Whitehall-Coplay Press

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Outdoors: Time to check equipment

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With the archery deer hunting season set to kick off locally Sept. 21 in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D, now’s the time to check your bows, bow strings, arrows and tree stands if you use one.

According to Rick Weaknecht, of Weaknecht Archery in Kutztown, bowhunters shouldn’t wait until the last minute to bring their bows in for new strings that may be frayed or stretched from use or to have arrows made. Arrows in particular, he says, takes time in that they require cutting shafts to customer...

Golf gets two more victories

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall golf team picked up two more wins last week as the season is now headed into the back nine with the Zephyrs trying to finish on a strong note.

While most fall sports are just getting underway, the Zephyr golfers have just four matches remaining before the postseason begins.

Last week was a strong period for the Zephs as they defeated East Stroudsburg North and Pocono Mountain West. Those two wins raised their season record to 3-7.

Their first win of the...

Pete’s Top-10: Pates stay on top

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

After two weeks of the regular season, we have an idea of where teams stand in the Lehigh Valley football landscape. Freedom narrowly escaped last week, but Bethlehem Catholic proved they are right up there with anyone, as long as Tavion Banks is running the ball.

The Pates follow up their city rivalry last week with a trip to Parkland, while the Hawks are back at BASD to tangle with the Hurricanes.

Easton is proving its hype train is overblown, while Central Catholic has...

Pedraza on track

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

With over a quarter of the regular season in the books, Whitehall’s Natalia Pedraza is on track to reach one of her goals as she aims to be part of the postseason singles tournament mix.

This year the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference changed the qualifying standards, admitting only the top eight players in each of the singles and doubles brackets. Previously, they were open to all players in the conference.

That will make it more difficult to reach the tourney, but Pedraza is...

Bobyak happy to be back at WHS

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

When the Whitehall girls volleyball team convenes on the court this fall, a familiar face will be leading them from the sidelines.

Victoria Bobyak, a 2012 Whitehall graduate, is now the head coach, replacing Eric Budge who led the team last season.

This will be Bobyak’s first head coaching job and she looks forward to being on the coaching side of a program she’s very familiar with after spending four years as a varsity player. She said it will be an interesting experience...

Zephs look to clean up D

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Whitehall got a good preview of what its offensive potential could be in its 41-28 loss to East Stroudsburg South in its opener last week.

Senior Ali Barkley played his role as the team’s presumed workhorse with 127 yards on 23 carries and two rushing touchdowns, catching another TD for a trio.

But the Zephyrs will need to tighten the reins on defense, a problem area that plagued them last season. East Stroudsburg South’s Christian Arrington ran for 209 yards and scored three...

Tennis team rebounds

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall girls tennis team quickly rebounded from last week’s loss at the hands of Bethlehem Catholic when they took to the court Monday against Pocono Mountain West to begin a busy week.

After suffering a 7-0 defeat to the Golden Hawks who may eventually lay claim as the top team in the league, the Zephyrs responded with a 5-2 victory over the visiting Panthers on the first day of school.

Head coach Alex Green understands that some matches may tilt heavily toward their...

Zephyrs fall to Eastburg South

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

The Whitehall football team was unable to deliver a win in front of an opening night home crowd in head coach Matt Senneca’s debut as they dropped a 41-28 decision to East Stroudsburg South.

The defending District XI 5A champion Cavaliers entered the game ranked 8th in the state in 5A, but the Zephyrs must feel that they let a golden opportunity slip through their fingers.

Ali Barkley carried the ball 8 times on a 10-play opening drive and capped it off with a 3-yard plunge...

Time nearing for Phils to expand roster

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Major League teams can expand their rosters to as many as 40 players on Sunday when the calendar flips to September. It’s the last season that teams can go that high.

Starting next season, the roster can expand to just 30 players and there will be a 26-man roster for the regular season instead of the current 25-man roster.

So with the minor league season nearing an end and the rosters expanding, who will be continuing their season in Philadelphia and who starts their offseason...

Pete’s Top-10: BC vs. FHS highlight Week 2

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

With week one of football in the books, not much has changed in the poll heading into this week’s action.

With the EPC South contests back under a full slate, we’ll get a better gauge of where teams are at. Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic highlight this week’s top game on the slate, while Parkland and Central Catholic should be another noteworthy contest.

Notre Dame looks like the team to beat in the Colonial League, while Northampton hopes it can make a run in the EPC North....