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Kids off to slow start

Thursday, November 14, 2013 by JEFF MOELLER Special to the Press in Sports

Northampton hockey coach Brian Ruff isn't about to concede that this is a rebuilding year for his club.

Through his team's first four games this season, Ruff's team has a 0-3-1 record in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL) Non-Pure Division. Last season, the Kids captured the Non-Pure division crown, marking their fourth championship under Ruff's reign.

This season, Northampton began the season minus a core from last year's championship unit, but they did return...

Three end year at states

Thursday, November 7, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The PIAA State Cross Country Championships were the end for Northampton High School seniors, Hayley Jackson and Chris Traugher, and the beginning for freshman, Jessica Hendricks, but all accomplished a level of success on Saturday at the Parkview Golf Course in Hershey, Pa.

Jackson reached her goals of finishing in the top 100 with a time around 20 minutes, by placing 94th in 20:31.

"I was really happy with that," Jackson said.

Weather conditions could not have been more...

Pee Wee team advances

Thursday, November 7, 2013 by The Press in Sports

The NAA 100-pound Pee Wee team came up with a 6-0 win over Nazareth to advance in the playoffs.

Caden Reph had the game's only TD in the NAA victory.

On the opening drive, Northampton was faced with a 4th-and-11 at the 41. But, QB Cooper King rolled right and completed a pass down the right sideline to running back Caden Reph as he spun out and broke from several Nazareth defenders and sprinted down the sideline for a 41-yard TD reception.

Nazareth marched right back on...

Bears end girls' season

Thursday, November 7, 2013 by GEORGE GEIGER Special to the Press in Sports

"You can't have 'what if's' in sports," said coach Kelly Backenstoe.

The Northampton field hockey coach had plenty of chances to say what if this season, but, she does not believe in that expression.

Her Konkrete Kids had just lost 2-1 to Pleasant Valley in the District 11 Class 3A semifinal last Wednesday at Whitehall when she could have used that what if expression.

After a scoreless first half, Northampton struck first when junior Megan Wiest scored with 6:17 gone in...

Kids will head to Boyertown

Thursday, November 7, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

Just when you thought Northampton's final crack at gaining its first victory of the season was going to come on Thanksgiving against Catasauqua, that sneaky contingency game appears on the calendar.

The K-Kids hit the road this Friday night to Boyertown to have one final task on their season before their big contest against the Rough Riders in a few weeks.

Sitting at 0-10 on the season following last week's 41-20 defeat to Whitehall, Northampton still is upbeat about this week'...


Thursday, November 7, 2013 by The Press in Sports

The Cardinals, who play their Lehigh Valley Men's Senior Baseball League games at Lehigh Township, completed a successful season by winning the league tournament back on Sunday, Sept. 15, defeating the Wind Gap A's, 10-2. The tournament was played at Egypt Memorial Park. The Cardinals played in the 45-plus age division. The team had 16 wins and two losses in the league and had 4 wins with no defeats in the playoffs. Pictured are: front row (from left) - Matt Smull, Larry Sabino, John Edwards...

Hodge kept perspective amid a tough season

Thursday, November 7, 2013 by JEFF MOELLER Special to the Press in Sports

Leah Hodge knew it would be a different season for her and her team this past fall.

The senior, who recently ended her season with the Northampton girls' tennis program, vaulted into the team's number one singles position this past fall after playing doubles and singles last season. Her team took on a different look than the one it had posted as a Lehigh Valley Conference contender the past two seasons.

The K-Kids' squad was severely depleted due to graduation losses, and a...

Three runners head to states

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

For some on Northampton High School's cross country team, there were big surprises, and for others, there was genuine relief at the District XI Cross Country Championships last week at the Bethlehem Municipal Field.

Perhaps the biggest surprise came to Jessica Hendricks, a freshman, who qualified for the PIAA State meet by placing 11th at districts in 20:10. The week before, Hendricks placed 25th at conference championships.

"I was not expecting this. [Teammate] Hayley [Jackson...

Season ends with loss to EHS

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in Sports

Northampton's hopes of a District 11 boys soccer title came to an end with a 5-0 loss to Emmaus. The loss gives Northampton an overall season record of 14-7.

"We're not that bad and it certainly wasn't as bad as the 5-0 score. We practiced well, we were organized going in and it's my job to have them ready and we obviously weren't ready," explained coach Craig Carvin.

Emmaus came out with two quick goals in the first seven minutes of the game to put Northampton in a come-from-...

Girls set for Pleasant Vy.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by GEORGE GEIGER Special to the Press in Sports

It's District 11 playoffs time and that means expect the unexpected.

For Northampton's field hockey that's exactly what is happening.

The Konkrete Kids, seeded third in the Class 3A playoffs, drew a first-round bye and expected to face Liberty first.

But, that didn't happen as 11th seeded Easton knocked off Liberty 1-0 in the first round and became Northampton's opponent last Saturday.

Coach Kelly Backenstoe's Kids then did the expected with a 2-1 victory over the...