Friday’s volleyball match could have been billed as a heavyweight bout, as the undefeated Zephyrs squared off against the unbeaten Green Hornets in the Main Event on Mechanicsville.
In front of a raucous home crowd, they slugged it out for four sets, with Emmaus’ service game registering the knockout blow. The Zephs were continually scrambling to set up their offense as the Green Hornets were able to get them out of sync from the service line, especially libero Brendan Duncan and James Haag.
Whitehall’s track and field season wrapped up with their annual meet against Parkland, a team that’s been a thorn in their side ever since head coach James Sebesta took over the program.
Monday was no different as the Trojan boys won 97-53, while the Parkland girls defeated their counterparts, 102-48. In the 13 years since Sebesta has been at the helm, they’ve never defeated the Trojans.
The boys finished the year 4-6; the girls were 6-4.
The Whitehall softball team’s victory over Nazareth on Tuesday may serve as a template when the postseason begins, offering a guideline on how to win close games against tough opponents.
For the second year in a row, the Whitehall boys tennis team will be playing in the district playoffs, a testament to the growth of the program under head coach Austin Berg.
The Whitehall and Northampton baseball teams were locked in a battle Friday afternoon that carried with it a place in history to see who would become the first team to hoist the Cement Belt Champions trophy.
The series, the Cement Belt Challenge, was inaugurated this year by the two East Penn Conference rivals who have a long, intertwined history. It came down to the boys baseball game. The softball win by the Kids that same afternoon put the entire series clincher into the hands of the baseball squads.
Whitehall was hopeful that lightning could strike twice when Cara Bonshak stepped to the plate against Parkland in the top of the seventh inning last Friday.
The senior had tripled her last time at bat against Aubree Fritzinger, knocking in Veronica Rodriguez with their first run, trimming the Trojan’s lead to 2-1.
Bonshak stung the ball to deep right-center, proving she could get around on Fritzinger who up to that point had yielded just one hit.
The Whitehall boys volleyball team is setting up for a showdown with Emmaus later this week in what may be a battle of the unbeatens.
The Zephs swept visiting Northampton for their 11th win of the season. If they defeat Freedom on Wednesday, that will most likely set up a winner-take-all match for sole possession of first place in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. The Green Hornets must defeat Easton to hold up their end of the bargain.
The Zephs had to take care of business Monday night versus the Konkrete Kids. They won 25-15, 25-14, 25-11.
With a strong body of work behind them, Jeremy Lim, Gavin Meyers and Nick Rohn will try to advance as far as possible when the District 11 boys singles championships got underway Monday at Lehigh University.
Those three represented Whitehall when the tourney kicked off to determine who will be crowned the 2017 singles champ.
Lim, the team’s No. 1 singles player, headed into the tournament as a seven seed. He’s paired against Ian Absalom from Bangor. Lim recently met Absalom and won handily.
The Whitehall baseball team can’t seem to catch a break, and manager Shaun O’Boyle knows there’s little room for error if they want to qualify for the postseason tournaments.
Last week’s game against Nazareth was a prime example of how one pitch, one inning, or one miscue has them at the bottom of the Skyline Division of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
“It’s a very frustrating thing we’re going through,” said O’Boyle whose team is currently 4-7 after Monday’s win against the same Blue Eagles.
The Whitehall track and field team celebrated senior night with a convincing win over visiting Nazareth, giving them some momentum as the regular season winds down on Monday.
The girls scored points in every event, winning 90-60, while the boys tallied points in everything but the distance races for the 88-62 win. The victory over the Blue Eagles lifts the girls record to 5-4, while the boys are now 4-5.