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Solderitch, swimmers ready to go

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The final meet of the regular season produced a sweep for the Whitehall swim team, and now the focus will be to see if they can ride that crest into the district championships.

The Zephyrs hosted Allentown Central Catholic last Thursday in what was a “home” meet for the Vikings. The WHS girls prevailed 96-74, while the boys won 116-46.

By virtue of closing out the season with victories, both the girls and boys end the 2019-20 campaign with winning records. The girls finished 12...

Boys take on Pocono West

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Editor’s note: The Whitehall boys basketball game took place Wednesday night, after Press deadlines.

A familiar face will greet the Whitehall boys basketball team as they begin the task of trying to claim a district championship as competition gets underway this week.

The 6A field is now set and the Zephyrs will open against Pocono Mountain West, a team they saw a little over a month ago. Those two will square off in an 8-9 game at Whitehall on Feb. 19, which comes after Press...

Wrestlers prepare for district tourney

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

As the Whitehall wrestling team prepares for the District XI Individual Wrestling Tournament, they’ll be spearheaded by a roster of strong candidates who have the ability to make it to the regional round.

That list includes seniors Kai Clark (23-6), Wilfred Jimenez (19-8) and Randy Okungu (19-8), along with junior Johnny Colon (19-8), sophomores Xavier Arner (24-8), Michael Hernandez and Tyler Cunningham (19-3), and freshmen Nate Mendez (12-9) and Melquan Warren. It’s a strong group...

Outdoors: A look at recent survey results

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Southwick Associates, the folks who do yearly surveys on hunting and fishing preferences, has released their recent Fall Hunter/Shooter Survey showing the most popular hunting, shooting equipment purchases by sportsmen and sports gals, and the species they pursued.

The panel, composed of hunters and shooters from across the country who volunteer to participate, track hunter/shooter participation and purchases.

The survey begins with the most popular species hunted. As expected...

Trades could impact LV

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The NHL trade deadline arrives on Monday. So, what does that have to do with the Phantoms? Possibly a lot.

When you make an addition via trade in sports, there’s a subtraction that goes with it and the subtraction could conceivably come from among the Phantoms roster. Of course, trades in the real sports world aren’t like the trades pulled off in the world of fantasy sports where “owners” just talk to a friend and work out some zillion-player blockbuster trade. In the real world,...

Allen, Bethlehem Catholic win EPC titles; SL, Notre Dame take Colonial League crowns

Saturday, February 15, 2020 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Four top-seeded teams earned league basketball championships this week as tournaments were completed in both the East Penn Conference and Colonial League.

In the EPC title games, Allen boys beat Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic girls held off Nazareth Thursday night at the PPL Center. In the Colonial League, Southern Lehigh upended Bangor for the boys title and Notre Dame (Green Pond) took down Moravian Academy for the girls championship Friday at Freedom High School.

The No. 1...

Girls conclude season, look forward to the future

Thursday, February 13, 2020 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The girls basketball season ended last week as they traveled to Emmaus for a showdown with the Green Hornets.

The Hornets were seeking to avenge an earlier loss to the Zephyrs, while Whitehall was hoping to end its season on a positive note.

The first quarter set the tone as Emmaus sprinted out to a 18-9 lead. The Hornets maintained most of that cushion during the next period and went into the break with an eight point lead.

Whitehall came out in the second half with...

Swimmers to end regular season, get ready for postseason meets

Thursday, February 13, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

It’s a different type of year for the Whitehall swim team this winter. Yet, the Zephyrs still expect the same outcome at the upcoming district meet at the end of February.

“We’re getting good times and not necessarily first places,” said Zephyrs’ head coach Pete Rile. “It’s been a different type of year where we have more overall depth and not as many qualifiers.

“But we should have some more qualifiers at the end of the season.”

Rile has been impressed with both of his...

Article By: The Press

Thursday, February 13, 2020 by The Press in Sports

League championship basketball match ups are now finalized for both the Colonial League and East Penn Conference.

The Colonial League held girls semifinals Wednesday evening at Catasauqua High School.

Top-seeded Notre Dame (Green Pond) beat No. 4 Bangor 51-36 in a girls semifinal to advance to the championship game, while No. 3 Moravian Academy took down No. 3 Northwestern 49-45.

The Crusaders and Lions will meet Friday at 6 p.m. with the boys championship between No. 1...

Outdoors: PA bear harvest sets record

Thursday, February 13, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Pennsylvania’s final bear harvest figures are in and have set a new state record over a 30-day season.

According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), hunters took 4,653 bears, a one-third increase over the 2018 seasons when 3,153 bears were taken. Pennsylvania’s top bear harvest was 4,350 bears in the 2011 season.

The PGC believes the harvest is down somewhat due to bad weather that kept most hunters out of the woods. But the agency points out that in the four years prior...