Northampton Press

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Phantoms split a home-and-home series

Thursday, January 4, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Goaltender Alex Lyon earned the win in goal as he returned to the Lehigh Valley crease for the first time since Dec. 1 after spending most of the month with the Philadelphia Flyers. The key to Lyon’s success may have been the overall sharp play of the Phantoms defense, which held the AHL’s second-highest scoring offense to just 29 shots, 28 of which were turned away by Lyon in Lehigh Valley’s 3-1 win against the Charlotte Checkers.

Lyon is now 9-7-1 on the season, while Lehigh Valley...

Outdoors: ice fishing season to heat up

Thursday, January 4, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With the freezing temperature we’re having, ice fishing should kick off allowing fishermen to walk on water. And first-ice is generally the best time to ice fish in that the fish haven’t seen live bait or lures in some time.

Ice fishing can also be a family sport in that with kids in tow, and if the fish aren’t biting, kids can slide or ice skate over the water’s surface. Get a bite and the kids will get excited pulling in a fish with either a tip-up or mini jigging rod.

If you...

Good start

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Northampton’s boys’ basketball team is off to a good start, but the Konkrete Kids know their main goal is still some ways down the road.

The Kids already have been focusing on getting to districts, and they have begun to pave their way.

Northampton had a test of their mettle when they rallied to defeat Lehighton, 54-34, last Saturday afternoon after they dropped an emotional 53-47 loss to Emmaus less than 24 hours earlier.

Down 29-27 at the start of the final quarter,...

Kids swimming knocks off Allen

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by WENDY KENNEDY in Sports

The Northampton boys and girls varsity swimming and diving team logged their second victory of the season on Thursday night, Dec. 14, with a double win over William Allen High School. The Northampton swimmers ran the pool with final scores of 135-41 and 137-28 for the girls and boys teams respectively.

Senior and co-captain Jarin Gaumer is encouraged by how well the team has come together this year.

“We have more people this year and we have really come together as a team,”...

Kids’ Britton places at Beast of the East

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

After a big weekend of wrestling, Northampton now goes through a big week on the mats before the holiday season kicks into full swing.

Fresh off a 20th place (66.5 points) finish at the Beast of the East tournament, the Kids came home with one medalist from the event in junior Devon Britton taking an eighth place finish at 138.

Britton fell to Luke Wymer of St. Vincent-St. Mary (Ohio) by a 12-3 major decision in the seventh place bout to end his trek in Delaware.


Girls off to hot start as Jeff Jacksits sets win mark

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by WENDY KENNEDY in Sports

The Northampton girls varsity basketball team faced off against Emmaus High School on Friday evening, Dec. 15, in a game that would become another Northampton victory and another ‘W’ in head coach Jeff Jacksits’ notable career.

The girls took the court at Emmaus on Friday night on a mission to cinch another win. Northampton scored 21 points in the first quarter of play and went onto consistently answer every counter mounted by Emmaus. Among the top scorers in the game were Northampton...

Ellwood returns but Kids fall to Emmaus

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by C.J. HEMERLY in Sports

For its first two games of the 2017-18 regular season, the Northampton boys basketball team had to play without its leading scorer from last year, Aidan Ellwood. But luckily for the Kids, they won both and saw the senior return for their third game.

But a fourth quarter surge by Emmaus and a cold-shooting final frame from Northampton resulted in a 53-47 defeat to the Green Hornets last Friday night at Northampton High School.

The Kids opened the game fast and shot the ball well...

Phantoms Corban Knight on hot streak

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Corban Knight is in one of those streaks where everything he does looks almost effortless, but turns out to be good. Take for example, the play he made Sunday in Bridgeport when he was literally on his stomach behind the goal, but still was able to flip the puck to Danick Martel, who was stationed in front of the net for a go-ahead goal.

Not exactly the way the play was drawn-up, but Knight made it work. In his last four games, Knight has two goals and five assists. Since the calendar...

Outdoors: Bird count runs through Jan. 5

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

If you’re a bird lover, you may know that Dec. 14 was the start of the 118th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count that runs until Jan. 5. The count is one of the longest-running citizen science projects in the country and world. It provides important data for scientists but it’s a great time for folks to participate and collect the number of birds and species in wintering locations in the country.

While doing these counts, birders may be privy to seeing snowy owls. A recent press...

Exciting victory!

Friday, December 15, 2017 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

Coaches and players in the East Penn Conference already know the name Aidan Ellwood.

The Northampton senior averaged 17.9 points per game last season and is already committed to play for Kutztown next season.

But after the K-Kids’ Dec. 8 opener against Muhlenberg, Cory Weisenberger gave the area scouts another name to remember.

The 6-1 senior scored 28 points to propel Northampton to a thrilling 59-57 win to start the season. Weisenberger scored 16 of Northampton’s 29...