Whitehall-Coplay Press

Monday, October 23, 2017

Boys get some wins

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

During the opening quarter of the Whitehall boys soccer season, Head Coach Chris Bastidas knew that he would have some growing pains with a very young defense.

But following two big performances last week, the Zephyr offense appears ready to shoulder the load.

Whitehall defeated Stroudsburg 3-1 on Sept. 13 and East Stroudsburg North 5-0 on Sept. 16.

Tony Rodriguez scored twice and Zahir Linton added a goal and an assist against the Mounties. The Zephyrs held Stroudsburg to just four shots in the contest.

Pete’s Top-10: Parkland stands firm on top

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Heading into week five, it appears that the dust is settling and the EPC title race will come down to the top three teams in the poll.

In the Colonial League, Palisades has clearly taken the lead position after last week’s major win over Southern Lehigh.

With the regular season entering its second half, which teams will continue to stand their ground and which ones will fall off the edge?

This week’s results will make things a bit more clear.

1. Parkland (4-0)

Last week’s rank: #1

Trojans have picked up where they left off from a year ago.

Zephyrs now 3-2-1 on year

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Friday’s pop-up shower — make that pop-up downpour — made for some sloppy conditions even on turf, preventing the Whitehall girls soccer team from controlling the action against Nazareth as the ball just died on the drenched surface, leading to a game that ended scoreless after two overtime sessions.

By the time the field began to recover late in the second half, Whitehall began to put on the pressure, but Blue Eagle keeper Caitlyn Lazzarini kept the ball from getting behind her, making four saves in OT.

With the nil-nil tie, the Zephyrs are now 3-2-1 on the season.

Volleyball hopes to learn from losses

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

With Whitehall’s recent volleyball matches against two Bethlehem schools going to five sets, resulting in a pair of tough losses, the hope is that they will serve as learning lessons for future tight contests.

Head coach Paul Abi-Daher firmly believes his team needs to find a way to win those close matches. They lost 3-2 to Liberty last week, and then dropped a match to Bethlehem Catholic by the same score on Tuesday. Sandwiched in between was a win against William Allen.

Northampton gets by Zephyrs in tennis

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Senior day took center stage when the Whitehall girls tennis team hosted Northampton on Monday, but in the end they lost a close match to their league rivals.

The Zephs recognized seniors Catherine Chen, Shaniyah Colon, Jacky Mansour and Teresa Nappo as the regular season enters its final week. Whitehall has a final match with Parkland remaining on its schedule before the postseason begins.

Boykin, Zephs top Liberty

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Whenever the Whitehall offense needs a big play, they’ll often draw up something that involves Dez Boykin, utilizing the senior receiver’s knack for rising to the occasion when his number’s called.

With Liberty poised to get the ball back after controlling much of the action in the second quarter, Whitehall was staring at a 3rd and 27 deep in their own territory. The ’Canes had cut the Zephyr lead to 14-7, and with the way they were running the ball, it seemed like they could march down the field once again if they got the Zephs off the field in that third and forever.

Article By: Mike Haines mhaines@tnonline.com

Friday, September 15, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

A week before the high school football season hits the halfway mark, some playoff races are starting to take shape. Whitehall kept itself among the top of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with a win Friday night, while Liberty also stayed in the hunt by beating Northampton.

Liberty-Whitehall

The Zephyrs cruised to a 41-13 win over Liberty.

Ethan Parvel passed for 172 yards and rushed for 103 yards in the win. He threw two touchdown passes and ran for three scores to keep his team unbeaten at 4-0.

Girls soccer team playing well early on

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall girls soccer team is looking to gain some traction as their young corps is looking to establish a strong identity early in the season.

They’ve played close games so far this season, defeating Northampton by a goal in the opener, and then defeating Allentown Central Catholic in overtime for their two wins. They’ve also played Emmaus and Parkland, losing to the Green Hornets by a goal, and to the Trojans by two tallies.