Whitehall-Coplay Press

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

2010 vs. 2015 Who comes out on top?

Thursday, July 2, 2020 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Since I began covering the Whitehall basketball team in 2008, they have made the district finals twice during that span, and this is a look back at both teams, with an eye on who might win if those two teams played one another.

The first of those squads to reach the district finals was the 2009-10 team. They entered the tourney as the sixth seed and met Emmaus in the opening round. After defeating the Hornets 54-43, the Zephyrs’ next opponent was Pocono Mountain West. They weathered early foul trouble to advance with a 51-39 win over the Panthers.

Q & A...

Thursday, June 11, 2020 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

With Britney Bonhomme

Whitehall’s spring sports season featured a host of talented seniors whose final opportunity to represent their school on the athletic field ended when the school year was officially canceled. Following are a list of eight questions posed to seniors who would have been competing this season.

This questionnaire features Britney Bonhomme, a track and field athlete.

1: What are your plans for next year? What will you be studying?

“I will be attending Muhlenberg College this fall and studying biology. I plan to pursue a pre-dental track.”

Fillman mesmerized by baseball

Thursday, June 11, 2020 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

It’s a sport with a storied tradition, one of the few that’s not bound by a clock, but it’s also been tagged for not evolving with the ever-changing sports landscape, a slow-paced sport that may not attract younger players.

Don’t count Whitehall senior Shane Fillman among those who view baseball as a relic of our pastoral past.

“It’s fun to me,” said Fillman. “So much goes into the game that it’s so mesmerizing.”

Q & A... With Whitehall’s Kate Bonshak

Thursday, June 4, 2020 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Whitehall’s spring sports season featured a host of talented seniors whose final opportunity to represent their school on the athletic field ended when the school year was officially canceled. Following are a list of eight questions posed to seniors who would have been competing this season.

This questionnaire features Kate Bonshak, a two-time Eastern Pennsylvania Conference girls soccer MVP.

1: What are your plans for next year? What will you be studying?

McGinley was poised to help keep WHS on top

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Senior Dylan McGinley is among those student-athletes at Whitehall who won’t get to experience competing one last time for the maroon and gold this spring.

What makes that especially difficult is that he and fellow senior Alex Haydar were going to be front and center in their quest to defend their league and district titles on the volleyball court.

As the lone seniors on a team that had title aspirations once again, the news about the cancellation of spring sports was a tough blow.

“It was very disappointing,” said McGinley.

What if?

Friday, May 8, 2020 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

A look at where Whitehall’s spring teams could have been at this point of the season

During a typical spring season, storylines would start to emerge, and each sport would supply their own chapters to the final edition of the 2020 season.

In track it could have been will the girls 4x100 relay team once again make it to the PIAA championships? Senior Aliyah Barkley and junior Aspen Schache return, but they would need to find two other members. Could they do it?

Zephs will miss the courts

Thursday, April 30, 2020 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Boys tennis was the only spring sports to officially begin its season, and Whitehall was looking to continue its recent success.

Last season they finished 7-8, the first time they finished below .500 in the last four seasons. With increasing numbers, they’ve seen a steady rise in the standings over that span.

Unfortunately, with the cancellation of school and the spring sports season the Zephyrs won’t take to the court again this year.

Zephyrs will have to wait to defend title

Thursday, April 30, 2020 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

When the Whitehall boys volleyball team returns to the court in 2021, they’ll still be the reigning league and district champs, but it’s not the scenario they, or anyone else for that matter, envisioned.

It was announced recently that schools will be closed for the remainder of the year, and now the Zephyrs will have to wait a whole year for the chance to defend their titles. And when they finally take to the court next spring, their roster will be different. Gone will be seniors Dylan McGinley and Alex Haydar who won’t be able to share in that experience.

Softball team reacts to lost 2020 spring season

Thursday, April 23, 2020 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall softball team was one of two squads to make the state playoffs last spring, and this season could have provided another trip to that “third season” as head coach Blake Morgan has often referred to the PIAA playoffs.

Last spring saw the Zephyrs compete in three district finals, with boys volleyball claiming a title, while baseball and softball finished second in their respective championship games.