Whitehall-Coplay Press

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Saquon Barkley Day set for March 24

Friday, March 16, 2018 by The Press in Sports

The Borough of Coplay is proud to announce Saquon Barkley Day to be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018.

The presenting sponsor of the day is St. Luke’s University Health Network, the official sports medicine provider of the Whitehall-Coplay School District.

The festivities will begin with a parade down Chestnut Street in Coplay.

The parade will begin at 12 p.m. at the intersection of 9th Street and Chestnut Street and proceed east on Chestnut Street, making a left on...

Boys look to continue to build

Thursday, March 15, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

With the boys basketball season now part of the historical record, the challenge moving forward will be to build on the experience their young squad gained as they prepare for a busy spring and summer.

They finished the year 6-16, integrating a young lineup that returned just three percent of their points from the previous season. That led to some growing pains as head coach Jeff Jones expected. It was a team that had to get production from many players who were new to varsity...

Girls continued learning process

Thursday, March 15, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

While the 2017-18 Whitehall girls basketball season was filled with a number of what-ifs, head coach Dwight Repsher was proud with the team’s response of no excuses.

The what-ifs arose after they were on a roll, winning three consecutive games about midway through the season. But that momentum was interrupted by bad weather that led to a weeklong layoff. Shortly thereafter their bench was thinned after players left the program, and then two starters were sidelined with injuries that...

Soccer scholar athletes named

Thursday, March 15, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Emmaus senior and center defender James Haag was named the 2017 Lehigh Valley Boys Soccer Scholar Athlete during the annual soccer banquet held recently at the Northampton Memorial Community Center in Northampton.

“It’s such a great honor to be named the Frank J. Olszewski Boys Soccer Scholar Athlete for the Lehigh Valley,” Haag said. “I mean, it’s just amazing how there are so many great kids out here. I can’t believe that I got picked for it. There are so many other candidates that...

Outdoors: Despite snow, stocking goes on

Thursday, March 15, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Despite the snow we had, the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission’s fleet of trout stocking trucks are on a roll. They’ve been planting trout in area streams and lakes for the regional season opener March 31. There’s also the Mentored Youth Trout Opener March 24 where kids get a chance to catch a trout or two before the crowds of opening day take over.

By the time you read this, Muhlenberg Lake, the lower Jordan Creek, Laurel Run in Coopersburg, Little Lehigh, Monocacy Creek (...

Phantoms remain busy down the stretch

Thursday, March 15, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

If you think your weekends are busy, consider the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

This past weekend, they wrapped up the middle portion of three-straight, three-game weekends on their schedule. While it’s almost a foregone conclusion that the Phantoms will be playing playoff hockey this spring, nothing is official just yet. With 13 games left to play in the regular season, the Phantoms have dropped their magic number down to 12 after a productive weekend.

With a win over Bridgeport on...

Swim team ends year

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Whitehall swimmers took aim at securing spots on the podium during the district championships last weekend, putting up some impressive times as they looked to advance to the state tournament.

Senior Stephanie Setar was one of those who accomplished that feat, making an appearance at the podium on Saturday as she finished fourth in the 100 butterfly, touching the wall in 59.53.

Setar was among a strong cast of Zephyr swimmers who posted personal best times in 18 races at the AAA...

Track team gets new head coach

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

With the Whitehall track and field team set to begin practice for their upcoming season this week, new head coach Adam Konsavage is excited to keep the program strong and moving in the right direction.

Konsavage, who was hired as the head coach last summer, brings a wealth of experience to the position. He is a 2009 graduate of Blue Mountain High School where he was a member of the football and track and field teams. He later attended Millersville University where he continued his...

Four players to continue careers

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Braxton Marrero decided that Lock Haven University would be the place where he would continue his football career.

Marrero echoed his fellow signees when it came down to his decision to play for the Bald Eagles in the fall.

“I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the campus,” said Marrero. “It really was a family atmosphere, and better than I’d seen anywhere else.”

Marrero said that the coaches took the time to show him around the campus and told him that they would be...

Don’t leave a Phantoms game early

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Imagine if you will this scenario.

Before the AHL season begins, you scour the Phantoms schedule and pick out a game to see against their rival, the Hershey Bears. It’s an early March game, so you figure the weather isn’t likely to be too bad and it could be a big game for both teams. As the season goes on, you notice that the Bears aren’t very good and the Phantoms are kicking their butts in head-to-head meetings. No problem, because you figure at least you’ll see a Phantoms win....