Whitehall-Coplay Press

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Boys reach 7-7 mark

Thursday, January 17, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

With their victory over Stroudsburg last Friday night, the Whitehall boys basketball team has positioned themselves for a postseason berth heading down the home stretch.

While the win lifts their record to 7-7 on the season, their remaining schedule requires a lot of heaving lifting, beginning with Tuesday’s clash against William Allen. Each of the seven teams remaining on their schedule currently have winning records. Moreover, those teams have combined for 63 wins versus 28 losses...

Football leagues announce cooperative schedule agreement

Thursday, January 17, 2019 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Officials from the Colonial and Schuylkill leagues held a press conference Thursday announcing their new cooperative football scheduling model, which will take affect in the 2020 season.

The 12 Colonial League football teams and 16 from the Schuylkill League will form four divisions based on enrollments and PIAA Classifications. While Colonial League president Bryan Geist insisted the move was not a merger, the cooperative in effect creates a new 28-team league.

“It’s not a...

Whitehall HOF class is named announced

Thursday, January 17, 2019 by The Press in Sports

The Athletic Hall of Fame Committee in the Whitehall-Coplay School District is proud to announce its Athletic Hall of Fame for the Class of 2019.

Five individuals will be honored at the induction ceremony, which will take place on Friday, Jan. 18, at Whitehall High School. The ceremony will be prior to the varsity boys’ basketball game between Bethlehem Catholic and Whitehall, at approximately 6:45 p.m. The varsity game versus Bethlehem Catholic will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m....

Zephs name Senneca head coach

Thursday, January 17, 2019 by The Press in Sports

Whitehall High School is proud to announce the hiring of Matt Senneca as its next head coach in football.

Coach Senneca is no stranger to the Lehigh Valley high school football scene. For the past three seasons Senneca has been the offensive coordinator at Emmaus High School, helping to lead them to two EPC Championships.

He had a two-year stint as head coach at Wilson Area High School after being an assistant coach at Moravian College, Parkland High School and Liberty High...

Clark helps to lead wrestlers

Thursday, January 17, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

With his headphones firmly in place, Kai Clark was in perpetual motion as he prepared for his 152-pound bout against Pleasant Valley to begin.

To watch him pace, like a tiger ready to be sprung from its cage, the observer may wonder if he’s expending too much energy before his match gets underway.

But Clark, who is 12-3 on the season, said that it’s simply part of his prematch routine.

“I just like to pace myself to get myself in the mood so I can go out there and just...

LV struggling in 2019

Thursday, January 17, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

If the Phantoms New Year’s resolution was to come out of the gate hot in 2019, consider their resolution to have been shorter than most of us who resolved to lose weight this year. Since putting new calendars on the wall, Lehigh Valley is 1-5-0-0 and have lost six of seven games. In those games, the Phantoms have been outscored 27-15 and have dropped to a fourth-place tie with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Most players have rolled out the usual excuses – call-ups, injuries, etc. - but can we...

Article By: The Press

Thursday, January 17, 2019 by The Press in Sports


In continuation of its Bob Warke – Dale Horn Scholarship Program, the Hokendauqua Park and Playground Association (HPPA) will again be awarding two, $1,000 scholarships.

To be eligible for the Warke – Horn Scholarship, you must be a class of 2019 high school eligible graduate, be continuing your education in the fall of 2019, you must have participated in the HPPA’s baseball, softball or basketball youth programs, and you must complete the scholarship...

Swimmers beat SHS

Thursday, January 17, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Both the Whitehall’s boys and girls swim teams registered wins on Tuesday against visiting Salisbury, strengthening their conference standings as they head into the final quarter of their season.

The win raised the girls mark to 7-3 on the season, while the boys currently sit at 4-6 after the victory.

The girls defeated the Falcons 95- 71, with Martha Giletto claiming two first-place finishes, her initial victory coming in the 50-yard freestyle (26.96), and the second in the...

Outdoors: Survey shows population of 8-pointers

Thursday, January 17, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With the major portion of the deer hunting seasons about over, our annual deer-take survey from local deer processors and a taxidermy shop shows a healthy population of 8-point bucks, a favorable accomplishment since antler restrictions went into effect in Pennsylvania.

At Hartman’s Butcher shop in New Tripoli, Mr. Hartman said they no longer take deer in for processing, but merely process the boneless meat into specialty cuts. But he did add that some local hunters told him that...

Girls get hoops victory over Stroudsburg

Thursday, January 17, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

A second half surge powered the Whitehall girls basketball team to a double-digit win over visiting Stroudsburg, strengthening their hopes for a run that will put them into the postseason.

The two teams went into the intermission knotted at 13-13. But once the second half got underway, the Zephyrs rode the dynamic end-to-end play of Grace Clary who scored the bulk of her game-high 20 points in the final two quarters to lead them to the 39-28 victory over the Mountaineers.