If you're looking to expand your wintertime pursuits, Pennsylvania's state forest and park systems are extending an invitation to enjoy their public offerings.
There's sledding, tobogganing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snow shoeing, ATVing, camping and ice fishing, all enjoyable outdoor activities - provided we get some appreciable snow and colder temperatures.
The Northampton swim team swept Pocono Mountain West. The girls won 102-66 while the boys won a close, 85-79 match.
Rachel Pursell and Emma Steirer each took home two victories to lead the way for the Kids. Pursell won the 200 free in 2:10.75 and the 500 free in 5:38.84. Steirer won the 200 IM in 2:34.85 and the 100 back in 1:09.58.
Other winners for the girls were Paige Knouse, Madison Bernal and Kaitlin Nemes. Knouse won the 50 free in 27.62, Bernal took the 100 fly in 1:05.61 and Nemes won the 100 free in 1:06.75.
Northampton head swimming coach Gwen Whildin expected to have her team endure some growing pains with a handful of experienced swimmers among a small squad. She also expected to see her team jell at this point of the season through the emphasis of daily basics.
"It is difficult to qualify the start of the season," said the veteran coach. "I had hoped by now we would see teamwork and commitment by our swimmers. Certain individuals have grasped the basic concepts of training and are seeing good results."
As a result, Whildin is seeking a more unified effort down the stretch.
Northampton's boys' basketball team has experienced a myriad of positive and negative emotions and incidents through their first five weeks of the season under first-year head coach Coy Stampone.
Fortunately, the Kids' recent output has been titled toward the positive. In a recent 43-36 victory over Phillipsburg, defense became their calling card, and it also marked their second win (2-8) in their past three games.
On the eve of the National Hockey League finally ending the lockout, the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League returned to action after a long holiday break.
Bret McHale netted four goals to help propel Parkland (10-0-1) to a 7-0 win over Northampton last Monday night at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.
Head coach Brian Ruff is not blaming the holiday layoff, he knows his team was ready, they just met a good team.
The Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athlete Banquet will be held Sunday, Jan. 13, at 5:30 p.m. This year is the inaugural boys and girls joint banquet and it will take place at the Northampton Community Center.
Gregory M. Casee is a midfielder with two career goals. He ranks sixth in his class with a 3.86 GPA out of 4.0.
Other activities include: track, German Club, Math Club, German American Partnership Program, powder puff football and Science Olympiad. He's the president of the National Honor Society.
Perhaps a free week on the calendar isn't such a bad thing for Northampton's wrestling team.
Following a difficult 35-20 loss to Liberty last Saturday night, the K-Kids have some time to reflect on their current position of sitting at 3-4 overall and 2-3 in the LVC.
Teams like Liberty (5-0) and Emmaus (7-2) have enjoyed rare victories over the Kids this season, as last weekend's Hurricane win was the second in the last 20 years over Northampton.
"Finally we played as a team," said Jeff Jacksits after Northampton's girls basketball team racked up the Kids' first Lehigh Valley Conference win.
Northampton, which opened the season with a 1-7 record (including three LVC losses, trounced Emmaus 59-39 last Friday.
And Tuesday the Kids followed that with 54-46 decision over host Dieruff to move Northampton's record to a 2-3 in the LVC and 3-7 overall.
Jacksits, who said his girls were a "work in progress," saw his team struggle to find themselves in their first eight games before knocking off Emmaus.
With a win over the No. 2 seed earlier in the season, Bobby Fehr felt like he should have been higher than a No. 7 seed in the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic.
Six wrestlers had first round byes, meaning Fehr had to start in the pigtail round. On the other hand, he fell on the opposite side of the 160-pound bracket from defending state champ Garrett Peppelman.
Three time Olympian and professional volleyball player Tayyiba Haneef-Park appeared in Catasauqua at a volleyball clinic hosted by Barry Lovelace, owner of the Barry Lovelace Athlete Training Academy at Lehigh Valley Christian High School in the former Lincoln Gym in Catasauqua.
Haneef-Park, a 6-7 outside hitter/ opposite who recently played in her third Olympics this past summer in London, used Lovelace's training as part of her workout program.