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Boys start off well

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

On the strength of their robust first half, Loyalsock held off the charging Zephyrs boys basketball team to win the championship of the Loyalsock Tip-Off Tournament that opened the season for both teams.

The Zephyrs outscored the Lancers by six in the final two quarters, but weren’t able to bridge the gap created by a 41-point outburst in the first half by the host team. At one point in the fourth quarter, head coach Jeff Jones said that they were able to cut the lead to nine points,...

Whitehall swimmers ready for season

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Whitehall’s swimming team recently began their quest for the upcoming season with an increase in their overall numbers on both their girls’ and boys’ teams.

However, the Zephyrs likely will need to be patient to see how their teams perform and improve down the stretch.

“Our girls team looks to be pretty solid,” said veteran head coach Pete Rile after the recent first day of practice. “It is typical to have about 20 girls out and we may have as many as 30. We do have a lot of...

Despite changes, LV still has young players

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

So far, the 2019-2020 season has been one for the kids on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms roster.

An offseason that saw the roster somewhat remade left plenty of opportunities for young players and they produced right from the season’s first puck drop. Some of them – Joel Farabee, Morgan Frost and Phil Myers – found a fast track to Philadelphia thanks to their early production with the Phantoms.

Farabee was with Lehigh Valley for just four games before getting the call to head for...

Outdoors: Still a good time to fish

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

As many sportsmen and sportsgals are deer hunting right now, there are a number of avid anglers who don’t hunt (or have already filled their deer tags) who prefer to fish as local streams and lakes are virtually void of fishermen.

According to Willie, from Willie’s Bait & Tackle in Cementon, the Lehigh River is dead. No one is fishing it. But he was receiving good trout reports from the Little Lehigh that was stocked two weeks ago with brown trout from the Lil-Le-Hi trout nursery...

Zeph girls return a solid group

Thursday, December 5, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

When the new swim season commences, the Whitehall girls will have some solid swimmers back in the fold, and that will hopefully serve as springboard for another strong season.

Last year the girls finished 12-4 and qualified seven swimmers for the district tourney. Head coach Pete Rile said that graduation took its toll, so they may be experiencing a bit of a rebuilding year. However, that’s a dilemma that can be mitigated by their numbers, a figure that’s at 25 as they ramp up for the...

Numbers improve for WHS boys

Thursday, December 5, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

For most of his tenure, head coach Pete Rile has been tasked with molding a boys swim team with limited numbers at his disposal.

That’s not the case this year, and the explosion of willing participants to dive into the sport has swelled to possibly 25 swimmers. Rile said that in prior years, the most they’ve ever had was 12, and by the end of the swimming season, that number got whittled down to eight.

As they’ve begun to prepare for the upcoming season, he said that 16 boys...

Zephs building strong foundation

Thursday, December 5, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Whitehall will hit the mat this season with a strong contingent of returning grapplers, and that foundation will be their guiding force this season.

Another guiding force will be the implementation of a vision statement and core values, something that head coach Tim Cunningham decided to roll out this season. He said that their first core value will be integrity.

“We’re hoping that the seniors can be the first ones to follow through the system that we’re going through, and lead...

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Thursday, December 5, 2019 by The Press in Sports



Suburban Dart League

Standings Week 12

Star of Beth 21 9 .700

Dryland 23 10 .697

Salem UCC 15 12 .556

Light of Christ 18 15 .545

Bath Lutheran 17 16 .515

St. Paul’s 16 17 .485

Christ UCC 15 18 .455

Emmanuel 15 18 .455

St. Stephen’s 12 15 .444

Farmersville 12 21 .364

Ebenezer 10 23 .303

Despite losing 3-2 and 2-1 to St. Paul’s, winning the opener 9-2, Star of Bethlehem...

Outdoors: Sunday hunting days added

Thursday, December 5, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

For sportsmen clamoring for more weekend hunting time afield, Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law Senate Bill 147, which permits additional hunting on three Sundays per calendar year - one within the archery deer season, one within the firearms deer season and one selected by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

The law will take effect Feb. 25, 2020, and the first new Sunday hunting opportunities will be identified by the Game Commission thereafter.

Up to now, Sunday hunting was...

Gordon recalls his first trip to NHL

Thursday, December 5, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

In minor league sports, coaches and managers have different ways of telling a player that they’re getting that first call to the highest level of their sport. Former Lehigh Valley IronPigs manager Dave Brundage used to enjoy having a bit of fun at the player’s expense, sometimes letting them think they were being passed over or that the coaches were concerned about their play lately before he would let the cat out of the bag and give out the good news. For Phantoms coach Scott Gordon, the...