Whitehall-Coplay Press

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Girls have strong leadership

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

As the new season approaches for the Whitehall girls basketball team, head coach Dwight Repsher is reluctant to put them in a box.

That’s because he’s still unsure exactly what he has and how it will evolve over the course of the season. Sure, he’s got great senior leadership with Alix Buskirk, Ariana Hines, Cheyenne Shook, and Iliana Oliver, but as far as where those upperclassmen and the rest of the roster will be playing on the floor, that question is still fluid and may not be set...

Boys have very young team

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Whitehall’s colors may be maroon and gold, but the boys basketball team is also going to be a little bit green as they enter the season with a very young group who will be looking to make their mark this year.

While this year’s roster only features four players who logged varsity minutes, head coach Jeff Jones said that opens an abundance of opportunities for players to earn playing time as they embark on a new season.

“There’s a lot of roster spots up for grabs,” said Jones. “...

Zephs to build off foundation

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

In wrestling, a strong foundation is essential when facing an opponent, and it’s also what’s going to benefit the Whitehall grapplers as a whole this season.

That foundation begins with a solid group of returning wrestlers who’ve gained varsity experience over the last few years. It will be augmented by an intriguing group of newcomers that will give the Zephyrs a good balance of youth and veterans.

The Zephyrs finished 10-7 overall and 4-5 within Division A of the Eastern...

Outdoors: Area man heads to Nebraska for hunting

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

We’ve all heard the phrase “Go West Young Man,” words written back in 1861 by John B.L. Soule. The phrase came to symbolize the idea that agriculture could solve many of the nation’s problems of poverty and unemployment characteristic of the big cities of the East.

But for Jules Fruhwirth of Emmaus and eight of his buddies, the phrase means heading to Nebraska for big white-tailed deer and huge mule deer. The latter duo are predominantly a plains pursuit that differs immensely from...

Zephyrs conclude a great year

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

It was another superb season for the Whitehall football team as they repeated as district champs and earned another berth to the PIAA playoffs.

While head coach Brian Gilbert said that the goal is always trying to play into December, the Zephyrs won nine games and laid claim to another 5A title before being ousted by Wyoming Valley West in the opening round of the state playoffs.

Their road to their second consecutive District 11 championship was the result of senior leadership...

Outdoors: Skiing season starts early

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

As tradition has it, the days after Thanksgiving have normally seen the opening of local ski areas. Thanks to some below freezing nights of snowmaking, Blue Mountain Resort in Palmerton had its earliest opening in years on Black Friday. They were able to open five slopes serviced by three lifts.

This opening also signals a milestone for this Carbon County resort. Blue Mountain is beginning the season celebrating its 40th anniversary on December 22, 2017. It’s a local ski/boarding area...

Phantoms come home and get a win

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Just as the Phantoms finished up a six-game road trip, they looked forward to a nice set of games on home ice and all seemed right with the world. Then came word that leading scorer Danick Martel and defenseman Sam Morin were heading to Philadelphia. On the same day, forward Alex Krushelnyski was also summoned to the Flyers.

Welcome home!

For their first game back, the Phantoms went out against Bridgeport and looked sluggish through the first 20-minutes of play. After that...

Zephs fall to WVW in states

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Whitehall’s bid for a state title was thwarted by a brutish offensive line that powered a robust running attack that ate up both yards and the clock as visiting Wyoming Valley West advanced to the next round of the PIAA playoffs.

The visiting Spartans rolled up 298 yards on the ground en route to the 32-21 win over the Zephyrs. The win places Wyoming Valley West in the 5A quarterfinals where they’ll meet Archbishop Wood who defeated Simon Gratz, 36-6 to advance to the quarters.

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Outdoors: Potential for buck harvest increase again

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

The traditional after Thanksgiving firearms deer hunting season opener (Monday, Nov. 27) has, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), the largest turnout of hunters who harvest about a quarter of the season’s bucks. But the agency says this season has the potential of seeing a buck harvest increase for the third straight year.

The reasoning behind this, says PGC Executive Director Bryan Burhans, is due to last year’s massive acorn crop and mild winter that paved the way...

Zephs D-11 5A champs!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Southern Lehigh may have owned the more potent running game on paper, but Whitehall used their own punishing ground attack to win their second straight distinct title.

On a night when passing the ball was a bit precarious at times because of the wind and cold, the Zephyrs turned to Braxton Marrero to help them defeat the Spartans who boasted perhaps the best running attack in the Colonial League. The senior bulled his way for 151 yards as he and quarterback Ethan Parvel, who was...