As Saturday, Oct. 5, is the start of the antlered archery deer hunting season in Pennsylvania, bowhunters have two major concerns during the opener.
The first concern is tree stand safety. Every year a few bowhunters fall from their tree stands and incur serious bodily injury either because they didn't wear a safety harness or their tree stand became defective. And despite popular belief, it's not older hunters who fall.
With a "Senior Day" looming Saturday, Northampton's field hockey team was trying to weather a difficult three-game stretch this week.
The Konkrete Kids began their latest schedule with a 2-0 win over Easton - the Kids' fifth shutout during a seven-game win streak.
But, Coach Kelly Backenstoe's Kids ran into a buzz saw last Saturday as unbeaten Stroudsburg (the top team in the Mountain Valley Conference) downed Northampton 3-1.
It goes without saying that last week's 42-7 defeat against Central Catholic was demoralizing for the Northampton program.
The loss dropped the Kids to 0-5 on the season and continued their defensive struggles by giving up over 40 points for fifth straight game this year. It also marked the fifth straight game the Kids have had a different lineup across the offensive line to complicate matters.
It's also the fifth straight game that head coach Jeff Brosky has had to paint a positive picture amid a season that has had few highlights.
The Northampton girls varsity soccer team has kicked into high gear recently, by winning four of their last five contests, including a decisive 10-0 win over William Allen High School in a game that was postponed until Tuesday night.
Northampton coach Gus Belaires has continually commented that the focus during this rebuilding year with the team is on, "getting everyone focused on playing soccer and working together as one team."
This focus seems to be paying off as Northampton has rebounded from what started off as a tough season to an evenly split conference record of 4-4.
The Northampton girls varsity volleyball team took the court at on Monday evening against Freedom High School, ready to face off against this tough division rival.
Leading the battle for Northampton was Olivia Kester and Emy Jeanneu, both with impressive performances during the game. Although the girls would ultimately fall to Freedom 3-1, coach Morgan Litak looked at the game as a testament to the renewed energy of the team.
After four-straight shutout wins, Northampton's field hockey team needed something "to stay focused."
And the Konkrete Kids got that kind of game Tuesday as they stopped a "very aggressive and physical" Allen team 2-1 in overtime.
The win, coming on Megan Wiest's goal on an assist from Kate Fehnel at the 7:12 mark in the extra period, not only ran the Kids' win streak to six, but also assured them a spot in the District 11 playoffs for the sixth time under coach Kelly Backenstoe.
District 11 announced that changes to the team wrestling tournament will be under way for the upcoming season. Instead of having 10-team formats in both 3A and 2A, 12-team tournaments will now be used moving forward.
The qualified teams and seeds will no longer be determined by a committee, rather through the power point system that the district has used in most sports over the past two years.
The Northampton girls cross country team beat both Liberty (25-32) and Freedom (29-29, won tie breaker) to improve its record to 6-2 on the season.
Hayley Jackson was third overall in a great time of 19:49. Lyndsey Gallagher ran a tough race to finished sixth overall and Jessica Hendricks finished seventh overall. The Northampton top-five were rounded out with Tatiana Lopez (12th) and Tyleen Lopez (13th).
Kim Larena ran her personal best time ever in 22:05; likewise for Charlie Amore (22:17) and Jasmine Kraftician (22:20).
Northampton boys soccer registered three more wins to what is becoming an incredible season.
They played and defeated Freedom, Central Catholic and Allen to up its record to 9-2 overall and 7-1 in the LVC. The Kids win on Monday meant they clinched their fourth-straight berth in the District 11 AAA playoffs.
The Moravian College women's tennis team recently swept King's College 9-0 Saturday, Sept. 14, on the Hoffman Courts.
Freshmen Brittany Hodge (Bethlehem, Pa./Northampton) won 6-1, 6-2 at number-five singles.
"The freshmen are very impressive with what they're doing on the courts so far," head coach Dawn Ketterman-Benner said. "They're all working hard and this is going to be a very strong team looking forward to the future. This is the foundation of the future of this program."