The Northampton boys basketball team will be led by a group of 8 seniors this season.
They will be looking to improve on a 12-11 mark last year where they earned the #10 seed in districts and were knocked out in the first round by Parkland.
The senior tri-captains are guard Donte Rodriguez, forward Jake Christman, and last year’s leading scorer, guard/forward Zac Gula.
The team’s centers are senior James Robinson and junior Jon Altomare.
The forwards are senior Isaiah Tyler and sophomore Lucas Lesko.
• Best regular season in 45-years (1974 Team finished 9-1).
• Won 9 games in a row for the first time since 1959 (9-0, LNL Champions).
• EPC North Division Champions - 1st League Championship since 1997, Mountain Valley Champions with
a record of 8-5).
• Won 10-games for just the third time in school history (1998 and 2008 both went 10-3).
• Team scored 562 points topping the 1937 “The Wonder Team” total of 518.
This year’s Northampton girls varsity basketball team features a first in head coach Jeff Jacksits’ 16-year career, a team captain who is not a senior.
As the team’s lone returning EPC All-Star, junior guard Morgan Sterner is certainly qualified to be a captain. Even if Sterner weren’t deserving of the honor, the team still would not have had a senior captain because there are no seniors on the team.
Joining Sterner from the junior class are forward Taylor Sommer, who missed last year with a knee injury and guard Kelly Tita.
It’s here. It’s deer - the firearms deer hunting season that is.
The much awaited rifle deer season gets underway statewide Saturday, Nov. 30, when the majority of sportsmen go afield in hopes of bagging a buck. And this year, the season opens on a Saturday after Thanksgiving instead of the Monday after the holiday as it has traditionally been.
Bethlehem Inter-Church Dart Baseball league
Standings Week 1-10
East Hills 18 9 .667
Holy Trinity 18 9 .667
Holy Cross 18 9 .667
First UCC 16 11 .593
Christ Luth 17 13 .567
Bethany UCC 17 13 .567
Schoenersville 14 13 .519
WS/Edgeboro 14 13 .519
St. Peters 11 16 .407
College Hill 12 18 .400
Fritz Wesleyan 10 17 .370
Trinity UCC 8 19 .296
Christ UCC 8 19 .296
Christ UCC at
St. Peters 4-1, 9-2, 3-4
Northampton will enter its 97th annual Thanksgiving Day tilt with Catasauqua apparently with a sizable advantage on a few fronts with a 10 a.m. kickoff at Al Erdosy Stadium.
The Konkrete Kids (9-2) have a strong chance to gain their first 10-win season since 2008 (10-3), and they will have a size and player number advantage over the Rough Riders.
Northampton hasn’t played since it suffered a hard-fought, 42-37 loss to Easton in an opening–round district Class 6A playoff game Nov. 1.
The Phantoms clicked their skates together three times and said “there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home.”
With that, the team that had lost four straight returned to winning form with back-to-back wins taking two of the three games on their recent homestand.
The good news for the team is that three of its next five games are also on home ice, giving the team some momentum.
It’s finally the end of the football season and for our viewing area, this is an earlier exit for Lehigh Valley teams than we’ve been accustomed to in recent memory. Bethlehem Catholic’s run to the state semifinals over the past couple of years helped prolong the season after Thanksgiving, but with Nazareth falling to St. Joe’s Prep and Southern Lehigh getting bounced by Archbishop Wood, that leaves us with only Turkey day games this week.
So, enjoy the start of the holiday season and thanks for following throughout the year.
Here’s a look at our final poll.
On Thanksgiving morning at Northampton’s Al Erdosy Stadium, it will be 34 days since Catasauqua last played a football game, losing its season finale, 47-0, to Northwestern.
Rough Riders’ head coach Mike McClarin has taken a different approach with the layoff.
“We look at a second season this year,” said the second-year head coach, whose team has a 0-10- record this season. “We told the kids to put everything behind them from the first 10 weeks, and look at this as five weeks to prepare for a game.
The local District 11 postseason is over.
The Catasauqua-Northampton Thanksgiving Day clash will formally pull down the curtain on the overall season.
Except for Tamaqua, both Nazareth and Southern Lehigh had its seasons end at the hands of District 1 suburban Philadelphia powerhouses last weekend.