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EPC tourney set for PPL Center

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

The East Penn Conference boys and girls basketball semifinals and championship games will take place at the PPL Center in Allentown this year.

The boys semifinals are slated for Monday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. with the championship game on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m.

The girls semifinals are set to for Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. with the final taking place at 6 p.m. on the 13th as well.

All quarterfinal rounds will take place at the site of the higher seed when the tournament gets underway this Friday.

Phantoms looking to make playoff push

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Phantoms went through the first three months of the season without shutting out an opponent. In that stretch, their opponents shut them out three times, including once in back-to-back games.

Lehigh Valley got its first shutout of the season on Jan. 11 with Alex Lyon in goal and the next night, Jean-Francois Berube shutout Charlotte to give them back-to-back shutout wins. A week later, Berube added another shutout against Rochester and he collected his third shutout of the season Saturday against Hershey.

Boys knock off Trojans

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall boys basketball team backing into the District XI playoffs?

Not a chance!

The Zephyrs went into Parkland’s gymnasium last Friday night and grabbed that spot on their own, defeating the Trojans for the second time this season with a 41-39 victory that punched their ticket to the postseason dance.

Jubilation erupted once Tommy Buskirk deflected the inbounds pass with 2.1 second left on the clock, ultimately grabbing it to seal the win.

District duals to begin this week

Friday, January 31, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

The District 11 wrestling tournaments kick off this week with Thursday’s 3A action taking place at Liberty and Northampton.

Top-seeded Nazareth will wrestle at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night at Northampton against the winner of the eight-nine matchup between Easton and Emmaus. At the bottom of the bracket, second-seeded Northampton will kick off at the same time as Nazareth, where they’ll meet the winner of seventh-seeded Stroudsburg and tenth-seeded Blue Mountain.

EPC wrestling championship set for Jan. 25

Friday, January 24, 2020 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference announced the pairings for the wrestling championships.

The event will take place at Easton Area Middle School on Saturday, Jan. 25.

Cost for admission is as follows: adults $6, students $3, senior citizens $3.

Introductions will take place before the championship match.

Championship awards will take place after the championship match.

Schedule:

Round 1 (2 p.m.)

Weigh-ins: 1 p.m.

13th Place – PM East vs. PM West

15th Place – Dieruff vs. ES North

17th Place – Allen vs. Central Catholic

EPC wrestling title up for grabs Saturday

Thursday, January 23, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

The East Penn Conference wrestling championship is slated to take place on Saturday at Easton Area Middle School.

The official pairings for the Saturday full slate of competition between each team in the conference won’t be decided until Thursday, but one matchup that appears to be a near certainty before pairings are released is the 7 p.m. championship bout between Bethlehem Catholic (8-0, 7-0) and Nazareth (11-1, 6-0).

Outdoors: Blue Mountain Winter Fest Jan. 25-26

Thursday, January 23, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

If cabin fever is beginning to set it, you can enjoy and sample a taste of the great outdoors by attending Blue Mountain Resort’s 11th annual Winter Fest on Jan. 25-26.

Even if you’re not a skier or snowboarder, the event will cater to all, including youngsters.

The two-day event will take place at the Summit Lodge at the top of Pennsylvania’s highest vertical on School Hill on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 26 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

WHS girls top Pocono East

Thursday, January 23, 2020 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

With their win against Pocono Mountain East last week, the Whitehall girls basketball team looks to make one final push toward the playoffs in their remaining six games.

Heading into Tuesday’s game against Northampton, the Zephyrs are 6-10. The game against the Kids represents the first five games against Skyline Division opponents, the lone exception a meeting with Hazelton Area High School on Jan. 25.

Zephyrs give Stroudsburg a battle

Thursday, January 23, 2020 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

It wasn’t going to be an easy task, but the Whitehall wrestling team looked to takedown Stroudsburg last Thursday night.

Stroudsburg is a team that sits a notch below Eastern Pennsylvania Conference powerhouses Bethlehem Catholic, Nazareth and Northampton. They were 11-5 heading into the match against the Zephs, and had recently defeated Emmaus by three points.

The Zephyrs managed to earn bonus points in all their wins, but lost some tough tossup matches as the Mounties took 10 of the 14 bouts to win 51-23.