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.
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.