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K-Kids prep for LHS

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Playoff implications will be on the line Saturday night when Northampton travels to Bethlehem Area School District Stadium to take on Liberty.

Both teams enter the contest at 2-4 and a win by the Kids would certainly boost their chances of moving up the District 11 power ratings, as Liberty currently sits in seventh place and Northampton is holed up in the 10th spot behind Pocono Mountain East (3-3) and Pocono Mountain West (2-4).

After getting knocked off by Nazareth last week 48-13, the Kids need to pick up the pieces after

District holds annual meeting

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

District 11 held their annual media conference last Tuesday morning at St. Luke’s Sports Medicine and Rehab Center in Bethlehem.

The biggest take-away from the session included more news on the upcoming District 11 Hall of Fame, which is set to honor its first class in the fall of 2018.

Brad Pensyl, an administrator in the Pocono Mountain school district, outlined the guidelines for nominations, which has a deadline of June 1, 2018 for any nominee to have their paperwork submitted.

Pete’s Top-10: Hawks look to steal Parkland’s reign

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

The showdown has finally arrived for Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic with this week’s tussle taking place in Orefield Friday night. The winner will grab the EPC South by the horns, but this is most likely a contest between the two best teams in the area we’ll see this season, no matter what happens in the postseason, which makes it all the better.

In other marquee games this week, Whitehall gets a chance to pop Freedom’s bubble and Emmaus enters a matchup with Nazareth as their season continues to reel.

Pete’s Top-10: PHS, BC will faces challenges

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

It’s officially the second half of the season and the top five teams in the poll are littered with big matchups. The EPC race looks like it’s coming down to Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic, while Palisades keeps their grip on the Colonial league title.

Here’s a breakdown of this week’s bouts, along with some new friends from the North entering the poll.

1. Parkland (5-0)

Last week’s rank: #1

Trojans should have no problem running the ball this week.

The Pick: Parkland 35- Whitehall 28

2. Bethlehem Catholic (5-0)

Last week’s rank: #2

Pete’s Top-10: Parkland stands firm on top

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Heading into week five, it appears that the dust is settling and the EPC title race will come down to the top three teams in the poll.

In the Colonial League, Palisades has clearly taken the lead position after last week’s major win over Southern Lehigh.

With the regular season entering its second half, which teams will continue to stand their ground and which ones will fall off the edge?

This week’s results will make things a bit more clear.

1. Parkland (4-0)

Last week’s rank: #1

Trojans have picked up where they left off from a year ago.

Volleyball rebounds after first loss

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Northampton’s volleyball team is off to a fast start and the K-Kids hope to keep riding the wave of momentum throughout this week.

The Kids (6-1) endured their first loss of the season last week to, Freedom in four games before coming back to sweep Pocono Mountain West, East Stroudsburg South and Pleasant Valley.

For head coach Jessica Finlayson, things are going just about as good as they can at this point into the season.

“Our season is off to a great start,” said Finlayson. “The team is competitive and have shown that they are prepared to play at a high level.”

Pete’s Top-10: Easton looks to play spoiler

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

We head into week four of the football season and the top four teams in the EPC have clearly been cemented, with each of the teams taking on formidable tests this week.

In Colonial League action, the battle between Palisades and Southern Lehigh will prove to be huge for the league title race.

How will it all shake down? Check out this week’s Top 10.

1. Parkland (3-0)

Last week’s rank: #1

Major test for two of the conferences best teams this week. Trojans get an edge.

The Pick: Parkland 24- Easton 17

2. Bethlehem Catholic (3-0)

Top-10: Trojans on top

Thursday, September 7, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

They say defense wins championships and Emmaus showed they have a lot of things to clean up on that side of the ballfollowing last week’s 42-35 loss to Whitehall.

Meanwhile, teams like Parkland and Easton continued to throttle teams on the defensive side of the ball, giving up 13 combined points last week.

As we enter week three, we have a new team at the top, as the top five has shuffled too, but how long will the pecking order last?

1. Parkland (2-0)

Last week’s rank: #3

Didn’t take long for the Trojans to get back on top.

Kids win opener

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Tough task ahead vs. Becahi

Northampton’s football team had a memorable opening week of the season, but how long can it last for the Kids?

The Kids dominated their opener at East Stroudsburg North, shutting out the Timberwolves 31-0 to kickoff their season.

Northampton’s ground game controlled the contest, compiling 231 yards, while the defense kept ESN’s total offensive yardage to 95 yards to cap off an opening week shutout.

Pete’s Top-10: No. 1 spot under threat

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Week 1 of the high school football season told us what we expected: the EPC North football teams can’t compete with their neighbors in the south — but we already knew that.

Now, the real season begins with divisional play, highlighted by a slate of intriguing games this weekend.

The Colonial League saw Palisades make a play for a possible run at the league crown with their win over Notre Dame last week, but how will Week 2 shake out?

Check out the picks below in this week’s edition of the top 10.

1. Emmaus (1-0)

Last week’s rank: #1