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Switch to left side key for Arner

Thursday, May 2, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

At the start of Rachel Arner’s freshman season, a change at the plate turned her in the right direction, leading to a very successful softball career that’s allowed her to recently achieve a milestone.

That direction, as it turns out, was switching to the left side of the plate. It was a move that the natural right-hander said was suggested by a former coach.

“She [Alexis Berg-Townsend] knew it would be best for me because of my speed,” said Arner.

That move allowed her...

Volleyball heads down final stretch

Thursday, May 2, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall boys volleyball team is charging toward the regular season finish line, picking up another win last Thursday against Pocono Mountain West.

They swept the Panthers 25-5, 25-9, 25-15 to improve their record to 12-0. They’re currently two games ahead of Emmaus (as of April 29) in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference standings, and sit atop the District XI AAA power rankings among the 15 schools profiled.

The Zephyrs now have six games remaining on the schedule, with...

Jake Paashaus leads Zephyrs

Thursday, May 2, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Whitehall’s bats sprang to life against Nazareth on Monday, while Jake Paashaus’ arm silenced the opposing Blue Eagles’ sticks, helping the Zephyrs position themselves closer for a berth in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference playoffs.

Whitehall scored five runs in the first inning and then coasted to the 7-1 victory. The win evens their record at 7-7. It also puts them in the hunt among the eight teams vying for an EPC playoff spot. The win also gives them a boost since it was...

Zephyrs, K-Kids split track meet

Thursday, May 2, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Whitehall ended its track and field dual meet season against Northampton, and will now enter the postseason with the potential of their sprinters and throwers medaling at both the league and district championships.

The sprints have been a big source of production for both the boys and girls. They accounted for 14 points for the girls, and 10 for the boys against Northampton.

One of those sprinters is senior Chad Hussett. He was among the many seniors honored at the final home...

Outdoors: Hokey Park Fishing Derby approaching

Thursday, May 2, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Youngsters 15 years of age and under are invited to enter the free 2019 Annual Fishing Derby on May 25, 2019, at Hokey Park located on Lehigh Street in Whitehall.

The derby is open only to children and is hosted by the Whitehall Township Recreation Department with sponsorship from Willie’s Bait & Tackle Shop in Cementon, who provides the prizes for the winners.

According to Michele Dragovits, Word Processing Secretary at the Whitehall Recreation Department, her department...

EPC releases top performance list

Thursday, May 2, 2019 by The Press in Sports

The East Penn Conference released another edition of the league’s top track and field performances.

For the boys, Whitehall’s 400 relay team is fifth with a time of 43.90. The team is made up of Allen Negrate, Jaiden Lee, Chad Hussett and Kresstoph Whittick.

Lucas Souders fell to second in the javelin with a toss of 185-8.

On the girls side, Kate Bonshak is tied for fifth in the 200 with a time of 26.30.

Whitehall’s 400 relay team is third with a time of 50.19 and...

Former Pigs come home

Thursday, May 2, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

If you like seeing former IronPigs players, this homestand has been a good opportunity for you to see some old friends.

The Buffalo Bisons have former Phillies pitching prospect Jacob Waguespack on their roster and they were followed in by the Syracuse Mets with infielder Danny Espinosa on their roster.

Waguespack got the start for Buffalo on Sunday and was hit for five earned runs in five innings of work. The outing wasn’t typical for what Waguespack has done for the Bisons...

Volleyball still unbeaten

Thursday, April 25, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall boys volleyball team has continued its perfect march toward the postseason, picking up two more league wins as they head down the back stretch.

They resumed action Tuesday against Nazareth, toppling the Blue Eagles in three, 25-14, 27-25, 25-16. It was their first action in nearly a week, having taken the court six days ago against Liberty.

But the team didn’t lose its edge in maintaining their winning streak.

Their frontcourt trio of Joseph Herman, Dylan...

Zephs shine at Zephyr Relays

Thursday, April 25, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Whitehall’s depth in the sprints and middle distance relays was on display at the Zephyr Relays, claiming a number of first-place finishes with a mixture of younger runners and established vets.

The Zephyr Relays, now in its 12th year, brought together 11 teams from both the Colonial League and Eastern Pennsylvania Conference on April 13.

The Zephyr girls had an outstanding meet in the sprints and middle distance relays. They were first in the 4x100, the 4x200, and the 4x800....

Girls fall to PG in slugfest

Thursday, April 25, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Pine Grove’s power prevented the Whitehall softball team from ending the Cardinals unbeaten streak when the two squads met on Monday.

Pine Grove entered the game 11-0, leaders of the Schuylkill Conference, and Whitehall had them on the ropes with one out in the top of the sixth inning. The Zephs were leading 8-6, but the heart of the Cardinal batting order was up, and catcher Trish Kopinetz, who had parked a ball over the center field wall in the fourth to stake them to a 4-2 lead,...