Northampton Press

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Scisly steps down as head football coach

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Northampton football coach Mark Scisly has stepped down from his position after four years at the helm of running the Kids football program.

Scisly submitted his resignation on November 28, days after Northampton defeated Catasauqua 46-19 on Thanksgiving.

During Scisly’s tenure, the Kids compiled a 12-36 record, going 0-32 in the EPC South.

Northampton finished this season 4-8, but showed signs of improvement battling in a close loss to Freedom (26-13) and registering wins over East Stroudsburg North, Pleasant Valley, Pottstown and Catty.

Kids ready for clash with Roughies

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

It’ll be the 95th overall meeting between Northampton and Catasauqua this Thanksgiving and it’s the annual clash that both communities are always excited for, no matter what the records are for both teams.

This is the community Super Bowl for both teams, as they enter the 91st actual Thanksgiving Day clash with identical 3-8 records.

Northampton owns a 57-33-4 lead in the series, including three wins in a row in the series following last year’s 42-25 victory.

Pete’s Top-10: Can Colonial teams take titles from the EPC? teams?

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Not many surprises occurred in last week’s opening round of the playoffs outside of Pocono Mountain West back handing second-seeded Stroudsburg. However, what else would you expect from an all MVC showdown?

Parkland got pushed farther than they would have liked, while Easton made a statement with their thumping over Nazareth.

Palisades should keep rolling, but what will their Colonial League counterparts Southern Lehigh and Saucon Valley do in their title matches with EPC foes?

League bragging rights are on the line this week, so let’s see who can keep talking.

Pete’s Top-10: PHS remains at No. 1

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Another week is in the books and the playoffs are upon us. For as long as the season has been, it will end for many teams this weekend.

One team that won’t see their season ending anytime soon is Parkland, who has passed every test this season and should do it again this week against Liberty.

Easton and Nazareth square off in round two of their rivalry slugfest, while Emmaus and Freedom highlight another marquee battle this week.

Things are heating up even though it’s finally getting brisk outside. Bundle up for this week’s picks.

1. Parkland (10-0)

D-11 playoffs: Roughs still alive in 2A bracket

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

It’s the final week of the football season and playoff spots are on the line. District 11 held a conference call to hash out scenarios Monday afternoon. Listed below are what each of the six classes are shaping up to look like.

1A (Four qualifiers)

1. *Williams Valley (9-0)

2. *Tri-Valley (6-3)

3. *Nativity (6-3)

4. *Marian Catholic (4-5)

Williams Valley heads into the tournament as the top seed.

2A (Four qualifiers)

1. *Palmerton (6-3)

2. *Schuylkill Haven (5-4)

3. Mahanoy Area (5-4)

4. Panther Valley (3-6)

Pete’s Top 10: EHS, FHS move forward

Thursday, October 26, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

It’s finally come to the last week of the regular season and with Halloween this week, which teams will provide their fans treats heading into playoff stretch?

It’s also rivalry week for the top seven teams in the poll with plenty of intriguing matchups.

Sit back, relax and eat some candy on this week’s edition of the top 10.

1. Parkland (9-0)

Last week’s rank: #1

Is Parkland the only consistent big school team?

The Pick: Parkland 28- Emmaus 17

2. Beth. Cath. (7-2)

Last week’s rank: #2

Bounce back week for the Hawks again.

D-11 playoff pictures are becoming clear

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

District 11 held a conference call Monday afternoon aimed to provide clarity for the football postseason with two weeks left on the calendar.

Below you’ll find teams that have already clinched playoff berths heading into week nine and potential scenarios heading down the stretch.

All teams listed with * have clinched playoff berths.

1A (Four qualifiers)

1. *Williams Valley (8-0)

2. *Tri-Valley (6-2)

3. *Nativity (5-3)

4. *Marian Catholic (4-4)

Pete’s Top-10: Nazareth making moves up poll

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Not much change in this week’s poll but Nazareth is one of the climbers this week after their win over Freedom. Emmaus can take a leap and boost their confidence heading into the postseason with a win over Easton this week, while Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic look to keep their supremacy at the top of the poll.

It’s week nine of football and it’s still in the 70s outside. Let’s see how things heat up in this week’s picks.

1. Parkland (8-0)

Last week’s rank: #1

Another week to heal any players banged up.

The Pick: Parkland 49- Northampton 0

Liberty runs to a win

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Turnovers and the inability to stop the running game became a recipe for disaster for Northampton during their 35-14 loss to Liberty last week.

Liberty running back Nasir Legree rushed for a career high 330 yards and five touchdowns en route to a pivotal win to keep Liberty (3-4) in playoff contention.

The loss puts Northampton at 2-5 on the year, making their battle to gain one of the top eight spots in the District 11 6A power rating even more difficult with their current eleventh place ranking.