As members of the Whitehall’s girls 4x100 relay team gathered to await their gold medals at last week’s district meet, a celebratory dance ensued, one in which didn’t have a name yet.
“We just made it up in the locker room,” said Rebecca Ganthier. “It doesn’t have a name. We just made it up. Whitehall pride.”
It’s something that originated as they tried to hype themselves up to get ready for the meet.
“It just came out,” said Ganthier.
While that impromptu dance may not have an official name, the foursome can officially be called record breakers--again.
Whitehall’s opponent in the finals of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Boys Volleyball Championship has been a thorn in their side the last few postseasons.
Well, make that a stinger in their side.
Once again the Green Hornets prevented the Zephyrs from claiming a championship, this time the site was at Allen High School as the two teams collided to see who would win the EPC title. Emmaus emerged victorious, defeating Whitehall in three sets to become the 2018 league champs.
In addition to their two first-place finishes, Whitehall had a number of excellent performances during the District XI 3A Track and Field Championships last week.
The boys 4x100 team also earned a medal, finishing fourth with a 43.63 mark. That group included Martin Labib, Kresstoph Whittick, Chad Hussett and Dez Boykin.
Boykin also competed in the long jump, finishing seventh with a 21-07.75 mark.
100 – 1. Amanda Crooks (Whitehall) 12.26, 2. Kylie Kutz (Blue Mtn.) 12.41, 3. Alanna Smith (Emmaus) 12.60.
200 – 1. Talitha Diggs (Saucon Vy.) 24.84, 2. Kylie Kutz (Blue Mtn.) 25.57, 3. Jalurah Moore (Pleasant Vy.) 26.03.
400 – 1. Talitha Diggs (Saucon Vy.) 56.61, 2. Jasmine Douglas-Grant (Stroudsburg) 58.17, 3. Ellissa Slader (Easton) 59.32.
800 – 1. Greta Stuckey (Liberty) 2:18.55, 2. Katherine Ellmaker (Easton) 2:19.25, 3. Emily Banashefski (Stroudsburg) 2:20.08.
The Lehigh Valley Phantoms went into Toronto on a mission to do something that no other team has done this postseason; beat the Marlies on their home ice. Toronto has gone 7-0 at home this postseason after winning all five home games in last year’s playoffs. While the effort was there, the result wasn’t and Toronto has jumped out to a 2-0 lead in games over the Phantoms in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Championship series. The series now returns to Lehigh Valley for the next three games.
Steelstacks in Bethlehem is again hosting their fourth Step Outdoors Lehigh Valley program that is two-days of presentations, hands-on activities, educational programs for the entire family. It’s an effort to promote what the great outdoors has to offer. The program is set for June 2-3 at Steelstacks.
Palisades School District’s administration is excited to recommend Mr. Brian Gilbert, high school teacher and former football coach at Palisades, as the new Athletic Director replacing Ms. Rebecca George, the school announced on Tuesday, May 22.
This recommendation will be made to the School Board of Directors at their next regular meeting on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Ms. George has accepted a position as the new Athletic Director at East Penn School District and will be leaving at the end of the school year.
Allentown Central Catholic (ACC), Bethlehem Catholic (BC), Dieruff (D), Easton (E), East Stroudsburg North (ESN), East Stroudsburg South (ESS), Emmaus (Em), Freedom (F), Liberty (L), Nazareth (Na), Northampton (No), Parkland (P), Pleasant Valley (PV), Pocono Mountain East (PME), Pocono Mountain West (PMW), Stroudsburg (S), Whitehall (W), William Allen (WA).
100 – 1. Jahan Dotson (Na) 10.99, 2. Zaheer Seabrooks (BC), 3. Khalili Edwards (PMW), 4. Joe Kurtz (BC), 9. Nasai Moon (PV),
It was a run for the record books as the Whitehall girls 4x100 relay team took home gold at the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Track and Field Championships last week.
The foursome of Monica Manu, Rebecca Ganthier, Kate Bonshak and Amanda Crooks crossed the line in 48.86, establishing a school record and EPC record in the process. For the school record, they beat the previous mark of 49.37 set in 2010 as Kelsey Gregory, Danielle Smith, Brooke Hamscher and Erinn Bonshak combined for that finish.
Amanda Crooks’s spot atop the podium last Wednesday during the medal ceremony following the 100 meter dash, cemented the senior as the top sprinter in the league.
Yes, the Zephyr Sports Complex has become Crooks Country every spring for the last four years, and she further added to her legacy, finishing first in 12.53 to capture the gold in the 100 meters at the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Track and Field Championships.
Crooks now has a gold medal to go along with her two silver medals, taking second in 2015 and again in 2016.