Northampton Press

Monday, January 22, 2018

BREAKING: NHS hires Kyle Haas as next football coach

Friday, January 19, 2018 by The Press in Sports

The Northampton Area School district announced Friday that pending Northampton Area School Board of Directors approval on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, and receipt of acceptable documentation, Kyle Haas will be named Northampton head football coach, effective for the 2018-2019 school year.

Haas’s biographical information can be found below. He was recently an interim coach for Bethlehem Catholic during the 2016 season.

The Press’ Peter Car will have more in next week’s edition of the...

Boys looking to secure D-11, EPC playoff spots

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

The Konkrete Kids continue to firmly cement their season.

Northampton recently won their sixth straight game -- a 75-64 victory over rival and streaking Catasauqua – to improve their record to 9-3 overall and 4-3 in the East Penn Conference.

The Kids shrugged off consecutive losses to Nazareth and Central Catholic and quickly established themselves as one of the power in the EPC, inching closer to clinching a district berth and keeping themselves in line for the EPC playoffs....

Girls beat PMW; Keenan hits 1,000

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by WENDY KENNEDY in Sports

The Northampton girls basketball team claimed a close victory over Pocono Mountain West High School in an away game on Thursday night, Jan. 11.

Northampton started the game strong, doubling Pocono West’s baskets in the first quarter. By the half, Northampton had claimed a 26-14 lead and saw more of the same in the third.

Pocono West eventually found its shot in the fourth, scoring almost half of their 43 total points in the last quarter, but it was too little, too late in the...

Swimmers beat Zephyrs

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by WENDY KENNEDY in Sports

The Northampton boys and girls varsity swim teams claimed a double victory on Thursday night over rival Whitehall High School with a 99-81 victory for the girls and a 90-83 victory for the boys.

With this win, Northampton gained two points in the Cement Belt challenge and added to the team’s winning record so far this season. The Cement Belt Challenge is a yearlong contest between the neighboring communities of Northampton and Whitehall. The challenge which spans multiple high school...

Kids beat Catty

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

After going to overtime against Stroudsburg 18 hours earlier, no one would have blamed Aidan Ellwood and the Northampton boys basketball team for coming out a little sluggish against Catasauqua on Jan. 13.

The 6-1 senior missed his first three field goal attempts and went 0-for-3 from the free throw line on a fouled 3-point attempt in the second quarter.

Then he woke up.

Ellwood scored a career-high 35 points as the K-Kids defeated their crosstown rivals 75-64 in front...

Phantoms win after ‘embarrassing’ loss

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Phantoms reached the halfway point of their season with what Phil Varone called an “embarrassing” performance in a 6-2 loss to Springfield Saturday night. Lehigh Valley came out with a good first period, but that was about all it was able to put together as the Thunderbirds scored four unanswered goals to waltz out of the PPL Center with a win.

Varone scored his 100th career AHL goal in the game, but was more focused on the weak effort that the team put on the ice.

“A lot...

Britton takes 4th at Escape the Rock

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Northampton placed four wrestlers at the Escape the Rock tournament over the weekend, good to finish 17th out of 47 teams in one of the country’s top high school tournaments at Council Rock South.

Devon Britton took home the Kids highest finish, as he took a fourth place medal at 132 pounds following a 4-1 double overtime rideout loss to Bethlehem Catholic’s Jarred Papcsy.

Britton lost to Nick Raimo of Hanover Park (NJ) 8-1 in the semifinals before winding up with a rematch...

Ice fishing at early season high

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

According to Chris Mohry, owner of Chris’s Outdoor Sports Shop in Mertztown, this is the best early ice fishing season he’s seen in many years.

Said Mohry, “I cannot remember any year that has been better than this, thanks to the early frigid temps we’ve had.” And his ice fishing report is enthusiastic.

Mohry says the ice at Ontelaunee Reservoir in upper Berks County located off Route 222 in Evansville, was loaded with ice anglers, despite the freezing temperatures we had. The...

Beers following family footsteps

Friday, January 12, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Like many boys growing up around Northampton, Austin Beers was involved in several sports.

He was heavily involved in baseball, basketball, football and wrestling in the Northampton Athletic Association (NAA).

In fact, Beers became infatuated with wrestling on the youth and professional level.

“I really liked wrestling and still do,” said Beers. “I liked wrestling and I liked watching it on TV, too. But then I started racing.”

At age 10, Beers began following in...

Girls hoops knocks off Whitehall

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by WENDY KENNEDY in Sports

The Northampton girls varsity basketball team took the court against Whitehall on Tuesday night, Jan. 9, and came away with a close, 52-47 win.

The win at home is Northampton’s eighth overall victory, adding to its record this season of 8-2 overall and 5-1 in the EPC.

Northampton came out strong on Tuesday night, after several missed practices due to weather and a recent loss to Parkland last Wednesday night, but the team was ready to battle and by the end of the first quarter...