As we're set for another winter of fun, snow loving folks may want to know what they can look forward to on our local slopes. As such, here's what's new at Bear Creek Mountain Resort and Blue Mountain Ski Resort.
The Macungie area resort upgraded their snowmaking pump system and added more snowguns for improved snowmaking.
SUBURBAN DART LEAGUE
Salem Lutheran 26 10 .722
Dryland 23 13 .639
St. Paul's 21 15 .583
Salem UCC 21 15 .583
Emmanuel 20 16 .556
Messiah 16 17 .485
Bath Lutheran 17 19 .472
Christ UCC 16 20 .444
Farmersville 13 20 .394
St. Stephen's 13 23 .361
Ebenezer 9 27 .250
Salem Luth (6-2, 5-2, 2-1 11in)
SL - Kyle Taylor 8-14, Jacob Hoffert 5-12, Bill Hoke Jr. 5-13.
Eb - Steve Govntis 7-11, Jim Voortman 5-13, Vic Pacchioni 4-12.
Bath Luth (5-4 12in, 5-2, 5-3)
Former Northampton High football player Joe "Josh" Novogratz now holds the same distinction at the University of Pittsburgh as Mike Ditka, Marty Schottenheimer, Tony Dorsett and many other former Panthers.
Back on Nov. 1, during Pitt's Homecoming festivities, Novogratz and six other Pitt graduates were named Awardees of Distinction.
Jeff Jacksits has a lot of 'high hopes' for this season's Northampton High School girl's basketball team.
The Konkrete Kids, who wound up third in the District 11 Class 4A tournament last year, will have an almost new look this year with only one starter returning from last year's 15-13 team.
"We lost six outstanding girls (including two-time all-league standout Leandra Sterner), but all is not lost," said Jacksits at a practice last week.
When the Roughies take the field for their annual showdown against Northampton Thanksgiving morning, it might be safe to say that there will be a different team that took the field several weeks ago.
Back then, the Roughies had an influx of several new and first-year players in starting spots, as their starting lineup was riddled with injuries.
Now, the Roughies will field a lineup in which they began the season having many starters returning from injuries in time for their 92nd annual meeting with the Konkrete Kids.
It will be 20 days since the time Northampton defeated Owen J. Roberts and until they take on Catasauqua for their annual Thanksgiving day clash.
Time is always precious, but it can also be monotonous for a football team that essentially has three weeks in between their last game.
So, Northampton head coach Mark Scisly did the logical and gave his team some rest.
"It's a long layoff between the Owen J. Roberts game and Thanksgiving," Scisly said. "We decided to give the guys some time off and plan 10 practices to get ready for the game."
Recently, the Northampton Athletic Association Knee-Hi fall baseball team took the championship in the KG Tournament in Allen Township and Egypt. The team finished 4-0 to win the championship. Pictured in the top photo are: row one - Brandon Deutch, Joe, Kerbacker, Max Martinez, Matt Tretter; row two - coach Eric Deutch, Jake Shumanis, Cole Rufe, Alex Shumanis, Jake Struss, Zak Schwartz, Ty Hooven, Mason Ruff and coach Darren Rufe. The NAA Knee-Hi Orange won the championship over Orefield in the Allen Township Fall Baseball League.
To say that Northampton and Catasauqua players are excited for this week's Thanksgiving day clash is an understatement.
The K-Kids and Rough Riders head into their 92nd meeting when they clash Thursday morning at 10 a.m. at Catasauqua's Alumni Field.
Each encounter of this rivalry is unique, but it's the first for Northampton head coach Mark Scisly, who may be just as excited as his players.
Northampton is looking to snap a three-game skid against the Rough Riders, as they lost last year's contest 43-28.
The Monday after Thanksgiving is a special holiday of sorts as over 700,000 orange clad hunters head to Penn's Woods for the traditional opening of the firearms deer season for antlered and antlered deer in most parts of the state. In some areas hunters may only take antlered deer for the first five days. The reason for this is that the antlerless deer population is not up to par in those areas.
During any other season, Northampton head hockey coach Brian Ruff might welcome a two-week layoff.
But this season's respite didn't exactly fall on an appropriate period. Ruff's team is off to a fast start in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League. The Konkrete Kids began this week's play with an unblemished 5-0 record and tied with Parkland (5-0) atop the league standings. They haven't played since they blitzed Liberty, 9-1, Nov. 3.