Northampton Press

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Barkley’s number to be retired at WHS

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

During the Saquon Barkley Day celebration in Coplay, Whitehall Athletic Director Bob Hartman announced that no one will wear the maroon-and-gold No. 21 jersey at Zephyr Stadium after Barkley.

Ali Barkley, that is.

Saquon’s younger brother, a sophomore who also plays running back, currently wears No. 21 for the Whitehall football team. Hartman said that the school will retire the number after Ali is finished playing, with a ceremony whenever Saquon’s schedule permits.


Phantoms in playoffs; goalie situation muddy

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Phantoms believe that the road to the 2018 Calder Cup goes through the Lehigh Valley.

The team clinched a playoff berth with a 5-4, overtime loss at Providence which combined nicely with Bridgeport’s 4-1 loss at Syracuse to lock up their playoff ticket. This will be the 12th playoff appearance for the Phantoms, dating back to their days in Philadelphia, and second in a row as they look for their third Calder Cup championship.

Since Jan. 20, the Phantoms have just four...


Thursday, March 29, 2018 by JAME BUNTING in Sports

The following are quotes captured from the March 24 Saquon Barkley Day celebration in the Whitehall-Coplay area.

• “I had the pleasure of seeing Saquon play quite a few of his high school games, and I could tell that he was developing into a special player. But when a player develops a deeper love and commitment to the game to take it to the college level, that’s a whole other ballgame. Watching Saquon play for Penn State was always something to look forward to, knowing that he came...

Outdoors: March 31 marks regional trout opening day

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With some sun and warmer temperatures, the snow we had last week should hopefully melt enough to allow access to area stream banks and lake shores for the Saturday, March 31, regional trout opener in 18 southeastern counties.

The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission adds that their Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters program stocks 21 streams across the state with 14-20-inch trout. The trout, they say, will be stocked at a rate of 175-225 per mile. Anglers are invited to visit the...

Kids have the pitching

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Northampton baseball coach Mick Sugra likely is to remember one moment of the season before it even began.

Last Sunday, the Konkrete Kids hosted a youth clinic in which current players taught and worked with elementary-age students.

“The younger kids look up to the high school players as role models,” said Sugra. “That’s where it all starts. A connection is made there and it keep going.”

Sugra sees the connection flourishing again this spring as he begins his eighth year...

Hockey team’s future looking good

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Heading into the final phase of the season, Northampton knew what it needed to do to secure itself a better playoff seeding.

They did just that.

The Konkrete Kids (7-8-0, 3-2 in their last five) shutout Emmaus, 6-0, Feb. 12 to grab the third spot in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League playoffs. With the win, the third-seeded Kids met second-seeded Freedom in a one-game playoff. The Pates would end up winning that game 5-4 and moving on to play Parkland in the best-of-...

Gula stepped up for the K-Kids this year

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

As a sophomore, Zach Gula figured it was time to take his game to the next level.

After a productive summer, Gula was in the running for one of the Konkrete Kids’ starting positions after a number of them had been created due to graduation.

He took the initiative and never looked back.

Playing in the shadow of leading scorers and seniors Aidan Elwood and Cory Weisenberger, Gula quietly was a consistent performer for the Kids all season. He started the team’s first 21...

Lehigh Valley crowns 3 wrestling All-Americans

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by PETER CAR AND TIM ROBB in Sports

Lehigh senior Darian Cruz enjoyed the limelight of being a national champion last year, but got treated the harsh reality of competing in a tough weight class at last weekend’s NCAA Division-I wrestling championships.

Cruz took fifth at 125-pounds during the tournament held at Quicken Loan Arenas in Cleveland, finishing his Lehigh career with a 120-20 record.

After losing 2-0 to Rutgers’ Nick Suriano in the semifinals, Parkland graduate and Minnesota wrestler Ethan Lizak gave...