Northampton Press

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

NHS swimmers start season with a splash

Friday, December 15, 2017 by WENDY KENNEDY in Sports

The Northampton boys and girls varsity swim teams started their 2017-2018 season Tuesday with a double victory as both teams bested Dieruff High School by scores of 106-69 and 131-49 respectively.

Northampton’s has continued to grow in numbers over the past few years giving the team a solid mix of experience and new talent.

Head Coach Cullen Mentzell is taking full advantage of that mix this season as he leverages the team’s increased number to place swimmers, especially his...

Kids primed to contend

Friday, December 15, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Northampton’s wrestling team is looking for an encore performance from their 2016-17 campaign, but what do the K-Kids have in store this season?

After losing Dan Moran, Cade Moisey and KJ Fenstermacher, three Division-I wrestlers from last year’s team, the Kids still appear to have plenty of ammunition in the vault to contend this season.

After last year’s 15-4 finish in the dual meet season, the Kids placed four wrestlers at the PIAA tournament, good enough for third in the...

Boys begin season after a strong summer

Friday, December 15, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

With leading scorer Aidan Elwood out of the lineup with an ankle injury, things were too good for Northampton’s basketball team in their season opener.

But head coach Coy Stampone received just what he had hoped in the Konkrete Kids 59-57 victory over Muhlenberg in their season opener Dec. 8.

The Kids were led by senior Cory Weisenberger’s game-high 28 and sophomore Zach Gula added 11 in a solid team effort.

“Cory (Weisenberger) did a great job, but we got huge...

Phantoms get strong PK

Friday, December 15, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Killing off penalties is one of the best things a team can do to help themselves. It’s tough enough to play at even strength, but when short, especially in tight games, that’s where you need the penalty killing unit to step up and make big plays.

On Saturday night in Hershey, the Bears were able to break through with a power-play goal against the Phantoms, capitalizing on a penalty by Danick Martel. That goal snapped a streak of 24 straight penalty kills for Lehigh Valley.

The...

Gift ideas for your favorite sportsmen

Friday, December 15, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

It’s that time of year when relatives and friends want to treat sportsmen and sportswomen with holiday gifts. These folks are the toughest to buy for as many items are personal be it equipment or clothing. As such, here’s a few universal things to consider that should delight these special folks.

FISHING: A 2018 fishing license would be a welcome gift for anyone. Shoppers who don’t wish to visit a local tackle shop to buy one, merely go to GoneFishingPa.com where a one, three, five or...

NHS girls take fourth

Friday, December 15, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

It was not until long after it was announced that Easton won the East Penn Conference Cheerleading Championships last Wednesday night, that Northampton found out they had clinched fourth place out of 14 squads the following afternoon.

“Our athletic director [Shaun Murray] tweeted it out,” said Northampton cheerleading coach Lauren Sniscak.

The K Kids placed fourth with a score of 181. Parkland placed third with 187 points, and Pleasant Valley was runner-up with 195.5. Easton...

Hockey hopes to make push

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

So far, Northampton’s hockey season has progressed as expected.

With a 4-1 loss to Freedom Monday night, the Konkrete Kids dropped to 4-6 on the season. Being in the finals of the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL) last season, the Kids are currently in third place.

“It was a pretty decent game,” said head coach Brian Ruff about the loss to Freedom. “But we just couldn’t get any offensive flow.”

Continuity has been a problem for the Kids all season. Coming...

Scisly steps down as head football coach

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Northampton football coach Mark Scisly has stepped down from his position after four years at the helm of running the Kids football program.

Scisly submitted his resignation on November 28, days after Northampton defeated Catasauqua 46-19 on Thanksgiving.

During Scisly’s tenure, the Kids compiled a 12-36 record, going 0-32 in the EPC South.

Northampton finished this season 4-8, but showed signs of improvement battling in a close loss to Freedom (26-13) and registering...

Dorn steps down at Catty

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Phil Dorn knew it was time for a change.

In his four years as head coach of the Roughies’ football program, Dorn was pleased with the progress of his players in the classroom and in their post high school lives. He believed that he did what he could to guide them down the right paths.

On the field, though, things didn’t work out as anticipated.

Under Dorn, the Roughies won nine of their 45 games during the four-year span. He inherited a program that arguably has one of...

Outdoors: Area man heads to Nebraska for hunting

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

We’ve all heard the phrase “Go West Young Man,” words written back in 1861 by John B.L. Soule. The phrase came to symbolize the idea that agriculture could solve many of the nation’s problems of poverty and unemployment characteristic of the big cities of the East.

But for Jules Fruhwirth of Emmaus and eight of his buddies, the phrase means heading to Nebraska for big white-tailed deer and huge mule deer. The latter duo are predominantly a plains pursuit that differs immensely from...