It's "win or go home" time for District 11's field hockey teams.
Northampton's Konkrete Kids are one of the 11 teams in the running to unseat Emmaus as District 11's 3A champion
Coach Kelly Backenstoe's Kids, seeded fourth, open play Saturday in a 3:30 p.m. home game against Eastern Pennsylvania Conference rival Parkland.
Northampton defeated the Trojans twice during the regular season 1-0 and 2-1 and sophomore Hallie Muffley scored the winning goal in both games.
District 11 officials Bob Hartman (Whitehall Athletic Director) and Jason Zimmerman (Northwestern Athletic Director) held a conference call Monday afternoon to discuss potential football playoff scenarios, as the regular season approaches the finish line with two weeks to go.
In classes 3A, 2A and 1A, the scenarios for the four team playoffs appear to be mostly set, but in 4A there is plenty to figure out before week 10.
This Saturday (Oct. 25) marks the opening season for pheasants and cottontail rabbits. Every year at this time upland hunters face the same problem as to where to hunt in Lehigh County. The best advice is to head west into Berks County. Here's why:
The PGC will release 270 pheasants during the week of Oct. 22-24; another 270 during the week of Oct. 29-31; 180 for the week of Nov. 5-7; 80 for Nov. 12-14; and 90 for Nov. 19-21 for a total of 1,110 birds. And a good majority of these birds will go to SGL No. 205, which means there will be lots of hunting pressure there.
With the playoff races coming to a head over the next two weeks, spots can be strengthened with wins by the likes of Freedom, Whitehall, Parkland in the 4A race. Liberty will look for some momentum before their regular season finale against Freedom. Meanwhile, Northwestern, Southern Lehigh and Saucon Valley all can clinch postseason berths this weekend with wins as well.
1. Easton (8-0)
Last week's rank: #1
Rovers look to secure home field throughout playoffs.
The Pick: Easton 28- Freedom 7
2. Whitehall (6-2)
Last week's rank: #3
Northampton High School cross country runners, Jo Perelli and Lyndsey Gallagher medaled in the East Penn Conference Cross Country Championships on Tuesday at the Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
Perelli placed 9th with a time of 19:55.
"The first mile is the hardest part. You have to work people and get your place, and then just try to maintain and save for the end," Perelli said.
As usual, Perelli ran alongside Gallagher for most of the race.
Michael Scheetz didn't have a hard time choosing where he wanted to wrestle in college.
The Northampton senior recently chose Notre Dame College, last year's Division-II national champions, located in South Euclid, Ohio to further his wrestling career.
Scheetz wanted to get the decision out of the way before his final year at Northampton begins, so he can fully commit himself to the K-Kids.
"I really wanted to focus on this season," said Scheetz. "That's why I wanted to get this out of the way now."
As the weather gets colder, kayakers and canoers should keep in mind that cold water can be unforgiving in the fall. For paddlers with just a few inches of freeboard to spare, getting wet this time of year can have serious consequences, says BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety. So they offer these seven tips for fall paddlecraft safety.
Well, what a surprise week seven became! With the season coming down to crunch time, I failed miserably on my picks from last week. Part of it was ambition, part was bad luck, but you need a little bit of both in order to get quality wins at this point of the year.
With the division races in the East Penn Conference finding matchups that can determine league champions, week eight is full of intriguing play. Meanwhile, the Colonial League saw some shakeups after last week, which means the poll has had more movement than any other week this season.
Enjoy the picks.
What are being called "inappropriate comments" from Northampton boys soccer players from last Thursday's match with Nazareth are now under investigation by the Northampton Area School District.
Boys head soccer coach Craig Carvin and assistant coach Jason Melniszyn resigned on Tuesday, according to other media outlets, and NHS students could face discipline, Northampton Superintendent Joe Kovalchik told the Northampton Press Wednesday morning.
Kelly Backenstoe is seven-for-seven as Northampton's field hockey coach.
The former Northampton High and Northwestern University goalkeeper has been in charge of the Konkrete Kids' program for seven years and her teams have gained a berth in the District 11 Playoffs each year.
This year's K-Kid team will likely be seeded fourth - behind Stroudsburg, Emmaus and Easton - based on Northampton's12-6 regular season record.