Whitehall-Coplay Press

Saturday, February 24, 2018

D-11 wrestling set to begin

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

As the Whitehall wrestling team prepares for the individual tournament this weekend, they’ll be leaning on their experienced wrestlers to guide them through the busy event that features some of the best grapplers in the state.

Whitehall, along with the rest of the District XI 3A schools, will gather at Liberty High School’s Memorial Gymnasium for the individual tournament that commences Friday evening. That’s when the wrestlers who have been through the grind can let their teammates know what to expect.

Four Zephs to continue careers

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Four Whitehall student-athletes recently revealed where the next chapter in their lives will take them, with local universities benefiting from those decisions.

Bret Legath, Markes Cruz, Dez Boykin and Braxton Marrero all announced that they will be playing collegiate football in Pennsylvania as part of the National Letter of Intent Press Conference at Whitehall High School on Feb. 8.

All four seniors were integral parts of two district championship teams, and they hope to bring that winning tradition with them to their respective schools of choice.

Flyers shuffle goalies because of injuries

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

First, goalie Brian Elliott went on the injured list for the Flyers.

Then, on Saturday, Michal Neuvirth went down with an injury leaving the Flyers scrambling in goal.

Former Phantoms goalie Alex Lyon, who was replacing Elliott on the Flyers roster, played the rest of Saturday’s game with no backup. While there’s no good time for an injury, the fact that GM Ron Hextall still had a few days before the NHL trade deadline hit was somewhat of a silver lining.

Swimmers prep for District 11 meet

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Now that the regular season has wrapped up for the Whitehall swimming team, they’ll be preparing to take a large pool of talent to the district tournament that gets underway next weekend at Parkland High School.

The girls finished the season at 9-7, while the boys posted a 6-10 mark. The girls ended on a strong note, defeating Allentown Central Catholic 86-84, while the boys dropped their contest against the Vikings, 95-74.

Junior varsity wrestlers compete at tourney

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Junior varsity wrestlers across the region took the spotlight last weekend as they competed in their annual tournament that showcases the talent throughout the wrestling-rich Lehigh Valley.

The scene was East Stroudsburg High School as 30 teams competed last weekend in the Ray Nunamaker District XI Coaches association Wrestling Tournament.

The junior varsity tourney features schools who compete in the AA and AAA classifications. The tournament was won by Northampton who finished with 202 points. Whitehall finished eighth, locking up that spot with 52 points.

Outdoors: Snow geese are back in the area

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

If you’re a snow goose hunter, or just a wildlife photographer, you both can shoot thousands of snow geese by trekking on down to upper Berks County.

There’s a large field behind Sittler’s Golf Center and Haldeman Ford on Route 222 outside Kutztown and on Kutztown Road. As I drove past there at 12:20 p.m. last week, the field behind these two businesses was a sea of white, that on first view took on the appearance of snow. But instead, was a few thousand snow geese feeding there with smaller flocks continuing to come in from the East to join them.

Boys fall to EHS to end their basketball year

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Four quarters of basketball, thirty-two minutes, came down to four seconds as the Zephyrs had the opportunity to defeat Emmaus last Thursday night in their final game of the season.

The undermanned Zephyrs, playing with a short bench, had led most of the way, but were trailing the Green Hornets by one as they attempted an inbounds pass at mid court to see if they could pull out the win.

Phantoms continue success over Hershey

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

As much fun as rivalries are, for them to be at their best, both teams have to be competitive. Unfortunately, the Hershey Bears haven’t upheld their end of that deal against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms this season. On Friday night, Lehigh Valley downed Hershey 5-1 to give themselves a perfect 5-0 mark against their Chocolatetown rivals. They also took their scoring advantage over Hershey to 26-10. The Bears have struggled against everybody this season, leaving them last in the Atlantic Division with a 19-25-3-4 record and just 45 points on the season.

Outdoors: Great Backyard Bird Count to begin

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

For you avid bird watchers (also known as ‘Birders’), you may want to join in this years 21St. Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC).

This annual event takes place February 16-19 in backyards, parks, nature centers, on hiking trails, school grounds, balconies, and beaches. The global event provides an opportunity for bird enthusiasts to contribute important bird population data that help scientists see changes over the past 21 years.

Jablonski making his mark on WHS swimming program

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

When the Whitehall swim team hosted Parkland last week, head coach Pete Rile knew it was an opportunity for his swimmers to have some fun since toppling the Trojans would be a herculean task.

While that turned out to be true as the Zephyrs girls lost 132-38, and the boys succumbed 121-44, one swimmer who made a statement that he meant business was junior Daniel Jablonski. He set another school record, this time setting the mark in the 100 backstroke with a 58.88 finish, toppling the previous mark of 59.18 set in by Mike Ponte in 1998.