Whitehall-Coplay Press

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

STATE WRESTLING UPDATE Hawks advance ten to Day 2

Friday, March 10, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s Mikey Labriola and Northampton’s Julian Chlebove both continued their treks to a second straight state championship Thursday night during the opening round of the PIAA 3A wrestling tournament.

Labriola won his opening bout by fall over Britain Shields of Big Spring with a fall in :34 seconds.

Labriola is one of four Hawks heading to Friday’s quarterfinals, as Ryan Anderson (126), Jarred Papcsy (132) and Niko Camacho (HWT) look to move through the bracket.

SWIMMING - Two Zephs medal

Thursday, March 9, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

District medals were awarded to Whitehall High School swimmers Stephanie Setar and Daniel Jablonski at the District XI Class 3A Swimming Championships last weekend at Parkland High School.

Setar earned the bronze medal in the 100 butterfly.

“This is the first time I’ve broken a minute, so it’s a milestone,” said Setar. “I only saw the gil in lane one, but I was so focused I knew I could place and get on the podium.”

Setar’s time was 59.89.

Buskirk scholar athlete winner

Thursday, March 9, 2017 by JUSTIN CARLUCCI in Sports

Like father, like sons.

The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation held its 56th annual Scholar Athlete Banquet on Sunday.

Hundreds of athletes, families, friends, and coaches packed the Northampton Community Center to officially culminate the 2016-17 season and find out which high school student would be awarded one of the season’s highest individual accolades.

One scholar athlete was chosen from 33 area high schools to become the 2017 scholar athlete award winner.

The academic and athletic resumes of every athlete in the building were loaded.

Swimmers reflect on their season

Thursday, March 9, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

On paper, Whitehall’s swim teams may not have registered several top finishes at the PIAA District 11 swimming championships.

The Zephyrs didn’t qualify a swimmer for the upcoming state meet at Bucknell University.

But the Zephyrs had outstanding overall performances for their boys’ and girls’ units. They both shattered a good amount of previous individual and relay records.

The boys’ team finished eighth from the 15-team field, while the girls’ were ninth overall.

Younger wrestlers find success at tourneys

Thursday, March 9, 2017 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall wrestling program got a glimpse into the future at the recently completed District 11 junior varsity and junior high tournaments.

East Stroudsburg South High School was the setting for the 2017 Ray Nunamaker Memorial District XI Junior Varsity Tournament held Feb. 17 and 18, an event sponsored by the District 11 Wrestling Coaches Association.

The field this year featured 35 teams, with Whitehall sending 12 wrestlers to the tourney. They wound up finishing 8th, scoring 66.5 points to crack the top 10.

Whitehall’s Buskirk football scholar athlete winner

Monday, March 6, 2017 by JUSTIN CARLUCCI in Sports

Like father, like sons.

The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation held its 56th annual Scholar Athlete Banquet on Sunday.

Hundreds of athletes, families, friends, and coaches packed the Northampton Community Center to officially culminate the 2016-17 season and find out which high school student would be awarded one of the season’s highest individual accolades.

One scholar athlete was chosen from 33 area high schools to become the 2017 scholar athlete award winner.

Parkland girls, Emmaus boys take titles; Hurricanes sweep boys relays

Sunday, March 5, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

The District 11 swimming championships were held Friday and Saturday. Champions in each event earned automatic qualification for the state meet, which will be held March 15-18 at Bucknell University.

The following is a recap of district champions from Lehigh Valley Press area teams, including a few district record-breakers. For more about the meet see this week’s issues of the Press.

Class 3A

The Parkland girls and Emmaus boys teams won district titles with both teams scoring 401 points for the team gold.

Regional Wrestling Tournament: Hawks win title, send 10 to states

Sunday, March 5, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

The PIAA Regional Wrestling Championships were held Friday and Saturday. District 11 grapplers competed in the Class 3A Northeast Regional at Liberty High School and the Class 2A Southeast Regional at Reading’s Wilson-West Lawn High School.

The top four finishers in 3A earned a trip to the state championships, which begin Thursday at Hershey’s Giant Center. Class 2A’s top six regional finishers will move on to states.

D-11 games a hit at PPL Center

Thursday, March 2, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

History was made at the PPL Center on Wednesday night and it wasn’t the Phantoms or a star-studded concert this time.

A paid attendance of 7,630 sold out the area for the boys District 11 6A semifinal games featuring Emmaus vs. Pocono Mountain West and Parkland vs. Allen. It was a District 11 record, according to many. The PPL Center’s Twitter account credited the “over 8,000 fans” who came out for the game for a great atmosphere, while the District 11 Twitter account posted a photo “sold out” sign hung on a PPL Center door.