Northampton Press

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Kids have the pitching

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Northampton baseball coach Mick Sugra likely is to remember one moment of the season before it even began.

Last Sunday, the Konkrete Kids hosted a youth clinic in which current players taught and worked with elementary-age students.

“The younger kids look up to the high school players as role models,” said Sugra. “That’s where it all starts. A connection is made there and it keep going.”

Sugra sees the connection flourishing again this spring as he begins his eighth year...

Hockey team’s future looking good

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Heading into the final phase of the season, Northampton knew what it needed to do to secure itself a better playoff seeding.

They did just that.

The Konkrete Kids (7-8-0, 3-2 in their last five) shutout Emmaus, 6-0, Feb. 12 to grab the third spot in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League playoffs. With the win, the third-seeded Kids met second-seeded Freedom in a one-game playoff. The Pates would end up winning that game 5-4 and moving on to play Parkland in the best-of-...

Gula stepped up for the K-Kids this year

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

As a sophomore, Zach Gula figured it was time to take his game to the next level.

After a productive summer, Gula was in the running for one of the Konkrete Kids’ starting positions after a number of them had been created due to graduation.

He took the initiative and never looked back.

Playing in the shadow of leading scorers and seniors Aidan Elwood and Cory Weisenberger, Gula quietly was a consistent performer for the Kids all season. He started the team’s first 21...

Phantoms have the playoffs on their mind

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Playoffs? We’re talking about playoffs?

Yeah, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms are talking about playoffs. After a shootout loss in Hartford Friday night, Lehigh Valley welcomed Providence to town Saturday night. The Bruins stand third in the Atlantic Division and would seem to have a pretty good grip on a playoff spot, but certainly don’t want to make any assumptions.

For the Phantoms Phil Varone, Saturday night, which ended with the Phantoms picking up a 3-0 win behind 33 saves by...

Outdoors: Kids can enjoy Youth Trout Days

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Saturday, March 24, kicks off the Mentored Youth Trout Days whereby youngsters under age 16 can join a mentor (adult) with a valid fishing license and trout stamp to fish stocked waters within 18 southeastern regional counties before the opening of trout season. This opportunity gives the kids a chance to catch a trout before the crush of anglers on opening day, March 31 in 18 southeastern counties of Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster,...

Jones takes over Pigs

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

New IronPigs manager Gary Jones made his first visit to the Lehigh Valley recently, but it somehow felt somewhat familiar to him. Jones last served in baseball as the third base coach of the Chicago Cubs, managed by Joe Maddon. The Cubs manager may be the most famous resident of Hazleton and Jones said that his old boss talked often about his hometown and the Lehigh Valley.

“He often talked about being home and how much he loved this area,” said Jones. “He talked about the people, how...

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by The Press in Sports

Steel, Royals win

Led by a strong offensive showing, Bethlehem Steel FC picked up its first victory of the season, defeating the Richmond Kickers, 4-1, in the club’s home opener at Goodman Stadium.

Playing on the campus of Lehigh University, Steel FC saw Philadelphia Union midfielders Derrick Jones and Eric Ayuk score first-half goals while forward Brandon Allen tallied a second-half brace in his Steel FC debut.

“Happy that we were so balanced in that performance, I can’...

Lehigh Valley crowns 3 wrestling All-Americans

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by PETER CAR AND TIM ROBB in Sports

Lehigh senior Darian Cruz enjoyed the limelight of being a national champion last year, but got treated the harsh reality of competing in a tough weight class at last weekend’s NCAA Division-I wrestling championships.

Cruz took fifth at 125-pounds during the tournament held at Quicken Loan Arenas in Cleveland, finishing his Lehigh career with a 120-20 record.

After losing 2-0 to Rutgers’ Nick Suriano in the semifinals, Parkland graduate and Minnesota wrestler Ethan Lizak gave...

K-Kids ‘great ride’ ends

Thursday, March 15, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Northampton’s boys basketball season was a myriad of highlights, some that may not be achieved for some time.

There was a 13-game winning streak that clinched an early district berth, the lone East Penn Conference team to beat Bethlehem Catholic during the regular season with a buzzer beater, and an appearance in a district championship game for the first time in 45 years among other events that dotted the season.

It ended in an unceremonious 62-57 loss to St. Joseph’s Prep in...