It wasn't a typical high school football game under the lights on a Friday night, but don't tell the girls from Catasauqua and Northampton that.
The two schoolswhich are separated by a mere two milesbrew a rivalry that is as intense as any in the Lehigh Valley. Sunday's stage of their annual powder puff football game brought to life that clash once again.
The Northampton Athletic Association's Pee Wee team captured the Suburban Youth Football League title with a 6-0 win over LCYA. Colby Reph scored the only touchdown of the game and the defense kept their opponent off the board. The head coach for the Pee Wee is Steve Wildman.
Pennsylvania's black bear bowhunting season got underway Monday, Nov. 17. That season runs until this Friday, Nov. 21. Then on Saturday, Nov. 22, the general four-day firearms season kicks off and runs from Monday, Nov. 24 to Wednesday, Nov. 26.
It's become common knowledge among big game hunters that Pennsylvania has a large population of approximately 8,000 bears statewide. Added to that, the bears are big.
In 2013, there were 3,510 bears taken, which, says the PGC, was the fifth-largest harvest in state history.
Northampton snapped a nine-game losing streak last weekend, defeating Owen J. Roberts 13-7 in a non-league contingency contest.
The win was the first for Northampton since a week one victory over Allen and head coach Mark Scisly was happy to get a win as his team prepares for their Thanksgiving Day clash with Catasauqua.
"It means a lot to get a win," Scisly said. "Hopefully it will build some momentum going into Thanksgiving. It had been a long nine weeks playing in the EPC."
Northampton junior Jo Perelli had never been to the state cross country meet so far in her high school career.
But judging by her performance, you may have not guessed it. While she didn't finish amongst the top 25 Class AAA finishers that received medals, Perelli did put together one of the more solid days of Lehigh Valley participants.
Perelliwho finished in a time of 19:41came in 53rd place amongst the 225 participants in Saturday's PIAA State Championships at Hershey's Entertainment Complex. She was the sixth runner from the Lehigh Valley to cross the finish line.
Sitting atop the standings of the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL) over the past few weeks, Northampton apparently has shaken off all the rust from an uncharacteristic 2013-14 season in which they finished with an overall 6-7-2 record.
The perennial champions have regained their winning ways as they were undefeated in the first five games of the season and likely will be a contender for the LVSHL crown this winter.
Well, one week of the playoffs is in the books and now it's time to handout some hardware this week, as teams in 3A, 2A and A can come away with district titles this week.
In 4A, a looming Easton-Parkland title bout next week is what all signs point toward, but just ask Whitehall about Freedom.
The Eastern Conference 4A title game also features two EPC teams, which should make it interesting on the field, even though nobody will be in the stands.
Check out the top 10, as the football season rapidly winds down.
1. Easton (11-0)
Last week's rank: #1
Gavin D. Schmidt, 19, of New Tripoli, took second place at the International Bowhunters Organization (IBO)
World Championship held August 7-10 in Elliottville, NY.
Schmidt graduated in June from Northwestern High School and began shooting a stick box at the age of 5. "I continued to shoot from that time on until now," said Schmidt in a phone interview.
IBO is an international bowhunting organization that's dedicated to promoting, encouraging and fostering the sport of bowhunting. It matches archers against 3D targets that can vary in distance from 0-50 yards.
Well, it's playoff time and this is where writers really make their money. Most of these contests will be won by the higher seeds, but second-seeded Stroudsburg and fourth-seeded Freedom could fall victim in the opening subregional 4A race.
Southern Lehigh looks for revenge against Saucon Valley and Bethlehem Catholic aims to defend their 3A crown.
It's an exciting week of football, so check out who will win and who will go home.
1. Easton (10-0)
Last week's rank: #1
Easton gets to put a pounding on their northern counterparts.
It's playoff season and unfortunately, Northampton won't be dancing in any contests this weekend, as the K-Kids ended their 2014 regular season with a 35-7 defeat to Whitehall.
The loss put the K-Kids at 1-9 on the season, but their Cement Bowl victors will take part in one of the most hyped playoff games this weekend.
Things get started Friday night at BASD Stadium when fourth-seeded Freedom (8-2) takes on fifth-seeded Whitehall (8-2) in the District 2-4-11 4A subregional playoffs.