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Swim team gets two wins

Thursday, January 9, 2020 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall swim team didn’t experience a holiday hangover (the confection kind, that is), earning two big wins as soon as the calendar turned to 2020.

The Zephs defeated Freedom on Jan. 2, and followed that with a victory against Saucon Valley on Jan. 4.

In the meet against the Patriots, the girls won five events en route to the 97-73 victory. Emily Thomas was a multiple winner for the Zephs, taking first in the 200 freestyle as well as the 500 freestyle. She was also part...

Bethlehem Catholic takes first, Whitehall qualifies for states

Thursday, January 9, 2020 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s cheerleaders were crowned Small Division district champions for the second consecutive year after competing in the District XI Cheerleading Competition on Saturday at Easton Area Middle School.

The Hawks were also overall champions with a total score of 253.30.

“I could see they were feeling confident and ready to go,” said Becahi coach Colleen Iannetta. “Once they hit the partner stunts, I could just see the relief and happiness on their faces and I knew...

Phantoms hope to end struggles

Thursday, January 9, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms are hoping that they’ve reached rock bottom and that things won’t get any worse than they are right now.

The team sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Division after a stretch of 12 games that saw them pick up just two wins and score 16 goals to lose five straight games. The team endured a second straight shutout – and their fifth this season - in Laval on Friday night.

“Right now, we’re making it harder on us and part of that is pressing,” said head...

Outdoors: Local ice fishing days are getting closer

Thursday, January 9, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Although we’re finally getting some below freezing temperatures, safe ice fishing is still some cold days away. And what seems like far too many rainy days, also prevents anglers to walk on water.

But as happens every year at this time, ice fishermen have to travel to the Poconos to find hard water. Places like Shohola, Promised Land, Gouldsboro, Tobyhanna and Fairview lakes usually freeze first.

According to local tackle shops, Promised Land (had seven inches of ice) and...

Darts, Trapshooting

Thursday, January 9, 2020 by The Press in Sports

DARTS, TRAPSHOOTING

DARTS

Suburban Dart League

Last week we had a pair of makeup matches. The first finds Star of Bethlehem beating Salem UCC 6-3, 8-6, losing the nightcap 2-1. Hitters for Star of Bethlehem: Scott Hoffert 6-13, Bryan Frankenfield 6-14, Austin Hoffert 5-14, Joey Hoffert with a HR. Sherry Bush was 6-12, Bill Rinker 5-10 (HR), Kim Bush with a HR, Kierstin Saeger with 2 HRs for Salem UCC.

The other makeup saw St. Paul’s sweeping St. Stephen’s by...

Zephyr wrestlers look to keep getting better

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Zephyr wrestling team’s holiday break featured some grueling competition as they appeared in two of the area’s toughest tournaments that should help prepare them for the rugged battles ahead in 2020.

First on the holiday wrestling stop was the Beast of The East which ran from Dec. 21-22 at the Carpenter Center in Newark, Delaware.

The event featured 106 teams, and is arguably the premier scholastic tourney in the country.

Xavier Arner and Kai Clark both won their...

Birgas’ goal pokes bear at PPL Center

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Chris Bigras isn’t exactly a household name with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, but his second goal of the season was a big one.

It wasn’t a game-winner or a milestone, but it did launch an eruption of over 10,000 teddy bears onto the ice at the PPL Center as part of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms annual Teddy Bear Toss. The event collects stuffed animals of every size and variety for children in need.

The animals are then collected and distributed throughout the Lehigh Valley.

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Zephs win Classic opener

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Whitehall’s path to the finals of the Zephyr Holiday Classic featured a smothering defense that put Faith Christian Academy’s offense in a deep freeze.

The game was close during the first quarter, but Whitehall began to steadily pull away, eventually taking a 34-15 lead into the break. The home team continued that offensive surge in the second, dropping 27 more points to win 61-17.

The victory put them in the finals against North Hunterdon, which defeated them by a point in...

Outdoors: Snow Geese return to area

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

The snows are back.

No, not a snowstorm, but a large flock of Snow Geese have made their way to Lehigh County from their summer breeding grounds in the Arctic tundra.

On Saturday, Dec. 14, a flock of about 500 snows descended like snow flakes on a cut cornfield belonging to GEO Chemicals (formerly Trojan Powder Company) on the west side of Mauch Chunk Road and across from the intersection of Mechanicsville Road. The snows’ nasal honking can easily be heard if lowering a window...

Boys top Parkland before holiday break

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall boys basketball team made some beautiful music together, handing Parkland their first defeat when they hosted the Trojans on Dec. 20.

And providing a strong solo in that ensemble was Tyler Holubowski who was on lead guitar, strumming away after his three-pointer to make it 34-28 in the pivotal third quarter which supplied the resounding accompaniment to the eventual 59-54 win. In that frame the Zephyrs outscored the Trojans 16-4, setting the tone for the second half with...