Northampton Press

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Outdoors: Turkey vultures seem to be on the rise in area

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

If you’re an avid bird watcher (birder), have you noticed an unusually large number of turkey vultures soaring local skies?

And not just in rural areas, but in the city of Allentown as well.

Often referred to as buzzards, or chicken hawks, there are seven species of vultures in North America, but Pennsylvania has but two; the black vulture and more common turkey vulture.

According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), the turkey vulture (TV) are about 30 inches in...

NHS takes part in state meet

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Lexi Barrall, Jared Jackson and Zach Liggitt took part in the state track meet this past weekend.

Liggitt took 14th in the shot put. He was seeded with a throw of 50-3.5 and threw a 48-5.5 at states. Johan Eakins of Bradford Area won the event with a 58-10.75.

Liggitt was also 17th in the discus with a throw of 134-10 after being seeded with a throw of 140-4. Zach Gehm of Seneca Valley threw a 194-8 to win gold in the event.

Lexi Barrall took 20th in the pole vault and...

Kids shut down by Gorkos, Eagles

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

An exciting an entertaining season for the Northampton softball team came to a close on Tuesday, May 29, in the District 11 semifinals at Pates Park in Allentown.

Nazareth defeated the K-Kids 2-0 behind a fantastic pitching performance from Samantha Gorkos.

Gorkos, the East Penn Conference’s Most Valuable Player, allowed three hits and struck out 12 in the shutout. The Blue Eagles advanced to play Parkland in the championship on Thursday, May 31.

Despite Gorkos’...

K-Kids had strong season and playoff run

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by WENDY KENNEDY in Sports

The Northampton girls softball team started the District 11, Class 6A softball tournament with a bye in round one, then went on to defeat Stroudsburg and ultimately face local rival Nazareth in the semifinals of district play this past Tuesday night.

Starting this tournament with a bye gave three-seeded Northampton extra time to prepare and practice.

“We just stay in the present, just focus on us,” commented head coach Kristy Henritzy when asked about preparing her team for...

Phantoms swept out of playoffs by Marlies

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

For the first time since moving to the Lehigh Valley, the Phantoms reached the Eastern Conference Finals. Unfortunately, their stay in the finals didn’t last long as the Toronto Marlies, complete with a number of players who saw considerable time in the NHL this season, swept the Phantoms in four games to end Lehigh Valley’s quest for a Calder Cup championship, winning 3-1 in the series finale.

“You look up and down their roster, obviously, they’re very, very talented,” said goalie...

Outdoors: Ethanol-related fuels causing problems

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

As Memorial Day weekend traditionally kicks off the pleasure boating season, power boat owners in particular should be aware of a new survey done by Boating Industry magazine.

It says that those in the boating industry that manufacture, sell, repair and store recreational vessels are seeing a growing number of problems caused by ethanol-related fuels. Said one boat dealer in the survey, “Ethanol fuels are great for our service department but bad for our customers!”

It was...

Liggitt first in shot, discus

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Northampton head track and field coach Tim Caffrey admittedly has a bittersweet moment at the recent District 11 meet.

The veteran coach watched some of his performers advance to the state meet at Shippensburg University this weekend, while he watched others end their high school career.

Zach Liggitt (first place, shot put and discus), Alexis Barrall (second place in the pole vault), and Jared Jackson (third place, 400-meter dash) will be competing at Shippensburg.

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Pleasant Valley walks off against K-Kids

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

Forget sabermetrics.

Baseball is a game of inches.

And sometimes, it’s the smallest margin that can spell the difference between winning and losing.

The ball bounced Pleasant Valley’s way Monday in a walk-off, 2-1 victory over Northampton in a District 11 Class 6A first round game.

With the bases loaded and one out, Danny McEvoy lofted a fly ball to right field that fell in, allowing Brandon Ratti to score from third base to send the Bears to Wednesday’s...

Step Outdoors back at Steelstacks June 2-3

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Steelstacks in Bethlehem is again hosting their fourth Step Outdoors Lehigh Valley program that is two-days of presentations, hands-on activities, educational programs for the entire family. It’s an effort to promote what the great outdoors has to offer. The program is set for June 2-3 at Steelstacks.

The Step Outdoors program that includes a host of activities for children as well, will have over 25 local and state environmental and outdoor groups presenting their activities. The...