Whitehall-Coplay Press

Monday, April 6, 2020

Pigs, Phantoms Royals release statements

Friday, March 20, 2020 by The Press in Sports

Local minor league teams all put out notices recently concerning the affect of COVID-19.


We support Minor League and Major League Baseball’s decision to prudently and cautiously delay the start of the season. The first IronPigs home game is not scheduled until Friday, April 17, which is five weeks away. Since our team will begin the season with an eight-game road trip, we are hopeful and optimistic that our home game schedule will not be interrupted.

State swimming meet abruptly ends

Friday, March 20, 2020 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Local swimmers competed at the PIAA State Swimming and Diving Championships, which began last Wednesday and were scheduled to go through Saturday, but their trip to Bucknell University was cut short when the meet was shut down on Thursday.

“It was actually kind of weird because the Class 2A divers were coming in, doing their warm-ups, and it was pretty congested in the diving area, so it was very hectic,” said Liberty swim coach Reik Foust, who had six swimmers with him at states. “Then, 10 minutes later, it was empty.”

Outdoors: Robins have returned to the area

Friday, March 20, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

They’re known as the harbingers of spring and I spotted four of them last week.

Yes, the American Robin has returned to the Lehigh Valley, although some do stay in the area year-round.

It’s been said robins return from their overwintering spots in Mexico and southern areas when daytime temperatures average around 37 degrees. And we’ve had that, and then some.

PIAA suspends winter postseason

Thursday, March 12, 2020 by The Press in Sports

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association has postponed winter sports playoffs for a minimum of two weeks, according to a statement it released today.

The PIAA basketball playoffs were heading into the quarterfinals this weekeend.

The PIAA Swimming Diving Championships, held at Bucknell University, started Wednesday with Class 3A events. Half of the 3A events were completed Wednesday, including boys diving, which was won by two-time state champ Brendan McCourt of Emmaus.

Indoor track competes in 3 meets

Thursday, March 12, 2020 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

With the new track and field season fast approaching, a number of Whitehall athletes decided to get a head start by competing in indoor track this winter.

The Zephyrs competed in three meets as a team. A couple of their members also competed in a few specialty meets that focus solely on vaulting.

Their indoor season began with the Robert J. Burdette Indoor Classic on Dec. 28. It was held at Lehigh University’s Philip Rauch Fieldhouse and featured 61 teams.

Article By: The Press

Thursday, March 12, 2020 by The Press in Sports


Suburban Dart League


Dryland 45 21 .682

Star of Beth 42 24 .636

Light of Christ 36 30 .545

Bath Luth 36 30 .545

Salem UCC 34 32 .515

St. Stephen’s 32 34 .485

Emmanuel 29 34 .460

Christ UCC 30 36 .455

Ebenezer 25 38 .397

Farmersville 26 40 .394

St. Paul’s 25 41 .379

Star of Beth at

Bath Luth 4-3, 2-6, 3-2 (10)

SB - Austin Hoffert GWHR, Bill Hoke Jr. 7-13, Bryan Frankenfield 6-14, Scott Hoffert 6-15, Tyler Frankenfield HR.

Bollinger, Hartman win scholar athlete awards

Thursday, March 12, 2020 by C.J. HEMERLY in Sports

Being successful both on and off the field was a theme Sunday evening at the 60th annual National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Lehigh Valley Scholar-Athlete banquet at the Northampton Banquet and Event Center.

While there were 32 representatives from District 11 and Lehigh Valley high schools, along with six collegiate student-athletes present, two local products came away with the prestigious, sought-after hardware when it was all said and done.