Northampton Press

Friday, February 22, 2019

It’s gut-check time for the K-Kids

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

For Northampton’s boys’ basketball team, it is the first of a possible few late-season gut checks.

The Konkrete Kids (9-6) need two more wins to return to the district playoffs, and they have a huge gut check this week.

They met Allentown Central Catholic Tuesday, have a return date with Emmaus Friday, and then host Blue Mountain Saturday afternoon. The three teams have a combined record of 36-10.

“Central and Emmaus are very good, and Blue Mountain began the week with a...

CL-SL embark on football co-op

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

It wasn’t quick and it sure wasn’t easy.

But after over two years of discussions, debates, arguments and compromises, the Colonial League and Schuylkill League came up with a cooperative football scheduling agreement that allows 28 teams to play their 10 regular season games against more opponents from schools of a similar size.

Officials from both leagues announced the agreement Thursday at a press conference at Blue Mountain Resort. The agreement will take affect in 2020 and...

Football leagues announce cooperative schedule agreement

Thursday, January 17, 2019 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Officials from the Colonial and Schuylkill leagues held a press conference Thursday announcing their new cooperative football scheduling model, which will take affect in the 2020 season.

The 12 Colonial League football teams and 16 from the Schuylkill League will form four divisions based on enrollments and PIAA Classifications. While Colonial League president Bryan Geist insisted the move was not a merger, the cooperative in effect creates a new 28-team league.

“It’s not a...

Rogers has developed as key part of girls teams

Thursday, January 17, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Throughout her athletic career, Jenna Rogers always has appreciated the moment. In her senior season, she is cherishing it even more.

Rogers has plenty of reasons to enjoy it. She and her teammates literally have soared off to a fast 9-2 start and are sitting atop the East Penn Conference (EPC).

Relying on their explosive fast-break offense, the K-Kids convincingly beat East Stroudsburg South, 66-31, Jan. 3 and followed with a lopsided, 92-67 triumph over previously unbeaten...

Kids top Dieruff, Catty

Thursday, January 17, 2019 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

After getting an overtime scare from the two-win Dieruff Huskies the night before, the Konkrete Kids boys basketball team couldn’t afford to take anything for granted when Catasauqua came to town Saturday afternoon.

Northampton took care of business early, surging to a 38-19 halftime lead on the way to a stress-free, 71-53 win.

The MVPs from the Thanksgiving Day football game, Tyrese Brandon of Northampton and Andrew Martinez of Catasauqua, were representing their schools in...

Girls top Easton

Thursday, January 17, 2019 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

On Tuesday night in Easton, the Northampton girls basketball team weathered a poor-shooting first half to knock off the Red Rovers 55-41. The win is the Kids’ eighth in row, bringing their season record to 13-2.

While the team shot a respectable 9-of-20 from inside the arc in the first half, they were 0-of-10 from three-point range, leading to a 24-21 halftime deficit.

At halftime, head coach Jeff Jacksits made some adjustments.

“I told them, ‘We’re not making shots out...

NHS falls to Solehi

Thursday, January 17, 2019 by WENDY KENNEDY in Sports

The Northampton varsity swim team found themselves in unchartered territory on Tuesday, Jan. 15, as both the boys and girls teams fell to Southern Lehigh in Northampton’s first overall loss of the season.

While the losses broke the boys undefeated season and a winning streak for the girls, Northampton head coach Cullen Mentzell looked beyond the loss to some great individual swims by the Kids.

“Overall the kids swam really well,” commented Mentzell. “We had 25 individual season...

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Thursday, January 17, 2019 by The Press in Sports



Suburban Dart League


Star of Bethlehem 33 15 .688

St. Paul’s 28 14 .667

Bath Lutheran 27 18 .600

Dryland 25 23 .521

Christ UCC 23 22 .511

Emmanuel 21 24 .467

Ebenezer 22 26 .458

Farmersville 20 25 .444

St. Stephen’s 20 28 .417

Light of Christ 17 28 .378

Salem UCC 16 29 .356

After losing 6-5 to 1st place Star of Bethlehem, Bath Lutheran came back to win 5-3,...

Escape the Rock next

Thursday, January 17, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Northampton’s wrestling team will have an opportunity to test their mettle in one last regular season tournament before they prep for the postseason stretch run when they head to Council Rock South this weekend for the Escape the Rock tournament.

The K-Kids finished 18th as a team last year and came away with four medalists, but should be able to improve upon that performance with the team they bring to the field this year.

Head coach Seth Lisa fully expects that to happen as...

Boys look to make run

Thursday, January 17, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports


It’s the one element that has plagued Northampton’s boys’ basketball team this winter.

The Konkrete Kids have a new identity this season, as they have had a number of players step into the spotlight every game.

They recently captured the Salisbury Holiday Tournament for the third consecutive season, a springboard for them the previous two seasons. Last year, the Kids embarked on a 11-game winning streak from the tournament, and it helped them get to a...