Whitehall-Coplay Press

Friday, November 22, 2019

Field hockey wins opening round contest

Thursday, October 24, 2019 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

On Monday night, the Whitehall field hockey team knocked off Nazareth 4-2 in their opening round District XI playoff game.

To win in the playoffs, teams need their best players to come through. Senior Maddie Trocki showed she was worthy of her EPC 1st Team All-Star nod by scoring the team’s first and last goals.

The first goal came on Whitehall’s first corner of the night when the play gave her an open opportunity that she did not miss.

Head coach Jennifer Bodnar...

Kids won’t take Zephs lightly

Thursday, October 24, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Northampton head football coach Kyle Haas understands the impact and the ripple effects of his team’s recent East Penn Conference (EPC) North title.

“Winning a championship is huge for the school and the community,” said Haas. “There hasn’t been one in a long time.

“Our younger kids are working harder to get on the field. They want to be part of the success. For us, it really was a big boost of confidence.”

The Konkrete Kids (8-1) are ready to take the next step when...

Zephyr golfers conclude season

Thursday, October 24, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall golf team finished strong down the stretch, winning three of their final five matches, including a 398-418 victory over Tamaqua to close out the regular season.

In that match against the Blue Raiders, Cody Suhaka shot an 89 to lead the Zephyrs, while both A.J. Capille and Kevin Landis shot a 101, and Jayden Kuhn finished his round with a 107.

With that final victory, the Zephyrs finished 5-9 this season.

In the postseason, Kristine Landis finished in the...

Liberty rolls by WHS

Thursday, October 24, 2019 by JAKE MELUSKEY in Sports

Liberty Quarterback Dallas Holmes totaled four touchdowns in the Hurricanes 52-27 victory over Whitehall. The game was filled with mistakes and big plays, though, from the start it was apparent whose night this was at BASD Stadium.

“Dallas has been great as a senior leader this year,” said head coach John Truby. “Our season has not gone the way that we were hoping, and thanks to guys like Dallas and other seniors they have kept us working hard.”

At the 8:00 mark in the first...

Outdoors: Long-tail hunting season begins

Thursday, October 24, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Since the grouse, rabbit and squirrel season opened last Saturday, the third part of small game opens this Saturday (Oct. 26) for pheasants, often referred to as long-tails. A reference to the long tail feathers of a male cockbird.

If a cockbird can be flushed, the cackle and burst of feathers is exciting and when not anticipated, a bit startling for the hunter. But it’s a nice rush to experience.

When I was a preteen, I’d tag along with my uncle and grandfather when they...

Pete’s Top-10: Rivalry week is finally here

Thursday, October 24, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Well, Week 10 is finally here. The last week of the regular season is upon us without much fanfare in the District 11 postseason. Most teams are already qualified, but Week 10 is more about the rivalries with Bethlehem taking center stage this weekend.

Bethlehem Catholic hosts Central Catholic in the Holy War on Friday night and then the greatest spectacle of the high school season kicks off at 1 p.m. on Saturday at BASD with Freedom taking on Liberty.

Sprinkle in the Parkland-...

Phantoms already seeing changes

Thursday, October 24, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

With the Lehigh Valley Phantoms well stocked with young, exciting talent and the Philadelphia Flyers off to a 1-4 start, changes came quickly to ignite the parent team with some youthful exuberance.

Joel Farabee and Mikhail Vorobyev were recalled by Philadelphia on Sunday, while Carsen Twarynski was loaned to the Phantoms.

Farabee, who is just 19 and has a grand total of four professional games under his belt, was off to a quick start with Lehigh Valley, scoring three goals and...

Boys fall to Parkland

Friday, October 18, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Zephyrs’ bid to topple Parkland in the opening round of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference boys soccer playoffs gained some early steam, but the Trojans took control in the second half to earn the victory.

It didn’t take too long for forward Jacob Gier to stake the visiting team to a 1-0 lead, and that held up through most of the first half until the Trojans were awarded a penalty kick at the 3:53 mark as Bryce Shalbert’s low shot slid past Justin Mattison for the equalizer....

Field hockey prepping for districts

Friday, October 18, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

As the Whitehall field hockey team heads into the postseason, they’ll be relying on the strength of a strong senior class to help them advance through a tough field of competitors.

Two of those seniors who will help them hopefully navigate upward through the brackets in pursuit of a district championship are Joyce Lu and Hallie Kern. The two defenders have been paired together since seventh grade. I guess it’s safe to say that they’re joined at the stick.

Lu, who co-captains...

Zephs season comes to end

Friday, October 18, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

It was a positive end to an otherwise challenging year for the Whitehall girls volleyball team as they defeated Saucon Valley in their final game of the season.

The Zephyrs swept the Panthers on their home court, showcasing a well-balanced attack that had them winning points at the net and the service line.

One of those players who played a big role in helping them net their third win of the year was senior Olivia Ballard. Ballard’s fingerprints were all over the match. She...