Northampton Press

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Scholastic archery meet set for Friday

Thursday, March 7, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

A huge opportunity is knocking for Pennsylvania’s student archers, say the folks from the National Archery in Schools Program.

The 2019 NASP state tournament is set to be held Friday, March 8 in State College. It’s shaping up to be the biggest student archery tournament ever in Pennsylvania, according to NASP.

Individuals and teams have all shot a qualifying score at one of the many state qualifying matches being held over the last few months. The top-scoring teams 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...

Wrestlers win District 11 team title

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

The path to Northampton’s first District XI wrestling team title since 2009 was testament to depth and balance of their lineup. Each wrestler contributed at least two wins and a pin to the cause.

Senior Ryan Stilgenbauer took fourth place at 106 pounds to qualify for his first appearance in the NE Regional Tournament. In addition to his placement, Stilgenbauer also scored two pins.

Freshman Alex Hanley captured sixth place at 113 pounds. He narrowly missed a spot at regionals...

Konkrete Kids pile up the hardware

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

Most Outstanding Wrestler, Coach of the Year, District XI Champions.

The District XI Wrestling Championship this past weekend added to the already stellar resume of the 2018-2019 Northampton Konkrete Kids wrestling team.

The team won the school’s first district wrestling title since 2009 by getting contributions from every wrestler in their lineup. That combined with two dozen pins over the course of the tournament produced a dominant performance that effectively wrapped up the...

Girls advance to finals

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

Last Thursday, the Northampton girls basketball team punched their tickets to the state playoffs with a 70-51 win over Easton in the District XI 6A quarterfinals.

On Monday, the Kids put themselves in position to claim their first district title since 2011 with a 60-47 win over Parkland at Catasauqua.

The Trojans led 16-12 after the first period on the strength of their three-point shooting and layup just before the horn sounded.

In the second quarter, Northampton held...

Outdoors: 2018 bear harvest numbers are in

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Pennsylvania’s final bear harvest figures are in and the take was down for the 2018 seasons. This pales in comparison to the state’s top harvest of 4,350 recorded for the 2011 season.

The 2018 season breakdown shows 2,017 were shot during the general firearms season; 699 in the extended season; and 424 during the archery season and 12 in the early season.

The 2018 harvest came in at 3,153, the 11th-best all-time but also the lowest bear harvest in the past 11 years from an...

Gilliard siblings the driving force behind their own success

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

On their driveway on any typical summer night, Tyler and Kylie Gilliard have played plenty of basketball together.

This season, the family members got to share a successful season on the court on the varsity level, too.

Tyler, a senior, recently finished a four-year career with the boys basketball team, while Kylie, a freshman, continues to keep a memorable season alive. Both have been starters for the Kids’ respective teams this winter.

Through it all, though, the bond...

Phantoms lose two, key games recently

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Phantoms had two chances to take a big step up in the Atlantic Division this past weekend and they whiffed on both chances.

The schedule had Lehigh Valley at Charlotte on back-to-back nights this past Friday and Saturday and the Checkers took both games, leaving the Phantoms in fifth place in the Atlantic Division, 19 points behind Charlotte. More importantly, Lehigh Valley is now 10th in the conference standings, which would leave them on the outside looking in at the playoffs....

With Jacksits at helm, girls prove they are among elite

Thursday, February 21, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

In the end, Northampton wasn’t supposed to be there.

Yet, the Kids haven’t exactly followed the script.

Despite having a better overall record, the Konkrete Kids didn’t gain as much respect of the two-time East Penn Conference Bethlehem Catholic Golden Hawks.

They generally weren’t mentioned in the same breath as Becahi, Notre Dame, and Southern Lehigh when speaking about elite programs in the Lehigh Valley, or at least at the tail end of the reference.

However,...

NHS girls set for districts

Thursday, February 21, 2019 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

Fresh off a runner-up finish to Bethlehem Catholic in the EPC tournament, the Northampton girls basketball team will look to capture their first District XI 6A title since 2008.

The Kids earned the top seed on the virtue of their 19-3 regular season record. Coach Jeff Jacksits has the best “Big 3” in the district tournament with his triumvirate of all-EPC performers: Victoria Keenan (1st team, EPC MVP), Jenna Rogers (1st team), and Morgan Sterner (3rd team).

The tournament...