Whitehall-Coplay Press

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Zephyr Relays take place

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

When the dust cleared from the finals of the girls 4x100 at Whitehall Sports Complex, the CDBB connection claimed the title among a strong group of contenders at the annual Zephyr Relays last Saturday.

The foursome of Amanda Crooks, Helen Davis, Angel Bacon and Kate Bonshak finished in 52.30, defeating North Penn by a little over a second. Last year their 4x100 team finished second, as 3/4 of that squad were on hand to deliver the top finish in 2018. The lone graduate, Kylee...

Phantoms set for a playoff run

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

With their playoff spot and home ice advantage secured throughout the Atlantic Division, the Phantoms are going to have a couple extra players on hand for the final two games of the regular season this weekend. With junior leagues done, teams are bringing some of their young draft picks into the AHL for an abbreviated audition and the Phantoms will have two of those young players on their roster.

Forwards Pascal Laberge and Isaac Ratcliffe have joined the team from their respective...

Softball edges Emmaus 1-0

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Good pitching, strong defense and timely hitting will take a team a long way, and the Whitehall softball team exhibited all three in their win versus Emmaus on Tuesday.

The timely hitting came early as hot hitting Meghan Hutter laced a single to center in the bottom of the first inning to reach base with one out. She stole second, but once Emmaus starting pitcher Hannah Palinkas, an EPC second team all-star last season, struck out Casey Cunningham for the second out, the Hornet hurler...

Outdoors

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has released the final tally for the 2017 bear harvest, showing it was the ninth-best-of-all-time bear take. And this, despite having one of the worst opening days due to rain and in some areas sleet and fog which drove hunters out of the woods and into their vehicles.

According to the PGC, hunters took 3,438 bears in the 2017 seasons. Within that, 493 were in the archery season and 1,083 during the extended season. All setting records for those...

Whitehall baseball falls to Nazareth, 4-2

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Whenever the Whitehall and Nazareth baseball teams meet, it seems inevitable that they’ll be locked in a close game that could swing either way.

In their last six meetings, the largest margin of victory has been three runs, and in three of those games, one run wound up being the difference. So when they met for their first time this season at Whitehall, it was no surprise that the Zephyrs and Blue Eagles game would come down to the final inning.

With Whitehall trailing 4-2, Joe...

Sprinters to lead girls track

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The outlook for the upcoming girls track and field season rests heavily on the talented legs of their sprinters, an experienced group that will form a strong building block this year.

The Zephs are coming off a season where they finished 6-5. They have a good mix of returning veterans as well as newcomers that should allow them to plug in a host of strong competitors in a number of events.

And that begins with the sprints.

The Zephyrs return perhaps the most dynamic...

Boys also return sprinters

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall boys track team will be leaning on a strong cast of sprinters to help them get off on the right foot this spring.

The Zephyrs return a number of sprinters, including seniors Martin Labib and Dez Boykin who give them a wealth of experience in those events. Also in the sprinting mix are juniors Shavar Hussett, Mekhi Lee, senior Muhammad Azim and sophomore Allen Negrete,

Labib put together a strong junior season in both the 100 and 200. He narrowly missed qualifying...

Baseball is unbeaten

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall baseball team is finding ways to win, and that’s allowed them to remain undefeated so far this season.

The Zephyrs have allowed 13 runs and 20 hits in their last two games, but they’ve emerged victorious in both those contests. They scored two runs in their last at-bat against Daniel Boone to eke out a 10-9 win on Saturday, and then found a way to defeat Allentown Central Catholic despite the Vikings topping them by seven hits.

Manager Shaun O’Boyle points to the...

Via All-Star Game held last weekend

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

In the waning minutes of the final game of Via’s Super Saturday basketball showcase, Aidan Ellwood spotted up behind the three-point line and called “banks.” He let the shot go, and it caromed off the backboard and through the basket. A few feet away his teammates went wild.

The Northampton senior scored 28 points in leading the West all-stars to a 119-112 win over the East in the finale of this year’s Via All-Star Classic, the 43rd annual edition of the event that showcases local...

Buck numbers are up

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has released the 2017-18 deer harvest report and it shows the buck harvest has increased 10 percent. And that’s not all. Their report also shows the overall deer harvest was up 10 percent.

During the past deer hunting seasons, hunters took an estimated 367,159 deer, which surpassed the overall deer harvest of 333,254 during the 2016-17 seasons. The PGC points out that over the 23 Wildlife Management Units, the deer harvest decreased in only three units...