Whitehall-Coplay Press

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Outdoors: ice fishing season to heat up

Thursday, January 4, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With the freezing temperature we’re having, ice fishing should kick off allowing fishermen to walk on water. And first-ice is generally the best time to ice fish in that the fish haven’t seen live bait or lures in some time.

Ice fishing can also be a family sport in that with kids in tow, and if the fish aren’t biting, kids can slide or ice skate over the water’s surface. Get a bite and the kids will get excited pulling in a fish with either a tip-up or mini jigging rod.

If you...

Whitehall’s Barkley declares for NFL Draft

Thursday, January 4, 2018 by The Press in Sports

Junior running back Saquon Barkley (Coplay, Pa.) was unanimously selected to the NCAA Consensus All-America team, becoming the 42nd student-athlete in program history to earn the honor. Barkley is also the 14th player to be a unanimous selection.

“I would like to start off by saying thank you so much for all of the memories that you have helped create over the last three years, whether it be on the football field, in school or in the community,” Barkley said. “I am forever grateful to...

Phantoms split a home-and-home series

Thursday, January 4, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Goaltender Alex Lyon earned the win in goal as he returned to the Lehigh Valley crease for the first time since Dec. 1 after spending most of the month with the Philadelphia Flyers. The key to Lyon’s success may have been the overall sharp play of the Phantoms defense, which held the AHL’s second-highest scoring offense to just 29 shots, 28 of which were turned away by Lyon in Lehigh Valley’s 3-1 win against the Charlotte Checkers.

Lyon is now 9-7-1 on the season, while Lehigh Valley...

Zephs place eight at Donegal Tournament

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Whitehall took their annual trip up north to participate in the Donegal Holiday Tournament, crowning one champ during last weekend’s busy wrestling weekend.

The Zephyrs placed eight wrestlers, including Julio Diaz who was tops in the 285-pound class, pinning Donegal’s Yonnie Harvey in 3:48 to earn the title. They also had a second-place finisher as Kevin Urena dropped his championship match to Upper Dauphin’s Bronson Garber, 9-0.

Additionally, both Caleb Staub (120) and Carlos...

WHS girls get first victory

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Whitehall’s Saturday road trip to Pine Grove yielded a win as they unwrapped their first victory of the season.

Head coach Dwight Repsher said that their 13-4 run in the fourth quarter paved the way for the 35-26 win over the Cardinals.

It had been a seesaw affair heading into that final period, with Pine Grove holding onto a slim lead at 24-22 as the Zephyrs got the go-ahead bucket from Taryn Sayre who nailed a three-pointer to give them the one-point lead.

Sayre’s...

Pete Rile enters another year as coach

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

When Pete Rile became the coach for the Whitehall swim team, the Berlin Wall would soon fall, signaling the collapse of the Iron Curtain, Milli Vanilli ruled the charts, and The Simpsons were about to air their first half-hour episode.

That was 1989, and Rile had just started his coaching career at Whitehall High School. Since that time, many of those countries of Eastern Europe who were under the grip of the Soviet Union, are now part of the European Union, Milli Vanilli would be...

JAMboree at WHS proves to be success

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Zephyrs played the nightcap of a busy day of hoops last Sunday as they helped raise money for Parkinson’s research as part of the Lehigh Valley Roundball JAMboree.

The Zephyrs tipped off at 5:15 p.m. against Nazareth, the last of four games that benefitted the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research. It was established in honor of former Northampton Area High School basketball coach Mike Schneider.

The day started with a noon tipoff as North Hunterdon faced...

Phantoms Corban Knight on hot streak

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Corban Knight is in one of those streaks where everything he does looks almost effortless, but turns out to be good. Take for example, the play he made Sunday in Bridgeport when he was literally on his stomach behind the goal, but still was able to flip the puck to Danick Martel, who was stationed in front of the net for a go-ahead goal.

Not exactly the way the play was drawn-up, but Knight made it work. In his last four games, Knight has two goals and five assists. Since the calendar...

Outdoors: Bird count runs through Jan. 5

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

If you’re a bird lover, you may know that Dec. 14 was the start of the 118th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count that runs until Jan. 5. The count is one of the longest-running citizen science projects in the country and world. It provides important data for scientists but it’s a great time for folks to participate and collect the number of birds and species in wintering locations in the country.

While doing these counts, birders may be privy to seeing snowy owls. A recent press...

Girls swim team has the numbers this year

Friday, December 15, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

In a swim meet, it’s a race against the clock as numbers tell the story. Likewise, numbers will likely play a big part in telling the story of the 2017-18 season for the Whitehall swim team.

Head coach Pete Rile said that it’s highly possible that this season could be the deepest he’s had since he began his illustrious career that’s spanned over four decades.

The girls have seven seniors returning from a squad that finished 12-4, giving them a solid foundation. They also have...