The winter sports season has officially kicked off in Northampton in November. Delayed one day due to an early snow, the slow start didn’t impact the enthusiasm of the Northampton boys and girls varsity swimming and diving team.
The Northampton Middle School Natatorium was buzzing with swimmers and divers preparing for the upcoming season when the Press sat down with head coach Cullen Mentzell this week.
The snows are back. No, not the slippery white stuff, but snow geese. And they substantially outnumber local Canada geese.
Local farmers detest snow geese because they can devour an entire winter wheat field, one of their favorite delicacies followed by corn.
The Lehigh Valley Phantoms spent this past weekend in Canada, and boy, did they have fun.
The Phantoms swept their three-game road trip through Canada with an overtime win in Laval and two regulation wins in Belleville and Toronto. Nicolas Aube-Kubel had an especially good time on the trip, picking up two, game-winning goals.
The Northampton cross country team conducted their end of season banquet back on Thursday, Nov. 8.
The team celebrated its seniors and honored the many accomplishments throughout the season. Head coach Dan Benner said the team said goodbye to four seniors on the night: Evan Gillette, Magen Perelli, Lauren Pague and Valencia Mercadante. Benner and the team also handed out a multitude of awards to the high school and middle school team runners.
Below is a list of award winners:
State Qualifier Plaque - Georgia Wiswesser, Magen Perelli
Hunter “Bubba” Werkheiser got his nickname during his first season playing with the Bath youth football team.
“I was too big to play in the Northampton program at the time,” recalled Werkheiser. “I went to play for Bath and one of their assistant coaches gave me the nickname. It has stuck ever since.”
“Bubba” just finished a stellar career as a staple of Northampton’s lines for the past three seasons. The 6-2, 295-pound senior was a first-team East Penn Conference North defensive choice as a lineman this past season.
Suburban Dart League
Star of Beth 26 7 .788
St. Paul’s 19 11 .633
Bath Lutheran 19 14 .576
Christ UCC 18 15 .545
Emmanuel 17 16 .515
Ebenezer 16 17 .485
St. Stephen’s 14 19 .424
Light of Christ 14 19 .424
Dryland 13 20 .394
Farmersville 11 19 .367
Salem UCC 10 20 .333
Farmersville (6-2) at
St. Paul’s (4-2, 4-1)
SP - Dave Clark 5-12, Abby Kern 4-10, Zach Kern 4-12, HRs - Tom Unger, Amber Gross.
The Northampton Konkrete Kids finished off their 2018 football season with a satisfying, 49-14 win over Catasauqua in the 96th playing of their rivalry game. The win was Northampton’s fifth in a row in the series, bringing the historical totals to 59 wins for the Kids, 33 for the Rough Riders, and 4 ties.
While there were no 800-pound bears taken so far during the first three days of the 2018 bear hunting season, two came close. Regardless, the harvest total over the three-day hunt resulted in a total of 1,833 bears or a 12 percent increase over the 1,628 bears taken in the first three days of the 2017 season.
There’s a close connection between goalie Alex Lyon and Phantoms coach Scott Gordon. The two can relate well to each other because they have gone through much of the same trials as hockey players. Both went undrafted as goalies, Gordon out of Boston University in the 1980s and Lyon out of Yale. Both also experienced some lean times in the minors.
For the most part, Northampton’s football team achieved their first phase in its program.
The Konkrete Kids finished with an overall 8-4 record after they downed rival host Catasauqua, 49-14, Thanksgiving morning in the 96th annual skirmish.
It was an eventful season for the Kids, as they completed their first winning season in 10 years and also got back to the postseason for the first time since 2003. Those were among a series of accomplishments that helped Northampton re-establish its program this season.