When Damen Moyer claps his hands at the center of the mat, it usually means good things. And those good things could have been heard across Bethlehem when Moyer put an exclamation point on a hallmark two days of wrestling for the Hurricanes at their own Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic.
Moyer’s fall over Blue Mountain’s Nate Stine in 4:32 of last Friday’s 195-pound finals gave all the Liberty faithful something to clap about, as the Hurricanes came away with three champions and their first ever team title in the 24-year history of the event.
After a big weekend of wrestling, Northampton now goes through a big week on the mats before the holiday season kicks into full swing.
Fresh off a 20th place (66.5 points) finish at the Beast of the East tournament, the Kids came home with one medalist from the event in junior Devon Britton taking an eighth place finish at 138.
Britton fell to Luke Wymer of St. Vincent-St. Mary (Ohio) by a 12-3 major decision in the seventh place bout to end his trek in Delaware.
Northampton’s wrestling team is looking for an encore performance from their 2016-17 campaign, but what do the K-Kids have in store this season?
After losing Dan Moran, Cade Moisey and KJ Fenstermacher, three Division-I wrestlers from last year’s team, the Kids still appear to have plenty of ammunition in the vault to contend this season.
After last year’s 15-4 finish in the dual meet season, the Kids placed four wrestlers at the PIAA tournament, good enough for third in the team standings.
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.
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.
Northampton’s volleyball team may have finished the season on the downswing, but the K-Kids are looking for brighter things heading into next season.
After a strong start to the season, Northampton lost 10 of their final 11 games of the year to finish 7-11.
Head coach Jessica Finlayson knows that the experience of this year should help the team moving forward.
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.
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)
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)
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.