Robins have arrived en masse, pussy willows have blossomed and forsythia will soon be blooming. But that's not all. Spring gobbler season will be kicking off April 27 when over 227,000 turkey hunters will take to Penn's Woods in pursuit of a bearded gobbler or two.
Prior to the opener, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has set April 20 as a one-day youth spring gobbler season that will run from one-half hour before sunrise until noon. At that time, licensed youths must be accompanied by a licensed adult or mentor and can only assist in calling in a bird.
The Northampton tennis team fell to Easton by a score of 4-3 on Tuesday afternoon. The loss drops them to 3-6 overall and 2-3 in the Lehigh Valley Conference.
Geoff Rybitsky and Josh Schoenberger picked up singles wins for NHS. Rybitsky won 6-2, 7-5 over Xavier Cousens at number-one and Schoenberger was a 6-3, 6-1 winner over Colin Winders at number-two. The Kids only other win came at number-one doubles where the team of Tom Reinhard and Dave Wasiko knocked off Sergio Montes and Daulton Maier 8-2.
The Kids fell to Freedom on April 4 by a score of 5-2.
Joe Engleby recalled being at a Northampton School Board meeting and hearing some questions that reassured him and other involved in the Northampton Area Youth Lacrosse Club (NAYLC) of their organization's future.
"At one of our initial meetings, some asked, 'what took us so long', and another stated that they were glad we were finally here," said Engleby. "The community, parents and players have really rallied around the cause.
"We have been able to raise the appropriate funds and are a self-sufficient unit that is in total compliance with the PIAA."
The streak goes on for Northampton's softball team.
The Konkrete Kids passed a crucial test Tuesday with a 2-0 victory over Emmaus - a Lehigh Valley Conference contender. The win boosted the Kids' record to 4-0 in the LVC and 7-0 overall as they and Bethlehem Catholic are the only unbeaten teams in the conference.
After routing Northern Lehigh 11-1 in a nonleague game, and edging Nazareth 5-4 in 11 innings in a LVC North clash, the Kids find themselves with a "target on their backs."
Northampton head baseball coach Mick Sugra doesn't expect his team to be hovering around the .500 mark at season's end, but that plateau is currently acceptable to his team.
"It was great to get back to .500," said Sugra, whose team recently recorded victories over Central Catholic and Pocono Mountain East to even its mark at 3-3 to begin the week. "We are finally able to climb back to where we should be.
"We have already played six games and against some very good teams. We started string then hit a few bumps. But we have the players here to have a good finish."
So far this season, Northampton head track and field coach Tim Caffrey has been pleased with his team's early showing.
Heading into this week, the Kids recently had a victorious meet over Dieruff and also participated in the Whitehall Zephyr Relays, a meet that had some different twists and turns along the way. Against Dieruff, the Kids swept both the boys' and girls' portions with respective scores of 99-50 and 82-67, as they had several multiple winners among the boys' and girls'.
Spring sports have began in the Northampton area, but there was still a little basketball to be played this past weekend at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem Township.
All stars from the Lehigh Valley Conference East faced off with all stars from the Mountain Valley Conference on "Super Saturday" at the Via All Star Basketball Classic.
The day also featured two games between the Lehigh Valley West and the Colonial League all stars squads in the early afternoon along with a Special Olympics Shootout.
Northampton head baseball coach Mick Sugra is optimistic his team can have a reversal of fate this season.
Last year, the Konkrete Kids began with an impressive start and ended with an unceremonious finish. This season, the Kids are off to a 1-3 start in their first four games.
With an untested pitching staff and a cast of returning position players, Northampton has found itself in unchartered waters, plagued by errors, walks, and hit batsmen in the process.
In what seemed like the blink of an eye, momentum had suddenly shifted to Northampton's dugout.
After falling behind 3-0 after two innings of Tuesday's baseball game against Parkland, the Konkrete Kids used a four-run third inning to take a one-run lead.
Unfortunately for the Konkrete Kids (1-3), that momentum seemed to shift back to the Trojans just as quickly as it was gained. Parkland scored two runs in the bottom half of the inning to go back on top, and added two more in the sixth to secure a 7-4 victory and remain unbeaten on the season.
The Northampton tennis team won a match against Dieruff on March 28, 6-1.
At number-one singles Geoff Rybitski defeated Jeffrey Landis 6-2, 6-3. Josh Schoenberger won at number-two singles, knocking off Ryan Kopishke 6-0, 6-1 and Dave Wasilko defeated Eric Garcia at number-three singles 6-4, 6-3.