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Shander keeps it simple

Thursday, April 27, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Throughout his baseball career, Brittain Shander has managed to stay within the fundamentals.

The Northampton junior is witnessing how his approach is paying dividends for him and his team this season.

“I just try to keep it simple and keep my balance,” said Shander in reference to his batting stance. “I just go out there and try as hard as I can. I haven’t really tried anything new. I just try to hit the ball as square as I can.”

So far, Shander hasn’t been obtuse....

NHS in position to make EPC run

Thursday, April 27, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Northampton’s volleyball team is on the verge of clinching a district playoff berth if the K-Kids can take care of business this week.

Northampton lost their match on Monday to Whitehall (11-0) in a three-game sweep 17-25, 14-25, 11-25 to end a three-game win streak and knock their season mark down to 6-4.

However, with contests against Pocono Mountain East (1-11) and Allen (2-9) on tap this week, the Kids should be in favorable position to walk away with a pair of sweeps that...

Parkland beats Kids in early showdown

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Something had to give when pair of undefeated baseball teams met Tuesday at Coca-Cola Park.

Parkland got a stellar pitching performance from ace Michael Jenkins to keep its record unblemished and hand Northampton its first loss of the season.

Jenkins allowed just three hits in the complete-game shutout. He struck out two and didn’t allow a walk.

“Mike throws strikes and he’s got a couple different pitches, so he keeps people off stride,” said Parkland head coach Kurt...

Girls track team picks up two victories

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The Northampton track and field teams thought they suffered two very close losses to Pleasant Valley this week. The boys lost 78-72 while the girls fell 76-74.

Or so they thought.

However, after correcting a scoring error, it eventually gave the Kids a first place in the girls triple jump which tied the score at 75-75. However, the girls won on the first tiebreaker which is first place finishes, 10-8, according to an email correction the Press received about the meet on Tuesday...

Boys look to improve

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Northampton looks to stay on track with the growth of their boys’ lacrosse program as they look to compete in the East Penn Conference this spring.

New head coach Jace Shively enters his first season at the helm of the program following last year’s 2-16 record.

“We are a young team across the board with players learning how to play the modern game and some learning the game outright,” said Shively. “We have some 11th graders filling out our positional groups with some...

Girls aim for ‘statement’ year

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Northampton’s girls lacrosse team wants to make 2017 a landmark season.

The Kids want to put themselves on the map after last year’s 5-12 campaign and head coach Paige Hoffman believes this year’s team has the potential to make their mark.

“Our goal is to make a statement in the conference and walk away with experience that will make the team a stronger, more talented group than they already are,” said Hoffman. “This will involve playing at a higher level, striving to overcome...

Meant to Move aims to help reduce injuries

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Meant to Move is a studio in Bethlehem owned and operated by certified Pilates teacher and licensed Yamuna Body Rolling practitioner, Jeanne Reilly, who teaches techniques that lead to more flexibility, greater muscle tone, and better posture.

“Both are low impact and can enhance everything you do in life,” said Reilly, who has clients of all ages. “My push right now is to teach more of our youth, and my dream would be to educate gym teachers, health teachers, and educators in general...

Local umps get the call

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Every year, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Reading Fightin’ Phils play an exhibition game for charity. Among all of the planning that goes into putting the game together is finding umpires to work the game. Minor League umpires aren’t allowed to work the game, so the teams generally turn to PIAA umpires. This year’s game was played at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, and when there is anything to do with umpiring, the IronPigs turn to Marty Ondrovic for help. This year, Ondrovic called on some...

Volleyball aims to get on track

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

After finishing with three wins a year ago, Northampton looks to make amends on the volleyball court this season.

The Kids (3-2) appeared to be refreshed and primed to learn from last year’s mistakes and turn that into progress this spring under head coach Dave Faust.

With last year’s team going through the growing pains of being a young group, a year of maturity and experience should do the Kids well.

“Since we were very young, starting mostly sophomores a junior and...

Angerman, Kids ready for next level

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Jared Angerman knew something wasn’t quite right with the team last year.

The current Northampton senior believed last year’s senior players weren’t all that comfortable with their roles on the team.

“The seniors were really nervous for whatever reason about last year,” Angerman said. “They just didn’t seem comfortable. I don’t know how much it affected the team. But the seniors this year are ready to take this team to the next level.”

Angerman is one of a handful of...