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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Pete’s Top-10: Nazareth looks to dethrone Freedom

Thursday, September 12, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Week 4 of the poll features the most movement this season as teams settle into their identities. Freedom remains steadfast at the top, but face a hungry Nazareth squad looking for respect.

Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic will be in a battle this week, while Central Catholic and Whitehall are in desperation mode.

Southern Lehigh’s impressive romp over Notre Dame catapults them into the poll as well.

With three weeks of action in the books, Week 4 will continue to prove...

WHS soccer teams off to hot start this fall season

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The Whitehall boys soccer team got off to a great start with an 8-0 win over Palisades.

The Zephs put the game away with five goals in the first half before adding three more in the second half.

Ziyad Atiyeh, Gio Mazzola, Jake Gier and Rahman Ojulari-Sulyman scored in the first half with Gier notching two and finishing with four goals total for the game.

Atiyeh got the scoring started with an assist from Elie Khalil, it was followed by Mazzola’s goal from Rahman Ojulari-...

Zephs look for win vs. EHS

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Whitehall’s football season already may be at a crossroads.

The Zephyrs return home Friday night to host Emmaus in a key East Penn Conference (EPC) showdown for both teams. Whitehall (0-2) is looking for its first win of the season after they suffered a 46-28 loss at Easton last week.

Against Easton, Whitehall found itself in a 21-7 hole in the opening half as they struggled to stop Red Rovers’ running back Nahjee Adams, who scored on runs of 75 and 78 yards and rambled for 192...

Zephs top Pleasant Valley in tennis

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Friday’s tennis match against Pleasant Valley tested Whitehall’s depth and tenacity, and the Zephyrs scored big on both fronts.

After surviving a busy week in which they had four matches scheduled, Whitehall was faced with the challenge of playing Pleasant Valley without their No. 1 singles player. Natalia Pedraza, who is currently 4-1 on the year, was going to miss the match versus the Bears, forcing head coach Alex Green to juggle the lineup against a good team from the northern...

Pete’s Top-10: Pates stay on top

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

After two weeks of the regular season, we have an idea of where teams stand in the Lehigh Valley football landscape. Freedom narrowly escaped last week, but Bethlehem Catholic proved they are right up there with anyone, as long as Tavion Banks is running the ball.

The Pates follow up their city rivalry last week with a trip to Parkland, while the Hawks are back at BASD to tangle with the Hurricanes.

Easton is proving its hype train is overblown, while Central Catholic has...

Pedraza on track

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

With over a quarter of the regular season in the books, Whitehall’s Natalia Pedraza is on track to reach one of her goals as she aims to be part of the postseason singles tournament mix.

This year the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference changed the qualifying standards, admitting only the top eight players in each of the singles and doubles brackets. Previously, they were open to all players in the conference.

That will make it more difficult to reach the tourney, but Pedraza is...

Bobyak happy to be back at WHS

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

When the Whitehall girls volleyball team convenes on the court this fall, a familiar face will be leading them from the sidelines.

Victoria Bobyak, a 2012 Whitehall graduate, is now the head coach, replacing Eric Budge who led the team last season.

This will be Bobyak’s first head coaching job and she looks forward to being on the coaching side of a program she’s very familiar with after spending four years as a varsity player. She said it will be an interesting experience...

Outdoors: Time to check equipment

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With the archery deer hunting season set to kick off locally Sept. 21 in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D, now’s the time to check your bows, bow strings, arrows and tree stands if you use one.

According to Rick Weaknecht, of Weaknecht Archery in Kutztown, bowhunters shouldn’t wait until the last minute to bring their bows in for new strings that may be frayed or stretched from use or to have arrows made. Arrows in particular, he says, takes time in that they require cutting shafts to customer...

Golf gets two more victories

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall golf team picked up two more wins last week as the season is now headed into the back nine with the Zephyrs trying to finish on a strong note.

While most fall sports are just getting underway, the Zephyr golfers have just four matches remaining before the postseason begins.

Last week was a strong period for the Zephs as they defeated East Stroudsburg North and Pocono Mountain West. Those two wins raised their season record to 3-7.

Their first win of the...

Zephs look to clean up D

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Whitehall got a good preview of what its offensive potential could be in its 41-28 loss to East Stroudsburg South in its opener last week.

Senior Ali Barkley played his role as the team’s presumed workhorse with 127 yards on 23 carries and two rushing touchdowns, catching another TD for a trio.

But the Zephyrs will need to tighten the reins on defense, a problem area that plagued them last season. East Stroudsburg South’s Christian Arrington ran for 209 yards and scored three...