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Coplay Connie Mack falls in LV playoffs

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Coplay Connie Mack team’s march toward a title was halted when they lost in the second round of the playoffs.

Their focus then shifted to the state playoffs where they’re part of the eight clubs from the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack Baseball League who will play teams from the Bux-Mont Connie Mack League.

Coplay heads into the state playoffs as the eighth seed. Their arrival was secured when they beat Hellertown in the opening round of the league playoffs. The tourney got...

Outdoors: give bow and arrow fishing a try

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

In these Dog Days of summer, fishing in local waters often becomes slow due to high temperatures and low water conditions. All of which makes many fish lethargic. But instead of pursuing them with rod and reel, why not try a bow and arrow.

Since bowfishing requires a slight change in equipment, most bow fishers favor an inexpensive recurve bow or an old compound bow, outfitting it with a Zebco-type spincast or open reel to retrieve the arrows and land a fish, simple arrow rest and no...


Friday, July 21, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

It’s hard to imagine a better senior year than the one Zach Gilbert just recently completed at Whitehall.

Not many seniors can claim two district championships in one season. Moreover, his résumé reads that he was the starting quarterback and starting pitcher for both those titles.

After stepping in as the starting quarterback, he led the team to a 9-5 record and a District XI Championship. He also helped them win a PIAA game over Abington Heights, riddling their vaunted...

Article By: steve andres Special to the Press

Friday, July 21, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The word consummate is often linked to professional, or pro, but in the case of seniors Cara Bonshak and Kylee Cunningham, that word can also be associated with student-athlete.

Yes, Bonshak and Cunningham are the consummate student-athletes who give total effort both on and off the field. They’re the embodiment of that credo that hangs on their gymnasium wall, commonly known as the PRIDE banner: Prepared Respect Involved Dependable Empathetic. They’ve maintained those four principles...

Playoffs up next

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Baseball great Ernie Banks famously said let’s play two, but with the way this season has unfolded for the Coplay Legion team, doubleheaders have become routine for them since the season started.

Bad weather struck over the weekend, forcing more cancellations. They played another doubleheader on Sunday, with this twin bill featuring league-leading Salisbury.

They lost both games of the doubleheader, dropping their record to 10-5-1. With those two losses, they finished the...

Wrestlers working hard in offseason

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

When building a successful athletic program, early success is always a vital tool in helping establish a solid foundation at the varsity level, and that’s what’s been happening with Whitehall wrestling.

Competing in the highly-competitive Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, a league that routinely produces state champions, requires that teams have strong youth and junior high programs that will one day fill their varsity rosters.

One of the ways to stay competitive is to...

Whitehall JV volleyball team went 18-0

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Judging by the success the junior varsity had this season, the Whitehall boys volleyball program is poised to be in title contention for the foreseeable future.

Even with the loss of seven seniors, the team is well stocked with talent, and soon they’ll be bursting onto the varsity scene to help the Zephyrs stay atop the tough Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.

The main reason for such high optimism is the caliber of talent at the junior varsity level.

The JV squad went 18-...

Outdoors: Area fishing scenes are looking pretty good

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With the Fourth of July holiday this week, many Lehigh Valley folks take off and many go fishing. As such, here’s a rundown on what’s been happening on local waters.

Willie from Willie’s Bait & Tackle in Cementon says the Lehigh River is fishing good for almost everything. Big trout, smallmouth bass, rock bass, perch and fallfish. Sizeable smallmouth are readily taking leeches. In fact, Willie recalls taking his grandson down to the falls in Cementon last summer and every cast his...

Arner, Cup team take fourth

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Although Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup softball team placed fourth in its tournament last week at FDR Park in Philadelphia, Whitehall High School second baseman Rachel Arner became an even better player as a result of playing on the Lehigh Valley team.

“I really don’t know how, but this past weekend on my tournament team, I was 5 for 5 with a walk, I beat out the throws, I bunted, and I was doing things on my own, and getting better at slapping,” Arner said.

Lehigh Valley coach...