Northampton Press

Monday, August 19, 2019

Outdoors: Tips for efficient kayak paddling

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

As this is Fourth of July week, boaters and paddle craft enthusiasts will be out in force. And if you’re of the latter, whether kayak fishing or just out for a quiet day on the water, proper and efficient kayak paddling will help increase speed and momentum so you can travel farther with less fatigue, say the folks at YakGear, a Houston, Texas company that markets a variety of paddle craft gear.

The pros at YakGear offer these general tips for new and seasoned paddlers to make the most of the day on the water.

Local business caters to softball players from everywhere

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Building blocks are a familiar sports metaphor, illustrating the need for strong foundational pieces in order to achieve athletic success.

Whether it’s constantly working on staying low out of the blocks as a sprinter, taking jumper after jumper in an empty gym, or increasing one’s strength in a musty weight room, that attention to the fundamentals is what’s needed to build future success.

Fraley steps in to help LV Cup team

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Northampton High School catcher Maddie Fraley found herself in a unique position last week when she landed on Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup softball team as a last-minute replacement for Bangor catcher Sarah Harrat.

“Kendall [Strohl] and Katelyn [Stuhldreher] are on my tournament team, and after we played Saturday, Kendall asked if I could fill in for Sarah because she hurt her arm,” Fraley explained. “Everybody was really welcoming. The coaches were great and the girls were too.”

Legion faces long stretch of consecutive games

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Northampton Legion head coach Mike Bodnar knew his challenges this season would be different than last year.

Mainly, health and depth are on his side this year.

But Bodnar’s biggest challenge will come down the final stretch of the season that began Monday night when his team (7-2) was faced with the predicament of playing eight consecutive games in as many days and nine games in 10 days.

“It is about to get really interesting,” said Bodnar. “No one likes to play early. Everybody keeps pushing games off. We are all in the same boat.

Outdoors: Youth field day set for August 3

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Now that school is out and you have youngsters that may be into ball sports or addicted to video games, their smartphones and iPads, it may be a good idea to give them a more rounded, different experience by enrolling them in the upcoming National Wild Turkey Federations (NWTF), JAKES Youth Field Day set for Aug. 3.

The event, held at Ontelaunee Rod & Gun Club in New Tripoli, educates approximately 150 children, ages 8-12 and 12-16.

Boys basketball team getting in offseason work

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Last season, Northampton took the first step after making a historic run to the District 11 Class 6A championship game the previous campaign.

Now, it’s time for phase two with 14 returning players back.

The Konkrete Kids recently begun their new journey in the Cedar Beach Summer Basketball League.

“I am impressed on the effort they have given in these summer league games,” said Kids’ head coach Coy Stampone. “It’s early and it’s summer, but I do sense a lot of confidence in this team.

All games have been played inside because of weather. It’s hard to tell.