Northampton Press

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Outdoors: Snow geese are back in the area

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

If you’re a snow goose hunter, or just a wildlife photographer, you both can shoot thousands of snow geese by trekking on down to upper Berks County.

There’s a large field behind Sittler’s Golf Center and Haldeman Ford on Route 222 outside Kutztown and on Kutztown Road. As I drove past there at 12:20 p.m. last week, the field behind these two businesses was a sea of white, that on first view took on the appearance of snow. But instead, was a few thousand snow geese feeding there with...

Flyers shuffle goalies because of injuries

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

First, goalie Brian Elliott went on the injured list for the Flyers.

Then, on Saturday, Michal Neuvirth went down with an injury leaving the Flyers scrambling in goal.

Former Phantoms goalie Alex Lyon, who was replacing Elliott on the Flyers roster, played the rest of Saturday’s game with no backup. While there’s no good time for an injury, the fact that GM Ron Hextall still had a few days before the NHL trade deadline hit was somewhat of a silver lining.

On Monday, the...

It’s hard not to root for K-Kid coach Coy Stampone

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Some situations in sports – and life – you never forget.

It was many years ago when I first met Coy Stampone. He was a basketball coach in the Nazareth program under then head coach Charlie McGarvey, and we met as instructors at a summer basketball camp at the school.

At approximately 6-foot-4, Coy is an imposing figure with his height and solid stature. But you soon realize he is a genuine, frank individual with his great sense of humor. He is the type of person who will...

Senior swimmers honored

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by WENDY KENNEDY in Sports

The Northampton varsity swim team honored senior swimmers and their parents during the team’s last home meet on Friday evening.

Northampton celebrated its senior class not only with flowers and memories of their years and accomplishments, but with a double win over Pocono Mountain West.

With final scores of 123-56 and 102-73 for the girls and boys, respectively, the meet had no shortage of first place finishes for the Kids. Some races were decided by fractions of a second like...

NHS girls fall to Bethlehem Catholic

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s girls defeated Northampton 62-45 at Becahi as part of a boys girls doubleheader as the EPC basketball playoffs got underway.

The Kids came out strong offensively with four, three-pointers, one by Morgan Sterner, one by Jenna Rogers, and two by Victoria Keenan, in the first quarter of play.

But, two consecutive turnovers that resulted in points for the Hawks by Abby Brown and Jaleesa Lanier, along with seven points by Becahi’s Taliyah Medina gave the Hawks a...

Kids turn eyes to district playoffs

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Northampton’s run in the East Penn Conference (EPC) ended quickly, but the Konkrete Kids are confident in their district hopes ahead.

The seventh-seeded Kids dropped a 64-48 contest to second-seeded Allentown Central Catholic in an opening–round game Monday night at Rockne Hall.

It was the rubber match between the two teams as Central won the opening match, 66-36, Dec. 19, and Northampton returned the favor, 60-45, Jan. 18.

Aidan Ellwood paced the Kids with 20 points,...

Hockey looks to keep playoff spot

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Northampton’s hockey team is in a fixed mood in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL).

Coming off a 10-3 win over Beca/ Central recently, the Konkrete Kids will maintain their fourth seed and likely spot in the upcoming LVSHL playoffs. The Kids are in a position to face top-seeded and undefeated Parkland in a single elimination game that would lead to a best-of-three championship round.

Yet, the Kids haven’t lived up to preseason expectations with a 6-8-0 record....

Phantoms continue success over Hershey

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

As much fun as rivalries are, for them to be at their best, both teams have to be competitive. Unfortunately, the Hershey Bears haven’t upheld their end of that deal against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms this season. On Friday night, Lehigh Valley downed Hershey 5-1 to give themselves a perfect 5-0 mark against their Chocolatetown rivals. They also took their scoring advantage over Hershey to 26-10. The Bears have struggled against everybody this season, leaving them last in the Atlantic...

Who doesn’t love a parade?

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by The Press in Sports

Last week when someone found out I went to the Eagles parade, they excitedly said, “I hope you write a story about it.”

My initial thought was: I really didn’t have a whole lot of good things to say ...

As a few days have since gone by, my tune has changed. I’m very glad I went despite the frustration of waiting hours in the cold for trains.

My barometer for this event was the Phillies parade from Halloween of 2008, which included a front-row seat along Broad Street and...

Outdoors: Great Backyard Bird Count to begin

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

For you avid bird watchers (also known as ‘Birders’), you may want to join in this years 21St. Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC).

This annual event takes place February 16-19 in backyards, parks, nature centers, on hiking trails, school grounds, balconies, and beaches. The global event provides an opportunity for bird enthusiasts to contribute important bird population data that help scientists see changes over the past 21 years.

To participate, bird watchers count the birds...