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Outdoors: Time of year to clean out nesting boxes

Thursday, March 14, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

If you have bird houses or nesting boxes at your residence, now’s a good time to check them so see if they need repair and to clean them out before spring arrives. Incoming birds won’t nest on old nest material that may have mites, bugs or even mice in them.

If you don’t have any boxes but would like to enjoy seeing the spring arrivals such as colorful bluebirds, it would be a great time to either buy or build a box/house or two.

According to The Birding Wire, by installing...

Phantoms get much-needed points

Thursday, March 14, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

They needed these!

After a Sunday loss in Bridgeport last week, the Phantoms were looking ahead at a road game in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and two home games against the Charlotte Checkers. At that point, the Phantoms were 4-9-1 in their last 14 games and starting to sink quickly in the Atlantic Division and in the Eastern Conference standings. They traveled north to meet the Penguins and came away with a nice, tidy 3-1 win with Alex Lyon saving 27 of the 28 shots that he faced.

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Zephyrs Jablonski just shy of making states

Thursday, March 7, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Whitehall’s participation at last weekend’s District XI AAA Swimming and Diving Championships produced a trip to the medal stand, highlighting a strong showing for both the boys and the girls.

Daniel Jablonski arrived at the medal stand following the 500 freestyle. He finished third in the race, touching the wall in 4:48.25. He also placed fifth in the 200 freestyle, finishing in 1:46.15. Moreover, head coach Pete Rile said that Jablonski set four school records at the district meet,...

Clark already working hard for senior season

Thursday, March 7, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Commitment and sacrifice are synonymous with success in any sport, but for those who spend six minutes on a wrestling mat, the level of dedication needed to get them to the top of their sport makes them a breed apart.

One can spend hours launching shots at a basket, running routes on a football field, or hitting in a cage, but in order to make it to the medal stand in wrestling while competing in District 11 means that you’re going to have to spend countless hours getting in peak...

Lehigh Valley looks to turn around season

Thursday, March 7, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The latest bump in the road for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms is turning into more of a complete and total car-consuming sinkhole in the road. The team broke a five-game losing streak Saturday with a 3-1 win over Utica, after which a brawl broke out as the teams headed for their respective locker rooms. That show of testosterone may have been just the thing to spark the Phantoms, but unfortunately, they came back Sunday and lost to Bridgeport.

In addition to now having lost six of their...

Scholastic archery meet set for Friday

Thursday, March 7, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

A huge opportunity is knocking for Pennsylvania’s student archers, say the folks from the National Archery in Schools Program.

The 2019 NASP state tournament is set to be held Friday, March 8 in State College. It’s shaping up to be the biggest student archery tournament ever in Pennsylvania, according to NASP.

Individuals and teams have all shot a qualifying score at one of the many state qualifying matches being held over the last few months. The top-scoring teams and...

Clark just misses regional berth

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Last weekend’s District XI 3A Individual Wrestling Championship found Whitehall on the verge of getting a wrestler into the regional round as Kai Clark led a strong Zephyr contingent at arguably the state’s toughest district tournament.

Clark won his first match by fall over Liberty’s Nicholas Santiago, setting up a tough match against Nazareth’s Jake Dressler. Clark lost to the eventual third-place finisher 8-1, placing him in the consolation bracket. Clark stormed back with two pins...

Zephs ready for district swimming

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Whitehall will have a strong senior presence when the District XI Swimming and Diving Championships get under way this weekend at Parkland.

Of the eleven swimmers who will be competing in the AAA event, five of them are seniors. Among that group is Daniel Jablonski who earned the highest seed, nailing down the third seed in the 500 yard freestyle. He’s also among the top five in the 200 freestyle, securing the fourth spot in that race.

Another of those seniors is Kallie Lyle....

Phantoms lose two, key games recently

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Phantoms had two chances to take a big step up in the Atlantic Division this past weekend and they whiffed on both chances.

The schedule had Lehigh Valley at Charlotte on back-to-back nights this past Friday and Saturday and the Checkers took both games, leaving the Phantoms in fifth place in the Atlantic Division, 19 points behind Charlotte. More importantly, Lehigh Valley is now 10th in the conference standings, which would leave them on the outside looking in at the playoffs....

Outdoors: 2018 bear harvest numbers are in

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Pennsylvania’s final bear harvest figures are in and the take was down for the 2018 seasons. This pales in comparison to the state’s top harvest of 4,350 recorded for the 2011 season.

The 2018 season breakdown shows 2,017 were shot during the general firearms season; 699 in the extended season; and 424 during the archery season and 12 in the early season.

The 2018 harvest came in at 3,153, the 11th-best all-time but also the lowest bear harvest in the past 11 years from an...