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Boys will have spots to fill

Friday, December 15, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

While the boys swim team can’t match the raw numbers of their female counterparts, there’s still a possibility that they may reach a new record high and that should bode well for the upcoming season.

Head coach Pete Rile said that they currently have 13 boys on the roster, and that number may grow if things proceed as hoped heading into the season. If that occurs, 14 swimmers will also be the most he’s seen during his tenure.

Rile said that historically low numbers have...

Whitehall girls drop opener

Friday, December 15, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall girls basketball team came out like gangbusters to start the 2017-18 season, but that fast beginning fizzled once visiting Northwestern Lehigh ramped up the defensive pressure, forging the Tigers’ path to a 40-36 victory despite a fourth quarter frenzy by the Zephyrs.

The Zephyrs opened the season with an Olivia George three-pointer. That was followed by Alix Buskirk sinking two foul shots on their next possession. Next, Ariana Hines stepped behind the arc for a trey and...

Boys kick off their season

Friday, December 15, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The boys tipped off the basketball season at the Loyalsock Tournament as they scored 120 points over their two games, a good sign as they begin league play this week.

Heading into the season, the Zephyrs lost over 95 percent of their offense to graduation. Head coach Jeff Jones said that their performance in the two-game tourney demonstrated their balance, something they can lean on as they start Eastern Pennsylvania Conference action when they hosted Allentown Central Catholic on...

Phantoms get strong PK

Friday, December 15, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Killing off penalties is one of the best things a team can do to help themselves. It’s tough enough to play at even strength, but when short, especially in tight games, that’s where you need the penalty killing unit to step up and make big plays.

On Saturday night in Hershey, the Bears were able to break through with a power-play goal against the Phantoms, capitalizing on a penalty by Danick Martel. That goal snapped a streak of 24 straight penalty kills for Lehigh Valley.

The...

Gift ideas for your favorite sportsmen

Friday, December 15, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

It’s that time of year when relatives and friends want to treat sportsmen and sportswomen with holiday gifts. These folks are the toughest to buy for as many items are personal be it equipment or clothing. As such, here’s a few universal things to consider that should delight these special folks.

FISHING: A 2018 fishing license would be a welcome gift for anyone. Shoppers who don’t wish to visit a local tackle shop to buy one, merely go to GoneFishingPa.com where a one, three, five or...

Girls have strong leadership

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

As the new season approaches for the Whitehall girls basketball team, head coach Dwight Repsher is reluctant to put them in a box.

That’s because he’s still unsure exactly what he has and how it will evolve over the course of the season. Sure, he’s got great senior leadership with Alix Buskirk, Ariana Hines, Cheyenne Shook, and Iliana Oliver, but as far as where those upperclassmen and the rest of the roster will be playing on the floor, that question is still fluid and may not be set...

Boys have very young team

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Whitehall’s colors may be maroon and gold, but the boys basketball team is also going to be a little bit green as they enter the season with a very young group who will be looking to make their mark this year.

While this year’s roster only features four players who logged varsity minutes, head coach Jeff Jones said that opens an abundance of opportunities for players to earn playing time as they embark on a new season.

“There’s a lot of roster spots up for grabs,” said Jones. “...

Zephs to build off foundation

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

In wrestling, a strong foundation is essential when facing an opponent, and it’s also what’s going to benefit the Whitehall grapplers as a whole this season.

That foundation begins with a solid group of returning wrestlers who’ve gained varsity experience over the last few years. It will be augmented by an intriguing group of newcomers that will give the Zephyrs a good balance of youth and veterans.

The Zephyrs finished 10-7 overall and 4-5 within Division A of the Eastern...

Outdoors: Area man heads to Nebraska for hunting

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

We’ve all heard the phrase “Go West Young Man,” words written back in 1861 by John B.L. Soule. The phrase came to symbolize the idea that agriculture could solve many of the nation’s problems of poverty and unemployment characteristic of the big cities of the East.

But for Jules Fruhwirth of Emmaus and eight of his buddies, the phrase means heading to Nebraska for big white-tailed deer and huge mule deer. The latter duo are predominantly a plains pursuit that differs immensely from...

Zephyrs conclude a great year

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

It was another superb season for the Whitehall football team as they repeated as district champs and earned another berth to the PIAA playoffs.

While head coach Brian Gilbert said that the goal is always trying to play into December, the Zephyrs won nine games and laid claim to another 5A title before being ousted by Wyoming Valley West in the opening round of the state playoffs.

Their road to their second consecutive District 11 championship was the result of senior leadership...