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Zephyrs break losing streak at Coca-Cola Park

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Coca-Cola Park Curse is officially broken.

The Zephyrs defeated Parkland 4-3 on Friday afternoon, part of the annual Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Play-Day at the IronPigs facility in Allentown.

While it may not rival The Curse of the Bambino, which was popularized during the Red Sox’s long 86-year title drought, it had been six years since WHS claimed a victory at the Phillies’ Triple A minor league park.

The “curse” was lifted thanks to a total team effort, said...

Outdoors: Hummingbirds entering Valley area

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

In my opinion, there’s no bird as interesting and fun to watch as hummingbirds. And they’re on the way through the area right now as they’re on their way north, according to the Birding Wire.

As per Perky-Pet’s birding website, a Rufous Hummingbird was spotted on April 29 in Media, PA, and on April 26 a Ruby-Throated was seen in Nesquehoning.

If you share this interest in hummers, and maintain feeders, now’s the time to clean your hummingbird feeders if you haven’t already....

Pivetta hopes time with Pigs helps turn things around

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Phillies have had success with sending struggling pitchers down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to get themselves straightened out.

Last season, Hector Neris lost the feel for throwing his splitter and along with it, his confidence. When he returned to the Phillies, he was his old self and probably even better. They had the same hopes for Nick Pivetta and the early returns are pretty good.

After an initial outing where he allowed four innings in six innings of work against...

Outdoors: Hokey Park Fishing Derby approaching

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Youngsters 15 years of age and under are invited to enter the free 2019 Annual Fishing Derby on May 25, 2019, at Hokey Park located on Lehigh Street in Whitehall.

The derby is open only to children and is hosted by the Whitehall Township Recreation Department with sponsorship from Willie’s Bait & Tackle Shop in Cementon, who provides the prizes for the winners.

According to Michele Dragovits, Word Processing Secretary at the Whitehall Recreation Department, her department...

Switch to left side key for Arner

Thursday, May 2, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

At the start of Rachel Arner’s freshman season, a change at the plate turned her in the right direction, leading to a very successful softball career that’s allowed her to recently achieve a milestone.

That direction, as it turns out, was switching to the left side of the plate. It was a move that the natural right-hander said was suggested by a former coach.

“She [Alexis Berg-Townsend] knew it would be best for me because of my speed,” said Arner.

That move allowed her...

Jake Paashaus leads Zephyrs

Thursday, May 2, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Whitehall’s bats sprang to life against Nazareth on Monday, while Jake Paashaus’ arm silenced the opposing Blue Eagles’ sticks, helping the Zephyrs position themselves closer for a berth in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference playoffs.

Whitehall scored five runs in the first inning and then coasted to the 7-1 victory. The win evens their record at 7-7. It also puts them in the hunt among the eight teams vying for an EPC playoff spot. The win also gives them a boost since it was...

Volleyball heads down final stretch

Thursday, May 2, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall boys volleyball team is charging toward the regular season finish line, picking up another win last Thursday against Pocono Mountain West.

They swept the Panthers 25-5, 25-9, 25-15 to improve their record to 12-0. They’re currently two games ahead of Emmaus (as of April 29) in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference standings, and sit atop the District XI AAA power rankings among the 15 schools profiled.

The Zephyrs now have six games remaining on the schedule, with...

Zephyrs, K-Kids split track meet

Thursday, May 2, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Whitehall ended its track and field dual meet season against Northampton, and will now enter the postseason with the potential of their sprinters and throwers medaling at both the league and district championships.

The sprints have been a big source of production for both the boys and girls. They accounted for 14 points for the girls, and 10 for the boys against Northampton.

One of those sprinters is senior Chad Hussett. He was among the many seniors honored at the final home...

Outdoors: Hokey Park Fishing Derby approaching

Thursday, May 2, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Youngsters 15 years of age and under are invited to enter the free 2019 Annual Fishing Derby on May 25, 2019, at Hokey Park located on Lehigh Street in Whitehall.

The derby is open only to children and is hosted by the Whitehall Township Recreation Department with sponsorship from Willie’s Bait & Tackle Shop in Cementon, who provides the prizes for the winners.

According to Michele Dragovits, Word Processing Secretary at the Whitehall Recreation Department, her department...

EPC releases top performance list

Thursday, May 2, 2019 by The Press in Sports

The East Penn Conference released another edition of the league’s top track and field performances.

For the boys, Whitehall’s 400 relay team is fifth with a time of 43.90. The team is made up of Allen Negrate, Jaiden Lee, Chad Hussett and Kresstoph Whittick.

Lucas Souders fell to second in the javelin with a toss of 185-8.

On the girls side, Kate Bonshak is tied for fifth in the 200 with a time of 26.30.

Whitehall’s 400 relay team is third with a time of 50.19 and...