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Wrestlers looking to restore old form

Thursday, December 12, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

Is this the year Northampton's wrestling team regains its dominant form?

That may be a bit too much to ask in one season, but it would be fair to say the K-Kids should take steps in that direction this winter.

Equipped with four returning PIAA qualifiers, including three state medalists, head coach Seth Lisa should see his team improve from last year's 9-9 finish, which saw the Kids get bounced from district duals following a quarterfinal loss to Easton.

Senior state...

Reflecting back to a BB gun

Thursday, December 12, 2013 by NICK HROMIAK Special to the Press in Sports

Every year around this time the 1983 classic movie "A Christmas Story" will be shown multiple times on a cable TV channel. It tells the story of Ralphie Parker (born in NYC on April 16, 1971) who wants a Daisy "Red Ryder" BB gun for Christmas. Every time he asked for one, he'd get the same famous reply: "You'll shoot your eye out."

Does that bring back memories? I had the same situation some 56 years ago when I was 12. My mother didn't like guns, even a BB gun, and didn't want one in...

Boys return a key core

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by JEFF MOELLER Special to the Press in Sports

With his inaugural season behind him, Northampton head boys' basketball coach Coy Stampone admittedly feels more comfortable about his and his team's journey into the 2013-14 campaign this winter.

The Konkrete Kids will return a core of upperclassmen who saw playing time last season and most of them will fit tightly into their starting lineup as well as a budding group of underclassmen who could see significant playing time throughout the year.

More than 45 players tried out...

Girls tweaking their lineup

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by GEORGE GEIGER Special to the Press in Sports

"We don't know where we are yet as far as preparation for the upcoming season," says Jeff Jacksits. "But it's a good problem to have."

Jacksits and the Konkrete Kids open their season Friday night.

The K-Kids, who take on Pleasant Valley in a nonleague game, have 15 girls on this year's roster and Jacksits says "we're still learning to play together."

"We're trying to figure out who'll be playing at this spot or another. They are all exceptional and we've got to find the...

Field hockey alumni game a success

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by The Press in Sports

This year's Northampton field hockey alumni game was once again a success.

It was the second time in which Northampton has hosted an alumni game and this year everyone was celebrating the 50th anniversary of the sport at Northampton. The game falls on the Saturday following Thanksgiving each year, and although it is a little chilly, the players came buddled up and ready to play. After the game there was a small tailgate so that players could be nostalgic and catch up.

Tradition...

PGC issues bear harvest report

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by NICK HROMIAK Special to the Press in Sports

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has issued its preliminary bear harvest report, but not included, is the tally from the archery and early bear seasons.

According to the PGC, bears were taken in 51 counties statewide, so far. And the top 10 bears checked on Monday were either estimated or confirmed to have live weights of 556 pounds or more. The largest, a male, weighed an estimated 772 pounds and was shot in Covington Twp., Lackawanna County by Dan Beavers of Covington Twp., Pa....

Win for NHS could ease pain of tough year

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

It's been a long season for the Northampton Konkrete Kids. As a matter of fact, it's been a long two years for the K-Kids.

Stuck in the rut of an 0-11 season, Northampton hasn't tasted victory since a 35-6 win over Bethlehem Catholic on September 21, 2012.

That's 18 straight losses for the Kids, which is the longest losing streak of any team in the District 11 paradigm.

However, all of that can be erased with one magical win Thursday morning with an upset over Catasauqua...

A victory for Catty would just be gravy

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 by JEFF MOELLER Special to the Press in Sports

This year's Catasauqua-Northampton annual Thanksgiving Day tilt will feature a different look on more than one front.

For starters, the game will be played at Muhlenberg College's Scotty Wood Stadium due to construction around Northampton's high school complex.

Also, Catasauqua will be playing in a PIAA Class 2A state quarterfinal playoff game for the first time in school history that is scheduled to begin 51 hours later Saturday afternoon.

It will be a different...

2013-14 will be 'challenge'

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 by GEORGE GEIGER Special to the Press in Sports

"It'll be a challenge this year," says Jeff Jacksits when he's talking about this year's Northampton High School girls' basketball team.

The Konkrete Kids open the 2013-2014 season next Friday, Dec. 6, at home against Pleasant Valley and Jacksits expects his team to be ready for the Lehigh Valley Conference and District 11 challenges.

"We have six seniors and all of them were starters at one point or another last year," Jacksits said as he watched his team scrimmage Salisbury...

Two sides to hockey team's Ryan Hartzell

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 by JEFF MOELLER Special to the Press in Sports

At various times, Ryan Hartzell admittedly can have two sides to his personality.

When he is a senior student at Northampton High School, Hartzell describes himself as a mild-manned person who is concerned with his studies and also is developing some plans for his immediate future.

Consequently, Hartzell is more aggressive when he is one the ice as a member of the Northampton hockey entry in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL). Through studies and sports, though...