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Zephs season ends at states

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall boys volleyball season ended in Nazareth last week after getting bounced in the opening round of the state playoffs by Central York.

The Zephyrs found themselves locked in another grueling, five-set match, their third this postseason. The Panthers got out to a 1-0 lead, but Whitehall quickly erased that deficit by winning the next two sets.

With an opportunity to move into the quarters, the Panthers prevented the Zephyrs from advancing by winning the do-or-die set...

EPC, CL split games

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

The Colonial League and East Penn Conference split their doubleheader in the Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar-Athlete Foundation All-Star Soccer Classic on Sunday, June 3, at Salisbury High School.

The EPC girls were victorious by a score of 4-1 in the opener, with the Colonial League boys winning the second leg 2-1.

Pleasant Valley’s Morgan Covart got the EPC girls on the scoreboard less than three minutes into the contest with a long-range shot that curled into the right side of...

Outdoors: Turkey vultures seem to be on the rise in area

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

If you’re an avid bird watcher (birder), have you noticed an unusually large number of turkey vultures soaring local skies?

And not just in rural areas, but in the city of Allentown as well.

Often referred to as buzzards, or chicken hawks, there are seven species of vultures in North America, but Pennsylvania has but two; the black vulture and more common turkey vulture.

According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), the turkey vulture (TV) are about 30 inches in...

Solehi tops WHS

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Southern Lehigh baseball team prevented Whitehall from duplicating last year’s postseason run, exacting some revenge in the district semifinals to end the Zephyrs’ season on May 23 at Parkland.

Last year Whitehall who took home the inaugural District XI 5A baseball crown, defeating Southern Lehigh to begin their magical ride to the state finals. This year the Spartans derailed their hopes of repeating a long postseason run, defeating them 3-1 in the opening round of the 5A...

EHS beats WHS again

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

With the district title on the line in set three, the Whitehall boys volleyball team needed to stop a surging Emmaus squad to avoid the sweep.

They narrowly missed upending the Green Hornets in the first set, losing by two points to the undefeated denizens of Macungie Street, and as the third set began, they got out to a healthy 8-2 lead.

If they could maintain that lead, they would be able to prolong the match and see if they could seize the momentum and dethrone Emmaus as the...

Gilbert brought fun, winning to Whitehall

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

When Brian Gilbert was hired early in 2012 as Whitehall’s new football coach, he said he wanted to make Zephyr football a combination of fun and winning.

He succeeded on both counts, going 48-23 over six seasons. His .676 winning percentage over that span ranks him just behind Andy Melosky (. 690) among Whitehall’s head coaching fraternity.

The fun came along with all that success as they were able to hoist two district trophies during his tenure. They also shared a Lehigh...

Phantoms swept out of playoffs by Marlies

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

For the first time since moving to the Lehigh Valley, the Phantoms reached the Eastern Conference Finals. Unfortunately, their stay in the finals didn’t last long as the Toronto Marlies, complete with a number of players who saw considerable time in the NHL this season, swept the Phantoms in four games to end Lehigh Valley’s quest for a Calder Cup championship, winning 3-1 in the series finale.

“You look up and down their roster, obviously, they’re very, very talented,” said goalie...

Girls fall to Emmaus

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

With the district softball game teetering on the mercy rule, after Emmaus scored eight runs in the top of the fifth to make it 15-3, Whitehall refused to accept that fate in the opening round of the 6A playoffs.

They had already fought back once, trimming Emmaus’ 7-0 advantage to just four in the bottom of the fourth, but the Hornets erupted for eight more runs in their next at-bat to potentially ice the game if the Zephyrs didn’t score.

But that outcome wouldn’t materialize...

Outdoors: Ethanol-related fuels causing problems

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

As Memorial Day weekend traditionally kicks off the pleasure boating season, power boat owners in particular should be aware of a new survey done by Boating Industry magazine.

It says that those in the boating industry that manufacture, sell, repair and store recreational vessels are seeing a growing number of problems caused by ethanol-related fuels. Said one boat dealer in the survey, “Ethanol fuels are great for our service department but bad for our customers!”

It was...

400 relay golden again

Saturday, May 26, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

As members of the Whitehall’s girls 4x100 relay team gathered to await their gold medals at last week’s district meet, a celebratory dance ensued, one in which didn’t have a name yet.

“We just made it up in the locker room,” said Rebecca Ganthier. “It doesn’t have a name. We just made it up. Whitehall pride.”

It’s something that originated as they tried to hype themselves up to get ready for the meet.

“It just came out,” said Ganthier.

While that impromptu dance...