Northampton Press

Friday, October 20, 2017

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)

Outdoors: grouse season opens in Pennsylvania

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Grouse season opened Saturday to little fanfare. Unlike pheasant season, with stocked birds that are essentially a put and take situation, our state bird remains a truly wild game bird and are the toughest to hunt.

Of late, their numbers are diminishing primarily because of a loss of habitat and disease promoted by West Nile virus. They’re not over-hunted because these beautiful birds inhabit rugged terrain that some hunters don’t relish trekking through. And those who do, a good hunting dog can do much of the brush kicking work for these fast flyers.

Kids fall to EHS in football

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

If you arrived a little late to Al Erdosy Stadium on Oct. 13, you missed a majority of the scoring between Easton and Northampton.

The Red Rovers used a quick-strike offense to take down the K-Kids 42-7. Easton built a 21-0 in just over six minutes and cruised to an East Penn Conference victory.

Easton quarterback Scott Poulson connected with Jake Herres for a 57-yard touchdown on the game’s first play from scrimmage. The duo would link up on a screen pass four minutes later to give the Red Rovers a 14-0 advantage.

K-Kids take second at district golf

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by MIKE HAINES AND SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The Northampton golf team got a little revenge at districts last week.

After a disappointing fifth place finish at the league meet a few weeks ago, the Kids rallied to take second at the District 11 meet.

The Kids shot 346, but were unable to knock off Liberty’s 324.

Andrew Hozza led the Kids with a 79. Hozza was also part of the individual tournament and finished in sixth, securing a top-eight spot which sends him to the regional round this week.

Three girls place in top-25 of EPC meet

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Northampton High School freshman cross country runners Georgia Wiswesser, Amber Poniktera, and junior Magen Perelli placed in the top 25 to lead the Konkrete Kids girls’ team to a seventh place finish at the East Penn Conference Cross Country Championships on Tuesday at the Bethlehem Municipal Course at Illick’s Mill.

Wiswesser came in 15th place with a time of 20:29.

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

Hawks, Trojans roll to wins

Saturday, October 14, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s top two teams rolled to victories Friday night, while in the Colonial League Northwestern put a scare in once-beaten Southern Lehigh before falling to the Spartans.

Here’s a look at some of the action in the eighth week of the 2017 high school football season.

Whitehall-Bethlehem Catholic

The Golden Hawks cruies to a 56-14 win over Whitehall.

Roundup: Volleyball falls to 7-10; district golf

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Central Catholic defeated Northampton 25-18, 21-25, 25-17, 25-10 in a recent volleyball game, dropping the Kids to 7-10 on the season.

Olivia Lucas and Sydney Heffner had 14 assists each. Krystal Heffelfinger had 11 kills and Julia Kester had eight kills in the loss for the Kids.

Northampton defeated Notre Dame GP 25-13, 25-22, 25-10.

Heffner had eight kills and 15 assists. Lucas had five aces while Brooke Rockovits and Krystal Heffelfinger had seven kills each.

Emmaus defeated Northampton 25-16, 25-15, 25-16.

Kids head into postseason meets

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The Northampton cross country teams wrapped up their regular season on Tuesday, Oct. 10, with meets against Becahi, Easton, Freedom, Liberty, and Nazareth.

The girls went 3-2 on the day with wins against Becahi (22-35), Freedom (25-31), and Nazareth (20-39).

Head coach Dan Benner was very pleased with the final win tally of the girls.

“They finished the season with an overall record of 11-6, which was a huge turnaround from last season,” Benner said.