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Playoffs next for field hockey team

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall field hockey team’s gritty win against Moravian Academy most likely punched their ticket to a postseason berth, keeping them in the mix for a shot at a district title.

Their latest win puts them on target for a district playoff spot as it lifts their overall record to 8-7-1 with two games remaining. Barring anything unforeseen happening, they should win at least one more of those games ensuring their D-11 appearance.

They prevailed over the Lions in overtime with...

‘Once a Zephyr, always a Zephyr’

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

As current Whitehall football players gathered around former quarterback Robert Smale, the prevailing sentiment was that time cannot erase the bonds between those who wore the maroon and gold on the gridiron.

“Once a Zephyr, always a Zephyr,” said head coach Brian Gilbert, who accompanied 11 of his players on their visit to Smale’s room last week.

Smale, 97, is a resident at Whitehall Fellowship Community. It was during a recent visit to the facility when Al Voorhis, a...

Girls compete at EPC tennis tourney

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Girls Tennis Tournament provided a number of bright spots for the Zephyrs who will now turn their attention the district playoffs which got underway next week.

They had two doubles teams advance to the second round of the EPC tourney as Emma Garneau and Teresa Nappo performed well at No. 2 doubles against East Stroudsburg South, said head coach Alex Green.

“They won 6-3 and played their best set of the year,” said Green.

With the win,...

Outdoors: changes for pheasant season

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Upland hunters will experience some changes when the statewide season for pheasants opens Oct. 21.

This past Saturday (Oct. 7) the season opened for junior hunters, giving them first shot at a pheasant before the regular season opens.

One change sportsmen may see are fewer birds since the Pennsylvania Game Commission stocked or will stock a total of 170,000 birds. This is down from 200,000 in recent years. The reason for this reduction, says the PGC, is funding. Because of this...

Cross country season winds down

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The Whitehall cross country team’s season is winding down, which means it’s time to get ready for the upcoming postseason meets.

The Zephs took part in their final regular season meet at Parkland Tuesday, and will next get ready for the EPC meet on Oct. 17 and districts on Oct. 25. Both meets take place at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.

Head coach Mike Lelko said Juanita Flores and Caleb Staub have both been the top consistent runners for the girls and boys cross country...

Pete’s Top-10: Trojans cement No. 1 status

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Well, so much for Parkland not being their consistent selves. The Trojans convincing 38-24 win over Bethlehem Catholic solidified that Parkland is the team to beat this year and the 6A bracket will go through them.

For the likes of Whitehall, Becahi and Palisades, they’ve clearly painted the picture for district title runs in their respective classes as well.

With teams heading down the home stretch of the season, district positioning is now at the forefront.

Only three...

Football Roundup: Worth leads Trojans past Hawks

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Just one team remains unbeaten in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference after the seventh Friday night of the 2017 high school football season. Several games on this week’s card have District 11 Class 6A playoff implications. Here’s a look at some of Friday’s action.

Bethlehem Catholic-Parkland

The Trojans won a battle of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s last two unbeaten teams with a 38-24 win over the Hawks.

Jahan Worth ran for 243 yards and scored three Parkland...

Zephyrs fall to PHS

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

While turnovers may have led to Whitehall’s defeat last Friday against Parkland, what head coach Brian Gilbert will take away from the game is how they fought tooth and nail to deliver a win against the undefeated Trojans and end their Joe Gerencser series on a high note.

“Our guys played with a lot of emotion,” said Gilbert. “That’s what we were looking for and they played with a lot of passion.”

Now, it’s easy to see that he’s invested in his players and the program, but he...

Mounties edge WHS 1-0

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

While it wasn’t the outcome they wanted, the Whitehall field hockey team’s game against Stroudsburg last Friday afternoon yielded a lot of positive signs.

They lost to the visiting Mounties 1-0, but they controlled the action throughout the game. They were relentless around the cage in the second half as they unleashed a multitude of shots, with one shot careening off the post, a goalkeeper’s best friend.

They also were earning a number of corners, putting pressure on the...

Girls soccer extend streak

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

It’s been quite a ride for the Whitehall girls soccer team during the last two weeks, and the hope now is that they can carry that momentum heading into division play which heats up later this week.

The girls are in midst of a seven-game winning streak, their latest victory a 2-0 shutout over Northampton on Monday night. During that stretch, the girls have scored 40 goals while only surrendering five.

With Tuesday’s win over the Kids, the girls improved their overall record to...