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Bonshak just short of states

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 by STEVE ANDRES Special to the Press in Sports

It may not have been the finish Matt Bonshak envisioned at the start of the season, but when it ended last week at Liberty's Memorial Gymnasium, the senior wrestler concluded an extraordinary career at Whitehall High School.

In a scenario that was reminiscent of the District XI tournament, Bonshak once again faced Northampton's Bobby Fehr in the semifinals of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Northeast Regional AAA Tournament.

Bonshak said that all week he...

Time to ice fish may be running out

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 by NICK HROMIAK Special to the Press in Sports

You should have been here last week. That's usually what anglers hear, especially when ice fishing.

So was the case at Ontelaunee Reservoir in upper Berks County where fishing was good while panfish action was fair at Lake Minsi in Northampton County two weeks ago.

The upcoming weeks' weather may just be the death knell to local ice fishing. With temps in the high 40s combined with rain, both may put a damper on ice conditions rendering them unsafe.

Chris from Chris'...

Bonshak heads to regionals

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 by STEVE ANDRES Special to the Press in Sports

When the District XI AAA wrestling tournament concluded, Matt Bonshak once again earned a spot into the regional round that begins this weekend.

Bonshak finished third at 160, registering falls in each of his three wins to guarantee him a return trip to Liberty's Memorial Gymnasium to defend his title. His defense of his district crown was thwarted by Northampton's Bobby Fehr in the semifinals, losing 5-2 in a tough, defensive battle.

Bonshak defeated Fehr 8-6 in their prior...

Boys fall to Mounties

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 by STEVE ANDRES Special to the Press in Sports

In a game that came down to the wire, the Zephyrs boys basketball team was undone by an opportune Stroudsburg team, spoiling their chances for a deep run in the playoffs.

With just over four seconds to go, and the Zephs leading by a point, Mountaineer guard David Clowney was Johnny-on-the-spot as he followed his own miss, netting the bucket and drawing a foul in the process. His subsequent conversion from the line gave Stroudsburg a 59-57 lead.

Still, the Zephs had one final...

Whitehall/Salisbury get win over Becahi/CCHS

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

Brad Owens ripped a shot into the upper 90 of the net past Charles Varga, and Salisbury/Whitehall staved off some late Bethlehem/Central Catholic pressure on their goal on their way to a 3-2 win in their season finale last Monday night at the Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.

"We got off to a good start," said head coach Rich Crowley. "We got to them early, and our defense was on tonight. We're a defensive team and we fought all year. We lost some leads, but we fought back. And that's how this...

Zephs Rex among football scholar athletes nominees

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 by The Press in Sports

The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame is having the Football Scholar Athlete Banquet on Sunday, March 3, at 4:30 p.m. at the Northampton Community Center.

The speaker this year is Penn State Coach Bill O'Brien. Tickets are $30. Contact Herb Barrall at 484-515-6530.

Whitehall will be represented by Jacob Scott Rex.

A 5-10, 185-pound fullback and linebacker, Rex ranks 2nd out of 369 students. He is an honor roll student,...

G.I.O. soccer expo to debut at Sands

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

They say if you build it, they will come.

In the case of this week's Goal In One Coaches Clinic and Expo, it's more like if you host it, they will come.

Dean Koski, the founder and president of G.I.O., as well as head coach of Lehigh's men's soccer program, spent eight months preparing for February 28th's opening night of the expo at Bethlehem Sands Event Center.

The event will run throughout the weekend with clinics, speakers and exhibitions running all day Friday and...

Nine Zephyr athletes honored

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 by STEVE ANDRES Special to the Press in Sports

It could have been a baseball team that Whitehall High School assembled when announcing the future plans of their student athletes during the National Letter of Intent ceremony held February 6.

Those nine seniors represented the latest class to sign on the dotted line, fulfilling dreams and stoking expectations as they prepare for the next phase of their lives.

That group included Kayla Cunningham, Aaron Genevese, Brooke Gilson, Kara Parvel, Cassie Schmidt, Nick Shafnisky, Nick...

Wagner will miss swimming family

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 by JEFF MOELLER Special to the Press in Sports

Sara Wagner hasn't been overly concerned whether or not she finishes among the top three competitors in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle events. She also isn't that concerned about not having qualified for the upcoming district meet.

Instead when the swimming season officially ends for the Whitehall senior, Wagner will be concerned about missing her family away from home.

"It will be tough leaving here," she said. "We have been a tight-knit group, a true family. Sure, we have our...

Gilson sets school record

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 by JEFF MOELLER Special to the Press in Sports

Brooke Gilson knew she had a very good chance at breaking the record and it would likely happen this season. Still, she enjoyed the limelight of the moment.

Gilson, a senior in the Whitehall swimming program, recently broke the all-time career points total in the program when she passed the previous mark set of 872. 5 set by Val Nordquist in 1995.

With her regular season total of 220 points, Gilson accumulated a career total of 891.5 points through the regular meet season that...