Northampton Press

Friday, January 18, 2019

Escape the Rock next

Thursday, January 17, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Northampton’s wrestling team will have an opportunity to test their mettle in one last regular season tournament before they prep for the postseason stretch run when they head to Council Rock South this weekend for the Escape the Rock tournament.

The K-Kids finished 18th as a team last year and came away with four medalists, but should be able to improve upon that performance with the team they bring to the field this year.

Head coach Seth Lisa fully expects that to happen as well.

Kids dominate Parkland Duals

Friday, January 11, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Northampton’s wrestling team is coming off a dominating performance at the Parkland Duals over the weekend and the K-Kids now hope they can build off that heading into the second half of the season.

The Kids (8-2) went 5-0 in the event at Parkland pounding all of their opponents in the tournament with wins over Boyertown (64-9), Mariana Bracetti (75-6), Central High (73-3), Cumberland Valley (67-10) and Souderton (72-3).

Head coach Seth Lisa was happy to see his team dominate in the event, like they were expected to.

Kids prep for big week

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Northampton’s wrestling team is brimming with confidence early in the season following last week’s win over Nazareth and the K-Kids (2-0) now enter their toughest stretch of the regular season this week.

With their annual trip to the Beast of the East coming this weekend, the Kids have EPC matches with Stroudsburg and Bethlehem Catholic this week as precursors to the toughest weekend tournament they’ll see this year as a team.

Head coach Seth Lisa knows the team’s mentality has elevated since last week’s convincing 41-20 victory over Nazareth.

K-Kid wrestlers hope for bright winter

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Northampton should find itself as one of the top-four wrestling teams in the area this season, but can the K-Kids work their way toward a team spot in Hershey.

With the chase for District 11’s top two spots for Hershey going to Bethlehem Catholic and Nazareth as of late, Northampton could be in position to battle the likes of Liberty and Nazareth for a state bid.

Pete’s Top-10: More D-11 titles on the line

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

With district titles handed out last week in various District 11 sub classifications, this weekend presents the showdowns that really count.

Freedom and Emmaus square off in must-see TV at Northampton Friday night and Bethlehem Catholic and Saucon Valley tango yet again at Nazareth on Saturday. With Becahi coming in as favorites over the Panthers, Friday’s 6A championship should be one for the memory books between two teams that have played the best football all year.

It’s only fitting that a gold medal is on the line.

Pete’s Top-10: Getting to be crunchtime

Friday, November 9, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

We had a predictable first week of the postseason, but things spice up a bit this week in all classes as the cream rises to the top.

Freedom and Parkland highlight the big boy affair in 6A, while Becahi should keep pounding their way in 4A. Notre Dame is looking for a 3A title, but the second most interesting game of the weekend takes place in Saucon Valley with a Colonial League showdown with Northwestern.

Who will come out on top this week? Check out this week’s picks below.

1. Freedom (10-1)

Last week’s rank: #1

Can the Pates get back to normal?

Pete’s Top-10: It’s District 11 playoff time

Friday, November 2, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

It’s playoff time and this week features plenty of interesting matchups as we head into the first week of November.

Most of the eyes will be on Bethlehem Friday night, as Freedom takes on Liberty for a second-straight week after the Pates shocking defeat to the Hurricanes last weekend.

Emmaus and Nazareth square off in a rematch of their regular season thriller and Northampton makes their first appearance in print this late in the year in close to a decade.

1. Freedom (9-1)

Last week’s rank: #1

Top-10: Pates on top

Friday, October 19, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

After last week’s Miracle in Macungie what does week nine have in store for local football fans?

Not sure anything can top Freedom’s 32-31, overtime win over Emmaus, but this week offers the Hornets another shot at a big game when they travel to Bethlehem Catholic.

Nazareth is quietly moving its way up the poll, while Notre Dame might be the new top dog in the Colonial League.

1. Freedom (8-0)

Last week’s rank: #1

This just seems like a magical year for the Pates. Nine straight wins this week.

The Pick: Freedom 42- Central Catholic 14

Pete’s Top-10: Showdown weekend in the Valley

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Last week’s results were par for the course, as none of the top-10 teams suffered a loss, but that could change this week as Freedom, Easton, Northwestern and Stroudsburg all face threats looking to knock them off.

The Patriots and Rovers are this week’s marquee showdown, while the back end of the poll features Stroudsburg taking on Northampton in the biggest home game the K-Kids have had in close to 10 years.

It’s coming down to crunchtime for area teams, so let’s see which teams are priming themselves for the postseason and which teams are actually pretenders.

Pete’s Top-10

Friday, September 28, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Through five weeks of the season, I’m not sure we’ve had many more clear cut number one team in the area than Freedom this year. In a year of parody in the EPC, the top three teams in the poll have solidified their footing, but only Freedom has asserted themselves as the top dog.

That all could certainly change in the second half of the season, but Freedom and Saucon Valley are looking like league champs in their respective conferences.

Here’s a breakdown of this week’s poll.

1. Freedom (5-0)

Last week’s rank: #1