Whitehall-Coplay Press

Monday, October 23, 2017

D-11 playoff pictures are becoming clear

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

District 11 held a conference call Monday afternoon aimed to provide clarity for the football postseason with two weeks left on the calendar.

Below you’ll find teams that have already clinched playoff berths heading into week nine and potential scenarios heading down the stretch.

All teams listed with * have clinched playoff berths.

1A (Four qualifiers)

1. *Williams Valley (8-0)

2. *Tri-Valley (6-2)

3. *Nativity (5-3)

4. *Marian Catholic (4-4)

Zephyrs fall to Becahi

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Zephyrs returned to a familiar sideline, having been at Frank Banko Field two weeks ago to play Freedom, but last week’s trip to the Christmas City didn’t produce the same results against grinchy Bethlehem Catholic.

The Golden Hawks struck for big plays throughout the game as they scored on three plays that covered 60 yards or more. Of those three, Daizhun Rhodes 66-yard TD run on their opening drive of the second half was probably the most damaging in sealing Whitehall’s fate.

Outdoors: grouse season opens in Pennsylvania

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Grouse season opened Saturday to little fanfare. Unlike pheasant season, with stocked birds that are essentially a put and take situation, our state bird remains a truly wild game bird and are the toughest to hunt.

Of late, their numbers are diminishing primarily because of a loss of habitat and disease promoted by West Nile virus. They’re not over-hunted because these beautiful birds inhabit rugged terrain that some hunters don’t relish trekking through. And those who do, a good hunting dog can do much of the brush kicking work for these fast flyers.

Girls soccer falls in overtime overtimes

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

It took two overtimes to finally decide a winner when Whitehall met Pleasant Valley in the opening round of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Girls Soccer Championship.

The winning goal came off the foot of Pleasant Valley defender Rylee Robinson. The victory put the Bears in the semifinals where they lost to Easton, 2-1. The EPC finals will pit Easton against Parkland, a battle of the two top seeds.

The Bears entered the tourney as the third seed while the Zephyrs had the sixth spot.

Pete’s Top-10: Nazareth making moves up poll

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Not much change in this week’s poll but Nazareth is one of the climbers this week after their win over Freedom. Emmaus can take a leap and boost their confidence heading into the postseason with a win over Easton this week, while Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic look to keep their supremacy at the top of the poll.

It’s week nine of football and it’s still in the 70s outside. Let’s see how things heat up in this week’s picks.

1. Parkland (8-0)

Last week’s rank: #1

Another week to heal any players banged up.

The Pick: Parkland 49- Northampton 0

Girls fall to Emmaus

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Whitehall’s rousing win over Northampton catapulted them into the league playoffs, guaranteeing them a shot at an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference field hockey crown.

It was a busy final week for the Zephyrs who also clinched a district playoff spot in that final stretch of games as they went 3-0 to close out the regular season. But it was their victory over the Konkrete Kids that was especially gratifying given their first encounter with their league rivals.

Hawks, Trojans roll to wins

Saturday, October 14, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s top two teams rolled to victories Friday night, while in the Colonial League Northwestern put a scare in once-beaten Southern Lehigh before falling to the Spartans.

Here’s a look at some of the action in the eighth week of the 2017 high school football season.

Whitehall-Bethlehem Catholic

The Golden Hawks cruies to a 56-14 win over Whitehall.