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EPC announces playoff softball pairings

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The EPC announced pairings for the softball playoff tournament.

Play begins Thursday, May 9, moving up a day from Friday because of the threat of storms.

Parkland earned the top seed and will host 8-seed Whitehall.

Emmaus is the second seed and will host 7-seed Easton. Northampton took the third seed and will host 6-seed Nazareth.

Freedom, the 4-seed, hosts Stroudsburg which is the 5-seed.

Davidson takes second place

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by The Press in Sports

Day one of the EPC track and field meet took place on Tuesday, May 7 at Whitehall, with day two set for Wednesday, May 8, after Press deadlines.

On day one, Northampton’s Mikayla Davidson took second place in the pole vault, clearing 10-6. Parkland’s Jada Mangahas won the event clearing 11-0.

Look for more on the meet in next week’s edition.




At Whitehall High School Sporting Complex

(Top four finishers overall; other local finishers)

K-Kids prep for playoffs

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Like any team, Northampton head coach Mick Sugra has worked for the best possible outcome for his team this season.

With their 5-0 win over Whitehall Monday, the Konkrete Kids certainly have achieved and accented it.

The win total marks the most under Sugra’s nine-year reign, topping the previous mark of 15 wins in 2015.

“That’s what we have strived for all season,” noted Sugra about his team’s success. “We have seen it all come through.

Volleyball heading to district playoffs

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

The Northampton boys volleyball team’s senior night was supposed to be a celebration of the careers of captains Luis Roman and Dominic Frey and manager Emily Gehris as well as the moment the team would clinch a district playoff berth with their ninth win of the season.

The feting of the seniors took place as planned in a nicely decorated Pete Schneider Gymnasium. But the visiting 5-12 Dieruff Huskies were uncooperative as they spoiled the night by winning the match in four sets.

Kovalchik, Rufe have Kids ready for postseason

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Since the beginning of the season, Andrew Kovalchik and Cole Rufe believed their team would be in the hunt for the East Penn Conference (EPC) and District 11 6A titles.

So far, the senior duo has been right. And it has been all about the Kids’ bond.

“Since we came up short against Parkland and Emmaus in our first two games, our team chemistry has been stronger than ever and it shows,” said Kovalchik. “We have guys constantly picking each other up and encouraging one another.

“We’re playing great baseball and we continue to do so.”

Outdoors: Hokey Park Fishing Derby approaching

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Youngsters 15 years of age and under are invited to enter the free 2019 Annual Fishing Derby on May 25, 2019, at Hokey Park located on Lehigh Street in Whitehall.

The derby is open only to children and is hosted by the Whitehall Township Recreation Department with sponsorship from Willie’s Bait & Tackle Shop in Cementon, who provides the prizes for the winners.

Pivetta hopes time with Pigs helps turn things around

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Phillies have had success with sending struggling pitchers down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to get themselves straightened out.

Last season, Hector Neris lost the feel for throwing his splitter and along with it, his confidence. When he returned to the Phillies, he was his old self and probably even better. They had the same hopes for Nick Pivetta and the early returns are pretty good.

Outdoors: Hummingbirds entering Valley area

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

In my opinion, there’s no bird as interesting and fun to watch as hummingbirds. And they’re on the way through the area right now as they’re on their way north, according to the Birding Wire.

As per Perky-Pet’s birding website, a Rufous Hummingbird was spotted on April 29 in Media, PA, and on April 26 a Ruby-Throated was seen in Nesquehoning.

Softball prepping for the EPC playoffs

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

An international crowd was on hand to cheer the Northampton softball team on to a 10-4, revenge victory over Whitehall on Friday evening for Senior Night.

The pitchers and catchers from the Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) junior national team were in town to attend a clinic given by pitching coach Jen Shellhammer and stayed to watch the Kids in action.

Seniors Hannah Boggs, Gabby Demchak, Nikki Secara and Emily Stuhldreher were honored before the game.