Northampton Press

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Kids beat Catty

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

After going to overtime against Stroudsburg 18 hours earlier, no one would have blamed Aidan Ellwood and the Northampton boys basketball team for coming out a little sluggish against Catasauqua on Jan. 13.

The 6-1 senior missed his first three field goal attempts and went 0-for-3 from the free throw line on a fouled 3-point attempt in the second quarter.

Then he woke up.

Ellwood scored a career-high 35 points as the K-Kids defeated their crosstown rivals 75-64 in front of a raucous Catty crowd.

Exciting victory!

Friday, December 15, 2017 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

Coaches and players in the East Penn Conference already know the name Aidan Ellwood.

The Northampton senior averaged 17.9 points per game last season and is already committed to play for Kutztown next season.

But after the K-Kids’ Dec. 8 opener against Muhlenberg, Cory Weisenberger gave the area scouts another name to remember.

The 6-1 senior scored 28 points to propel Northampton to a thrilling 59-57 win to start the season. Weisenberger scored 16 of Northampton’s 29 points in the second half, including back-to-back 3-pointers with less than four minutes to go.

Burying the hatchet before Turkey Day

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

K-Kids, Roughies predict outcome of annual high school football game

When representatives from Northampton and Catasauqua get together for their annual Bury the Hatchet event, no one is immune from the jokes, including the Nazareth Blue Eagles.

Sponsored by the Northampton Exchange Club and Catasauqua Community Club, the 70th Bury the Hatchet dinner was held Nov. 21 at the Catasauqua American Legion.

Administrators from each side took turns sharing jabs and predictions about the Turkey Day game rivalry. Catasauqua was aiming to end its three-year losing strike, while Northampton was looking to earn the four-year sweep for its senior class.

Making spirits bright

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

14-year-old Santa collects donations for food bank

For most Lehigh Valley residents, rush hour traffic in December is a frightening endeavor.

But one family in Northampton is looking to brighten the Route 329 commute, in addition to helping the less fortunate, this holiday season.

For the past five years, the Kunkel family, 220 E. 21st St., has collected donations for the Northampton Area Food Bank in front of their home. On almost every night of the week between Thanksgiving and Christmas, you can find 14-year-old Hunter Kunkel dressed as Santa waving to commuters.

NHS wins fourth-straight meeting

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

First there were touchdowns.

Then there were takedowns.

For the third straight year, the annual Catasauqua-Northampton Thanksgiving football game featured a brawl. Officials ended the contest with 1:59 left in the fourth quarter after a routine K-Kids run erupted into a scrum.

When the dust settled, Northampton left Al Erdosy Stadium with a 46-19 victory. It was the K-Kids’ fourth-straight win in the series, giving the Northampton senior class a sweep over their rival.

Kids fall to Whitehall

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

For the third week in a row, the Northampton football team dug an early hole that it could not escape from.

Whitehall’s Dez Boykin returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown as the Zephyrs defeated their Cement Belt rival 35-0 on Oct. 27.

Following Boykin’s kickoff return, it looked like the K-Kids would immediately answer. Northampton engineered a drive that lasted nearly 10 minutes, but ended in a fumble at the Whitehall five yard-line.

Kids fall to Parkland

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

The Northampton football team suffered an unfortunate case of déjà vu against the Parkland Trojans on Oct. 20 at Al Erdosy Stadium.

For the second week in a row, the K-Kids fumbled on their first play of the game. And for the second week in a row, the entire second half was played under mercy rule.

The Trojans (9-0) defeated the K-Kids 48-6 behind a strong performance from quarterback Michael Ruisch. The senior tossed three touchdown passes, including a 71-yard strike to Tyler Hays to give Parkland a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.

Kids fall to EHS in football

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

If you arrived a little late to Al Erdosy Stadium on Oct. 13, you missed a majority of the scoring between Easton and Northampton.

The Red Rovers used a quick-strike offense to take down the K-Kids 42-7. Easton built a 21-0 in just over six minutes and cruised to an East Penn Conference victory.

Easton quarterback Scott Poulson connected with Jake Herres for a 57-yard touchdown on the game’s first play from scrimmage. The duo would link up on a screen pass four minutes later to give the Red Rovers a 14-0 advantage.