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Lots of changes for Flyers, Phantoms

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Remember in Batman how Commissioner Gordon used to shine that big bat signal in the sky to summon Batman to his office? In this case, it wasn’t a bat signal, it was a Phantoms logo and it wasn’t Commissioner Gordon doing the summoning, it was coach Gordon – Scott Gordon – being alerted to trouble in Philadelphia. And oh dear, Gordon brought his sidekick Carter Hart (too bad his first name isn’t Robin) with him for the trip down the turnpike to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.


Boys looking to improve

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The upcoming boys basketball season will feature a team that’s full of experienced varsity players, and that bodes well for a possible return to the postseason.

Last year head coach Jeff Jones was tasked with replacing over 90-percent of his offense, and that proved to an uphill battle all season long. This season that percentage was significantly upgraded as a little over 75-percent of their offense returns.

The Zephyrs finished 6-16 last season and missed the district...

Wrestling team features some vets

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall grapplers will be hitting the mat this upcoming season with a roster that has veterans sprinkled throughout the lineup.

They return starters in the lightweights, middleweights and upper weights, giving the Zephs a good foundation heading into the 2018-19 campaign.

They finished 11-8 overall last season and will look to build on that success as they roll out the new campaign that began with a dual meet Dec. 10 versus Pocono Mountain West.

Returning for the...

Girls aim to play aggressive

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

When the Whitehall girls basketball team hits the hardwood this season, expect some hard-nosed defense and transition buckets.

That’s the underlying philosophy of new head coach Josh Madas, who says they’ll be aggressive defensively, while offensively they’ll be looking to push the ball in transition.

Madas has spent the summer with the team after getting hired last spring. They’ve played 23 games over the summer where they got to learn about one another. They also convened...


Thursday, December 13, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

A slow start doomed the Whitehall girls basketball team in their season opener last Friday, but their ability to rebound from those early struggles shows promise as they begin league action this week.

The girls traveled to Northwestern Lehigh High School to play the Tigers to tip-off the 2018-19 season. The Tigers jumped out to a 16-4 lead and head coach Josh Madas said that a little opening night jitters may have contributed to that early deficit. He said that they committed a lot of...

Article By: The Press

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by The Press in Sports


Suburban Dart League


Star of Beth 28 11 .718

St. Paul’s 20 13 .606

Christ UCC 23 16 .590

Bath Luth 21 15 .583

Emmanuel 20 19 .513

Dryland 18 21 .462

Ebenezer 17 22 .436

St. Stephen’s 17 22 .436

Light of Christ 16 23 .410

Farmersville 14 22 .389

Salem UCC 13 23 .361

Salem UCC (4-1) at

Christ UCC (6-4, 6-0)

C - Dave Shaver 6-12, Garry Hunsicker 5-12, Eric Yocum 5-12...

Phantoms win 4-2

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

In the grand scheme of things, Connor Bunnaman’s second goal of the season wasn’t one that will be extremely memorable. His goal put the Phantoms up 1-0 in a game that they would wind up losing 4-2 to the Cleveland Monsters. What “Bunny” did with his goal though was launch an avalanche of stuffed teddy bears and other assorted animals onto the ice as part of the Phantoms annual Teddy Bear Toss.

When the fur stopped flying, there were a Phantoms record 7,148 stuffed animals tossed by...

Swim team falls to Liberty in opener

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Whitehall’s swimming team opened its season with a meet against Liberty last Saturday, and although it was not a regularly scheduled meet for either team this year, it gave the Zephyrs and Hurricanes a jump on the 2018-2019 season, and all times did count toward district qualifying times.

Whitehall senior and captain Dan Jablonski had two first place finishes, one in the 50 free with a time of 23.21, and one in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:03.79.

“The 50 free, it was a...

Outdoors: Bird count events will be taking place

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

If you’re an avid bird watcher, you may enjoy participating in this year’s, Dec. 14-Jan. 5 Christmas Bird Count. If so, register now.

The annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is conducted within an established 15-mile wide circle, and is organized by a count compiler. Count volunteers follow specified routes through a designated 15-mile diameter circle, counting every bird they see or hear throughout the day. It’s not just a species tally; all birds are counted all day, giving an...

Kids need three OTs to knock off Whitehall

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

The Northampton and Whitehall boys basketball teams kicked off their EPC schedules with a dramatic, three overtime contest that Northampton won by the score of 60-58.

The Kids took a 14-9 lead after the first quarter on the strength of four three-point shots.

The second period saw the offenses stall a bit as the teams could only muster a total of 12 points. Northampton had seven of them and took a seven-point lead into halftime at 21-14.

After the Kids scored the first...