Northampton Press

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

April Thaw Softball event coming to NHS

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Special Olympics, Northampton High School softball, and 7 Deadly Spins Fastpitch are working together on an April Thaw Softball event scheduled for April 22 at the Northampton High School softball field.

What began as plans for a unified softball game with high school players is becoming a three-hour afternoon and evening of skills competitions, skills development, and the softball game.

Unified sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the...

Via All-Star Game held last weekend

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

In the waning minutes of the final game of Via’s Super Saturday basketball showcase, Aidan Ellwood spotted up behind the three-point line and called “banks.” He let the shot go, and it caromed off the backboard and through the basket. A few feet away his teammates went wild.

The Northampton senior scored 28 points in leading the West all-stars to a 119-112 win over the East in the finale of this year’s Via All-Star Classic, the 43rd annual edition of the event that showcases local...

Kids Roundup: Teams battle the weather

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

Mother Nature once again made life a little difficult for the area’s coaches, players and athletic directors, but Northampton’s spring athletes were able to pick up a couple key wins last week.

The K-Kids’ boys’ volleyball team won two nonconference games over North Pocono and Southern Lehigh to improve its record to 2-2. Both contests were 3-0 sweeps.

Northampton’s softball team opened the season with two big victories: 15-0 vs. Fleetwood and 17-2 vs. East Stroudsburg-North....

Phantoms looking for long playoff run

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Last season, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms reached the AHL Playoffs, but had a much quicker exit than most expected.

That hasn’t been forgotten by the players who are around on this year’s playoff team and they’re determined to make this postseason a much longer experience. For veteran players and the organization as a whole, returning to the playoffs for a second straight season has a bigger meaning than just playing for a Calder Cup Championship.

“It gets back to trying to...

Buck numbers are up

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has released the 2017-18 deer harvest report and it shows the buck harvest has increased 10 percent. And that’s not all. Their report also shows the overall deer harvest was up 10 percent.

During the past deer hunting seasons, hunters took an estimated 367,159 deer, which surpassed the overall deer harvest of 333,254 during the 2016-17 seasons. The PGC points out that over the 23 Wildlife Management Units, the deer harvest decreased in only three units...

Track returns 14 district qualifiers

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

Following a strong 2017 season, the Northampton track and field team is looking for more success at the district and state level.

Both the boys and girls’ teams went 9-2 in meets last season.

Head coach Tim Caffrey, who is in his 39th year with the program, has 14 District 11 qualifiers returning for this season.

Ten of those 14 district qualifiers are on the girls’ side.

Senior Alexis Barrall smashed the K-Kids’ school record in the pole vault, clearing 11-0 to...

Girls lacrosse set to start their season

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

Head coach Paige Hoffman and the Northampton girls’ lacrosse team are hoping that 13 is their lucky number this season.

The K-Kids have 13 seniors on the team, and all 13 of them have played together from their freshman to their now-senior seasons.

“All of them have played with us for the past four years, which really contributes to the culture of our team,” Hoffman said. “They were mentored as underclassmen and really strive to now mentor and support our underclassmen.”

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Teams looking for normalcy after storms

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Northampton’s and Catasauqua’s baseball seasons got underway Monday afternoon, but it certainly was a long journey to get there.

The series of nor’easter snow storms that rocked the Lehigh Valley and beyond during the month of March placed practice schedules in a state of frenzy and pushed back scheduled starting dates nearly a week.

It will yet to be seen how the sudden and untimely winter weather will affect timing of hitters and pitchers as well as cause havoc on the...

NHS baseball opens with win over NP

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Like most teams, Northampton has its doubts about opening the season after having its outdoor practice time reduced to the series of uncharacteristic snow storms during March.

After their opening-game performance, their fears can be put to rest.

The Konkrete Kids had a solid, overall team effort in a five-inning, shortened 13-2 victory over North Pocono Monday afternoon.

Northampton pounded out 12 hits and received a strong opening start from senior Mike Ettl, who...