Whitehall-Coplay Press

Monday, October 23, 2017

Volleyball hopes to learn from losses

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

With Whitehall’s recent volleyball matches against two Bethlehem schools going to five sets, resulting in a pair of tough losses, the hope is that they will serve as learning lessons for future tight contests.

Head coach Paul Abi-Daher firmly believes his team needs to find a way to win those close matches. They lost 3-2 to Liberty last week, and then dropped a match to Bethlehem Catholic by the same score on Tuesday. Sandwiched in between was a win against William Allen.

Northampton gets by Zephyrs in tennis

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Senior day took center stage when the Whitehall girls tennis team hosted Northampton on Monday, but in the end they lost a close match to their league rivals.

The Zephs recognized seniors Catherine Chen, Shaniyah Colon, Jacky Mansour and Teresa Nappo as the regular season enters its final week. Whitehall has a final match with Parkland remaining on its schedule before the postseason begins.

Boykin, Zephs top Liberty

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Whenever the Whitehall offense needs a big play, they’ll often draw up something that involves Dez Boykin, utilizing the senior receiver’s knack for rising to the occasion when his number’s called.

With Liberty poised to get the ball back after controlling much of the action in the second quarter, Whitehall was staring at a 3rd and 27 deep in their own territory. The ’Canes had cut the Zephyr lead to 14-7, and with the way they were running the ball, it seemed like they could march down the field once again if they got the Zephs off the field in that third and forever.

Girls soccer team playing well early on

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall girls soccer team is looking to gain some traction as their young corps is looking to establish a strong identity early in the season.

They’ve played close games so far this season, defeating Northampton by a goal in the opener, and then defeating Allentown Central Catholic in overtime for their two wins. They’ve also played Emmaus and Parkland, losing to the Green Hornets by a goal, and to the Trojans by two tallies.

Blake Morgan new Zephyrs softball coach

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Playing a sport like softball shouldn’t be drudgery, and new head coach Blake Morgan is determined to strike a balance between hard work and fun.

Morgan was recently hired as the new softball coach. He comes with a hefty résumé that includes serving as the head coach of the Lehigh Valley entry in the Softball Carpenter Cup the last two years.

The team finished fourth this summer. He’s also spent time coaching scholastic softball, the last four years as an assistant varsity coach at Parkland High School.

WHS tennis team looking to make a push

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

With the Whitehall girls tennis season just past the midway point, the Zephyrs are making a strong push for the playoffs.

They’re continuing to wrack up wins, and currently sit at 5-5 (4-5, EPC) with their most recent wins over Pen Argyl and East Stroudsburg North.

That puts them in the middle of the pack in the EPC with fives matches left on their schedule.

Zephs move to 3-0

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall girls volleyball team’s fast start is powered by their front court prowess as they’ve taken control at the net in both their wins this season.

That hitting prowess was on display as they swept Pocono Mountain East last Thursday (25-8, 25-13, 25-14), raising their record to 2-0 on the young season. Outside hitter Kristin Spengler and middle hitter Alyson Peters combined for 30 kills, each walloping 15 apiece to pace the Zephs.

“I thought we dominated; I thought we played well,” said head coach Paul Abi-Daher.

Bodnar gets 100th win

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

With Whitehall’s win over Pocono Mountain West last Friday, head coach Jenn Bodnar reached a lofty plateau that firmly establishes her as the most successful field hockey coach in school history.

With Friday’s win over PMW, Bodnar earned her 100th victory as the head coach of the Zephyrs. She achieved that milestone as her squad blanked the visiting Panthers 12-0 to get their first victory of the season. Her team marked the occasion by unfurling a banner honoring that milestone after the game.