Northampton Press

Monday, July 16, 2018

Kids don’t advance but take positive steps

Thursday, July 12, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Despite winning two of their three games, Northampton’s boys’ basketball team didn’t advance to the round of 16 in the recent A-town Throwdown at Allentown’s Cedar Beach. A point differential kept them out.

But the Konkrete Kids took another major step to establishing a new presence this winter with the loss of Aidan Ellwood and Cory Weisenberger.

“Overall, we played well,” said assistant coach Matt Scholl, who is in charge of the Kids summer program. “We’re working to...

Moore moves on to states

Thursday, July 12, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

In a roller coaster type of a season, Moore Township is looking to get to the crest of the hill in the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack (LVCM) postseason.

Moore began the playoffs as the seventh seed in 12-team bracket. They knocked off 11th-seeded Northern Valley, 9-4 Monday night, in the opening round of the playoffs.

Tyler Antonis had a big night as he struck out seven over four innings and also had a pair of hits to go along with three RBIs. Austin Druckenmiller also had a pair of...

Legion team on to next round

Thursday, July 12, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

All season long, Northampton was looking for the right combination of pitching and hitting.

For the most part, they have had it.

Their pitching, however, has been the most consistent component of the two. Yet in the first two games of the Northampton County (NORCO) Legion Playoffs, third-seeded Northampton had the perfect combination.

They had their way with East Stroudsburg in sweeping the best-of-three series. Northampton won the first, 13-4 Monday night, and followed...

Balliet Vikings will advance to states

Thursday, July 12, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The Balliet Vikings Connie Mack baseball team played near flawless ball Monday evening at Sammy Balliet Stadium in Coplay, and in doing so, shutout Salisbury 8-0 in the first round of the playoffs.

There was a five-way tie in the standings after the last game of the regular season, as five teams all had 12-6 records. Balliet was awarded the eighth seed and home game against the ninth seeded Falcons, who both had the same record.

The Vikings will now have a game against the top...

Steel loses unbeaten streak

Thursday, July 12, 2018 by The Press in Sports

Bethlehem Steel FC saw its season-long five-match unbeaten streak come to an end on the road, falling on the road at rival Penn FC, 3-2.

Bethlehem jumped out to the early lead with a strike from Philadelphia Union midfielder Fabian Herbers in the 17th minute of play. The German international collected a pass from Santi Moar, spinning to his left and taking four touches before firing a right-footed shot pass Penn FC’s Romu Peiser. The assist was Moar’s 11th of his career, becoming the...

Outdoors: Fireflies lighting up the Valley

Thursday, July 12, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Three weeks ago there was one, two and three. The next week there were five to ten. This week, yards are aglow with their yellow flashes from whence they got their nickname.

As robins signal the beginning of spring, fireflies (or lightning bugs) signal summer is upon us. These inch-long bugs are actually beetles, or nocturnal members of the family Lampyridae. Most fireflies are winged, which distinguishes them from other luminescent insects of the same family, commonly known as...

Track teams have good year

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

After a delayed start because of the weather, Northampton’s track teams managed respectable overall seasons with several notable individual performances.

The girls team finished with an overall 5-6 mark, while the boys ended the year with a 7-5 slate.

We had a tough beginning of the season concerning the weather,” said head coach Tim Caffrey. “Meets were canceled in the beginning of the season with school closings and snow.

“With our girls, wins were from the North...

Lehigh Valley Cup team sees run end

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Lehigh Valley’s run in the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic came to a surprising end last week when Lehigh Valley lost a three-run lead in the seventh inning and was eliminated by Tri Cape, 8-7, on Wednesday at FDR Park in Philadelphia.

“They were a good team. We only beat them 1-0 the game before,” said Lehigh Valley coach Blake Morgan. “They keep coming, and you have to stop them.”

Tri Cape scored first, but Lehigh Valley took a 3-1 lead. The two teams traded runs and were tied...

With 3 game left, Legion looks to get on track

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Northampton Legion head coach Mike Bodnar expected to see the current state of his team at the beginning of the season.

Instead, he still remains optimistic they can turn the tide in their final three games.

They took the first step with an 8-3 victory over Birches Monday night. Tyler Illif pitched a solid five innings for the win. Patrick Bodnar had three RBIs, and Andrew Kovalchik, Zech Lambert, and Kyle Morin had two hits apiece.

Northampton entered Monday night’s...

Kids Connie Mack team enters final stretch

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

In their final stretch of the season, Northampton seemingly can control its fate toward the postseason of the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack (LVCM) League.

Last week, Northampton further solidified its future when they posted two impressive wins and gained a forfeit to propel itself into a tie for second place in the league with an overall 13-4 record.

They rallied for a 13-8 win over Southern Lehigh and then posted a 10-3 rout of Catasauqua before they ended the week with a 7-0...