Whitehall-Coplay Press

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

STATE CHAMPS! Becahi girls win state 4A title

Friday, March 24, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The Bethlehem Catholic girls basketball team captured its first state title on Thursday night, knocking off Villa Maria of Erie 46-27 in the girls 4A final.

Becahi was 0-for-2 to that point in state title games, falling as recently as 2013, but this time things would be different, as the Hawks won again using a familiar approach in their playoff run - a quick start.

A ten-point run in the first quarter paved the way and the girls, who again held an opponent to single digits in...

Softball returns their battery for 2017 season

Friday, March 24, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

When it comes to battery strength and reliability, the Whitehall softball team is at the top of the heap.

With pitcher Kay Solderitch returning, the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s reigning MVP, as well as catcher Mackenzie Guzy, a first team EPC all-star, the Zephyrs have arguably the best battery in the entire conference.

Solderitch will be back for her senior campaign and the southpaw will bring a formidable arm and a lethal bat to the Zephyr lineup. She was the team’s...

Tennis team returns a bunch of experience

Friday, March 24, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

With snow hitting the area last week, the Whitehall boys tennis team may have to slog through some snow drifts to get to the courts, but once they do, they should be positioned to have another successful season.

The sound of a ball hitting a racket is usually a harbinger of spring, but it seems winter has one last gasp before the flakes give way to the buds.

And despite a couple week’s of uncertainty, Whitehall has its top two singles players returning, as well as two doubles...

Baseball team well armed for 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall baseball team will be well armed this year as their strong pitching rotation remains intact, forming the foundation on the 2017 campaign.

All five starters return from a playoff team that finished 13-9 last year. That’s good news for the Zephyrs and bad news for the rest of the league.

The Zephs rotation will feature junior Matt Ziminsky, and seniors Matt Dobeck, Alex Bruneio, Zach Gilbert and Zach Hamscher. That five-man rotation has a lot of experience, and if...

HOOPS - Only BC girls survive Saturday’s action

Sunday, March 19, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Katie McDonald will have more on the team’s state run in the March 22 issue of the Bethlehem Press.

The NHS girls lost to Boyertown 56-55 on Saturday as Abby Kapp hit a clutch three-pointer with just 17 second left in the game.

The Kids would start out well in this game taking a 14-9 lead after one and extending it to 30-24 heading into the half. But a strong second half by Boyertown saw them chip away at the lead, cutting it to just 44-42 heading into the third quarter.

...

HOOPS - Three LVP teams advance in states

Friday, March 17, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Three Lehigh Valley Press teams moved on in state play Thursday night and will continue their quest for a state title.

The Emmaus boys knocked off Harrisburg 64-61 in a game that was supposed to be played Wednesday night. The Hornets got off to a nice start leading 19-13 after one and 32-22 heading into halftime. But Harrisburg would cut the lead to just 44-43 after three quarters before a close fourth quarter of action left Emmaus out in front in the end.

David Kachelries...

WHS boys will lose eight seniors

Thursday, March 16, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

With the curtain now closed on the Whitehall boys basketball season, the operative word heading into next season will be opportunities.

Make that lots of opportunities.

The team loses eight seniors, many of whom were starters last season, leaving only junior Mikey Esquilin returning from the starting five. With all those spots to fill, head coach Jeff Jones said that it gives the younger players a chance to earn playing time.

“With one starter back, there’s going to be a...

Three Zephs to continue their careers

Thursday, March 16, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Three Whitehall seniors have set a course for their futures, unveiling their college choices at the recent National Letter of Intent ceremony at the high school.

Kylee Cunningham is heading to the Hoosier state where she’ll be continuing her athletic career at Ball State University. She’ll play field hockey for the Cardinals, joining a team that’s begun a pipeline to area talent thanks to head coach Christy Longacre, a Freedom graduate.

She’ll join a roster that currently has...

Wreslters look to maintain progress

Thursday, March 16, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall wrestling team just completed a solid season, establishing themselves as a program on the rise in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.

They finished 10-7 overall and 4-5 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. They bumped up three spots in the A Division of the EPC, using a blend of youth and experience to catapult them into the middle tier of a division that had two teams place among the top three in the state at the recently completed PIAA 3A wrestling championships in...

Saltwater Fishing Expo coming up this weekend

Thursday, March 16, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

If you’re an avid saltwater fishing fan, you have to attend the only saltwater fishing show in the northeast. And until you can wet a line in the suds, the Saltwater Fishing Expo in New Jersey serves as a primer to the upcoming saltwater season.

This annual saltwater expo kicks off its three-day run on Friday, March 17. It features the latest in saltwater tackle, boats, watercraft gear and seminars that cover the gamut of saltwater angling. In fact, there are tackle items offered that...