Zach Valley knew wrestling at the Beast of the East tournament two weeks ago was going to help his chances heading into Bethlehem Holiday Classic at Liberty over the weekend.
Not only did the brute of taking on some of the best wrestlers at the Beast help Valley's cause at Liberty, but it also provided a boost of endurance that was notable in his road to winning the 132-pound title.
It won't be long before anglers can walk on water. In fact before the recent heat wave hit, local ponds and even Ontelaunee Reservoir, the premier ice fishery in upper Berks County, had skim ice. But since we're in the southern zone, Pocono Mountain lakes and ponds normally develop thicker ice sooner, so ice fishermen hit those waters first.
And since we're in the lull between seasons, now's the time to dig out the ice gear and check your tip-ups, ice reels, line and power augers to see if they need repair or replacement before first safe ice.
One thing Jeff Jacksits knows about his Northampton girls basketball team is that his Konkrete Kids can score.
One-third of the way through the 2013-2014 basketball season the Kids are 4-3 overall and 1-1 in the Lehigh Valley Conference.
But, with senior Leandra Sterner leading the Kids' lowest point output has been 43 points and that was in a LVC win over Whitehall.
The Kids wound up third in the Krah Christmas Classic at Central Catholic's Rockne Hall last week, losing 58-52 to North Hunterdon, N.J., before trouncing Pennsbury 73-52 in the consolation game.
If you're like me and still have your buck tag intact, you'll get another shot when the late season for antlered and antlerless deer kicks in Dec. 26 to Jan. 25.
But listen up. The regulations have changed since last year. According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), some areas wherein hunters previously were permitted to use in-line muzzleloaders and slug guns to hunt antlerless deer in the late season, will be closed to hunting.
When Dylan Cook needs to escape from the pressures of sports, he turns to writing.
Over the years, Cook has spent his spare time writing poetry and also reading as much as possible. Both of them have proved to be viable outlets as a form of relaxation.
"I'm really not an electronic wiz," admitted the Northampton senior forward. "I don't spend a lot of time online and watching TV. Instead, I'm usually writing and reading. I have spent a lot of time doing both and I really enjoy both of them."
Back on Sunday, Oct. 6, head varsity football coach of Moore Township, Keith Zechman, got his 100th career win. Zechman has seen many changes in his 15 years of service to the program - in commissioners, coaches, and even leagues - yet through it all, he remains a shining example of dedication, perseverance, and sportsmanship. As a leader, he knew when to push the kids a little harder, and when to give them a kind word. His technique has brought out the best in many athletes.
"We could have expected it, but not that bad," was Jeff Jacksits' reaction to his team's loss at Nazareth on Friday.
Jacksits, coach of the Northampton girls basketball team, expected Nazareth "to be upbeat, but I didn't expect us to look so bad," after the Blue Eagles routed the Konkrete Kids 70-47 in a Lehigh Valley Conference game.
Seth Lisa admits that the current state of the Northampton wrestling program is a mixed bag of results.
Some guys are where they need to be and some aren't. It's a scenario that is reminiscent of any wrestling program at the end of December, but one wrestler that Lisa feels is where he needs to be is 132-pounder Zach Valley.
Valley was the lone K-Kid to come home from the Beast of the East tournament over the weekend with a medal, taking seventh with a 1-0 win over Christian Innarella of Delbarton in the medal round.
Northampton has higher expectations this season on the mats, but after the Kids came away with a 31-30 victory over Dieruff last week, you could say that the Huskies are also on track to make some noise.
Northampton head coach Seth Lisa was happy to pick up the season opening win, considering that he started four freshmen on the mat, as well as facing a Dieruff squad that matches up well with Northampton.
"I am very happy that we came out with a win against Dieruff," said Lisa. "They are a team that battles and has put in a lot of work over the last few years.
Thirteen days and five scheduled games into a basketball season, Northampton girls are off to a 2-1 start, but have dealt with two postponed contests as well.
The Konkrete Kids' scheduled opener against Pleasant Valley on Dec, 6 and this past Tuesday's Lehigh Valley Conference game with Parkland were postponed.
As it is, Northampton's nonleague opener was a 62-39 victory over Allen in the annual Yasso-Rothrock Tip-Off Classic at Freedom on Dec. 7.