With each successive match, the Whitehall girls tennis team is learning what it takes to become successful against fierce competition within the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
One of the difficult tests they faced was against Freedom in a match last week at their home court. Freedom is one of the best teams in the EPC and head coach Alex Green knew it would be a big challenge to win any of their matches against a team that is strong up and down their lineup.
While they lost 0-7 to the undefeated Pates, they managed to win games in each of those matches, save No. 1 singles.
The Whitehall golf team has managed to win one match each time they’ve stepped onto the course this season, making a bid to become one of the better teams in the league this year.
With their win over Stroudsburg last week, they’re now 5-6 on the year which puts them in the middle of the pack within the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
They say defense wins championships and Emmaus showed they have a lot of things to clean up on that side of the ballfollowing last week’s 42-35 loss to Whitehall.
Meanwhile, teams like Parkland and Easton continued to throttle teams on the defensive side of the ball, giving up 13 combined points last week.
As we enter week three, we have a new team at the top, as the top five has shuffled too, but how long will the pecking order last?
1. Parkland (2-0)
Last week’s rank: #3
Didn’t take long for the Trojans to get back on top.
With the soccer season barely a minute old, the Whitehall girls struck for their first goal of the season, a tally which stood up the rest of the way as they defeated Northampton in the opener.
That goal wouldn’t have been possible without the diving save of goalkeeper Grace Clary. A Northampton player was barreling down the field on a breakaway, and Clary came out to challenge the play, sprawling onto the ground to make the save.
Whitehall’s Braxton Marrero and Emmaus’ Sone Ntoh can attest to the redemptive power of sport as they both responded to adversity with big plays that helped make last Friday’s EPC South matchup an early candidate for the high school football game of the year.
Ntoh had his moment of misfortune midway through the fourth quarter when he fumbled the ball as the Green Hornets were driving for the tying score. Whitehall had just forged ahead on a pass from Ethan Parvel to wideout Dez Boykin who found the end zone for the third time in the game, making it 35-28.
The Whitehall boys soccer team opened its 2017 season with an important victory over Cement Belt rivals, Northampton.
The Zephyrs erased an early two-goal deficit to defeat the K-Kids 4-2 on Sept. 1 at the Zephyr Athletic Complex. Sophomore Kresstoph Whittick scored two goals and added an assist to give head coach Chris Bastidas a big early-season win over his brother Adam on the opposing sideline.
Sophomore Anthony Snyder and senior Jason Santos each scored to give Northampton an early 2-0 lead, but goals by Whittick and junior Tony Rodriguez tied the game before halftime.
An entire slate of 1-0 teams matched up in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference division that swept it’s northern counterpart last week.
Defending District 11 Class 5A champ Whitehall made a statement with a win over defending Eastern Pennsylvania Conference champ Emmaus, while Bethelehem Catholic and Freedom also rolled to wins.
In the Colonial League, Catasauqua and Salisbury both remained undefeated with victories on Friday night.
The Zephyrs beat Emmaus 42-35.
Whitehall head coach Brian Gilbert has always stressed fast starts as a recipe for success, and Friday’s opener against Pocono Mountain East was a textbook example of that philosophy.
Braxton Marrero and the running game took center stage against the Cardinals as the Zephyrs scored 35 points in the first quarter. Their running attack proved too much for PME as the Zephs racked up 437 yards en route to the 55-12 win.
Week 1 of the high school football season told us what we expected: the EPC North football teams can’t compete with their neighbors in the south — but we already knew that.
Now, the real season begins with divisional play, highlighted by a slate of intriguing games this weekend.
The Colonial League saw Palisades make a play for a possible run at the league crown with their win over Notre Dame last week, but how will Week 2 shake out?
Check out the picks below in this week’s edition of the top 10.
1. Emmaus (1-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
Speed, power and agility.
All great running backs possess at least one of those qualities.
Penn State running back and Coplay native Saquon Barkley has proved that he possesses all three.
The Nittany Lions College Football Playoff hopes rest squarely on the legs and shoulders of the junior, as he will try to cement himself as the top running back in the country in 2017.