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Rivalry series honor local teams

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 by The Press in Sports

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs will be celebrating local school districts and communities in the all-new St. Luke’s Rivalry Series.

Multiple schools will be celebrating their pride with classmates, alumni and friends throughout the opening month at Coca-Cola Park.

These communities will be able to show off their school pride as the Lehigh Valley IronPigs play each of their scheduled games.

Tickets start at $8 and the first 250 purchasers from each school will receive a T-shirt in their school’s colors.

Here is a list of the remaining rivalry series:

Zeph tennis falls to Konkrete Kids tennis

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The match between the Northampton and Whitehall boys tennis last Thursday featured two teams with identical records in a battle to see who would climb up the standings in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.

Both teams entered the match 7-4, and were right in the middle of the pack in the EPC standings.

Whitehall struggled, however, and the Konkrete Kids emerged with the 5-1 victory to currently put themselves in the eighth spot in the standings. Whitehall (7-5) now occupies the tenth spot in a quest for an EPC team championship berth.

WHS represented in top performance list

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 by The Press in Sports

The East Penn Conference released its list of top performances in track and field so far this season. The list was released last meet and included meets to that point.

The Zephs Lucas Souders is tops in the javelin with a throw of 185-08.

For the girls, Kate Bonshak is tied third in the 100, along with teammate Helen Davis. Hope Millets is third in the high jump.

Whitehall’s 400 relay has the best time so far with a 50.60. The team is made up of Davis, Rebecca Ganthier, Aliyah Barkley and Bonshak.

The top-five in each event can be seen below.


WHS wins battle of unbeatens

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

When the Emmaus boys volleyball team entered Zephyr Gymnasium last Thursday, one team would leave the facility as the lone unbeaten team in the league.

It didn’t take long to find the answer as the Zephyrs swept the Green Hornets, leaving themselves as the only EPC team with an unblemished record.

The Zephyrs won 25-21, 25-22, 25-23, defeating Emmaus for the first time since 2013. That streak spanned 12 matches. (One if those losses occurred during the postseason in 2013.)

Outdoors: An update on local fishing action

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Trout fishing is tops on the local fishing menu, but following a close second and third are shad and stripers.

Chris’ Bait & Tackle in Mertztown reports good trout action in all area streams thanks to recent stockings. At Ontelaunee Reservoir in upper Berks County, the crappie action died down and the overall bite is slow. At Blue Marsh Lake, anglers are doing really good on catch-and-release bass using large shiners. Crappie guys are also doing well there and picking up quite a few. Chris believes more warm weather is needed for them to turn on.

Volleyball pulls away to beat Northampton

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Whitehall’s match against Northampton on Friday served as a reminder that toppling one of the area’s best volleyball teams is still a tall task for any Zephyr opponent.

While the Konkrete Kids managed to win the second set, tying the match at 1-1, the Zephyrs dropped the hammer in the third set and dispelled any notion that a win was in store for the visitors.

Whitehall won that pivotal third set 25-9, with Joseph Herman firing a couple of emphatic kills down the stretch to help seal the win.


Thursday, April 11, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

With just three games left in the regular season and long odds on reaching the playoffs, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms don’t appear to have given up just yet. After a slow, ugly start against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Sunday, the Phantoms kicked it up a few notches and wound up with a 10-6 win, their second in as many days against the Penguins. The 10 goals were also a franchise record for the squad.

Souders throwing well for Zephyrs

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Among Whitehall’s strong stable of throwers, Lucas Souders has emerged as one of the best javelin competitors in the league.

He was tops in the event Monday against Freedom with a 179-07 mark. It was his fourth consecutive victory in the event. Souders was part of a unit that nabbed 16 points in the throwing events, but it wasn’t enough to overtake the Patriots who defeated the boys 82-68.

Whitehall would split the meet against Freedom, with the girls winning 91-59. The girls dominated the sprints, amassing 23 points, which helped pave the way to the win.

Outdoors: Deer harvest numbers are released

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Pennsylvania hunters posted their highest overall deer harvest in 14 years when they took 374,690 deer during the state’s 2018-19 hunting seasons. But the buck harvest dropped.

The 2018-19 deer harvest topped the previous year’s harvest of 367,159 by about 10-percent. The last time the total deer harvest exceeded this season’s total was in 2004-05.