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Ellwood reaches 1,000 at NHS

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

It wasn’t the fairy tale overtime buzzer-beater … But it was pretty close.

Northampton senior Aidan Ellwood scored his 1,000th point in a Northampton uniform in dramatic fashion on Wednesday, Jan. 24, in the K-Kids’ 81-75 win over William Allen.

“Since my freshman year, I always wanted to get up there,” Ellwood said about the 1,000-point banner hanging from the Schneider Gymnasium wall.

“I tried not to think about it when I’m playing, but that tends to happen. I just needed to keep playing and get it out of my head.”

One to never forget

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

Regardless of how the 2017-18 season ends, the Northampton boys basketball team will always remember the third weekend in January.

The Kids beat two PIAA top-10 teams on back-to-back nights, knocking off Central on Thursday, Jan. 18 and Bethlehem Catholic on Friday, Jan. 19.

The clash with the Golden Hawks is the early favorite for East Penn Conference game of the year. With 5.3 seconds remaining and Becahi leading 51-50, Northampton drove the length of the court in three passes, with senior Cory Weisenberger hitting the game-winning layup as time expired.

Planners approve Willow Brook project

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

Groundbreaking for new housing development is delayed until spring

Representatives from the Willow Brook Farm Trust received conditional approval from the Northampton Borough Planning Commission for development plans that will span Northampton and North Catasauqua boroughs and Allen Township.

The planning commission’s approval comes a month after Northampton Borough Council offered unanimous support at its Dec. 7, 2017, meeting. Northampton is the first of the three communities to have both the borough council and planning commission conditionally approve the trust’s final development plans.

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.