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Girls fall to Northampton

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall softball team ran into a Konkrete barrier last week as Northampton blanked the Zephyrs last week, clinching the Cement Belt Championship.

Northampton pitcher Maddie Biechy put up a huge roadblock against Whitehall’s offense, going the distance for the 3-0 win. The sophomore surrendered just four hits, and allowed just one base runner to reach third base the entire game.

The victory gave Northampton the head-to-head series win over Whitehall, claiming the Cement...

Outdoors: With warmth comes the threat of ticks

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With the weather finally warming up to normal temperatures for this time of year, folks will be out and about after suffering from cabin fever.

While the much needed warming trend is upon us, so are ticks. Both wood ticks and deer ticks, the latter being more difficult to spot because of their tiny size. Experts are expecting a potential tick explosion with the warm weather and the bloodthirsty critters will be in abundance this summer. The exports say ticks will be looking for a host...

Rohn 4th at EPC tourney

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Tennis Championships got underway last week at Freedom High School where Nick Rohn found himself on the brink of securing a spot in the No. 2 singles championships.

At the EPC tourney, Jeremy Lim received the fifth seed at No. 1 singles, coming into the tournament at 10-1. Alex Rohn captured the sixth seed at No. 2, with an 8-3 mark, while Nick Demjan was seeded fifth, finishing the year at 9-2.

Rohn made it to the semifinals of the EPC...

Kratz returns to Lehigh Valley

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Erik Kratz is a guy who has come to accept his baseball life for what it is. In each of the last eight seasons, the Telford, Pennsylvania product has played at least a couple of games in the majors and has done so with six different major league teams, including the Phillies. He continued the streak last season when he played in four games with the Yankees and he’s returned to the organization this season and is playing for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

As one of the more popular...

Volleyball falls short vs. Emmaus

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Whenever the Whitehall boys volleyball team got close to capturing the lead against Emmaus last Friday, the Green Hornets always had an answer.

In the second set of their match that featured the two best teams in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, the Zephyrs were within a point of tying the Hornets on seven occasions, the latest of those coming at 21-22, but Emmaus never relinquished their grip on the lead, demonstrating why they’ve been able to remain undefeated this season.

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Track and field honors its seniors

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall track and field team acknowledged their senior cast as they said good-bye prior to Monday’s meet against Parkland to close out their regular season.

The Zephyrs saluted boys Muhammad Azim, Michael Bogucki, Dez Boykin, Darwin Cofield, Zachary Hricak, Martin Labib, Zahir Linton, Galal Mohamed, Jhodari Reid and Johan Williams.

The senior girls who were recognized included Angel Bacon, Amanda Crooks, Kassidy Cunningham, Cameryn Evans, Makenzie Irelan, Jennifer Kromer...

Zephyrs reach .500

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

On Tuesday afternoon, the Whitehall baseball team turned to Robbie Lamm, and the senior delivered with a strong outing on the mound to help the Zephyrs notch their sixth win of the season.

It was the first start of his career, and he went three scoreless innings against East Stroudsburg South without yielding a hit to get the win. The Zephs won the rule-shortened game 17-6 to reach the .500 mark for the season.

Lamm, who has pitched in relief this season, said that taking the...

Lehigh Valley represented at this year’s NFL Draft

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Whitehall’s Saquon Barkley stole the show with the NFL Draft taking place last week, but he wasn’t the only local football player to hear his name called by NFL teams during the draft’s three-day event.

Barkley, the former Whitehall and Penn State running back, who was taken second overall by the New York Giants last Thursday, became the highest selection from the Lehigh Valley since Chuck Bednarik was taken first overall in the 1949 NFL Draft.

The former Zephyr led the charge...

Phantoms, Checkers looks to be a very even series

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The series win over Providence in the semifinals of the Atlantic Division playoffs was the first for the Phantoms franchise since their days of playing on the same ice that the Philadelphia Flyers played on at the Spectrum in Philadelphia.

It came in the same year where their next-door neighbors, the Philadelphia Phillies, last won the World Series - 2008.

Since that series, the team relocated to Adirondack and finally wound up in Allentown. Now, they look to reach another...

Area celebrates Barkley to Giants

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

Saquon Barkley will be trading in his Nittany Lion navy blue for a slightly lighter shade after the New York Giants selected the Coplay running back with the second pick in the NFL Draft.

Watch parties were set up across the area on Thursday, April 26, to see where the former Whitehall Zephyr would land. Fans would not have to wait long to hear Barkley’s name called.

In an interview with Giants.com, New York general manager Dave Gettleman said, “Once Cleveland took Baker (...