Northampton Press

Monday, March 18, 2019

Chlebove a state champ - again

Thursday, March 14, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Julian Chlebove acknowledges that he has plenty of “haters” in the wrestling world, but that only seems to motivate him.

The Northampton senior came away from last weekend’s PIAA 3A wrestling championships with his third state title in four years after dispatching Bethlehem Catholic’s Kenny Herrmann 6-2 in the 132-pound finals.

It was the seventh-straight win over Herrmann and the third in as many weeks en route to completing his K-Kid career on the mats.

After sitting...

Hosking prepares for states

Thursday, March 14, 2019 by WENDY KENNEDY in Sports

Sarah Hosking, a sophomore from Northampton Area High School, will travel to Bucknell University later this week to compete in the PIAA State Championship Meet.

Hosking is one of five swimmers from the girls team to medal in either an individual or relay event during the PIAA District 11 AAA championships in mid-February. Hoskings has advanced to the PIAA state championship meet in both the 100 breaststroke event and the 200 individual medley.

Hosking was seated second in the...

Kids get boost from youngsters

Thursday, March 14, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Northampton’s girls’ basketball team recently hit the state playoff behind a 24-4 record, one of the best in school history.

They employed their high-octane offense to gain control over Methacton and never relinquished in a 55-48 victory in the opening round of the state playoffs.

Regardless of where the Konkrete Kids finish, the trio of senior Victoria Keenan and Jenna Rogers along with sophomore Morgan Sterner has provided the bulk of the offense. Keenan is pushing past the 1...

NHS hockey team a game short of title

Thursday, March 14, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Whatever the final reason may be, Northampton peaked at the right time.

The Konkrete Kids has a postseason flurry that saw them beat undefeated Freedom in the opening round before they lost to nine-time defending champion Parkland in three games in the finals of the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL) playoffs.

Initially, it wasn’t that promising.

The Kids lost a pair of games against Parkland and logged a tie against Allentown Central Catholic that helped...

Outdoors: Time of year to clean out nesting boxes

Thursday, March 14, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

If you have bird houses or nesting boxes at your residence, now’s a good time to check them so see if they need repair and to clean them out before spring arrives. Incoming birds won’t nest on old nest material that may have mites, bugs or even mice in them.

If you don’t have any boxes but would like to enjoy seeing the spring arrivals such as colorful bluebirds, it would be a great time to either buy or build a box/house or two.

According to The Birding Wire, by installing...

Phantoms get much-needed points

Thursday, March 14, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

They needed these!

After a Sunday loss in Bridgeport last week, the Phantoms were looking ahead at a road game in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and two home games against the Charlotte Checkers. At that point, the Phantoms were 4-9-1 in their last 14 games and starting to sink quickly in the Atlantic Division and in the Eastern Conference standings. They traveled north to meet the Penguins and came away with a nice, tidy 3-1 win with Alex Lyon saving 27 of the 28 shots that he faced.


NHS girls advance in opener, but road ends

Thursday, March 14, 2019 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

What if you were told that EPC MVP Victoria Keenan would score a single point in the first quarter of a state playoff game … and the Konkrete Kids would race out to a 21-3 lead?

It happened Friday day night at Freedom in Northampton’s first round PIAA 6A game against the Methacton Warriors.

Just as fans of the Orange and Black were Googling “Norwin” and starting to speculate on the site of the second round game against the team from the Pittsburgh area, the momentum shifted....

Konkrete Kids knock off FHS for title

Thursday, March 7, 2019 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

The best 6A girls basketball team in District XI is also its champion. The 2019 Northampton Konkrete Kids completed their journey with a 60-52 win over defending champion Freedom to claim the school’s first district title in girls basketball since 2011.

The first quarter started calmly enough as each team made short scoring runs. Freedom scored the final five points of the period to erase a Northampton lead and tie the score at 12-12.

Although the Patriots would outscore the...

Girls are getting ready to make run at states

Thursday, March 7, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

In regards to his team’s accomplishments in the postseason, Northampton head girls’ basketball coach Jeff Jacksits doesn’t get caught up in the numbers.

After 15 years, he knows it’s often difficult to compare one team against another.

But Jacksits realizes his current squad has the ability to make its mark in the upcoming PIAA state tournament that begins this weekend with the Konkrete Kids meeting Methacton, the 11th seed from District 1, Friday night at Freedom High School...