Northampton Press

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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...

Girls continue to pile up the wins

Thursday, January 31, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

By most media accounts, Northampton’s girls’ basketball team has been flying under the radar this season.

The Konkrete Kids have done it in a true businesslike manner considering they arguably are the Lehigh Valley’s version of a Lockheed Martin F-22 fighter jet, stealthy and powerfully taking out teams in the process.

Northampton began this week’s play in the final phase of the season with an overall 16-2 mark, notably within reach of a 20-win, regular season with four games...

Bath, Allen merge

Thursday, January 31, 2019 by PAUL CMIL in Sports

John Colocino and Eric Miller approached Allen Township’s Board of Supervisors at their meeting on Jan. 22 with an idea for combining youth sports programs in Bath and Allen Twp.

Miller is working on local baseball teams for the spring season and wants to use the township’s baseball field.

The plan is to combine the organizations into one group that was dubbed BathAllen. The group spent $1,000 on a website with scheduling and signup options.

According to Miller the idea...

Kids blank Pates, prep for districts

Thursday, January 31, 2019 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

Although Northampton’s 71-0 win over Freedom at the EPC Wrestling Team Championship was technically for 5th place in the conference, all area high school wrestling fans know that there are flaws in the way teams get ranked in the league and the district.

Liberty head coach Jody Karam stated after his team won the conference title, “This is what makes Lehigh Valley wrestling great. There’s four teams that can beat each other on any given night.”

The match against Freedom seemed...

Outdoors: Feeding deer in winter months can be harmful

Thursday, January 31, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

When hard-crusted snow covers the ground, wildlife have a tough time finding food. Deer in particular have trouble finding suitable forage. As such, many well-meaning folks put out bagged corn or grain. While commendable as it appears, their graciousness is only harming the species.

According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, artificially feeding deer in the winter is the best way to kill a large number of deer in a small area in a short time. The problem, says the PGC, is that a...

D-11 wrestling duals begin on Thursday

Sunday, February 3, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

The District 11 dual tournament kicks off this Thursday night to officially begin the postseason run for area teams with opening round 3A action taking place at Liberty and Northampton.

Freedom (eighth seed) will open with Emmaus (ninth seed) at 6 p.m. for the right to the on top-seeded Liberty at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Gymnasium.

The other opening round bout at Liberty features Nazareth (fifth seed) taking on Whitehall (12th seed), with the winner moving on to take on...

District team wrestling brackets released

Monday, January 28, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

District 11 announced its pairings for the team championships.

Action gets underway at three different sites beginning Thursday and wrapping up on Saturday.

For Thursday, wrestling will begin promptly at 6 p.m. Subsequent matches will not begin before 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 adults, $3 students, $3 senior citizens.

For Saturdary, morning session tickets are $6 adults, $3 students, $3 senior citizens.

Saturday evening session tickets are $6. Only District XI...

EPC wrestling champtionship schedule released

Friday, January 25, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The EPC released its schedule for the 2018-19 Wrestling Championship Day.

The event takds place Saturday, Jan. 26 at Easton Middle School. Adult admission is $6 and it’s $3 for students and senior citizens.

Round 1 kicks off at 1:30 p.m.:

13th - Pleasant Vy. vs. Dieruff

15th - Pocono Mt. West vs. Allen

17th - Central vs. Eastburg North

Round 2 starts at 3:15 p.m.:

7th - Parkland vs. Stroudsburg

9th - Emmaus vs. Eastburg South

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Rodriguez doing a lot for the Konkrete Kids

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

In fifth grade, Donte Rodriguez decided to go out for the basketball team. The hunch eventually blossomed into a start reality.

Overall, it has been about reaching his potential.

“I figured I would give it a try,” said Rodriguez, a junior. “At that age, I was looking for help to keep it going. I had some pretty good kids playing around me.

“One of the coaches told me to use my left hand. That was a big help.”

Two years later, Rodriguez knew basketball was going to...

Kids hockey looks to make the playoffs

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Simply put, Northampton’s hockey team can control its own destiny toward the postseason in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL).

The Konkrete Kids (6-4-3) began this week’s play tied with Allentown Central Catholic (15 points) in fourth place and also for the final playoff spot.

However, Central Catholic has one game left on it schedule, while the Kids have three.

“It is there for us,” said Kids’ veteran head coach Brian Ruff. “We play three teams that are...