Whitehall-Coplay Press

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Girls aiming to get better

Thursday, August 3, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Summer is a usually a break from school for most students, but for Dwight Repsher and the Whitehall girls basketball team, the summer gives the players an opportunity to gain some experience while they look to carve out their own space as they head into the new school year.

Repsher is now a seasoned vet as the leader of their summer program. He’s guided them the last four summers as the girls have competed in about 25 games through the four different leagues and tournaments since his...

TOC set to begin new chapter

Thursday, August 3, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Twenty-eight years ago, Eric Snyder had one of those night’s where he couldn’t sleep.

He remembered a passage from a book written by legendary college football coach Lou Holtz who stated that he would “get up and do something to make him tired.”

So Snyder decided to follow the initiative. He had his concept and groundwork for the then initial Tournament of Champions, but he wanted to add another twist. Snyder wanted it to be a rotating tournament in which a different league...

Orioles advance past Braves

Thursday, August 3, 2017 by SAM MATTA in Sports

BERLINSVILLE – The hits just kept on coming and coming for the Iron Financial Orioles Monday evening in the second game of a best-of-three series against the upstart Berlinsville Braves.

The Braves could hardly answer, save for a solo home run by their player/manager Cody Krupa. Meanwhile, the Orioles jumped on starting pitcher Tyler Svetik early and gradually pulled away for an 8-1 victory.

The Orioles sweep the series and eliminated the Braves from the league tournament, the...

Outdoors: Growing number of boat motor issues

Thursday, August 3, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

If you’re a motor boat owner and are you having motor problems because of ethanol contaminating the innards of your motor, a new survey by Boating Industry Magazine says those in the boating industry that manufacture, sell, repair and store recreational vessels are seeing a growing number of problems caused by ethanol-related fuels. Said one boat dealer in the survey, “Ethanol fuels are great for our service department but bad for our customers!”

The reader survey results, which...

Coplay looks to stay in hunt

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Coplay Connie Mack team remains in the hunt for a state championship, splitting a pair of games in the opening round of the playoffs.

When the state playoffs began on July 20 at Limeport Stadium, Coplay drew Hatfield-Towamencin from the Bux-Mont Connie Mack Baseball League. Hatfield-Towamencin, the third seed, handed Coplay, the eighth seed, a 10-2 loss.

That put them in a must-win game against Nazareth. Coplay responded with a 12-2 win, earning them another game which is...

Strongest Zephyr part of WHS history since 1998

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Some people may think that the Indy 500 is the premier sporting event over the Memorial Day weekend, but folks in Whitehall may point to another event that has its own die-hard following that could one day rival the race at the Brickyard.

They gathered at Whitehall High School the Friday afternoon before Memorial Day to see who would emerge as the World’s Strongest Zephyr. Television cameras (well, one at least) were trained on the athletes during the grueling competition. The...

WHS offensive line continues to impress

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Whitehall’s offensive line was in hog heaven recently, claiming another title as they prepare for the upcoming season.

They have now won consecutive titles at the Battle of the Hogs at Lansdale Catholic High School. They even accomplished this feat without two projected starters.

Head coach Brian Gilbert said that both Markes Cruz and Mike Smith were absent for the competition that features local high schools’ offensive linemen competing against one another in various events....

Coplay Connie Mack falls in LV playoffs

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Coplay Connie Mack team’s march toward a title was halted when they lost in the second round of the playoffs.

Their focus then shifted to the state playoffs where they’re part of the eight clubs from the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack Baseball League who will play teams from the Bux-Mont Connie Mack League.

Coplay heads into the state playoffs as the eighth seed. Their arrival was secured when they beat Hellertown in the opening round of the league playoffs. The tourney got...

Outdoors: give bow and arrow fishing a try

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

In these Dog Days of summer, fishing in local waters often becomes slow due to high temperatures and low water conditions. All of which makes many fish lethargic. But instead of pursuing them with rod and reel, why not try a bow and arrow.

Since bowfishing requires a slight change in equipment, most bow fishers favor an inexpensive recurve bow or an old compound bow, outfitting it with a Zebco-type spincast or open reel to retrieve the arrows and land a fish, simple arrow rest and no...


Friday, July 21, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

It’s hard to imagine a better senior year than the one Zach Gilbert just recently completed at Whitehall.

Not many seniors can claim two district championships in one season. Moreover, his résumé reads that he was the starting quarterback and starting pitcher for both those titles.

After stepping in as the starting quarterback, he led the team to a 9-5 record and a District XI Championship. He also helped them win a PIAA game over Abington Heights, riddling their vaunted...