Whitehall-Coplay Press

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Outdoors: Youth spring turkey season starts April 21

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

For properly licensed junior hunters, Saturday, April 21 marks the annual youth spring turkey hunt in Pennsylvania. It’s a special opportunity for youth to get a shot at a gobbler before the regular statewide season opens April 28.

And when junior and adult hunters go afield for the spring gobbler season that ends May 31, the prospects of connecting with a long-beard are good according to Mary Jo Casalena, PGC wild turkey biologist.

Arner paces softball team

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Rachel Arner probably wouldn’t feel she was doing her job unless her uniform was dirty after every game.

That was the case on a hot Saturday afternoon as she reached base four times, swiped multiple bases, and scored the winning run in her team’s 6-4 victory over visiting Tamaqua.

“If your uniform is dirty that means you’re working hard,” said Arner who leads the team in runs scored with 11. “I just try my best to get on base, and if I want to steal, I try to dive, because I feel that diving makes me faster.”

Phantoms set for a playoff run

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

With their playoff spot and home ice advantage secured throughout the Atlantic Division, the Phantoms are going to have a couple extra players on hand for the final two games of the regular season this weekend. With junior leagues done, teams are bringing some of their young draft picks into the AHL for an abbreviated audition and the Phantoms will have two of those young players on their roster.

Forwards Pascal Laberge and Isaac Ratcliffe have joined the team from their respective Canadian Hockey League teams following the end of their seasons.

Whitehall baseball falls to Nazareth, 4-2

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Whenever the Whitehall and Nazareth baseball teams meet, it seems inevitable that they’ll be locked in a close game that could swing either way.

In their last six meetings, the largest margin of victory has been three runs, and in three of those games, one run wound up being the difference. So when they met for their first time this season at Whitehall, it was no surprise that the Zephyrs and Blue Eagles game would come down to the final inning.

Outdoors

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has released the final tally for the 2017 bear harvest, showing it was the ninth-best-of-all-time bear take. And this, despite having one of the worst opening days due to rain and in some areas sleet and fog which drove hunters out of the woods and into their vehicles.

According to the PGC, hunters took 3,438 bears in the 2017 seasons. Within that, 493 were in the archery season and 1,083 during the extended season. All setting records for those seasons. The all-time bear harvest of 4,350 bears occurred in 2011 says the PGC.

Zephyr Relays take place

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

When the dust cleared from the finals of the girls 4x100 at Whitehall Sports Complex, the CDBB connection claimed the title among a strong group of contenders at the annual Zephyr Relays last Saturday.

The foursome of Amanda Crooks, Helen Davis, Angel Bacon and Kate Bonshak finished in 52.30, defeating North Penn by a little over a second. Last year their 4x100 team finished second, as 3/4 of that squad were on hand to deliver the top finish in 2018. The lone graduate, Kylee Cunningham was replaced by Davis on this year’s squad.

Tennis rolling

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Don’t look now, but the Whitehall boys tennis team has reeled off eight consecutive wins to start the season.

With those eight wins, they’ve now established their best start in the program’s history. For the last few years they’ve been having early success, winning six consecutive games last year and five the previous year. That demonstrates the incredible ascendancy of a program that had just three wins four years ago.

Softball edges Emmaus 1-0

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Good pitching, strong defense and timely hitting will take a team a long way, and the Whitehall softball team exhibited all three in their win versus Emmaus on Tuesday.

The timely hitting came early as hot hitting Meghan Hutter laced a single to center in the bottom of the first inning to reach base with one out. She stole second, but once Emmaus starting pitcher Hannah Palinkas, an EPC second team all-star last season, struck out Casey Cunningham for the second out, the Hornet hurler seemed poised to wriggle out of the jam.

Baseball is unbeaten

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall baseball team is finding ways to win, and that’s allowed them to remain undefeated so far this season.

The Zephyrs have allowed 13 runs and 20 hits in their last two games, but they’ve emerged victorious in both those contests. They scored two runs in their last at-bat against Daniel Boone to eke out a 10-9 win on Saturday, and then found a way to defeat Allentown Central Catholic despite the Vikings topping them by seven hits.