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Tennis team will fight for wins

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

After an 8-8 campaign in 2015, the Northampton boys tennis team will look to rebuild and keep things simple in 2016.

The good news was early on the weather cooperated before cooler temperatures and some rain moved into the area. However, the team is way ahead of schedule compared to last year.

“We had a full week of outside practice on the courts, two times as much as all last season, and everyone was hitting a lot of balls and getting some good work in on a challenge ladder,” said head coach Kim Davis. “We have good team unity [so far].”

Middle school team had a great season

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The Northampton volleyball program is essentially still in its early stages in terms of a varsity sport, but it’s always had roots at the school.

However, in order to compete with the powerhouses like Parkland, the roots will have to go deeper.

Middle school head coach Jason Winchenbach hopes those roots have already started the process after his middle school team completed a 15-1 season this past fall.

Winter Classic set for Feb. 6

Thursday, February 4, 2016 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

No matter the level of the sport, hockey players have always been considered a different breed of athlete.

From beer leagues right up to the NHL level, there may not be more camaraderie than inside a locker room at an ice rink.

So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone the overwhelming response to this year’s Winter Classic, an outdoor hockey event held at the Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink which helps support the Lehigh Valley Polar Bears, a local, special hockey team.

Winter Classic scheduled for February 6

Friday, January 29, 2016 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

No matter the level of the sport, hockey players have always been considered a different breed of athlete.

From beer leagues right up to the NHL level, there may not be more camaraderie than inside a locker room at an ice rink.

So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone the overwhelming response to this year’s Winter Classic, an outdoor hockey event held at the Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink which helps support the Lehigh Valley Polar Bears, a local, special hockey team.

Girls win, boys tie vs. PMW

Thursday, January 28, 2016 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The Northampton swim teams competed against Pocono Mountain West in a meet from Jan. 14.

The girls were 116-54 winners as Rachel Pursell and Brynne Rockovits led the way with two individual victories each. For the boys, they tied 89-89 and were led by Gavyn Frankenfield’s double-win day.

For the girls, Pursell captured the 100 butterfly in 1:04.69 as well as the 100 backstroke in 1:06.33. Rockovits took the 100 breaststroke in 1:14.64 as well as the 200 IM in 2:20.03.

Winter Classic scheduled for February 6

Thursday, January 28, 2016 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

No matter the level of the sport, hockey players have always been considered a different breed of athlete.

From beer leagues right up to the NHL level, there may not be more camaraderie than inside a locker room at an ice rink.

So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone the overwhelming response to this year’s Winter Classic, an outdoor hockey event held at the Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink which helps support the Lehigh Valley Polar Bears, a local, special hockey team.

Girls rebound after a tough loss to Easton

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Quick starts have been nothing new to the Northampton girls basketball team lately.

For the most part, those starts have translated to wins against recent opponents like Freedom, Stroudsburg and Dieruff. And when the team got off to another hot start against Easton, many thought another victory was in the cards.

But that isn’t how this contest turned out as the Rovers rallied from a 20-6 deficit to win 55-47.

For head coach Jeff Jacksits, it was a tale of two halves.

Full of Fight

Thursday, January 14, 2016 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Girls continue to play well this season

The Northampton girls basketball team is 10-2 as of early this week. And while the season has been an enjoyable one so far for head coach Jeff Jacksits, there are some tests coming in the next couple of weeks.

“The season so far has been a pleasant surprise,” Jacksits said last week. “Hopefully we can keep up the momentum and qualify for both district and league tournaments.”

Swim team splits with Pocono East

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The Northampton boys and girls swim teams split a recent meet with Pocono Mountain East.

The girls came out on top 123-47 while the boys fell 101-68.

Both Rachel Pursell and Brynne Rockovits were double winners for the girls in the victory.

Pursell won the 200 free in 2:10.80 and the 500 free in 5:41.23 while Rockovits took the 200 IM in 2:23.48 and the 100 butterfly in 1:06.16.

Kaitlyn Nemes and Morgan Fehnel were other individual winners for the Kids. Nemes won the 100 free in 1:02.24 while Fehnel captured the 100 breaststroke in 1:23.48.

Harriers end year with banquet

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The Northampton cross country teams officially wrapped up their seasons with an end of year banquet held on Nov. 11.

“This was a very bittersweet night,” said head coach Dan Benner about the event. “Obviously it was a fun night and we are very excited about the future of the program, but it was difficult to say good-bye to a great group of seniors. This was my first four-year graduating class, so it meant a lot to me.”