The Whitehall-Coplay School Board offered a handful of goodbyes and one very important welcome at its meeting Nov. 13.
School board Vice President Lloyd Schafer and board members George Makhoul and Eileen Abruzzi participated in their last meeting for this term.
Abruzzi has served on the school board for 20 years. She was presented with a certificate of recognition by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association.
Hundreds of drivers pass Gary Weaver’s home on Main Street in Egypt every day, but most likely have no idea what makes his property special.
Weaver has been studying Pennsylvania Dutch barn paintings since 1970. Two large Amish-style structures decorated with Weaver’s artwork are located behind his home.
He is the sixth-generation owner of the Weaver family property at 4706 Main St. The home dates back to the 1860s, with the larger of the two barns completed by his great-great-grandfather in 1897. The smaller, newer barn is being turned into a quilt barn.
Football and baseball are often referred to as “games of inches.”
Unfortunately for the Whitehall girls soccer team, the Zephyr Sports Complex became a field of inches in their District 11 playoff game against Emmaus recently.
The Green Hornets defeated Whitehall 1-0 on Thursday, Oct. 26. The Zephyrs ended their season with a record of 11-6-1.
At Whitehall-Coplay School Board’s meeting Oct. 9, a group of former Zephyr athletes petitioned members of the school board to consider naming the high school gymnasium after former coach and athletic director Robert Steckel.
Robert Steckel’s son Ross, a Whitehall High School Class of 1969 alumni, presented the school board with a petition that has been supported by 87 of the district’s most notable athletes.
The freshmen are growing up fast for the Whitehall boys soccer team.
Since a 5-0 defeat to Parkland on Sept. 11, the young Zephyr defense has guided Chris Bastidas’ squad to a 6-2 run.
Whitehall has out-scored opponents 28-10 during this eight-game streak.
After winning just two games in 2016, the Zephyrs are one win away from clinching a district playoff berth.
Whitehall defeated Northampton for the second time this season, 3-1 on Oct. 2. Aziz Atiyeh, Zahir Linton, and Kresstoph Whittick each recorded a goal. Alexander Khouri made eight saves.
During the opening quarter of the Whitehall boys soccer season, Head Coach Chris Bastidas knew that he would have some growing pains with a very young defense.
But following two big performances last week, the Zephyr offense appears ready to shoulder the load.
Whitehall defeated Stroudsburg 3-1 on Sept. 13 and East Stroudsburg North 5-0 on Sept. 16.
Tony Rodriguez scored twice and Zahir Linton added a goal and an assist against the Mounties. The Zephyrs held Stroudsburg to just four shots in the contest.
Whitehall Athletic Director Bob Hartman and the Zephyrs athletic training staff received a national honor at the Sept. 11 meeting of Whitehall-Coplay School Board.
John Hauth, of St. Luke’s University Health Network, presented Hartman and the athletic department with the Safe Sports School Award from the National Athletic Trainer Association.
“It’s really a recognition of what this board, this administration, the coaching staff, the field maintenance crew and equipment managers all do to ensure the safety of the student athletes,” Hauth said.
The Whitehall boys soccer team opened its 2017 season with an important victory over Cement Belt rivals, Northampton.
The Zephyrs erased an early two-goal deficit to defeat the K-Kids 4-2 on Sept. 1 at the Zephyr Athletic Complex. Sophomore Kresstoph Whittick scored two goals and added an assist to give head coach Chris Bastidas a big early-season win over his brother Adam on the opposing sideline.
Sophomore Anthony Snyder and senior Jason Santos each scored to give Northampton an early 2-0 lead, but goals by Whittick and junior Tony Rodriguez tied the game before halftime.
As Whitehall-Coplay School District’s students and staff prepare to go back to the classroom, two of the district’s familiar faces will be trading places.
Former Steckel Elementary Principal Glenn Noack and former Whitehall-Coplay Middle School Principal Peter Bugbee have swapped roles. Noack will return to the middle school, where he was a former math teacher and guidance counselor. Bugbee will be heading to Steckel after 13 years at the middle school.
Less than two weeks from the official start of the school year, five of Whitehall-Coplay School District’s newest teachers were introduced to the school board at the Aug. 14 meeting.