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Golf program helps girls

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by SCOTT W. PAGEL in Sports

If you're a female between the ages of 7-17 living in, or around, the Lehigh Valley area and want to learn more about the game of golf, consider yourself lucky.

The LPGA-USGA Girls Golf of the Lehigh Valley and Southern Lehigh Valley could be a program that's exactly what you're looking for.

Back in 2004, the YWCA of Bethlehem started the Girls Golf of the Lehigh Valley program at Southmoore Golf Course in Bath. Since then, almost 700 girls have come through.

Boys return strong core

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by JEFF MOELLER Special to the Press in Sports

Northampton head baseball coach Mick Sugra has a good idea on what his club can potentially accomplish this season.

His team will begin the 2013 season with a new-look pitching staff and a core of returning starters. Whatever the case, the fourth-year head coach appears pleased with any early season prognosis.

Last season, the Kids ended the year with an overall 12-9 mark and lost an opening-round PIAA District 11 Class AAAA game to Pleasant Valley.

Whittaker-Kahan excited about seniors

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by GEORGE GEIGER Special to the Press in Sports

Don't look now, but spring has sprung and it's time for high school softball.

Sally Whittaker-Kahan can't wait to get her Northampton team into action and the Konkrete Kids are scheduled to open their season Friday at Northern Lehigh.

"It looks like a true team," says Whittaker-Kahan as she readies her squad. "We have a team with leadership, enthusiasm, talent, ability, and athleticism," the coach said as she begins her fifth season with the Kids.

Boyko looking toward NFL dream

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

If there's one thing that former Northampton graduate Billy Boyko took away from last week's Pro Day at Lehigh, it's that he's faster than Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o.

Boyko, one of Lehigh's best football players from this past season, was joined by teammates Ryan Spadola, Bryan Andrews and Gabe Johnson at Lehigh's third-ever pro day at the Cundey Varsity House and Rauch Fieldhouse.

Hockey team wins title

Thursday, March 14, 2013 by JEFF MOELLER Special to the Press in Sports

It didn't take Northampton hockey head coach Brian Ruff to realize this was a different season. On the positive side, his club has maintained their lead throughout the year in the Non-Pure Division of the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL).

The difference came with the six regular season losses, a total that is totally uncharacteristic of the Kids' prowess through the years in the LVSHL.

Yet, Ruff also believed there would be a turning point. Fortunately for him and his club, there was and it was the widest turn the club had made in three years.

Three bring home medals

Thursday, March 14, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

Northampton may not have the same Hershey presence as the old days when state champions were nearly the norm for the K-Kids, but their three medal contingent from last weekend's PIAA tournament certainly assured everyone that Northampton is still around.

The Kids (15th) finished ahead of Easton (23rd) in the overall team standings and Michael Scheetz (106), Zach Valley (120) and Bobby Fehr (160) each returned home with medals.

Bill Walton set to speak at Via banquet

Thursday, March 14, 2013 by The Press in Sports

Via of the Lehigh Valley is pleased to announce the keynote speaker sponsored by the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem for the Via All-Star Basketball Banquet, an sports event honoring the finest basketball talent from the 35 high schools in the greater Lehigh Valley. Bill Walton, all-star basketball legend, two time NBA and NCAA Champion, and NBA MVP, is the keynote speaker for what promises to be an exciting night to honor Lehigh Valley basketball. The banquet will take place Wednesday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available until Monday, March 18.

Blue Mt. League names Hall of Fame members

Thursday, March 7, 2013 by The Press in Sports

The Blue Mountain Baseball League Hall of Fame inducted four new members at their 29th annual banquet back in October.

The banquet was held at the Holy Family Sick and Relief Hall, with about 100 guests in attendance.

The Hall of Fame presented their 13th annual Scholar Athlete Award to Aaron Cook, a graduate of Palmerton High School, who is currently continuing his studies at Penn State University.

Four wrestlers head to states

Thursday, March 7, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bobby Fehr has accomplished one of the goals he had set for himself in the second half of the wrestling season.

Knocking off Whitehall's Matt Bonshak was a hurdle he's done twice over the past two weeks at districts and most recently at last weekend's Northeast Regional 3A tournament.

Fehr took care of Bonshak by a 6-2 decision in the semifinals, but couldn't take care of another thorn in his side in the finals against Easton's Evan Disora.

Not-so-smooth transition

Thursday, March 7, 2013 by JEFF MOELLER Special to the Press in Sports

Late start by Coy Stampone hindered 2012- 13 season

For most coaches, growth in a basketball team and normally every other sport isn't totally measured in the amount of wins and losses in a season. Northampton head boys' basketball coach Coy Stampone has long been a proponent of the adage, and the first-year coach has a first-hand experience of its effects this winter.

Stampone took over the reins of the program in late May and already knew the cards might be stacked against him. He didn't have sufficient enough time to devise his own scheme for the summer program that began a month after his hiring.