Whitehall-Coplay Press

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Outdoors: Turkey vultures seem to be on the rise in area

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

If you’re an avid bird watcher (birder), have you noticed an unusually large number of turkey vultures soaring local skies?

And not just in rural areas, but in the city of Allentown as well.

Often referred to as buzzards, or chicken hawks, there are seven species of vultures in North America, but Pennsylvania has but two; the black vulture and more common turkey vulture.

According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), the turkey vulture (TV) are about 30 inches in...

Solehi tops WHS

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Southern Lehigh baseball team prevented Whitehall from duplicating last year’s postseason run, exacting some revenge in the district semifinals to end the Zephyrs’ season on May 23 at Parkland.

Last year Whitehall who took home the inaugural District XI 5A baseball crown, defeating Southern Lehigh to begin their magical ride to the state finals. This year the Spartans derailed their hopes of repeating a long postseason run, defeating them 3-1 in the opening round of the 5A...

EHS beats WHS again

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

With the district title on the line in set three, the Whitehall boys volleyball team needed to stop a surging Emmaus squad to avoid the sweep.

They narrowly missed upending the Green Hornets in the first set, losing by two points to the undefeated denizens of Macungie Street, and as the third set began, they got out to a healthy 8-2 lead.

If they could maintain that lead, they would be able to prolong the match and see if they could seize the momentum and dethrone Emmaus as the...

Phantoms swept out of playoffs by Marlies

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

For the first time since moving to the Lehigh Valley, the Phantoms reached the Eastern Conference Finals. Unfortunately, their stay in the finals didn’t last long as the Toronto Marlies, complete with a number of players who saw considerable time in the NHL this season, swept the Phantoms in four games to end Lehigh Valley’s quest for a Calder Cup championship, winning 3-1 in the series finale.

“You look up and down their roster, obviously, they’re very, very talented,” said goalie...

Girls fall to Emmaus

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

With the district softball game teetering on the mercy rule, after Emmaus scored eight runs in the top of the fifth to make it 15-3, Whitehall refused to accept that fate in the opening round of the 6A playoffs.

They had already fought back once, trimming Emmaus’ 7-0 advantage to just four in the bottom of the fourth, but the Hornets erupted for eight more runs in their next at-bat to potentially ice the game if the Zephyrs didn’t score.

But that outcome wouldn’t materialize...

Outdoors: Ethanol-related fuels causing problems

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

As Memorial Day weekend traditionally kicks off the pleasure boating season, power boat owners in particular should be aware of a new survey done by Boating Industry magazine.

It says that those in the boating industry that manufacture, sell, repair and store recreational vessels are seeing a growing number of problems caused by ethanol-related fuels. Said one boat dealer in the survey, “Ethanol fuels are great for our service department but bad for our customers!”

It was...

Gilbert brought fun, winning to Whitehall

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

When Brian Gilbert was hired early in 2012 as Whitehall’s new football coach, he said he wanted to make Zephyr football a combination of fun and winning.

He succeeded on both counts, going 48-23 over six seasons. His .676 winning percentage over that span ranks him just behind Andy Melosky (. 690) among Whitehall’s head coaching fraternity.

The fun came along with all that success as they were able to hoist two district trophies during his tenure. They also shared a Lehigh...

400 relay golden again

Saturday, May 26, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

As members of the Whitehall’s girls 4x100 relay team gathered to await their gold medals at last week’s district meet, a celebratory dance ensued, one in which didn’t have a name yet.

“We just made it up in the locker room,” said Rebecca Ganthier. “It doesn’t have a name. We just made it up. Whitehall pride.”

It’s something that originated as they tried to hype themselves up to get ready for the meet.

“It just came out,” said Ganthier.

While that impromptu dance...

Crooks takes gold in 100

Saturday, May 26, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

It’s been said that lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place, but Amanda Crooks proved that’s a fallacy as she thundered to gold again in the 100 meters at the Zephyr Sports Complex last week.

This time she bolted to first place at the District XI 3A Track and Field Championships, giving her back-to-back wins this postseason. She finished in 12.26, improving on last week’s mark that saw her win EPC gold in 12.53.

The senior now has won consecutive District 11 golds in...

Step Outdoors back at Steelstacks June 2-3

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Steelstacks in Bethlehem is again hosting their fourth Step Outdoors Lehigh Valley program that is two-days of presentations, hands-on activities, educational programs for the entire family. It’s an effort to promote what the great outdoors has to offer. The program is set for June 2-3 at Steelstacks.

The Step Outdoors program that includes a host of activities for children as well, will have over 25 local and state environmental and outdoor groups presenting their activities. The...