Whitehall-Coplay Press

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Panny takes over veteran group of Zephs

Thursday, March 14, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall boys tennis team will embark on a new season with a good blend of varsity experience up and down their lineup as they look to build on last year’s excellent campaign.

The Zephyrs finished 13-4 last season. The stellar season also included a trip to the District XI 3A Team Tennis Championships.

This season will mark the first year with Robert Panny as the head coach. Panny replaces Guillermo Valera who coached the team last year in his lone year at the helm.

Outdoors: Time of year to clean out nesting boxes

Thursday, March 14, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

If you have bird houses or nesting boxes at your residence, now’s a good time to check them so see if they need repair and to clean them out before spring arrives. Incoming birds won’t nest on old nest material that may have mites, bugs or even mice in them.

If you don’t have any boxes but would like to enjoy seeing the spring arrivals such as colorful bluebirds, it would be a great time to either buy or build a box/house or two.

Lehigh Valley looks to turn around season

Thursday, March 7, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The latest bump in the road for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms is turning into more of a complete and total car-consuming sinkhole in the road. The team broke a five-game losing streak Saturday with a 3-1 win over Utica, after which a brawl broke out as the teams headed for their respective locker rooms. That show of testosterone may have been just the thing to spark the Phantoms, but unfortunately, they came back Sunday and lost to Bridgeport.

Scholastic archery meet set for Friday

Thursday, March 7, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

A huge opportunity is knocking for Pennsylvania’s student archers, say the folks from the National Archery in Schools Program.

The 2019 NASP state tournament is set to be held Friday, March 8 in State College. It’s shaping up to be the biggest student archery tournament ever in Pennsylvania, according to NASP.

Individuals and teams have all shot a qualifying score at one of the many state qualifying matches being held over the last few months. The top-scoring teams and individuals have earned an invite to the state championships.

Outdoors: 2018 bear harvest numbers are in

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Pennsylvania’s final bear harvest figures are in and the take was down for the 2018 seasons. This pales in comparison to the state’s top harvest of 4,350 recorded for the 2011 season.

The 2018 season breakdown shows 2,017 were shot during the general firearms season; 699 in the extended season; and 424 during the archery season and 12 in the early season.

Phantoms lose two, key games recently

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Phantoms had two chances to take a big step up in the Atlantic Division this past weekend and they whiffed on both chances.

The schedule had Lehigh Valley at Charlotte on back-to-back nights this past Friday and Saturday and the Checkers took both games, leaving the Phantoms in fifth place in the Atlantic Division, 19 points behind Charlotte. More importantly, Lehigh Valley is now 10th in the conference standings, which would leave them on the outside looking in at the playoffs.

Zephs ready for district swimming

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Whitehall will have a strong senior presence when the District XI Swimming and Diving Championships get under way this weekend at Parkland.

Of the eleven swimmers who will be competing in the AAA event, five of them are seniors. Among that group is Daniel Jablonski who earned the highest seed, nailing down the third seed in the 500 yard freestyle. He’s also among the top five in the 200 freestyle, securing the fourth spot in that race.