It will be a packed vehicle when the Whitehall track team heads to the state championships this weekend.
Heading on that trip to the PIAA Track and Field Championships at Shippensburg University will be Lucas Souders, Chad Hussett, Aspen Schache, Helen Davis, Aliyah Barkley and Kate Bonshak.
That group earned two silvers and a bronze at last week’s District XI 3A Track and Field Championships at the Zephyr Sports Complex.
The PIAA Championships are set to begin this weekend at Seth Grove Stadium on the campus of Shippensburg University.
TRACK AND FIELD
At Whitehall High School Sporting Complex
Legend: Allen (All), Allentown Central Catholic (ACC), Bethlehem Catholic (BC), Dieruff (Die), Easton (East), Emmaus (Emm), East Stroudsburg North (ESN), East Stroudsburg South (ESS), Freedom (Free), Liberty (Lib), Nazareth (Naz), Northampton (Nor), Parkland (Park), Pleasant Valley (PV), Pocono Mountain East (PME), Pocono Mountain West (PMW), Stroudsburg (Str), Whitehall (Whi).
The East Penn Conference announced the 2019 volleyball all-stars this week with Whitehall’s outside hitter Joseph Herman taking home MVP honors. Five Zephyrs were named to the three teams on the list, as they finished the regular season undefeated at 18-0.
The complete list of all-stars are below.
Joseph Herman OH Whitehall MVP, Stephen Reynolds OH Emmaus, Michael Vargas S Liberty, Luis Roman L Northampton, Brad Turocy OH Freedom, Richard Melosky S Whitehall, Seth Fine S Parkland.
Monday’s semifinal match of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Boys Volleyball Championships represented a big hurdle, one in which the Zephyrs decidedly overcame in their attempt to claim a league title.
They defeated their nemesis Emmaus, a team that’s stood in the way of their pursuit of both league and district titles the last couple of years. They took the match in straight sets, knocking off the Hornets 27-25, 25-16, 27-25 to set up a championship match against Freedom on Wednesday.
This article about Whitehall’s EPC baseball playoff game against Liberty was supposed to begin by telling readers about the best catch of the year, and how it saved a potential big inning, sparking the Zephs to victory.
When first baseman Ben Hudak drifted into foul ground to go after a pop up, the bases were loaded in the bottom of the third of a scoreless game. Hudak kept tracking the ball as it started to reach the fence where spectators had gathered to watch the game. Hudak stuck his glove over the fence, and then toppled over it, the ball secure in his mitt.
In his line of work, Saquon Barkley is accustomed to drawing a crowd.
It’s usually opposing defenders with the intent of bringing down the elusive running back as he looks to pick up yardage as a New York Giants running back.
On Wednesday those crowds turned into EPC and Colonial League student-athletes who swarmed the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year as he returned to the Zephyrs Sports Complex to cheer on his sister as she competed in the 2019 EPC Track & Field Championships.
When Logan Bortz stepped to the plate in the top seventh of a tie game in the quarterfinal round of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Softball Championships, she was looking for something to drive to put them ahead by a run in a tough pitcher’s duel.
She had blasted a double to deep center in her previous trip to the plate, and the senior was now looking to duplicate that prior at-bat with Abby Reese on first in a 1-1 tie.
Judging by what was written prior to the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Track and Field Championships, Whitehall’s 4x100 girls relay team was merely an afterthought.
Both Emmaus and East Stroudsburg South were being touted as teams to watch leading up the EPC/Colonial League Championships at the Zephyr Sports Complex last week. And even though the Zephyrs were the defending EPC champs, setting a new school record in the process, they were overlooked by local scribes.
Whitehall defeated Freedom 25-19, 26-24, 25-18 to capture the East Penn Conference title Wednesday night at Allen.
Recently-named league MVP Joseph Herman helped to lead the way 21 kills, 2 blocks, 13 digs and 2 aces. Dylan McGinley added 11 kills and 2 blocks while Alex Khouri had 9 kills, Aziz Atiyeh had 14 digs and Ricky Melosky chipped in with 3 kills and 41 assists.
So far this season, Whitehall is 8-0 in the division, 16-0 in the league and 20-0 this season overall.
The Zephs swept Emmaus in the first round while Freedom upset Parkland in the semis.
Rain is once again altering league playoff schedules in the area. This time, Colonial League and EPC softball playoff games have been pushed back from Tuesday to Wednesday.
In the Colonial League, Notre Dame will take on Bangor at Pates Park at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, followed by the Northwestern-Palmerton game at 7 p.m. League finals are still scheduled for Thursday, May 16, at 7 p.m. at Pates Park.