Whitehall-Coplay Press

Saturday, July 11, 2020

More hoops expected to be canceled

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

For the first time in 31 years, Catasauqua’s Tournament of Champions (TOC) may be postponed.

The tournament, scheduled to begin Aug. 2 or Aug. 9, could be among the growing number of summer basketball leagues and tournaments that have been canceled to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“We have never had it postponed,” said TOC director Eric Snyder. “We have to wait and see. It probably will not be held and I’m not counting on it.

“We can’t do the summer leagues and TOC until the government and health officials give us the OK. We are at the mercy of COVID-19.”

Ready to take over Zephyrs Angelo Daddona looking to be team’s lead back

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Angelo Daddona wants to be an entrepreneur someday. Now, he is looking forward to conduct his own business on the football field this fall.

Sure, he is like any other senior anxiously awaiting the state’s call on how or if high school football will be played this fall.

Yet, Daddona realizes he has one huge shot to end his Whitehall football career on a high note.

“I am thankful to the school board to vote and allow us to workout,” said Daddona, as he and his teammates recently began workouts. “We know we have to work harder than ever because we are behind schedule.

PIAA moves toward changing wrestling weight classes

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

Next wrestling season could see a difference in weight classes, as last week’s PIAA Board of Directors meeting approved a reduction from 14 to 13 weight classes on its first official reading.

The vote was passed by a 30-0 margin and would essentially eliminate the 195-pound weight class.

Liberty head coach Brandon Hall thinks the change will be beneficial to the sport moving forward.

Jody Karam named Easton wrestling coach

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

Jody Karam had a regret.

After resigning from the Liberty wrestling job following the 2018-19 season, Karam suddenly felt the void in his life this past January when he told Liberty athletic director Fred Harris that he made a mistake.

That point was only exacerbated in February as he watched the District 11 dual tournament in Memorial Gymnasium.

Karam, Liberty’s all-time leader with 362 career wins, wanted to be out there on the floor giving guidance, but instead was bound to being a spectator.

Alex Knoll to get his chance

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

Alex Knoll could tell you that the odds were probably against him.

The likelihood of a Palmerton math teacher playing in one of golf’s major tournaments likely weren’t in his favor.

But Knoll knows golf. And he knows anything can happen.

When the PGA Professional Championship - scheduled for July 19-22 in Austin, Texas - was canceled, Knoll found himself among a select group of players that would be playing in this year’s PGA Championship event.

Outdoors: after warm winter, be aware of ticks

Thursday, July 2, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With families and outdoor lovers taking to Penn’s Woods to hike and camp, be aware it’s tick season. And since we had a mild winter, tick populations could be higher and eager to attach themselves to our bodies.

According to Pennsylvania Department of Health, they’re warning residents that symptoms of Lyme disease, that’s transmitted through tick bites, are often similar to those of coronavirus. Both share similar symptoms of fever, chills, headache, muscle pain and more. And a telltale bull’s-eye around the tick bite may not appear.

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.