Whitehall-Coplay Press

Friday, November 22, 2019

Pete’s Top-10: A new number-one this week

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Last week we saw Nazareth fall for the first time this season. Was it the eventual slip that most teams in the EPC face, or are there cracks in the foundation?

The lone EPC team to remain undefeated is Easton following its win over Central Catholic over the weekend, but the Rovers haven’t been truly tested yet.

That changes this week with Freedom coming to town.

Parkland’s win over the Blue Eagles could be a sign they’re gearing up at the right time, while the Colonial League battle between Southern Lehigh and Northwestern could decide the league crown.

Outdoors: Additional hunting days scheduled

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Deer and bear hunters are in for some changes this season, with most offering additional hunting days afield.

Now that the statewide archery deer hunting season gets underway this Saturday (Oct. 5), it also spells the time junior license holders can hunt squirrels and rabbits until Oct. 19. Juniors can also hunt ring-necked pheasants from Oct. 12-19.

Field hockey gets big win over Stroudsburg

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Head coach Jennifer Bodnar was looking for that signature win this season, and her field hockey team delivered in a big way last Thursday night against Stroudsburg.

Riding a stretch in which they had won three out of their last four games, Bodnar was still looking for them to post a win against a team with a .500 mark or better.

What she found was a team ready to step up to that challenge last Thursday at the Zephyrs Sports Complex, shutting down the Mounties who were 7-4 heading into the game.

Soccer teams inch toward playoffs

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by JAKE MELUSKEY in Sports

The Whitehall boys soccer team is currently fourth in District XI standings at a record of 10-4-1.

The Zephyrs had won five-straight games since their very competitive 4-1 loss to a good Parkland squad and before a 2-0 loss to Northampton on Monday night. On Sept. 28, the boys team took on a struggling Nazareth squad and came home with a 4-2 victory.

Coach Chris Bastidas commented on his teams play.

“Kresstoph Whittick is playing like the MVP of the league,” Bastidas said. “He can stretch the field for us and can change a game any time he touches the ball.”

Pete’s Top-10: Harris leads the charge

Thursday, September 26, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

As we arrive at midseason of the poll, it’s become quite clear that Nazareth is one of the most fun teams to watch in the area, as well as the top squad.

The Blue Eagles made plenty of mistakes in last week’s win over Bethlehem Catholic, but still walked away with a convincing win. It shows that even on a bad night, the Anthony Harris-led squad is a problem for teams to handle.

The Blue Eagles have another hurdle this week taking on Parkland, but unless someone finds a way to stop Harris, nobody will be taking down the Blue Eagles.

Zephs look to improve

Thursday, September 26, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall girls volleyball team was able to some good things during the first set against Freedom recently, and now it’s a matter of accomplishing more good things on a consistent basis.

The Zephyrs played a spirited game in that first set against a very good Patriots a few weeks ago. After falling behind early, they fought back to knot the score 10-10 with an ace from Taylor Levan. As the game progressed, they also got a big kill from Olivia Ballard to help spark a run that drew them within three points of the visiting Pates, narrowing the margin to 20-17.

Barkley looks to lead by example

Thursday, September 26, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

It hasn’t been the season Ali Barkley expected.

Heading into Friday’s game, the Zephyrs have a 0-5 record after their 49-26 loss to Freedom last week in a game that they battled back after a 42-0 deficit.

“We’re not playing to our potential,” said Barkley. “We just have to do what the right thing is to do.

“We have been in games, but we have been up and down in those games. We just haven’t been able to put it together.”