Northampton Press

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Kids look to cap winning year

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Northampton’s football season can be divided into two seasons.

First, there is the 5-1 start in which the Konkrete Kids posted three consecutive shutouts and averaged 46 points a game after their opening-game loss to Parkland.

Then there are the final five games that saw the Kids drop their final two games of the season to Whitehall and Easton, the latter in their first District 11 playoff appearance since 2003.

Nevertheless, the Kids (7-4) will travel to Catasauqua (1-9...

NHS found right guy

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by The Press in Sports

When I first met Kyle Haas during the summer, I had a good feeling Northampton hired the right guy.

A blink and 11 games later, I’m confident more than just me have the same feeling. This is a time to give thanks in Northampton football circles before the one-mile Super Bowl takes place Thursday.

Haas, who has a rich football lineage in his family, is two years away from a successful season at Bethlehem Catholic as an interim head coach who led the Golden Hawks to the state...

Barkley helps lead NYG to victory

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Former Whitehall head football coach Brian Gilbert read the movements of the Giants’ Saquon Barkley who nearly rushed for 4,000 career yards as a Zephyr.

Gilbert also had a good read on Barkley when the rookie ran for a career-high 142 yards and scored three overall touchdowns in his team’s 38-35 victory over Tampa Bay at Met Life Stadium Sunday afternoon.

Barkley’s 142 yards were the most by any running back in a game this season, and the rookie phenom has a team-high 586...

NAA teams win titles

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by The Press in Sports

The Eastern PA Youth Football League held its championship games at Emmaus Community Park on Sunday, Nov. 11.

The Northampton Athletic Association Junior Varsity Team (11-0) took on South Parkland (10-1) in the championship. The game was tied 0-0 at half and looked like it could possibly be heading to overtime until the JV Kids came through with a late score on a 15-yard touchdown run by Kohler Strohl.

Their defense was stout against South Parkland throughout the day and a late...

Catty set to face Konkrete Kids

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Mike McClarin knows about rivalries.

While he spent part of his college football career at Navy, McClarin was involved in arguably football’s most notable rivalry against Army.

Now, the first-year head coach is experiencing the same kind of intensity closer to home.

McClarin will lead his Roughies squad into Alumni Field Thursday morning for the 96th annual meeting with rival Northampton.

Northampton (7-4) has won the last four contests and has an overall 58-33-4...

Outdoors: Buck season set to begin Monday

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Monday’s Nov. 26 antlered deer hunting season will have up to a million orange clad hunters invading Penn’s Woods in pursuit of a buck. The season runs until Dec. 8 in most areas of the state.

According to Pennsylvania Game Commission, about 45 percent of the season’s buck harvest was taken on the opener last year. But last season, hunters took more deer on the first Saturday of the season — a first in Pennsylvania’s deer-management history. “These really are two of the best times to...

Phantoms split pair of recent games

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Phantoms continued their up-and-down play this season by splitting two road games over the weekend.

On Friday, they beat Providence 5-4 but followed that up with a 3-2 loss to Springfield the following night. After 16 games, the Phantoms are 9-5-1-1, but are 4-3-1-0 over their last eight games. It’s worth noting that four of those games have been against Springfield (9-4-0-2) and Charlotte (13-3-1-0), who are two of the three teams ahead of the Phantoms in the Atlantic Division....

Yarbough earned his playing time

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

After his junior year, Damon Yarbough nearly quit the football team.

He didn’t, and proved how an age-old adage can still work.

“I felt like I wasn’t going to get a whole lot of playing time,” said Yarbough. “I didn’t play varsity as a junior. But I figured that I might as well see it through.

“Once I saw how things were and the feeling around the team in the summer, I knew that I made the right choice.”

His coaches certainly would agree.

Yarbough had a...

Bendekovits helped to change culture

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Nate Bendekovits always will remember his role in his team’s 50-0 win over East Stroudsburg South this year.

The Northampton senior captain had a memorable game as well as one of his many big nights.

Bendekovits was named the defensive player of the game for his play along the line and also had a productive night on the other side in the Konkrete Kids’ 50-0 convincing shutout.

“That was a really big game for me and my best memory of the season so far,” said Bendekovits...

Black bear season starts soon

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

The third part of the big game season kicks off Nov. 17 when the black bear season opens in Pennsylvania for its four-day run.

According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), our state has a bear population of around 20,000 over the past three years. And with good mast crops all over, the agency says bears have spread out making them harder to find.

This season opener could overtake 2011’s state record harvest of 4,350 bears. But if the rainy weather we’ve been...