A few years ago, Derrick Wruble wasn't thinking about playing hockey. Instead, he was engrossed in playing nearly every other sport from baseball to lacrosse.
But when Wruble went to see his friend Tyler Feist play on the Northampton hockey team, he soon began to have an appreciation for the sport. Now four years later, Wruble is near the top of Northampton's leading scorers and he will likely continue the sport upon her graduation from the school.
Northampton's wrestling team is shooting for a top-five finish at this weekend's District 11 3A wrestling tournament.
The action will take place Friday and Saturday at Liberty's Memorial Gymnasium, as the K-Kids gear up for the individual part of the season which should bear the most fruit for them.
"We have a good chance to be in the top five," said head coach Seth Lisa. "I thought we've done a good job in all the tournaments we've been in this year, so we're hoping that this weekend will be the same."
For Northampton, it has been all about timing in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League.
The Kids, who started slowly in the revamped LVSHL that will have one division instead of two, won their fifth-consecutive game Tuesday night and clinched a playoff spot in the process with a commanding 8-1 victory over Liberty/Southern Lehigh.
Derrick Wruble and Anthony Belsky has two goals apiece in the crucial victory that also was their fifth in their last six games and evened their record to 6-6-2 overall for a total of 14 points.
District 11 brought the hammer down on the Palisades wrestling program Sunday morning during a special hearing to discuss the sanctions and punishment against head coach Omar Porrata following the team's decision to forfeit the entire match against Bethlehem Catholic on Jan. 30, in the District 11 2A team tournament.
It took all of Northampton's 22 games to get a berth in the District 11 Girls Class 4A basketball tournament, which was to start Tuesday.
But, the Kids still had to wait an extra day to play their pigtail round game with East Stroudsburg South. Coach Jeff Jacksits' team was to play the Cavaliers Tuesday but the game was postponed by snow and rescheduled for Wednesday - which is after Press deadlines.
The Northampton boys varsity swim team ended the 2013-2014 season on high note last Wednesday evening as they clinched their first winning season in seven years with a record of 8-5 overall and 5-5 in the Lehigh Valley conference.
Despite a loss to Easton at home on last week on senior night, this season marks the first winning record Northampton swimming has achieved since the girls team posted a winning season since the winter of 2007.
The Northampton varsity swim team hosted the Whitehall High School on Thursday, Feb. The boys team clinched a win over Whitehall with a final score of 125-42.
Although several of the girl swimmers delivered exceptional performances in their individual races, overall the girls fell short and lost to Whitehall 113-70.
The boys put up some tough competition in last Thursday's meet with strong performances from many of the team's swimmers.
It took 22 games, but Northampton's girls' basketball team made it to the District 11 Class 4A tournament again.
The Konkrete Kids routed Stroudsburg 48-37 Saturday and clinched a District 11 spot with an 11-11 overall record. It's the Kids eighth-straight berth in the district tournament.
Coach Jeff Jacksits' team, which won five of their last seven games, finished 6-8 in the Lehigh Valley Conference after tough losses to Parkland (40-38) and Nazareth (50-43).
The final bear harvest is in with a total of 3,510 bears being taken within the state. This marks the fifth highest bear harvest since the Pennsylvania Game Commission has been keeping harvest records.
Northampton's football program needs a fixer and they hope that Mark Scisly is the man for the job.
Scisly was unanimously approved by the school board Monday evening to become the head coach of the K-Kids, taking over the reigns of a program that was 2-21 in two seasons under former coachJeff Brosky.
Scisly, a three-time all-state selection at Southern Columbia during his playing days, has familiarity with ressurecting programs throughout his coaching career, as he's done it at Salisbury and Boyertown.
Now, he's been hired to do it at Northampton.