Whitehall-Coplay Press

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Golfers get by tough, early courses but start year 1-6

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The 2019 golf season got into full swing two weeks ago, and the Zephyrs made sure they would put a checkmark on the plus side of the ledger.

Whitehall faced off against three Eastern Pennsylvania Conference foes as Nazareth, Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic kicked off the new season at Woodstone Country Club on Aug. 15.

The Zephyrs emerged from that quad match 1-2, shooting 512 for their round. That placed them third among the four teams as Nazareth won the match with a 398,...

Kids keeping Cement Belt

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Another Cement Bowl Challenge is in the books with Northampton retaining the Cement Belt Championship for another year.

The rivalry series, which was conceived in the 2016-17 school year, has seen the Kids from Laubach Avenue win the first three installments of the challenge.

Even with Whitehall’s outstanding spring where three of their teams reached the district finals, they still couldn’t muster enough points to seize the belt from the Kids. However, the wins that the Zephs...

Outdoors: Dove and early goose season opens Sept. 2

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With warm temperatures, it’s difficult to think about hunting. Even fishing isn’t that good during these times. But come Monday, September 2, the traditional dove and early goose season kicks off.

Since dove are somewhat easier to hunt this time of year, we’ll focus on them as corn and soybean crops are still standing, which makes those fields not conducive to goose hunting methods.

This years dove season comes in two separate seasons. The first phase runs from Sept. 2-Nov. 29...

Steel fall to Birmingham 3-2

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by The Press in Sports

Bethlehem Steel FC scored two goals while down a man against Birmingham Legion FC who hadn’t given up a goal since June 29, but still fell 3-2. It was a very physical Sunday night at Talen Energy Stadium that resulted in 10 total cards and four players sent off early.

The match favored the Steel early on, with the speed of Philadelphia Union forwards Michee Ngalina and Sergio Santos causing issues for the Legion’s backline in the first 15 minutes. After a few chances that went...

Whitehall competes in cross country scrimmage

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Whitehall’s cross country team competed in a scrimmage against Freedom and Southern Lehigh last Thursday at Freedom where senior Devon Roberts placed sixth in the girls’ race and sophomore Sean Connelly placed 15th in the boys’ race.

The second annual scrimmage was an opportunity for the Zephyrs to get a taste of competition before the regular season meets begin on Sept. 10.

“I’m glad [Coach Bob Thear] had this because we have 20 freshman boys this year, so we have a big team...

Zephyrs ready to take on Eastburg South in Week 1

Saturday, August 24, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

With a good offseason and a new system in place, Whitehall is anxious to shake the rust from a 2-8 season last year.

The Zephyrs will get their first shot and have a true test when they host East Stroudsburg South for their opener Friday night.

New head coach Matt Senneca has increased the tempo in camp, and he was pleased with their first showing in a tri-scrimmage against Lehighton and Notre Dame.

“I thought we did well,” he said. “It has been exciting so far about...

Tough loss for tennis

Saturday, August 24, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

It was a grueling four-hour match in the heat, and head coach Whitehall girls tennis coach Alex Green was hoping his team could come up with an improbable win in their opener

They were facing Liberty to start the season on their home court, and the midday sun was relentless. It was the type of day where spectators sought shelter in any sliver of shade available.

As the match began, Whitehall’s top two singles players began to assert control. The Zephyr pair eventually prevailed...

BML baseball title goes to the Bulls again

Saturday, August 24, 2019 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Limeport head coach Mike Cudwadie and plenty of other Bulls remember when Northampton swept them in the championship series in its first season of the Blue Mountain League (BML). That was back in 2014.

Jorge Montes doesn’t recall the deflating feeling five years ago. Montes is from Puerto Rico, and recently moved back to the Lehigh Valley area in 2017.

He came up with the biggest hit in Game 5 of the championship series in his first season with the Bulls. Montes blasted a three...

Outdoors: Head to Jersey for salt water action

Saturday, August 24, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With temperatures forecast to be in or close to 100 degrees this week, these dog days of summer make for tough fishing in local streams, rivers and lakes. If you crave big, good eating fish, head to the Jersey shore for some saltwater action.

According to our On the Water fishing reporter, more keeper fluke were reported in northern New Jersey as anglers make the most of the dwindling summer flounder season. Boat anglers continue to get the better fish on bucktails on rough bottom...

Lehigh Valley picks up another catcher

Saturday, August 24, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Phillies have made a series of questionable moves this summer, with one of them coming last week when they signed catcher Nick Hundley.

While Hundley isn’t known for his offense, he’s been a strong defensive catcher and has thrown out just over the major league average of 26 percent of would-be base stealers over 12 seasons in the majors.

It never hurts to have a quality defensive catcher, but the Phillies already had three catchers on their Triple-A roster at Lehigh Valley...