Whitehall-Coplay Press

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Phantoms continue playoff push

Thursday, April 4, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

When the Philadelphia Flyers lost to the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, it ended their hopes of reaching the NHL playoffs.

For the Phantoms, their chase for a spot in the postseason continues on thanks to having picked up nine points in their last six games. A tough schedule over the season’s final seven games – including two games in Charlotte and two games at home against rival Wilkes-Barre/Scranton - could make it difficult to move from sixth in the Atlantic Division to fourth,...

Baseball team sits at 2-3 early in season

Thursday, April 4, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

It’s been a bit of a bumpy start for the Whitehall baseball team, losing two close games to division foes, and then getting blitzed by the Blazers who spoiled their home opener on Saturday.

The Zephyrs’ week began with a game was against Nazareth to kick off their league schedule. Their bats came alive early, jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first. The Blue Eagles clawed back, cutting the deficit to one with two runs in the third.

Whitehall responded with two more runs in the...

Whitehall tennis picks up two more wins

Thursday, April 4, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall boys tennis team keeps chugging along, posting two more league victories as they continue to roll up the early wins.

Last week they defeated East Stroudsburg South 6-0. They took every set from the Cavaliers en route to their fourth win of the season.

At No. 1 singles, Nick Rohn defeated Miguel Rettu in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1. Nick Demjan kept pace at No. 2 singles, downing Crew Bunn, 6-0, 6-1. Josh Mallory completed their singles sweep with a win against Jordan...

Outdoors: Trout opener sees great conditions

Thursday, April 4, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Saturday’s regional trout season opener in the southeast saw unusually warm temperatures, no rain and normal water levels. Three factors that have deterred several past trout openers.

In talking to several anglers along the Little Lehigh off Fish Hatchery Road, the general consensus was that the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission should return to a statewide opening day as it was felt anglers from other counties fish locally making for crowded conditions on area streams and...

A look at the Whitehall girls track team

Thursday, April 4, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Heading into this season, the sprints should prove to be a really a strong suit for the girls track and field team as their season.

The Zephyrs return a number of sprinters, most notably junior Kate Bonshak and seniors Helen Davis and Rebecca Ganthier. Those three were part of Whitehall’s record-setting run in the 4x100 relay throughout the year. Bonshak, Ganthier and Davis each helped to establish school records in the event, with Ganthier and Bonshak part of the District XI record...

Zephs looking to contend this season

Thursday, March 28, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

With a strong returning group of upperclassmen, the Whitehall boys volleyball team should once again challenge for league and district titles.

As they prep for the upcoming season, seniors Joe Herman, Alex Khouri, Rick Melosky, Aziz Atiyeh and Ian Frankenfield will serve as the backbone of this year’s squad. That experience will be further enhanced with the return of juniors Dylan McGinley, Alex Haydar and Alex Rummel, as well as sophomore Hunter Pinkey. That cast of returning varsity...

Zephyrs baseball eyeing postseason

Thursday, March 28, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Zephyr baseball season gets underway this week, and with the promise of a new season, the quest for a championship begins as they aim for a deep playoff run.

They’ll hope to achieve their postseason aspirations with a good combination of youth and experience. They return six players who saw action on the diamond last year, giving them a solid foundation on which to build. That group includes Andrew Snyder, Owen Fischl, Ben Hudak, Adin Hoderewski, Joe Lisicky and Jake Paashaus....

Baseball wins opener

Thursday, March 28, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall baseball team did its damage early, and that was enough to defeat Peters Township High School in their season opener.

The Zephyrs blanked the Indians 2-0, riding the effective arms of starter Andrew Snyder and reliever Shane Fillman for the victory at the Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The Zephs left last Wednesday, participating in a couple of scrimmages, one of which wasn’t over until midnight with the game against Peters Township the following morning...

Via Super Saturday games set for this coming weekend

Thursday, March 28, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The 44th Annual Via All-Star Basketball Classic is slated for Saturday, March 30, at Northampton Community College.

The event features four games involving all-star senior players from all parts of the Lehigh Valley.

The Via All-Star Classic raises funds to support Via of the Lehigh Valley’s services for children and adults with disabilities, showcases the basketball talents of area student athletes, and educates attendees about Via and the need for community support through...

Girls fall to Avonworth

Thursday, March 28, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall softball team met Avonworth High School last weekend among the picturesque backdrop of The Ripken Experience in Myrtle Breach, but wound up dropping the opener to the Antelopes.

The Zephyrs lost 4-2 to Avonworth, a school situated in Pittsburgh. They surrendered four in the first, and that was enough for the Antelopes to leave the sunny clime with their first win.

Head coach Blake Morgan said the experience, which included a couple of scrimmages, was a good...