Whitehall-Coplay Press

Monday, October 23, 2017

Blake Morgan new Zephyrs softball coach

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Playing a sport like softball shouldn’t be drudgery, and new head coach Blake Morgan is determined to strike a balance between hard work and fun.

Morgan was recently hired as the new softball coach. He comes with a hefty résumé that includes serving as the head coach of the Lehigh Valley entry in the Softball Carpenter Cup the last two years.

The team finished fourth this summer. He’s also spent time coaching scholastic softball, the last four years as an assistant varsity coach at Parkland High School.

WHS tennis team looking to make a push

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

With the Whitehall girls tennis season just past the midway point, the Zephyrs are making a strong push for the playoffs.

They’re continuing to wrack up wins, and currently sit at 5-5 (4-5, EPC) with their most recent wins over Pen Argyl and East Stroudsburg North.

That puts them in the middle of the pack in the EPC with fives matches left on their schedule.

Zephs move to 3-0

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall girls volleyball team’s fast start is powered by their front court prowess as they’ve taken control at the net in both their wins this season.

That hitting prowess was on display as they swept Pocono Mountain East last Thursday (25-8, 25-13, 25-14), raising their record to 2-0 on the young season. Outside hitter Kristin Spengler and middle hitter Alyson Peters combined for 30 kills, each walloping 15 apiece to pace the Zephs.

“I thought we dominated; I thought we played well,” said head coach Paul Abi-Daher.

Bodnar gets 100th win

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

With Whitehall’s win over Pocono Mountain West last Friday, head coach Jenn Bodnar reached a lofty plateau that firmly establishes her as the most successful field hockey coach in school history.

With Friday’s win over PMW, Bodnar earned her 100th victory as the head coach of the Zephyrs. She achieved that milestone as her squad blanked the visiting Panthers 12-0 to get their first victory of the season. Her team marked the occasion by unfurling a banner honoring that milestone after the game.

Flores takes 39th at DeSales

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Before the Whitehall cross country team embarked on its EPC season this week, the Zephyr runners took the course at the 39th DeSales Centaur Invitational over the weekend. And a number of runners had impressive showings on the tough course.

Juanita Flores led all Whitehall runners with a 39th-place finish on Saturday afternoon, clocking a time of 22:19.46 in the team’s first race of the season. A number of other Zephyr girls followed close behind, beginning with Devon Roberts (55th) and Rachel Herr (65th).

Outdoors: Rain puts a halt on productive fishing

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With all the recent rain, productive fishing came to a halt as fishermen had to wait for local streams to clear and recede. When that happens most die-hard anglers hit the lakes as they’re generally not as affected by rain.

But with cooling temperatures, fishing picked up over the weekend and may continue barring any hurricane remnants. Our fishing reporters have this to say:

Pete’s Top-10: Easton looks to play spoiler

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

We head into week four of the football season and the top four teams in the EPC have clearly been cemented, with each of the teams taking on formidable tests this week.

In Colonial League action, the battle between Palisades and Southern Lehigh will prove to be huge for the league title race.

How will it all shake down? Check out this week’s Top 10.

1. Parkland (3-0)

Last week’s rank: #1

Major test for two of the conferences best teams this week. Trojans get an edge.

The Pick: Parkland 24- Easton 17

2. Bethlehem Catholic (3-0)

Article By: Mike Haines mhaines@tnonline.com

Friday, September 8, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Both Bethlehem Catholic remained undefeated with wins Friday night in the third week of the 2017 high school football season, while Northampton grabbed its second of the young season.

Bethlehem Catholic-Emmaus

The Golden Hawks erased an early Emmaus lead with 21 straight points then held on for a 28-21 win.

Emmaus (1-2) went up 14-0 on two first quarter touchdowns, but the Hawks scored three unanswered touchdowns, capped by Shamus Williams’ interception return for a touchdown with 1:15 left in the first half that gave his team a 21-14 lead.