Whitehall-Coplay Press

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Roberts looking to get back on track

Friday, November 22, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

For Devon Roberts, these are the trying times.

The Whitehall senior is admittedly antsy to begin the winter track season. Her recent cross country year didn’t end the way she anticipated.

Roberts battled with an ear infection and later an allergic reaction to her medication that dealt a severe blow to her league and district performances, both seen as a springboard to the state tournament.

Kids won’t take Zephs lightly

Thursday, October 24, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Northampton head football coach Kyle Haas understands the impact and the ripple effects of his team’s recent East Penn Conference (EPC) North title.

“Winning a championship is huge for the school and the community,” said Haas. “There hasn’t been one in a long time.

“Our younger kids are working harder to get on the field. They want to be part of the success. For us, it really was a big boost of confidence.”

WHS football team looking to get a win

Friday, October 18, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Regarded as one of the top receivers in the Lehigh Valley, Whitehall’s Allen Negrete has been living up to his reputation all season.

Through eight games, Negrete leads all receivers with 51 catches for 611 yards for a 11.9 average per catch with seven touchdowns. He also tied the school record for receptions (10) in one game.

Yet, his success among some other’s has not been able to equate into success for the Zephyrs this season.

Whitehall (0-8) has allowed 40 or more point in seven of their games this season, the latest in a 56-21 loss to Nazareth last week.

Harriers look to get healthy

Friday, October 18, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

After his team participated in the East Penn Conference (EPC) cross country meet at DeSales University Tuesday, Whitehall head coach Mike Lelko was having all of his runners take ice baths the following day.

Some may have been for rewards, while others may have been for the injuries. They were as a result of the current state of both teams.

Overall, the girls finished 12th out of 14 teams, and the boys were 13th in the 18-team field.

“We did about what I expected,” said Lelko. “Our girls have been battling through some injuries, and our boys continue to grow.”

Barkley looks to lead by example

Thursday, September 26, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

It hasn’t been the season Ali Barkley expected.

Heading into Friday’s game, the Zephyrs have a 0-5 record after their 49-26 loss to Freedom last week in a game that they battled back after a 42-0 deficit.

“We’re not playing to our potential,” said Barkley. “We just have to do what the right thing is to do.

“We have been in games, but we have been up and down in those games. We just haven’t been able to put it together.”

Zephyrs have tough test vs. Pates Freedom

Thursday, September 19, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Heading into the second half last week, Whitehall had a 15-9 lead as well as momentum against Central Catholic as they appeared poised for its first win of the season.

Unfortunately, it didn’t hold up.

The Zephyrs suffered a safety on a high snap that went into the end zone and allowed a late score that sent them to a 16-15 defeat.

“We ended up losing at the end,” said Whitehall head coach Matt Senneca. “We didn’t stop them and we didn’t score.

“We went out and battled and did some positive things out there. Our kids played hard and that’s all we can really do.”

Zephyr harriers building toward postseason

Thursday, September 19, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

With a young team, Whitehall head cross country coach Mike Lelko didn’t mince his words about the state of his team.

“This is a rebuilding year for us,” said Lelko. “We have 20 freshmen out of the 38 boys runners on our roster.

“We expect them to get stronger as the year goes on. They already are gaining valuable experience and they should be improved at the end of the season.”

Sophomores Gavin Hagley and Sean Connolly have helped set the pace in the early going. Hagley was the boys’ top finisher in the 41st annual DeSales High School Invitational in a time of 19:11

Zephs look for win vs. EHS

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Whitehall’s football season already may be at a crossroads.

The Zephyrs return home Friday night to host Emmaus in a key East Penn Conference (EPC) showdown for both teams. Whitehall (0-2) is looking for its first win of the season after they suffered a 46-28 loss at Easton last week.

Against Easton, Whitehall found itself in a 21-7 hole in the opening half as they struggled to stop Red Rovers’ running back Nahjee Adams, who scored on runs of 75 and 78 yards and rambled for 192 of his game-high 278 yards in the opening half.

Zephs look to clean up D

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Whitehall got a good preview of what its offensive potential could be in its 41-28 loss to East Stroudsburg South in its opener last week.

Senior Ali Barkley played his role as the team’s presumed workhorse with 127 yards on 23 carries and two rushing touchdowns, catching another TD for a trio.

But the Zephyrs will need to tighten the reins on defense, a problem area that plagued them last season. East Stroudsburg South’s Christian Arrington ran for 209 yards and scored three times on the ground.