Whitehall-Coplay Press

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Zephyrs top NP

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Casey Cunningham completed Whitehall’s comeback in a big way, sending a bomb over the right field fence for the walk-off win Saturday versus North Pocono to keep the Zephyrs undefeated.

The Zephyrs got down early as the Trojans took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. They answered with a run in their half of the frame to knot the score, but North Pocono, who added two runs in the third to make it 3-1, put two more runs on the board in the top of the fifth to make it 5-1.

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Continue to improve is the goal for girls

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

With the advent of a new softball season, Whitehall begins a new chapter under new head coach Blake Morgan.

Yes, it seems that new will be the operative word as they begin the 2018 campaign which got underway last weekend at Myrtle Beach.

“It’s new for everybody, new for the players, new for the coaches,” said Morgan who enters year one with a team that finished 13-9.

While Morgan inherits a veteran team with a number of returning starters, he still has to learn about...

Phantoms looking for long playoff run

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Last season, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms reached the AHL Playoffs, but had a much quicker exit than most expected.

That hasn’t been forgotten by the players who are around on this year’s playoff team and they’re determined to make this postseason a much longer experience. For veteran players and the organization as a whole, returning to the playoffs for a second straight season has a bigger meaning than just playing for a Calder Cup Championship.

“It gets back to trying to...

Barkley’s number to be retired at WHS

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

During the Saquon Barkley Day celebration in Coplay, Whitehall Athletic Director Bob Hartman announced that no one will wear the maroon-and-gold No. 21 jersey at Zephyr Stadium after Barkley.

Ali Barkley, that is.

Saquon’s younger brother, a sophomore who also plays running back, currently wears No. 21 for the Whitehall football team. Hartman said that the school will retire the number after Ali is finished playing, with a ceremony whenever Saquon’s schedule permits.

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Volleyball team tops Liberty in season opener

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

When the Whitehall boys volleyball team took the floor for their opening game of 2018, something wasn’t quite right.

It turns out that head coach George Cowitch made a mistake. He “flipped the middles,” putting an outside hitter, in this case Alex Khouri, where Dylan McGinley, a middle hitter, was supposed to be.

Cowitch said that it was an oversight as he was making out the lineup, placing guys next to one another who were not accustomed to playing side by side in the...

Tennis remains unbeaten

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall boys tennis team is once again blazing a torrid trail though the early portion of their season.

With their 7-0 win over Easton on Monday, the Zephyrs move to 4-0 on the season. Last year they got out of the gate 6-0, while the previous season they posted a 5-0 mark at the start. This marks the third consecutive season that they’ve gone at least four matches without a loss.

Of their four wins, they have swept two of their opponents, demonstrating their strength...

Volleyball team eyes postseason runs

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

With a new season about to dawn, the Whitehall boys volleyball team is well positioned for a bright future as it looks to make another deep postseason run.

The Zephyrs made it to the district finals last season, losing to Emmaus in the championship game. That also earned them a state playoff berth, where they were eliminated by Penn Manor in the opening round.

They wound up 19-5 on the season, another winning campaign in a tenure marked by success under head coach George...

Phantoms in playoffs; goalie situation muddy

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Phantoms believe that the road to the 2018 Calder Cup goes through the Lehigh Valley.

The team clinched a playoff berth with a 5-4, overtime loss at Providence which combined nicely with Bridgeport’s 4-1 loss at Syracuse to lock up their playoff ticket. This will be the 12th playoff appearance for the Phantoms, dating back to their days in Philadelphia, and second in a row as they look for their third Calder Cup championship.

Since Jan. 20, the Phantoms have just four...

Quotes

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by JAME BUNTING in Sports

The following are quotes captured from the March 24 Saquon Barkley Day celebration in the Whitehall-Coplay area.

• “I had the pleasure of seeing Saquon play quite a few of his high school games, and I could tell that he was developing into a special player. But when a player develops a deeper love and commitment to the game to take it to the college level, that’s a whole other ballgame. Watching Saquon play for Penn State was always something to look forward to, knowing that he came...