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Friday, January 17, 2020

Darts, Trapshooting

Thursday, January 9, 2020 by The Press in Sports



Suburban Dart League

Last week we had a pair of makeup matches. The first finds Star of Bethlehem beating Salem UCC 6-3, 8-6, losing the nightcap 2-1. Hitters for Star of Bethlehem: Scott Hoffert 6-13, Bryan Frankenfield 6-14, Austin Hoffert 5-14, Joey Hoffert with a HR. Sherry Bush was 6-12, Bill Rinker 5-10 (HR), Kim Bush with a HR, Kierstin Saeger with 2 HRs for Salem UCC.

The other makeup saw St. Paul’s sweeping St. Stephen’s by...

Zephyr wrestlers look to keep getting better

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Zephyr wrestling team’s holiday break featured some grueling competition as they appeared in two of the area’s toughest tournaments that should help prepare them for the rugged battles ahead in 2020.

First on the holiday wrestling stop was the Beast of The East which ran from Dec. 21-22 at the Carpenter Center in Newark, Delaware.

The event featured 106 teams, and is arguably the premier scholastic tourney in the country.

Xavier Arner and Kai Clark both won their...

Birgas’ goal pokes bear at PPL Center

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Chris Bigras isn’t exactly a household name with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, but his second goal of the season was a big one.

It wasn’t a game-winner or a milestone, but it did launch an eruption of over 10,000 teddy bears onto the ice at the PPL Center as part of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms annual Teddy Bear Toss. The event collects stuffed animals of every size and variety for children in need.

The animals are then collected and distributed throughout the Lehigh Valley.


Outdoors: Snow Geese return to area

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

The snows are back.

No, not a snowstorm, but a large flock of Snow Geese have made their way to Lehigh County from their summer breeding grounds in the Arctic tundra.

On Saturday, Dec. 14, a flock of about 500 snows descended like snow flakes on a cut cornfield belonging to GEO Chemicals (formerly Trojan Powder Company) on the west side of Mauch Chunk Road and across from the intersection of Mechanicsville Road. The snows’ nasal honking can easily be heard if lowering a window...

Boys top Parkland before holiday break

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall boys basketball team made some beautiful music together, handing Parkland their first defeat when they hosted the Trojans on Dec. 20.

And providing a strong solo in that ensemble was Tyler Holubowski who was on lead guitar, strumming away after his three-pointer to make it 34-28 in the pivotal third quarter which supplied the resounding accompaniment to the eventual 59-54 win. In that frame the Zephyrs outscored the Trojans 16-4, setting the tone for the second half with...

Bonshak, Whittick among those to sign

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

It was the first step in what will be the next chapter in their academic and athletic lives as five Whitehall student athletes participated in the National Letter of Intent signing ceremony that was held in November. The fall signing period featured Kate Bonshak, Ella Holmes, Grace Clary, Shane Fillman and Kresstoph Whittick.


For Bonshak, the event was merely a formality, the finality to a decision that was made in the beginning of her sophomore year.

The school in...

Zephs win Classic opener

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Whitehall’s path to the finals of the Zephyr Holiday Classic featured a smothering defense that put Faith Christian Academy’s offense in a deep freeze.

The game was close during the first quarter, but Whitehall began to steadily pull away, eventually taking a 34-15 lead into the break. The home team continued that offensive surge in the second, dropping 27 more points to win 61-17.

The victory put them in the finals against North Hunterdon, which defeated them by a point in...

Kids knock off WHS

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

The Northampton and Whitehall boys basketball teams renewed their Cement Belt Challenge rivalry at Pete Schneider Gymnasium on Tuesday night. The K-Kids came away with a 55-38 win in the first EPC game of the season for both schools.

Both teams struggled offensively in the first quarter, Northampton with turnovers and the Zephyrs with getting the ball through the hoop. After a back-and-forth 8 minutes, Whitehall led 11-9.

The Kids started to find their range in the second...

Zephyr girls get an exciting win

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Zephyr girls began the 2019-20 campaign with a Grace Clary three-pointer against visiting Northwestern High School, and then ended the game in dramatic fashion with another three by Clary who hit the game winner as time expired.

In between those bookend buckets, the senior was instrumental in securing that opening night win. Her three-pointer off the glass quieted a Tiger run early in the second that saw the visitors score seven unanswered points. Her steal under the Tigers’...

Zephs compete at EPC competition

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Coming off recent cheerleading competition victories, Whitehall had some difficulties in its 13th place finish at the EPC Cheerleading Championships last Wednesday at Easton Area Middle School.

Last month, the Zephyrs took first place at the Nazareth competition and the Parkland competition.

Although the Zephyrs started off well at the EPC competition, their routine hit some difficulties.

“More than usual [did not hit],” said Whitehall cheerleader Jade Geist. “I think...