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Outdoors: Skiing season starts early

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

As tradition has it, the days after Thanksgiving have normally seen the opening of local ski areas. Thanks to some below freezing nights of snowmaking, Blue Mountain Resort in Palmerton had its earliest opening in years on Black Friday. They were able to open five slopes serviced by three lifts.

This opening also signals a milestone for this Carbon County resort. Blue Mountain is beginning the season celebrating its 40th anniversary on December 22, 2017. It’s a local ski/boarding area...

Phantoms come home and get a win

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Just as the Phantoms finished up a six-game road trip, they looked forward to a nice set of games on home ice and all seemed right with the world. Then came word that leading scorer Danick Martel and defenseman Sam Morin were heading to Philadelphia. On the same day, forward Alex Krushelnyski was also summoned to the Flyers.

Welcome home!

For their first game back, the Phantoms went out against Bridgeport and looked sluggish through the first 20-minutes of play. After that...

Zephs fall to WVW in states

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Whitehall’s bid for a state title was thwarted by a brutish offensive line that powered a robust running attack that ate up both yards and the clock as visiting Wyoming Valley West advanced to the next round of the PIAA playoffs.

The visiting Spartans rolled up 298 yards on the ground en route to the 32-21 win over the Zephyrs. The win places Wyoming Valley West in the 5A quarterfinals where they’ll meet Archbishop Wood who defeated Simon Gratz, 36-6 to advance to the quarters.


Outdoors: Potential for buck harvest increase again

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

The traditional after Thanksgiving firearms deer hunting season opener (Monday, Nov. 27) has, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), the largest turnout of hunters who harvest about a quarter of the season’s bucks. But the agency says this season has the potential of seeing a buck harvest increase for the third straight year.

The reasoning behind this, says PGC Executive Director Bryan Burhans, is due to last year’s massive acorn crop and mild winter that paved the way...

Zephs D-11 5A champs!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Southern Lehigh may have owned the more potent running game on paper, but Whitehall used their own punishing ground attack to win their second straight distinct title.

On a night when passing the ball was a bit precarious at times because of the wind and cold, the Zephyrs turned to Braxton Marrero to help them defeat the Spartans who boasted perhaps the best running attack in the Colonial League. The senior bulled his way for 151 yards as he and quarterback Ethan Parvel, who was...

Zephs set for WVW to open up states

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The next step for Whitehall on their journey to win a state football title will be against a team that’s riding a hot streak when they come into Zephyr Stadium this Friday.

While Wyoming Valley West is only .500 for the season (6-6), the Spartans are now on a roll. They’ve won five out of their last six games, manhandling both district opponents en route to the title, outscoring Abington Heights and Wallenpaupack by a 98-21 margin.

Much of their offense goes through quarterback...

Zephyrs move on

Friday, November 10, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall football team’s cornucopia of touchdowns involved a variety of players as they grew one step closer to repeating as district champs.

As the playoff game began under a harvest moon at Zephyr Stadium, the Zephyrs needed only three plays to score two touchdowns, setting the stage for a 56-7 win over East Stroudsburg North last Friday night. The win puts them in the title game where they’ll once again face Southern Lehigh for the 5A championship.

The Zephs didn’t...

Girls fall in quarters

Friday, November 10, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall field hockey season ended in the district quarterfinals, marking another successful season for the maroon and gold.

The season ended that way it started with a loss to Easton. They were shut out by the Red Rovers in their opener, but managed to score a goal in the district playoffs, losing 6-1 to the third-seeded Red Rovers in the AAA quarterfinals.

Easton rode that victory into the finals, defeating Liberty 1-0 in the semis, setting up a date against Emmaus for...

Solehi next in finals

Friday, November 10, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

It will be round two when Whitehall and Southern Lehigh meet for the District 11 5A football championship this Friday.

The same two teams met in the inaugural championship last year at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium as Whitehall won 35-15 to claim the district prize.

The Spartans come into the game at 10-1, their ticket punched into the finals with a 48-19 win over East Stroudsburg South in the semifinals. Whitehall, who is now 8-3, earned its berth by defeating East...

Girls soccer sees season end vs. Emmaus

Friday, November 10, 2017 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

Football and baseball are often referred to as “games of inches.”

Unfortunately for the Whitehall girls soccer team, the Zephyr Sports Complex became a field of inches in their District 11 playoff game against Emmaus recently.

The Green Hornets defeated Whitehall 1-0 on Thursday, Oct. 26. The Zephyrs ended their season with a record of 11-6-1.

With 12 minutes to go in the first half, a long Emmaus cross skipped through the penalty area to the waiting feet of Gianna...