Northampton Press

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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.

The coach...

Boys continue their search for offense

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Northampton boys soccer coach Adam Bastidas looks nothing like actor Bill Murray.

He may feel a bit like him though, especially considering Murray’s role in the movie Groundhog Day, where Murray keeps waking up and repeating the same day over and over. For Bastidas, the day goes wrong when his team gives up a goal and then inevitably gives up another and sometimes, another in quick succession.

“That’s probably happened to us about four or five times this year,” said Bastidas of...

Liberty runs to a win

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Turnovers and the inability to stop the running game became a recipe for disaster for Northampton during their 35-14 loss to Liberty last week.

Liberty running back Nasir Legree rushed for a career high 330 yards and five touchdowns en route to a pivotal win to keep Liberty (3-4) in playoff contention.

The loss puts Northampton at 2-5 on the year, making their battle to gain one of the top eight spots in the District 11 6A power rating even more difficult with their current...

Outdoors: changes for pheasant season

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Upland hunters will experience some changes when the statewide season for pheasants opens Oct. 21.

This past Saturday (Oct. 7) the season opened for junior hunters, giving them first shot at a pheasant before the regular season opens.

One change sportsmen may see are fewer birds since the Pennsylvania Game Commission stocked or will stock a total of 170,000 birds. This is down from 200,000 in recent years. The reason for this reduction, says the PGC, is funding. Because of this...

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.

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Pete’s Top-10: Trojans cement No. 1 status

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Well, so much for Parkland not being their consistent selves. The Trojans convincing 38-24 win over Bethlehem Catholic solidified that Parkland is the team to beat this year and the 6A bracket will go through them.

For the likes of Whitehall, Becahi and Palisades, they’ve clearly painted the picture for district title runs in their respective classes as well.

With teams heading down the home stretch of the season, district positioning is now at the forefront.

Only three...

Football Roundup: Worth leads Trojans past Hawks

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Just one team remains unbeaten in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference after the seventh Friday night of the 2017 high school football season. Several games on this week’s card have District 11 Class 6A playoff implications. Here’s a look at some of Friday’s action.

Bethlehem Catholic-Parkland

The Trojans won a battle of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s last two unbeaten teams with a 38-24 win over the Hawks.

Jahan Worth ran for 243 yards and scored three Parkland...

Tennis eyes team berth

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by WENDY KENNEDY in Sports

The Northampton girls varsity tennis team is closing out the 2017 season with the same spirit they have kept throughout their schedule - focusing on the positive.

On Friday, the team’s number-four doubles team of seniors Liz Moore and Shannon Reinhard claimed a bronze medal in the East Penn Conference tournament.

On the heels of this achievement, two of the team’s sophomores, Liz Hozza and Rose Sharga, participated in the District 11 singles tournament at Lehigh University on...

Kids look for offense

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

“We’re looking for the perfect shot.”

The Northampton boys’ soccer team has put together a series of strong defensive performances against the top teams in the East Penn Conference, but according to head coach Adam Bastidas, the K-Kids need to generate a lot more offense.

Northampton fell to Whitehall 3-1 on Oct. 2 to drop to 4-8-1 on the season. Junior Camerone Giancaterino scored the lone goal for the K-Kids.

Similar to performances against Emmaus and East Stroudsburg...

Girls split recent games

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by WENDY KENNEDY in Sports

The Northampton girls varsity soccer team split their scheduled games this week with a 6-0 win against East Stroudsburg on Friday and a 2-0 loss to Whitehall on Monday.

Despite the recent loss, the team stands at 8-4-1 overall, and according to head coach Chaz Saul, “they have come a long way since last year.”

The turnabout of this relatively young team with only six senior players on the roster was spurred by two factors. The first is, as Saul said, “finding their offense.”...