Northampton Press

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Kids get boost from youngsters

Thursday, March 14, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Northampton’s girls’ basketball team recently hit the state playoff behind a 24-4 record, one of the best in school history.

They employed their high-octane offense to gain control over Methacton and never relinquished in a 55-48 victory in the opening round of the state playoffs.

Regardless of where the Konkrete Kids finish, the trio of senior Victoria Keenan and Jenna Rogers along with sophomore Morgan Sterner has provided the bulk of the offense. Keenan is pushing past the 1...

NHS hockey team a game short of title

Thursday, March 14, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Whatever the final reason may be, Northampton peaked at the right time.

The Konkrete Kids has a postseason flurry that saw them beat undefeated Freedom in the opening round before they lost to nine-time defending champion Parkland in three games in the finals of the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL) playoffs.

Initially, it wasn’t that promising.

The Kids lost a pair of games against Parkland and logged a tie against Allentown Central Catholic that helped...

Outdoors: Time of year to clean out nesting boxes

Thursday, March 14, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

If you have bird houses or nesting boxes at your residence, now’s a good time to check them so see if they need repair and to clean them out before spring arrives. Incoming birds won’t nest on old nest material that may have mites, bugs or even mice in them.

If you don’t have any boxes but would like to enjoy seeing the spring arrivals such as colorful bluebirds, it would be a great time to either buy or build a box/house or two.

According to The Birding Wire, by installing...

Phantoms get much-needed points

Thursday, March 14, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

They needed these!

After a Sunday loss in Bridgeport last week, the Phantoms were looking ahead at a road game in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and two home games against the Charlotte Checkers. At that point, the Phantoms were 4-9-1 in their last 14 games and starting to sink quickly in the Atlantic Division and in the Eastern Conference standings. They traveled north to meet the Penguins and came away with a nice, tidy 3-1 win with Alex Lyon saving 27 of the 28 shots that he faced.


NHS girls advance in opener, but road ends

Thursday, March 14, 2019 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

What if you were told that EPC MVP Victoria Keenan would score a single point in the first quarter of a state playoff game … and the Konkrete Kids would race out to a 21-3 lead?

It happened Friday day night at Freedom in Northampton’s first round PIAA 6A game against the Methacton Warriors.

Just as fans of the Orange and Black were Googling “Norwin” and starting to speculate on the site of the second round game against the team from the Pittsburgh area, the momentum shifted....

Konkrete Kids knock off FHS for title

Thursday, March 7, 2019 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

The best 6A girls basketball team in District XI is also its champion. The 2019 Northampton Konkrete Kids completed their journey with a 60-52 win over defending champion Freedom to claim the school’s first district title in girls basketball since 2011.

The first quarter started calmly enough as each team made short scoring runs. Freedom scored the final five points of the period to erase a Northampton lead and tie the score at 12-12.

Although the Patriots would outscore the...

Girls are getting ready to make run at states

Thursday, March 7, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

In regards to his team’s accomplishments in the postseason, Northampton head girls’ basketball coach Jeff Jacksits doesn’t get caught up in the numbers.

After 15 years, he knows it’s often difficult to compare one team against another.

But Jacksits realizes his current squad has the ability to make its mark in the upcoming PIAA state tournament that begins this weekend with the Konkrete Kids meeting Methacton, the 11th seed from District 1, Friday night at Freedom High School...

Six advance to states

Thursday, March 7, 2019 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

Fresh off a dominating performance at the previous weekend’s District XI championships, the Konkrete Kids’ wrestlers took to the mats at the PIAA AAA NE Regional Championships looking to punch their tickets to the state championship in Hershey.

As a team, Northampton finished tied for second with Nazareth, two-and-half points behind Bethlehem Catholic.

The Kids will be sending six wrestlers to compete in the state finals.

Julian Chlebove won his third regional title and...

Lehigh Valley looks to turn around season

Thursday, March 7, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The latest bump in the road for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms is turning into more of a complete and total car-consuming sinkhole in the road. The team broke a five-game losing streak Saturday with a 3-1 win over Utica, after which a brawl broke out as the teams headed for their respective locker rooms. That show of testosterone may have been just the thing to spark the Phantoms, but unfortunately, they came back Sunday and lost to Bridgeport.

In addition to now having lost six of their...