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Weather alters Colonial, EPC hoop schedules

Thursday, February 14, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The Colonial League and East Penn Conference playoff schedules for basketball were pushed back due to weather and school closings this week.

Tonight’s games (Thursday, Feb. 14) are as follows for the Colonial League:

Catasauqua High School

5:45 p.m.- Girls #1 Notre Dame-Green Pond vs. #4 Bangor

7:30 p.m. - Boys #1 Moravian Academy vs. #4 Bangor

Whitehall High School

6 p.m. - Girls #2 Southern Lehigh vs. #3 Northwestern Lehigh

7:45 p.m. - Boys...

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Thursday, February 14, 2019 by The Press in Sports

vision soccer course

Vision Training Soccer announces its first of the year VT Level II Coaching Certification Course in Hellertown, on March 16 from 1-4 p.m.

The course will be offered at 2674 Easton Road, Hellertown, and will include a classroom presentation as well as a two-hour field session.

T.J. Kostecky, Men’s Soccer Coach at LIU Brooklyn, NCAA Division I, along with Len Bilous, former player and pro coach (MISL) will be teaching the course.

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Flyers, Phantoms see more moves made this season

Thursday, February 14, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

On Saturday, Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher pulled off his third trade since taking over for Ron Hextall earlier this season.

The trade sent Dale Weise and Christian Folin to the Montreal Canadiens for defenseman David Schlemko and forward Byron Froese.

Fletcher, had been trying to trade Weise – one of the bigger blunders made by Hextall, when he signed him to a four-year, $9.4-million free agent deal in July of 2016 – but until this past weekend, didn’t find any takers.

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Outdoors: Learning about squirrel nests

Thursday, February 14, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

If you’re a bird watcher and maintain feeders at your residence, it’s likely your major complaint are feeder robbers.

Yes, those gray, furry, bushy-tailed thieves can, in jiffy, wipe out your feeders stocked with sunflower seeds, peanut hearts, corn or bird seed. But oftentimes squirrels can provide hilarious moments as they attempt to figure out how to rob so-called squirrel-proof feeders, and when they perform other antics. And sometimes they even lose their grip and fall.

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Girls beat Central to open EPC playoffs

Thursday, February 14, 2019 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

When Victoria Keenan’s crossover dribble left her hapless Central Catholic defender in a heap on the floor during Northampton’s first possession of the game, it foreshadowed the kind of dominant performance that would lead to the Kids’ 20th win of the season.

Friday night’s 53-36 EPC quarterfinal victory moved the Kids one step closer to the first girls basketball league title for Northampton since 1998.

Despite their broken ankles, the Vikettes were still in the game after the...

EPC, Colonial announces tourney matchups

Thursday, February 7, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The East Penn Conference and Colonial League announced matchups for their respective league tournaments, which start Friday.

In the EPC, the Bethlehem Catholic boys get the top seed and will host eight-seed Easton at 7:30 p.m. Emmaus earns the second seed and will host Central at 6 p.m.

Freedom takes the fifth seed and will travel to Nazareth for a 7:30 p.m. game while Allen sneaked in on the final night of play to earn the sixth seed and a date at Pocono Mountain East for a 7...

Semifinals set in District 11 team wrestling

Friday, February 1, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The opening rounds of the District 11 team championships took place on Thursday without a lot of surprises.

In the 3A competition, the biggest “upset” was 5-seed Nazareth making it through to the semifinals. Along the way they beat 12-seed Whitehall 65-6 and then knocked off 4-seed Stroudsburg 57-12.

That sets up the Eagles third meeting with Liberty in just two weeks. The Hurricanes are the top seed after beating Nazareth in the EPC finals last week. Liberty handled Emmaus 64-...

Boys pick up a victory

Thursday, January 31, 2019 by WENDY KENNEDY in Sports

The Northampton boys swim team claimed another win last Thursday night, this time over local rival Whitehall High School with a 101-64 victory. The girls fell just short of a win by a score of 90-80.

This meet was somewhat of a ‘split-decision’ with both Northampton and Whitehall gaining one point in the Cement Belt Challenge. The Cement Belt Challenge is a yearlong contest between the neighboring communities of Northampton and Whitehall. The challenge spans multiple high school...

Boys one win away from playoff berth

Thursday, January 31, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

One to go.

That’s the number of wins Northampton’s boys’ basketball team needed to begin the week for a return trip to districts. The Konkrete Kids certainly didn’t have an easy road in the final weeks to achieve the mark.

The Kids (10-8) began this week with their final home game against Whitehall Tuesday and then Nazareth Friday before they finish at Parkland next Monday and Allentown Central Catholic next Wednesday.

“It will be a challenge,” said Kids’ head coach Coy...

Northampton remembers Gwen Whildin

Thursday, January 31, 2019 by WENDY KENNEDY in Sports

Northampton lost a swimming icon last week when Gwen Whildin, the former head coach of the Kids varsity swim team, founder of the Northampton Kids Aquatic Club and mentor to hundreds of Northampton swimmers, passed away in her home in Pompano Beach, Florida, on Monday, Jan. 21.

Anyone speaking with her former swimmers since her death learned a lot about her tough coaching style, but also about a person who had a positive impact on the lives of young swimmers in many ways. As Cullen...