The Whitehall track and field team got out of the blocks quickly with a win over visiting Pocono Mountain East last week.
The girls defeated the Cardinals 83-67, while the boys won 94.33-49.67 at the first dual meet of the season.
With a young squad still feeling their way through a lot of events, head coach Jim Sebesta was focused more on the big picture in their first meet of the season.
“Just give me a good effort,” said Sebesta.
The boys responded by getting points in every event, while the girls were just shut out in the high jump and discus.
The Zephyr softball team is bashing the ball around the yard, transforming Whitehall into Hitsville, PA.
It could be argued that the softball looks as big as a beachball since they defeated Paramus Catholic to begin their season at Myrtle Beach.
They’ve collected 39 hits and 35 runs over three games, and with all that production at the plate, they’ve burst out of the gate unbeaten.
Their latest victory was a 13-3 demolition of North Pocono.
Sunday’s matinee at Whitehall’s baseball field featured a grand performance by senior Alex Bruneio who stole the show as the Zephyrs notched their first win of the season.
Bruneio belted a towering home run and a solid single to right, his dinger knocking in two runs in a four-run fourth inning that broke the game open. He also dominated from the mound, striking out 10 batters as the Zephs won 9-2 over visiting Crestwood High School.
With three wins under their belts, the Whitehall boys volleyball team is riding a wave of good fortune, and that begins with their senior leadership.
After sweeping Pocono Mountain West, their third sweep in as many games, the Zephyrs are once again making that steady climb into the upper echelon of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
The Zephyr Relays turned into quite the showcase for the Whitehall boys as they won a number of events at this year’s installment of the annual early season meet.
The boys won four events, taking home first place in the 800 Sprint Medley, Pole Vault, Discus and Javelin. Those wins catapulted them into third place, finishing second to perennial powerhouses North Penn and Easton Area High Schools at the Zephyr Sports Complex last Saturday.
To date, the Whitehall boys nascent tennis season has been highlighted by a will to win, and that mindset has allowed them to prevail in some close matches.
Head coach Austin Berg said that their 6-1 victory over Pleasant Valley last week demonstrated that resiliency and their desire to come out on top.
“We had that passion to win,” said Berg.
The Via Basketball All-Star Classic announced their rosters recently, as they gear up for their 42nd annual year, which gets underway on March 29 at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem for the Via All-Star Banquet.
Matt Millen will be the keynote speaker for the night, which will introduce a new class to the Lehigh Valley High School Basketball Hall of Fame.
This year’s inductees include Mimi Griffin (Broadcaster), Brian Hunter (Emmaus, Class of 2007), Jackie (Yandrisevits) Markle (Nazareth, Class of 2005) and the 1951 Allentown High School boys’ basketball team.
The outlook for the Whitehall boys track and field season relies heavily on a talented group of throwers who medaled last season in the postseason.
With seniors Tyler Meyers (discus) and Jackson Buskirk (javelin) returning, the Zephyrs have a solid foundation on which to build as they prepare for the upcoming season. Meyers qualified for the PIAA Track and Field Championships last year, while Buskirk took third in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Championships, a remarkable feat for someone who was new to the sport.
The upcoming Whitehall girls track and field season will feature a lot of youth, and that inexperience may lead to some growing pains throughout the season.
Maybe it was all that snow preventing the Zephyrs from taking their home baseball field that subconsciously thrust last Saturday’s game into extra innings when they got to Myrtle Beach to play their first game of the season.
They played for 10 innings against North Hills (PA.) at the Cal Ripken Experience, a game that was finally decided when the Indians struck for two runs in the bottom of the frame to win 5-4.