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.
The Northampton cross country teams wrapped up their regular season Tuesday.
The girls ended on a pretty good note, beating Nazareth (28-29) and Pleasant Valley (22-36), but getting edged by Stroudsburg (28-31). The girls finished the regular season with a great mark of 11-4.
The boys beat Nazareth (27-28), but lost to Pleasant Valley (15-46) and Stroudsburg (18-45). The boys finished the regular season 6-9.
Head coach Dan Benner said, "It was a day of personal records for most of the team," as the boys and girls achieved a lot of career-best times in the meet.
For Northampton's Carter Test, 18 holes was not enough to crown a champion in Monday's district tournament round.
Neither was the first playoff hole.
But following the second playoff green, Test stood all alone among the rest of the Class AAA competition. After Test and Freedom's Zach Juhasz both shot a 1-over par 73 through 18 holes, both double-bogeyed the first playoff hole. On the next tee, Test's bogey was good enough to award him gold on Monday at Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort.
Northampton High School's number one singles player, Emma Angle, made it to the semifinal round of the District 11 Girls Tennis Championships last week at Saucon Valley High School.
"I was just trying to get to the quarterfinals," Angle said. "People had trouble returning my serve. I was trying to get more power on the ball and go for more winners instead of returning and waiting for my opponent."
Angle's first match resulted in a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Pleasant Valley's Paola Mieles.
After two losses, the Konkrete Kids' field hockey team rebounded with a shutout victory and assured themselves of a spot in the District 11 and Eastern Pennsylvania Conference playoffs.
The 5-0 win over Allen Tuesday in a nonleague game boosted Northampton's record to 11-6 overall and clinched at least a fifth seed in the District 11 tourney.
In thrilling fashion, Tyler Andrews scored the winning goal with 3:44 remaining in the last overtime to give the Kids an epic 1-0 victory over Parkland last Monday night at Parkland Stadium.
From about 45 yards away, Andrew's shot hit the crossbar, then off the keepers hand and into the net, setting off bedlam on the Northampton sideline.
The Kids had played well from the second half on throughout the entire match. The midfield and defense did a good job shutting down the Trojan attack. Crisp passing was the key for the boys all night.