoms in four games to end Lehigh Valley’s quest for a Calder Cup championship, winning 3-1 in the series finale.
“You look up and down their roster, obviously, they’re very, very talented,” said goalie Alex Lyon. “They play an NHL style game, very tenacious.”
When Brian Gilbert was hired early in 2012 as Whitehall’s new football coach, he said he wanted to make Zephyr football a combination of fun and winning.
He succeeded on both counts, going 48-23 over six seasons. His .676 winning percentage over that span ranks him just behind Andy Melosky (. 690) among Whitehall’s head coaching fraternity.
The fun came along with all that success as they were able to hoist two district trophies during his tenure. They also shared a Lehigh Valley Interscholastic Athletic Conference crown in 2012 and 2013.
It’s been said that lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place, but Amanda Crooks proved that’s a fallacy as she thundered to gold again in the 100 meters at the Zephyr Sports Complex last week.
This time she bolted to first place at the District XI 3A Track and Field Championships, giving her back-to-back wins this postseason. She finished in 12.26, improving on last week’s mark that saw her win EPC gold in 12.53.