Northampton Press

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Swimmers ready to put in the work

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by WENDY KENNEDY in Sports

The winter sports season has officially kicked off in Northampton in November. Delayed one day due to an early snow, the slow start didn’t impact the enthusiasm of the Northampton boys and girls varsity swimming and diving team.

The Northampton Middle School Natatorium was buzzing with swimmers and divers preparing for the upcoming season when the Press sat down with head coach Cullen Mentzell this week.

The team of 18 girls and 11 boys maintained their numbers despite losing...

Phantoms have success on road trip

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms spent this past weekend in Canada, and boy, did they have fun.

The Phantoms swept their three-game road trip through Canada with an overtime win in Laval and two regulation wins in Belleville and Toronto. Nicolas Aube-Kubel had an especially good time on the trip, picking up two, game-winning goals.

Chris Conner came up big in a 4-2 win in Belleville on Saturday night. With 13.5 seconds left in regulation and the score tied 2-2, Conner had a breakaway...

Outdoors: Snow geese back in Valley area

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

The snows are back. No, not the slippery white stuff, but snow geese. And they substantially outnumber local Canada geese.

Local farmers detest snow geese because they can devour an entire winter wheat field, one of their favorite delicacies followed by corn.

Last week while driving on Mauch Chunk Road in South Whitehall Township, I couldn’t help but see several huge flocks of snows circling the cut crop fields owned by Jeras Corporation (Trojan Powder Co.) in Meyersville. But...

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Thursday, December 6, 2018 by The Press in Sports


Suburban Dart League


Star of Beth 28 8 ,778

St. Paul’s 20 13 .606

Christ UCC 21 15 .583

Bath Luth 19 14 .576

Emmanuel 18 18 .500

Ebenezer 16 20 .444

St. Stephen’s 16 20 .444

Dryland 15 21 .417

Light of Christ 15 21 .417

Salem UCC 12 21 .364

Farmersville 12 21 .364

Dryland (12-8 11in, 6-3) at

Light of Christ (5-3)

D - Butch Silfies 9-13, Earl Sigley 7-14, Larry...

NHS has winning season

Friday, November 30, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

For the most part, Northampton’s football team achieved their first phase in its program.

The Konkrete Kids finished with an overall 8-4 record after they downed rival host Catasauqua, 49-14, Thanksgiving morning in the 96th annual skirmish.

It was an eventful season for the Kids, as they completed their first winning season in 10 years and also got back to the postseason for the first time since 2003. Those were among a series of accomplishments that helped Northampton re-...

Rivalry game filled with exciting plays

Friday, November 30, 2018 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

The Northampton Konkrete Kids finished off their 2018 football season with a satisfying, 49-14 win over Catasauqua in the 96th playing of their rivalry game. The win was Northampton’s fifth in a row in the series, bringing the historical totals to 59 wins for the Kids, 33 for the Rough Riders, and 4 ties.

Despite the lopsided score, the fans that braved the frigid temperatures on Thanksgiving morning were treated to an entertaining, hard-fought game. Both halves started with onside...

Werkheiser concludes his career at Northampton HS

Friday, November 30, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Hunter “Bubba” Werkheiser got his nickname during his first season playing with the Bath youth football team.

“I was too big to play in the Northampton program at the time,” recalled Werkheiser. “I went to play for Bath and one of their assistant coaches gave me the nickname. It has stuck ever since.”

“Bubba” just finished a stellar career as a staple of Northampton’s lines for the past three seasons. The 6-2, 295-pound senior was a first-team East Penn Conference North...

Gordon, Lyon hope to get back to NHL

Friday, November 30, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

There’s a close connection between goalie Alex Lyon and Phantoms coach Scott Gordon. The two can relate well to each other because they have gone through much of the same trials as hockey players. Both went undrafted as goalies, Gordon out of Boston University in the 1980s and Lyon out of Yale. Both also experienced some lean times in the minors.

For Gordon, his minor league days included time in the ECHL after being demoted from the Quebec Nordiques AHL team. In fact, Gordon even...

Outdoors: 1,833 bears taken on three day hunt is 12-percent increase

Friday, November 30, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

While there were no 800-pound bears taken so far during the first three days of the 2018 bear hunting season, two came close. Regardless, the harvest total over the three-day hunt resulted in a total of 1,833 bears or a 12 percent increase over the 1,628 bears taken in the first three days of the 2017 season.

As of this report, bears have been harvested in 54 counties during the statewide season. And the top 10 bears processed at check stations by last Wednesday, were either estimated...

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Friday, November 30, 2018 by The Press in Sports


Suburban Dart League


Star of Beth 26 7 .788

St. Paul’s 19 11 .633

Bath Lutheran 19 14 .576

Christ UCC 18 15 .545

Emmanuel 17 16 .515

Ebenezer 16 17 .485

St. Stephen’s 14 19 .424

Light of Christ 14 19 .424

Dryland 13 20 .394

Farmersville 11 19 .367

Salem UCC 10 20 .333

Week 12

Farmersville (6-2) at

St. Paul’s (4-2, 4-1)

SP - Dave Clark 5-12, Abby Kern 4-10,...