Whitehall-Coplay Press

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Boys hoops facing key games

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Pocono Mountain West Basketball team’s nickname is the Panthers, but last Friday against Whitehall, they could have been known at the Second Chancers.

They were demons on the glass, collecting almost every offensive board and turning them into put backs. While they had a host of players who filled that role, the main force behind all those second chance points was Lee Mosley who set up shop under the basket, collecting rebounds and buckets, finishing with 22 for the game.


Swimmers fall short against Kids

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

It was a raucous atmosphere inside Northampton’s Natatorium as the Zephyrs and Kids swim teams were locked in a tight league battle last Saturday.

The loud cheering was in full voice during the 100 yard backstroke as Stephanie Setar and Brynne Rockovits were virtually in a dead heat heading into the final lap. As both teams exhorted on their respective swimmers, Setar pulled ahead and won by a 13/100 of a second.

That was followed by the boys who similarly rallied their swimmer...

Whitehall wins Indian Duals

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

It was a good week for the Whitehall wrestling team as they won a dual meet and an area tournament as they get ready to face one of the top teams in the state.

The Zephyrs posted a 48-25 victory over Pleasant Valley last Wednesday, winning nine matches. That was followed by a Saturday trip to Lehighton High School where they came in first place at the Indian Duals.

In the win against the Bears, the Zephyrs got bonus points in five matches as Ali Barkley (195), Izak Bright (220...

Phantoms win after ‘embarrassing’ loss

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Phantoms reached the halfway point of their season with what Phil Varone called an “embarrassing” performance in a 6-2 loss to Springfield Saturday night. Lehigh Valley came out with a good first period, but that was about all it was able to put together as the Thunderbirds scored four unanswered goals to waltz out of the PPL Center with a win.

Varone scored his 100th career AHL goal in the game, but was more focused on the weak effort that the team put on the ice.

“A lot...

Girls look to keep up winning streak

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall girls basketball team has found their footing recently, winning back-to-back games as they look to keep that streak rolling this week.

Unfortunately, they weren’t able to hit the hardwood on Tuesday to see if they could have made it three straight wins. Their game against Nazareth was postponed until a later date. That makes for a full slate of games in the coming weeks as they must make up the Pleasant Valley game as well.

With the game canceled, head coach...

Ice fishing at early season high

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

According to Chris Mohry, owner of Chris’s Outdoor Sports Shop in Mertztown, this is the best early ice fishing season he’s seen in many years.

Said Mohry, “I cannot remember any year that has been better than this, thanks to the early frigid temps we’ve had.” And his ice fishing report is enthusiastic.

Mohry says the ice at Ontelaunee Reservoir in upper Berks County located off Route 222 in Evansville, was loaded with ice anglers, despite the freezing temperatures we had. The...

Swimmers split meet

Friday, January 12, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

After their meet against Saucon Valley on Saturday, head coach Pete Rile believes that his team is rounding into shape as they’re approaching the halfway point of the season.

Whitehall split the meet with the girls winning 101-69, while the boys lost 93-77 to the visiting Panthers.

Rile said he believed that the girls had more strength and depth than their Colonial League counterparts and that proved true as they earned their fourth win of the season.

“We went in kind of...

Whitehall HOF members to be inducted

Friday, January 12, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

The Whitehall-Coplay School District will announce their 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees on January 12, 2018 before the boys’ varsity basketball game against Pocono Mountain West at 6:45 p.m.

This year’s inductees are John Barton (Class of 1982), Jeff Buskirk (Class of 1984) and Maureen Whitsett (Class of 2004).

John Barton, Class of 1982, made his mark as a football player and thrower on the track team. A two sport athlete at Whitehall, Barton was an EPC Football All-Star...

Zephs fall to K-Kids and Freedom

Friday, January 12, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

It was a tale of two halves for the Whitehall boys basketball team who experienced a healthy dose of Northampton’s Aidan Ellwood in the second half as the Zephyrs fell to the Kids on Tuesday night.

After taking a 30-29 lead into the intermission, a half in which they moved the ball around, found the open man, made their shots, including a number of threes, it seemed they found the right formula for success. That was the message at halftime when head coach Jeff Jones talked to his team...

Girls rally falls short

Friday, January 12, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Friday’s game against Freedom showed that the Whitehall girls basketball team can put together a dynamite stretch of basketball, but their furious rally fell short as the Patriots held on for the win.

After trailing by 22 points at the end of the third quarter, the Zephyrs began a slow ascent in the final frame that began when Grace Clary nailed a three-pointer to make it 38-19. It reached a fever pitch when Cassie Due’s pullup jumper tickled the twine for two, making it 48-34....