After playing three games over the span of 30 hours, the softball regular season came to an end for the Zephyrs when Easton rallied for a walk-off win last Thursday.
Their final two games against Eastern Pennsylvania Conference opponents led to some bitter disappointment as the Trojans spoiled their alumni night in Coplay last Wednesday, and then the Red Rovers’s AJ Bryfogle laced a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh to give Easton a come-from-behind win, 9-8.
Whitehall unleashed some high energy against Parkland in the semifinals of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Boys Volleyball Championship, setting up a title match against Emmaus this week.
The Zephyrs defeated the Trojans in four sets Monday night, advancing to the finals where they’ll play the top seeded Green Hornets for the EPC crown.
They won 25-23, 25-23, 23-25 and 25-20 to knock the Trojans out of the playoffs. It was the second time in four days that the rivals squared off, with Whitehall winning Friday’s regular season clash in a thrilling five sets.
100 – 1. Julian Liaci (Naz) 10.67, 2. Eddie Brown (ESN) 11.04, 3. Julian Colon (Park) 11.15, 4. Khalil Edwards (PMW) 11.17;
200 – 1. Julian Liaci (Naz) 21.83, 2. Jahvanne Alexander (WA) 22.39, 3. Eddie Brown (ESN) 22.54, 4. Julian Colon (Park) 22.67;
400 – 1. Javier Hernandez (WA) 50.32, 2. Connor Tempro (Park) 50.85, 3. Omari Slocombe (ESS) 50.92, 4. Zahir Linton (Whi) 51.93;
800 – 1. Jacob Ringer (Park) 1:59.87, 2. Riley Williamson (Park) 2:00.01, 3. Stephen Krause (East) 2:00.29, 4. Luke Valdevit (PV) 2:00.59;
The fourth set turnaround by the Whitehall volleyball team proved to be the springboard they needed to end the regular season with a hard fought victory over Parkland.
After trailing by eight points, and behind in sets 2-1 to the Trojans, the Zephyrs rallied to win that crucial set, sending it to the deciding fifth set. Once again they had to come from behind, but a Joseph Herman kill gave Whitehall the 15-11 victory, ending their regular season with an emphatic win over their rivals.
The East Penn Conference softball playoffs will look to beat the rain and get under way Friday afternoon.
By virtue of a perfect mark, the Parkland Trojans are this year’s number-one seed. They will face off against Northampton, which sneaks in as the number-eight seed. The two, of course, are very familiar Skyline Division opponents.
Liberty will take the second seed after finishing 14-2 in the EPC. They will take on seven-seed Whitehall, which is coming off a 9-8 shootout loss to Easton on Thursday afternoon in a game that featured seeding implications.
While personal accomplishments are all well and good, senior Logan McGinley wanted to focus on the big picture after a tough loss to Nazareth on Friday night.
The Zephyr volleyball team had just been swept by the Blue Eagles, and McGinley was circumspect in his answers about the personal milestone he achieved a couple of games ago, versus what they needed to accomplish as a unit.
With their recent rough patch that resulted in back-to-back league losses, softball head coach Alexis Berg-Townsend isn’t ready to hit the panic button.
She knows they’re going to be OK. They have a roster full of talented players and that will ultimately get them back on track.
“We have a good team, and they fight, and we’re going to find a way,” said Berg-Townsend. “So we just keep talking about plugging away, finding that pitch and having confidence, and most important, having fun when we get in that batter’s box.”
It was exactly the type of game that manager Shaun O’Boyle had envisioned during the Zephyrs recent spate of league contests that had them scrambling to get above .500.
It was a quality win against a good opponent, a game in which everything came together when they hosted Allentown Central Catholic on a windy Wednesday afternoon. They scored early and often, blanking the Vikings 10-0 to earn their seventh win of the season. It also evened their league mark at 6-6.
It’s the opportunity that only a small percentage of the population gets, but former Lehigh quarterback and Whitehall product Nick Shafnisky will get his shot at building his NFL resume when he arrives at the NovaCare Complex for a rookie minicamp with the Philadelphia Eagles this week.
Shafnisky will report on Thursday for a night meeting, before hitting the field on Friday through Sunday for a chance to impress and gain a contract to become apart of the Eagles 90-man offseason roster.