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Emmaus defense dominates in districts

Thursday, November 7, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

It’s often said that defense wins championships. In football, coaches talk about the defense needing to be strong as the key component of winning. In baseball, it’s all about pitching and keeping the other guys off the base paths. It’s much the same in soccer.

A good defense can make up for any potential shortcomings on offense and keep a team strong enough to win a championship. Fortunately for the Emmaus boys soccer team, there’s a solid offense helping to drive the team, but wins begin and end with the defense.

Cold weather sends anglers to Jersey shore

Thursday, November 7, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With cold temperatures settling in, most of the best fishing action appears to be at the New Jersey shore where big stripers up to 51 pounds are being caught.

Fishing reporters from On the Water Magazine say linesiders are the ticket. Their report is as follows:

Bob Matthews, from the Fishermen’s Den in Belmar, said boat anglers are finding big fish from a half mile to three miles out. Trolling bunker spoons and Mojos seem to be catching the majority of fish, with spoons taking the edge over Mojos. Party boats are jigging them with Ava 47s and rubber shads.

Zephs run ends with D-11 finals loss to EHS

Thursday, November 7, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

As the sixth-seed in the District 11 playoffs, Whitehall High School knew they would need to pull off a series of big wins to win district gold. In the first two rounds, they eliminated third-seed Liberty and then bounced second-seed Parkland, both in one-goal games, with the game against Liberty going to overtime. The win over Parkland locked up a spot in states for the Zephyrs, but they still needed to beat top-seed Emmaus to win district gold. Again, they played a one-goal overtime game, but came out on the short end of a 1-0 game, settling for silver medals in districts.

Defenseman Morin gets assigned to LV

Thursday, November 7, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Sam Morin is trying to catch a break.

After missing most of last season recovering from knee surgery, the 24-year old defenseman hoped to break camp with the Flyers and get things going in his career.

He did break camp with the team, but was a healthy scratch through their first eight games of the season.

When he finally did get a chance to play against the Islanders he was basically outmatched and out-skated. With the long layoff, it’s hard to blame Morin for the performance, but it’s also hard to blame Flyers coach Alain Vigneault.

Pete’s Top-10: Rivalry week is finally here

Thursday, October 24, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Well, Week 10 is finally here. The last week of the regular season is upon us without much fanfare in the District 11 postseason. Most teams are already qualified, but Week 10 is more about the rivalries with Bethlehem taking center stage this weekend.

Bethlehem Catholic hosts Central Catholic in the Holy War on Friday night and then the greatest spectacle of the high school season kicks off at 1 p.m. on Saturday at BASD with Freedom taking on Liberty.

Sprinkle in the Parkland-Emmaus contest, as well as Nazareth and Easton to round out the big games this week.

Outdoors: Long-tail hunting season begins

Thursday, October 24, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Since the grouse, rabbit and squirrel season opened last Saturday, the third part of small game opens this Saturday (Oct. 26) for pheasants, often referred to as long-tails. A reference to the long tail feathers of a male cockbird.

If a cockbird can be flushed, the cackle and burst of feathers is exciting and when not anticipated, a bit startling for the hunter. But it’s a nice rush to experience.

Field hockey wins opening round contest

Thursday, October 24, 2019 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

On Monday night, the Whitehall field hockey team knocked off Nazareth 4-2 in their opening round District XI playoff game.

To win in the playoffs, teams need their best players to come through. Senior Maddie Trocki showed she was worthy of her EPC 1st Team All-Star nod by scoring the team’s first and last goals.

The first goal came on Whitehall’s first corner of the night when the play gave her an open opportunity that she did not miss.

Head coach Jennifer Bodnar explained that the corners were the key to the win.

Kids won’t take Zephs lightly

Thursday, October 24, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Northampton head football coach Kyle Haas understands the impact and the ripple effects of his team’s recent East Penn Conference (EPC) North title.

“Winning a championship is huge for the school and the community,” said Haas. “There hasn’t been one in a long time.

“Our younger kids are working harder to get on the field. They want to be part of the success. For us, it really was a big boost of confidence.”

Liberty rolls by WHS

Thursday, October 24, 2019 by JAKE MELUSKEY in Sports

Liberty Quarterback Dallas Holmes totaled four touchdowns in the Hurricanes 52-27 victory over Whitehall. The game was filled with mistakes and big plays, though, from the start it was apparent whose night this was at BASD Stadium.

“Dallas has been great as a senior leader this year,” said head coach John Truby. “Our season has not gone the way that we were hoping, and thanks to guys like Dallas and other seniors they have kept us working hard.”

Zephyr golfers conclude season

Thursday, October 24, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall golf team finished strong down the stretch, winning three of their final five matches, including a 398-418 victory over Tamaqua to close out the regular season.

In that match against the Blue Raiders, Cody Suhaka shot an 89 to lead the Zephyrs, while both A.J. Capille and Kevin Landis shot a 101, and Jayden Kuhn finished his round with a 107.

With that final victory, the Zephyrs finished 5-9 this season.