Whitehall-Coplay Press

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Girls volleyball team gets a new coach

Thursday, August 17, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

When the Whitehall girls volleyball team reconvenes on the court this fall, they’ll be guided by someone who’s familiar with turning a program into state champions.

Paul Abi-Daher owns a résumé that is both extensive and impressive. He has been coaching volleyball for 15 years, and spent the last six of those at Bethlehem Catholic where he served five of those as the head coach. During his tenure he led the Golden Hawks to its first and only state title in 2014, helping to resurrect a...

Roster spots up for grabs

Thursday, August 17, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

With the Whitehall boys basketball team ready to embark on their annual summer excursion to St Joseph’s University, this offseason has been about who will seize the opportunities for a roster spot.

Last year’s senior-laden squad was in contention for a championship while competing in their various summer leagues and tourneys. That class knew they would get the lion’s share of the minutes once the season opened, while this year’s squad is looking to carve out their own identity during...

Outdoors: good time to catch up on what’s new

Thursday, August 17, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

As we’re in the last of the summer doldrums with fishing being poor because of rain and dove hunting is only upcoming, now’s a good time to catch up on what’s new in the outdoor related marketplace.

If you’re firearms buff, collector or historian, Jerry Lee’s 2018 Gun Digest is a necessary read. In fact, you can spend the remainder of the summer reading this vast collection of firearms information Lee has assembled in his latest work.

This 1.25-inch, 567-page softcover has...

Orioles taking on Martin’s Creek in BML adult finals

Saturday, August 19, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Iron Financial Orioles know all about coming from behind. When they fell behind Martins Creek 5-0 Sunday in game two of the Blue Mountain League Championship Series, it was just another day on the ball field for them. Unfortunately for the Orioles, there wouldn’t be a comeback in the offing this time and they fell to Martins Creek 7-4, evening the series at one game apiece.

The Orioles went down two games to none in the semifinals and came back to win three straight to take the...

District 11 will form a hall of fame

Friday, August 11, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

District XI will be bringing their own Hall of Fame to town when the inaugural class will be inducted on October 14, 2018.

News of the announcement came last week as The District XI Hall of Fame will include athletes, coaches, officials, and contributors and will be reflective of those individual’s contributions on the District XI high school level.

Postgraduate, collegiate, or professional performance will not be assessed in selecting Hall of Fame recipients.

“The...

Zephs continue their careers at the next level

Friday, August 11, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

For nineteen student-athletes at Whitehall High School, the question as to where to spend the next few years of their lives was revealed at a signing ceremony in May.

That list includes: Ashlee Brosky, Misercordia, softball; Alex Bruneio, King’s, baseball; Tavion George, Moravian, football; Mackenzie Guzy, Moravian, softball; Kasai Harrison, Alvernia, football; Jackson Buskirk, Moravian, football; Matt Dobeck, Cabrini, baseball; Andrew Hawk, Lynchburg, track and field; Paul Helman,...

All-state volleyball team named announced

Friday, August 11, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

The Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association recently announced the 2017 All-State volleyball teams and District 11 had six representatives named to the 3A squad.

Emmaus dominated the list with four players, while Parkland and Whitehall each had one.

Whitehall’s Logan McGinley is the only player chosen from District 11 to make multiple appearances on the all-state squad.

The complete list is below.

AAA BOYS VOLLEYBALL

ALL STATE TEAM

PIAA DISTRICT...

Girls aiming to get better

Thursday, August 3, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Summer is a usually a break from school for most students, but for Dwight Repsher and the Whitehall girls basketball team, the summer gives the players an opportunity to gain some experience while they look to carve out their own space as they head into the new school year.

Repsher is now a seasoned vet as the leader of their summer program. He’s guided them the last four summers as the girls have competed in about 25 games through the four different leagues and tournaments since his...

TOC set to begin new chapter

Thursday, August 3, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Twenty-eight years ago, Eric Snyder had one of those night’s where he couldn’t sleep.

He remembered a passage from a book written by legendary college football coach Lou Holtz who stated that he would “get up and do something to make him tired.”

So Snyder decided to follow the initiative. He had his concept and groundwork for the then initial Tournament of Champions, but he wanted to add another twist. Snyder wanted it to be a rotating tournament in which a different league...

Orioles advance past Braves

Thursday, August 3, 2017 by SAM MATTA in Sports

BERLINSVILLE – The hits just kept on coming and coming for the Iron Financial Orioles Monday evening in the second game of a best-of-three series against the upstart Berlinsville Braves.

The Braves could hardly answer, save for a solo home run by their player/manager Cody Krupa. Meanwhile, the Orioles jumped on starting pitcher Tyler Svetik early and gradually pulled away for an 8-1 victory.

The Orioles sweep the series and eliminated the Braves from the league tournament, the...