Whitehall-Coplay Press

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Family hockey rivalry takes center stage

Friday, November 15, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Phantoms Tyler Wotherspoon is just one member of the family playing in the AHL, with the other being his brother Parker Wotherspoon, who plays for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Growing up the two were generally at different levels because of a four-year age difference. Their paths diverged even further as they got older and even through junior hockey, the two never got to play against each other.

Tyler, 26, was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the second round of the 2011 NHL Draft and 22-year old Parker was selected by the Islanders in the fourth round of the 2015 Draft.

Emmaus defense dominates in districts

Thursday, November 7, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

It’s often said that defense wins championships. In football, coaches talk about the defense needing to be strong as the key component of winning. In baseball, it’s all about pitching and keeping the other guys off the base paths. It’s much the same in soccer.

A good defense can make up for any potential shortcomings on offense and keep a team strong enough to win a championship. Fortunately for the Emmaus boys soccer team, there’s a solid offense helping to drive the team, but wins begin and end with the defense.

Zephs run ends with D-11 finals loss to EHS

Thursday, November 7, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

As the sixth-seed in the District 11 playoffs, Whitehall High School knew they would need to pull off a series of big wins to win district gold. In the first two rounds, they eliminated third-seed Liberty and then bounced second-seed Parkland, both in one-goal games, with the game against Liberty going to overtime. The win over Parkland locked up a spot in states for the Zephyrs, but they still needed to beat top-seed Emmaus to win district gold. Again, they played a one-goal overtime game, but came out on the short end of a 1-0 game, settling for silver medals in districts.

Defenseman Morin gets assigned to LV

Thursday, November 7, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Sam Morin is trying to catch a break.

After missing most of last season recovering from knee surgery, the 24-year old defenseman hoped to break camp with the Flyers and get things going in his career.

He did break camp with the team, but was a healthy scratch through their first eight games of the season.

When he finally did get a chance to play against the Islanders he was basically outmatched and out-skated. With the long layoff, it’s hard to blame Morin for the performance, but it’s also hard to blame Flyers coach Alain Vigneault.

Valley’s young guns starting to stand out

Friday, October 18, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

In their season opener, the Phantoms had a bunch of near-misses when it came to shots. The team’s chemistry looked a little off as a number of new faces, many of them young, inexperienced pro players, tried to fit together into a cohesive unit.

They quickly put the opening 3-0 shutout to Providence aside and came out firing against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The result was a 4-1 win, which they followed up with an overtime loss to another rival, the Hershey Bears.

Time nearing for Phils to expand roster

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Major League teams can expand their rosters to as many as 40 players on Sunday when the calendar flips to September. It’s the last season that teams can go that high.

Starting next season, the roster can expand to just 30 players and there will be a 26-man roster for the regular season instead of the current 25-man roster.

So with the minor league season nearing an end and the rosters expanding, who will be continuing their season in Philadelphia and who starts their offseason?

Lehigh Valley picks up another catcher

Saturday, August 24, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Phillies have made a series of questionable moves this summer, with one of them coming last week when they signed catcher Nick Hundley.

While Hundley isn’t known for his offense, he’s been a strong defensive catcher and has thrown out just over the major league average of 26 percent of would-be base stealers over 12 seasons in the majors.

It never hurts to have a quality defensive catcher, but the Phillies already had three catchers on their Triple-A roster at Lehigh Valley.

Checking out where some former Pigs have landed

Friday, July 19, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Are you going through ‘Pig withdrawal yet?

The IronPigs haven’t played a home game since July 7 and they won’t be back home for another week yet, leaving Coca-Cola Park empty for 15 straight days. The current 11-game road trip saw the ‘Pigs fly from Rochester to Gwinnett Sunday night to start a four-game series against the Stripers.

With the gang out of town, it’s a good time to take a look at some former IronPigs who have also flown out of town, only on a more permanent basis.