Whitehall-Coplay Press

Monday, December 11, 2017

WHS boys soccer finds itself on a run

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

The freshmen are growing up fast for the Whitehall boys soccer team.

Since a 5-0 defeat to Parkland on Sept. 11, the young Zephyr defense has guided Chris Bastidas’ squad to a 6-2 run.

Whitehall has out-scored opponents 28-10 during this eight-game streak.

After winning just two games in 2016, the Zephyrs are one win away from clinching a district playoff berth.

Whitehall defeated Northampton for the second time this season, 3-1 on Oct. 2. Aziz Atiyeh, Zahir...

Pete’s Top-10: Hawks look to steal Parkland’s reign

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

The showdown has finally arrived for Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic with this week’s tussle taking place in Orefield Friday night. The winner will grab the EPC South by the horns, but this is most likely a contest between the two best teams in the area we’ll see this season, no matter what happens in the postseason, which makes it all the better.

In other marquee games this week, Whitehall gets a chance to pop Freedom’s bubble and Emmaus enters a matchup with Nazareth as their season...

SoccerFest back at SteelStacks

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by The Press in Sports

Following successful runs in 2014 and 2015, the popular Lehigh Valley SoccerFest & Viewing Party at SteelStacks will return in 2018 to showcase all the action from World Cup Russia on the giant outdoor screens at SteelStacks.

And, to help the region get pumped for next year’s World Cup action, the community is invited to gather at SteelStacks later this week to cheer the U.S. Men’s National Team on to victory as it fights to earn a spot in soccer’s premier tourney.

The last...

District holds annual meeting

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

District 11 held their annual media conference last Tuesday morning at St. Luke’s Sports Medicine and Rehab Center in Bethlehem.

The biggest take-away from the session included more news on the upcoming District 11 Hall of Fame, which is set to honor its first class in the fall of 2018.

Brad Pensyl, an administrator in the Pocono Mountain school district, outlined the guidelines for nominations, which has a deadline of June 1, 2018 for any nominee to have their paperwork...

Girls top the K-Kids

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Tuesday’s win saw the Whitehall girls volleyball team get back to that balanced scoring which allowed them to reel off some early wins at the beginning of the year.

They swept visiting Northampton as Alyson Peters asserted herself in the first set, while Kristin Spengler was nearly unstoppable in the second set, and Alix Buskirk was knocking down winners in the third set.

Those three helped the Zephyrs get back on the winning track as the win pushed their record to 7-6.


Football Roundup: Trojans top Zephyrs

Saturday, September 30, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Parkland remained one of two undefeated teams in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with a win over Whitehall Friday night. The other EPC unbeaten, Bethlehem Catholic, plays a Saturday evening game.

Palisades is still the only Colonial League team without a loss after rolling to a win over Salisbury.

Here’s a look at some of Friday night’s action. For more see this week’s Lehigh Valley Press newspapers.


The Trojans overcame an early deficit to...

Conrad ‘impressed’ after EPC golf tourney

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

With the regular season completed, the Whitehall golf team turned its attention to the league championships which got underway this week at Woodstone Country Club.

The Zephyrs finished the season 6-10 overall, picking up three more wins than the previous year.

And when they convened at Woodstone on Tuesday for the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Golf Championships, head coach John Conrad viewed the tourney as an opportunity to beat teams that had defeated them during the...

Girls are looking to get back on track

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall girls volleyball team is experiencing a bit of a rough patch right now, and they’re looking to find some solutions to get back on track as they head into a busy week.

With Monday’s loss, a three-set sweep to Nazareth, the Zephyrs have now dropped three of their last four games. That loss drops their record to 5-4 at the midway point of the season.

The Zephyrs have been competitive in those losses, stretching both Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic to five sets, but...

Field hockey erupts for seven goals vs. the Hawks

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

After looking for someone on the field hockey team to provide a spark, the Whitehall players responded with seven goals last Friday in a win over Bethlehem Catholic.

The Zephyrs scored off corners, on tipped shots in front of the net, and blasts from the top of the circle as they were relentless in the offensive zone, defeating the visiting Golden Hawks 7-1 to raise their record to 4-4-1 this season.

It was the type of performance that head coach Jennifer Bodnar was looking for...

Outdoors: Steel Challenge event held

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

This past weekend provided perfect weather for the East Coast Steel Challenge Championship shootout held at Ontelaunee Fish & Game Association’s firearms ranges.

The four-day event in New Tripoli drew 310 shooters from 25 states with one coming as far as California. Shooters ranged in age from 7 to 70 and had pros like Smith & Wesson pro shooter and Hamburg resident Doug Koenig who was one of the competitors.

The purse of $13,000 was delved out to the top shooters over...