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Phantoms set to start the playoffs on Friday night

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Phantoms wrapped up a season that saw them not only qualify for the playoffs for the second straight season, but also win their first Atlantic Division title since moving to the Lehigh Valley. They’ve got home ice advantage throughout the divisional playoffs and would only lose that advantage in the Eastern Conference playoffs if they were to face the Toronto Marlies, the AHL’s top team.

For the team, there’s a bit of a break now as they await the opening of the Calder Cup...

Tennis falls to Liberty

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Northampton’s boys’ tennis team began the season on a winning streak with victories over Freedom, 4-3, Dieruff, 7-0, Jim Thorpe, (score unavailable), Easton, 6-1, and Pocono Mountain East, 6-1.

Midway through, the Konkrete Kids lost to Stroudsburg, 1-6, Emmaus, 0-7, and Liberty, 2-5, before defeating Allen, 7-0.

In the K Kids’ match against the Hurricanes, Jack Flood and Sam Hanley won in the only three-set match of the day.

“We knew we could beat them, so we just had to...

Volleyball improves to 6-3

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

There are plenty of talented boys’ volleyball teams in the East Penn Conference, but few can match the senior-laden experience that Northampton boasts.

The K-Kids relied on that leadership to defeat a very resilient Dieruff team on Tuesday, April 17, by a score of 25-23, 25-23, 25-23.

In the first set, Northampton jumped out to a 13-6 lead, but a 12-5 Huskies’ run tied the game at 18-18. The two teams traded points up to 23-23, but Northampton was able to put the set away after...

Volleyball to take part in Tails of Valor, Paws of Honor

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by The Press in Sports

On average, 22 veterans take their own life on a daily basis.

Post-traumatic stress disorder is prevalent in our veterans and soldiers’ lives. Tails of Valor, Paws of Honor Program in Quakertown is doing something to help our Veterans improve their quality of life, while honoring many soldiers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. The Northampton boys volleyball team has partnered with Tails of Valor, Paws of Honor to raise awareness of the struggles some veterans face...

Kids look for a little more consistency

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

One bad inning.

For the past few weeks, it is the one facet that has troubled the Northampton baseball team.

In three of their four defeats, the Konkrete Kids have been victimized by the one inning that could easily reverse their record from 5-4 to 8-1.

“It has been 18 of 21 innings,” reflected Kids’ head coach Mick Sugra. “It is a one-run inning. We’re controlling it by putting guys on base. We have to be able to recognize when it happens. We won 18 of the 21 innings....

K-Kids Wrapup Softball wins 3

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

Northampton’s softball team won all three of its games last week and outscored its opponents 38-9.

In the K-Kids’ 16-4 win over Pleasant Valley, Heather Alich reached base four times and scored four runs. Hannah Boggs went 2-for-3 with three RBI and three runs scored. Northampton hosts Stroudsburg on Thursday, April 19 then travels to Nazareth on Saturday, April 21.

The baseball team went 1-2 last week with a victory over William Allen and losses to Whitehall and Pleasant...

Kids wrap-up Spring sports season in full gear

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

Northampton’s boys’ volleyball team went 2-1 last week with victories over Liberty and Pocono Mountain West. The K-Kids dropped a five-set thriller to Parkland, 30-32, 25-15, 25-18, 21-25, 15-11. The volleyball team will travel to Bethlehem Catholic on Thursday, April 12 then host Dieruff on Tuesday, April 17.

The boys’ lacrosse team picked up its first victory of the season over Bethlehem Catholic on Tuesday, April 10. Juniors Matthew Urban and Garret Transue each had two goals in...

Volleyball drops a close game to Parkland

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

When most Lehigh Valley boys’ volleyball teams face Parkland, their expectations tend to change.

They hope to compete. Maybe they can steal a set or two.

When Northampton welcomed the Trojans to Schneider Gymnasium on Tuesday, April 10, the K-Kids made it clear that they were there to win.

And they almost did.

Parkland defeated Northampton in a five-set thriller: 30-32, 25-15, 25-18, 21-25, 15-11. The loss dropped the K-Kids to 4-3 on the season and snapped their...

Tennis schedule slow, but Kids start fast

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by WENDY KENNEDY in Sports

Temperatures are well below normal, winter winds are still blowing and sizable spring snowfalls continue to plague the Northampton High School spring sports schedules.

But the Northampton boys tennis team has not let an extended visit from Ol’ Man Winter slow them down.

The boys team is enjoying a 6-1 record to start the 2018 season with early victories over Pocono Mountain East, Easton, and Dieruff, among others.

The recent winter weather has forced the rescheduling...

Girls softball team starts off season 2-2

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by WENDY KENNEDY in Sports

The Northampton girls varsity softball team started the 2018 season on high note with two decisive wins, two very close losses and a new coach who returns to Northampton with some impressive stats of her own.

The Northampton girls began the season at home on Wednesday, March 28, with a decisive win over East Stroudsburg North. The final score was Northampton 17-2.

Northampton’s Emily Marokovits got the win, pitching a strong game with two strikeouts and three walks allowed. The...