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Coplay, Balliet sit in middle of CM standings

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

In the Connie Mack League, both Coplay (4-5-1) and the Balliet Vikes (5-5) sit in the middle of the 23-team league.

The Balliet Vikes defeated Palmerton 19-7 and dropped a contest to Moore Township 5-2. Results for Coplay’s contests were unavailable at press time.

The Balliet Vikes will host Lehigh-Bethlehem, and Coplay will travel to Becahi on Friday, June 22.

The Coplay Legion baseball team enjoyed an offensive explosion last week, lifting its record to 5-4 on the season.

Coplay Legion sits at 3-2

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

While the 2018 Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League season is still in its early stages, Coplay had a nice bounce back win to put them over .500 after Saturday’s doubleheader against North Parkland.

After dropping the first game 10-0 to the Buffaloes, they evened the twin bill with a 10-6 victory that currently puts them at 3-2 on the young season.

Head coach Jack Lisicky said that Alex Bruneio allowed just two eared runs during his six innings of work, giving Coplay an opportunity to showcase its potent offense to get the win.

Budge is new Zephyr volleyball coach

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

With school just about ready to recess for the summer, the Whitehall girls volleyball program will use the offseason for the players and their new coach to get acquainted with one another.

The Zephyrs announced in April that Eric Budge will be their new girls head volleyball coach. He replaces Paul Abi-Daher who spent one season at the helm of the program.

Relay sets another record

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

It was another record-breaking performance for the Whitehall girls 4x100 relay team during Friday’s preliminaries at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association 3A Track and Field Championships two weeks ago.

For the third week in a row, the girls established a new school record, this time setting the mark at 48.80. The foursome who accomplished the feat varied slightly from the prior two teams as Monica Manu, Helen Davis, Kate Bonshak and Amanda Crooks blazed that new time in their Friday heat.

EHS beats WHS again

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

With the district title on the line in set three, the Whitehall boys volleyball team needed to stop a surging Emmaus squad to avoid the sweep.

They narrowly missed upending the Green Hornets in the first set, losing by two points to the undefeated denizens of Macungie Street, and as the third set began, they got out to a healthy 8-2 lead.

If they could maintain that lead, they would be able to prolong the match and see if they could seize the momentum and dethrone Emmaus as the reigning district champs.

Girls fall to Emmaus

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

With the district softball game teetering on the mercy rule, after Emmaus scored eight runs in the top of the fifth to make it 15-3, Whitehall refused to accept that fate in the opening round of the 6A playoffs.

They had already fought back once, trimming Emmaus’ 7-0 advantage to just four in the bottom of the fourth, but the Hornets erupted for eight more runs in their next at-bat to potentially ice the game if the Zephyrs didn’t score.

Solehi tops WHS

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Southern Lehigh baseball team prevented Whitehall from duplicating last year’s postseason run, exacting some revenge in the district semifinals to end the Zephyrs’ season on May 23 at Parkland.

Last year Whitehall who took home the inaugural District XI 5A baseball crown, defeating Southern Lehigh to begin their magical ride to the state finals. This year the Spartans derailed their hopes of repeating a long postseason run, defeating them 3-1 in the opening round of the 5A playoffs.

Gilbert brought fun, winning to Whitehall

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

When Brian Gilbert was hired early in 2012 as Whitehall’s new football coach, he said he wanted to make Zephyr football a combination of fun and winning.

He succeeded on both counts, going 48-23 over six seasons. His .676 winning percentage over that span ranks him just behind Andy Melosky (. 690) among Whitehall’s head coaching fraternity.

The fun came along with all that success as they were able to hoist two district trophies during his tenure. They also shared a Lehigh Valley Interscholastic Athletic Conference crown in 2012 and 2013.