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EPC wrestling championship set for Jan. 25

Friday, January 24, 2020 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference announced the pairings for the wrestling championships.

The event will take place at Easton Area Middle School on Saturday, Jan. 25.

Cost for admission is as follows: adults $6, students $3, senior citizens $3.

Introductions will take place before the championship match.

Championship awards will take place after the championship match.


Round 1 (2 p.m.)

Weigh-ins: 1 p.m.

13th Place – PM East vs. PM West

15th Place – Dieruff vs. ES North

17th Place – Allen vs. Central Catholic

Winter Classic set for January 25

Thursday, January 23, 2020 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The annual Lehigh Valley Winter Classic will take place on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at the Bethlehem Municipal rink located at 345 Illick’s Mill Rd, Bethlehem.

The Winter Classic is an all day ice hockey celebration with all the proceeds going to the SPHL (Special Hockey of the Lehigh Valley) Polar Bears team. The event started back in 2014 and continues to grow, raising $3,000 its first year to a record $44,000-plus in 2019.

EPC playoffs matchups set

Thursday, October 10, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The EPC announced playoff matchups for soccer and field hockey on Thursday.

In boys soccer, Liberty gets the top seed and a home game against Eastburg South, the 8 seed, on Saturday at 12 p.m.. The winner gets Easton (4) or Stroudsburg (5), who play Saturday in Easton at 10 a.m.

On the bottom of the bracket, Emmaus gets the two seed and hosts seventh-seeded Freedom, last year’s District 11 champs. That game is 2:15 p.m. Saturday with the winner playing the Parkland (3)-Whitehall (6) winner. The Trojans and Zephs play at 2 p.m. Saturday at Parkland.

Golf, tennis playoffs begin Runner Devon Roberts takes 15th

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Some fall sports postseasons are already under way as the golf and tennis got a head start.

In tennis, the District 11 singles tournament started Monday. Noel Yacoub and Natalia Pedraza took part but both lost in their opening round matches.

Pedraza didn’t make it easy on her opponent though, taking the first set 6-4 before falling in set two by the same 6-4 score. The third set didn’t end until Freedom’s Isabella Szmodis came out an 11-9 winner.

Yacoub had a tough draw against the nine-seed, Southern Lehigh’s Evelyn Wang, and lost 6-2, 6-0.

Boys go 3-0, girls 2-1 in cross country meet

Thursday, September 26, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Devon Roberts took first place at a meet in the Lehigh Parkway which helped to lead the Zephyr girls to two wins Tuesday.

Whitehall beat PM West 15-50 and Pleasant Valley 24-32, but the team fell to PM East in a close, 27-29 contest.

Roberts finished with the top time of 20:56.

Lindsay Solderitch took 14th with a time of 23:14, Mackenzie Laub was 17th in 23:25 and Daisha Hamilton was 25th in 24:14 to round out the top-25 runners.

The following were girls scores from the race:

Emmaus 19, PM East 42

Emmaus 15, PM West 50

Roberts takes seventh at cross country meet

Thursday, September 12, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Whitehall competed in a cross county meet at Northampton’s Bicentennial Park in East Allen Township on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

The teams competing were: Northampton, Easton, Nazareth, Central Catholic, Emmaus and Whitehall.

Devon Roberts was the highest Zephyr finisher on the day, taking seventh overall in the girls race which was won by Emmaus’ Kera Reinhard with a time of 19:37. Roberts finished with a time of 20:31.

The girls dropped all three of their contests, falling 23-34 to Northampton, 22-37 to Nazareth and 20-43 to Easton.

WHS soccer teams off to hot start this fall season

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The Whitehall boys soccer team got off to a great start with an 8-0 win over Palisades.

The Zephs put the game away with five goals in the first half before adding three more in the second half.

Ziyad Atiyeh, Gio Mazzola, Jake Gier and Rahman Ojulari-Sulyman scored in the first half with Gier notching two and finishing with four goals total for the game.

Atiyeh got the scoring started with an assist from Elie Khalil, it was followed by Mazzola’s goal from Rahman Ojulari-Sulyman before Gier made it 3-0 on a pass from Nabieh Saloum.

Storms causing changes in district playoff schedules

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Dangerous storms over the past two days have caused many changes in the District 11 playoff schedules.

Many of the classes will try to get their finals in beginning as early as this morning in baseball, with a lot of action attempting to take place this afternoon before another potential round dangerous storms could once again take place.

Here is our up-to-date schedule as of 10 a.m. Thursday morning:



Finals, Thursday, May 30

No. 8 Emmaus vs. No. 2 Liberty at Coca-Cola Park, 4:30 p.m.


Finals, Thursday, May 30

WHS volleyball wins EPC title

Thursday, May 16, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Whitehall defeated Freedom 25-19, 26-24, 25-18 to capture the East Penn Conference title Wednesday night at Allen.

Recently-named league MVP Joseph Herman helped to lead the way 21 kills, 2 blocks, 13 digs and 2 aces. Dylan McGinley added 11 kills and 2 blocks while Alex Khouri had 9 kills, Aziz Atiyeh had 14 digs and Ricky Melosky chipped in with 3 kills and 41 assists.

So far this season, Whitehall is 8-0 in the division, 16-0 in the league and 20-0 this season overall.

The Zephs swept Emmaus in the first round while Freedom upset Parkland in the semis.

Rain alters softball playoffs

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Rain is once again altering league playoff schedules in the area. This time, Colonial League and EPC softball playoff games have been pushed back from Tuesday to Wednesday.

In the Colonial League, Notre Dame will take on Bangor at Pates Park at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, followed by the Northwestern-Palmerton game at 7 p.m. League finals are still scheduled for Thursday, May 16, at 7 p.m. at Pates Park.