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Zephs compete in final summer tourney

The summer offseason has officially come to an end for the Whitehall High School boys basketball team.

The Zephyrs concluded their competitions by playing in the A-town Throwdown event at Cedar Beach park in Allentown last weekend.

It was a round robin tournament with four teams playing each other in divisions with the winner of the group going to the playoffs on Sunday.

Whitehall defeated Sankofa 42-31 in its opening game on Thursday night, which was played inside at Muhlenberg College, due to rain.

Following a day off on Friday, the Zephyrs were back in action on Saturday morning looking to remain undefeated. That changed after having to face last year’s state semifinalist in District 1 power, Lower Merion. The Aces got the better of Whitehall 35-29.

The Zephyrs had their tournament come to an end a few hours later by falling to Boyertown 42-24.

Corey Frantz is an assistant coach for the Whitheall boys and was also the acting head coach for this tournament. He at least liked what he saw early on in the tournament.

“Our first two games I thought we competed really hard,” said Frantz. “We just lost a little bit of that edge in our last game. It might have been because of fatigue or the heat, but regardless I was hoping for better in our final game of the summer. They have played hard all summer so it was unlike them. But there are bigger things outside of basketball, especially this summer.”

Following last season, Whitehall had seven varsity players graduate and move on from the program. That was more than half of the roster.

The Zephyrs are hoping that their crop of younger players will take the leap this offseason and keep Whitehall competitive at the top of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11.

“We have some younger players that are developing and jumping into new things that we’re asking them to do,” Frantz said. “We lost a lot of experience last year so it’s about these guys fitting in and developing. We need to find those new pieces that will help us. Guys like AJ Hines and Luke Keppel were underclassmen last year and will be some key pieces for us this year.”

Whitehall will now have a little over two months off before it meets to begin working towards the 2022-23 winter season.