So far, Northampton’s baseball team couldn’t ask for anything more.
The Konkrete Kids are off to a 3-0 start and have did it in grand fashion. They have outscored their opponents, 38-2, and already have squelched any preseason doubts.
Their last win was a 10-0, five-inning, one-hit, victory over rival Catasauqua in which Cole Rufe and Jared Hunsberger combined for the shutout. Rufe struck out 11, and he and Hunsberger held the Roughies without a hit for eight innings.
The Northampton boys’ lacrosse team has entered year two of head coach Jace Shively’s program rebuild and is looking to earn respect in the East Penn Conference.
“We want to build on what we started here last year,” Shively said. “Last year we tore up the old house and laid a foundation for the new house.”
“Our players are starting to see both sides of the ball. We are eager to play against any opponent and keep the game competitive.”
The Pennsylvania Game Commission has released the 2017-18 deer harvest report and it shows the buck harvest has increased 10 percent. And that’s not all. Their report also shows the overall deer harvest was up 10 percent.
During the past deer hunting seasons, hunters took an estimated 367,159 deer, which surpassed the overall deer harvest of 333,254 during the 2016-17 seasons. The PGC points out that over the 23 Wildlife Management Units, the deer harvest decreased in only three units.
In the waning minutes of the final game of Via’s Super Saturday basketball showcase, Aidan Ellwood spotted up behind the three-point line and called “banks.” He let the shot go, and it caromed off the backboard and through the basket. A few feet away his teammates went wild.
The Northampton senior scored 28 points in leading the West all-stars to a 119-112 win over the East in the finale of this year’s Via All-Star Classic, the 43rd annual edition of the event that showcases local senior high school basketball players.
Last season, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms reached the AHL Playoffs, but had a much quicker exit than most expected.
That hasn’t been forgotten by the players who are around on this year’s playoff team and they’re determined to make this postseason a much longer experience. For veteran players and the organization as a whole, returning to the playoffs for a second straight season has a bigger meaning than just playing for a Calder Cup Championship.
Head coach Paige Hoffman and the Northampton girls’ lacrosse team are hoping that 13 is their lucky number this season.
The K-Kids have 13 seniors on the team, and all 13 of them have played together from their freshman to their now-senior seasons.
“All of them have played with us for the past four years, which really contributes to the culture of our team,” Hoffman said. “They were mentored as underclassmen and really strive to now mentor and support our underclassmen.”
Following a strong 2017 season, the Northampton track and field team is looking for more success at the district and state level.
Both the boys and girls’ teams went 9-2 in meets last season.
Head coach Tim Caffrey, who is in his 39th year with the program, has 14 District 11 qualifiers returning for this season.
Ten of those 14 district qualifiers are on the girls’ side.
With some sun and warmer temperatures, the snow we had last week should hopefully melt enough to allow access to area stream banks and lake shores for the Saturday, March 31, regional trout opener in 18 southeastern counties.
The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission adds that their Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters program stocks 21 streams across the state with 14-20-inch trout. The trout, they say, will be stocked at a rate of 175-225 per mile. Anglers are invited to visit the agency’s website to see the list of these selected waters.
The following are quotes captured from the March 24 Saquon Barkley Day celebration in the Whitehall-Coplay area.
• “I had the pleasure of seeing Saquon play quite a few of his high school games, and I could tell that he was developing into a special player. But when a player develops a deeper love and commitment to the game to take it to the college level, that’s a whole other ballgame. Watching Saquon play for Penn State was always something to look forward to, knowing that he came from our little organization.” - Terry Cramsey - President of the Hokendauqua Athletic Association