The Northampton boys and girls varsity swim teams started their 2017-2018 season Tuesday with a double victory as both teams bested Dieruff High School by scores of 106-69 and 131-49 respectively.
Northampton’s has continued to grow in numbers over the past few years giving the team a solid mix of experience and new talent.
Head Coach Cullen Mentzell is taking full advantage of that mix this season as he leverages the team’s increased number to place swimmers, especially his newer swimmers, in new events.
Northampton’s wrestling team is looking for an encore performance from their 2016-17 campaign, but what do the K-Kids have in store this season?
After losing Dan Moran, Cade Moisey and KJ Fenstermacher, three Division-I wrestlers from last year’s team, the Kids still appear to have plenty of ammunition in the vault to contend this season.
After last year’s 15-4 finish in the dual meet season, the Kids placed four wrestlers at the PIAA tournament, good enough for third in the team standings.
It was not until long after it was announced that Easton won the East Penn Conference Cheerleading Championships last Wednesday night, that Northampton found out they had clinched fourth place out of 14 squads the following afternoon.
“Our athletic director [Shaun Murray] tweeted it out,” said Northampton cheerleading coach Lauren Sniscak.
The K Kids placed fourth with a score of 181. Parkland placed third with 187 points, and Pleasant Valley was runner-up with 195.5. Easton scored 208 points.
It’s that time of year when relatives and friends want to treat sportsmen and sportswomen with holiday gifts. These folks are the toughest to buy for as many items are personal be it equipment or clothing. As such, here’s a few universal things to consider that should delight these special folks.
FISHING: A 2018 fishing license would be a welcome gift for anyone. Shoppers who don’t wish to visit a local tackle shop to buy one, merely go to GoneFishingPa.com where a one, three, five or 10-year licenses can be purchased online.
Killing off penalties is one of the best things a team can do to help themselves. It’s tough enough to play at even strength, but when short, especially in tight games, that’s where you need the penalty killing unit to step up and make big plays.
On Saturday night in Hershey, the Bears were able to break through with a power-play goal against the Phantoms, capitalizing on a penalty by Danick Martel. That goal snapped a streak of 24 straight penalty kills for Lehigh Valley.
With leading scorer Aidan Elwood out of the lineup with an ankle injury, things were too good for Northampton’s basketball team in their season opener.
But head coach Coy Stampone received just what he had hoped in the Konkrete Kids 59-57 victory over Muhlenberg in their season opener Dec. 8.
The Kids were led by senior Cory Weisenberger’s game-high 28 and sophomore Zach Gula added 11 in a solid team effort.
Northampton football coach Mark Scisly has stepped down from his position after four years at the helm of running the Kids football program.
Scisly submitted his resignation on November 28, days after Northampton defeated Catasauqua 46-19 on Thanksgiving.
During Scisly’s tenure, the Kids compiled a 12-36 record, going 0-32 in the EPC South.
Northampton finished this season 4-8, but showed signs of improvement battling in a close loss to Freedom (26-13) and registering wins over East Stroudsburg North, Pleasant Valley, Pottstown and Catty.
The Lehigh Valley Junior Bassmasters sent a large contingent of anglers to the recent four-state quad competition in Elk Neck State Park in Maryland.
The event features 48 two-man teams of anglers with over 35 of them from Pennsylvania, which traditionally features some of the most successful fishermen in the field at this annual event, which also includes Maryland, New Jersey and Delaware anglers.
Several members of the Lehigh Junior Bassmasters had success at the annual event, which was held in early July.
We’ve all heard the phrase “Go West Young Man,” words written back in 1861 by John B.L. Soule. The phrase came to symbolize the idea that agriculture could solve many of the nation’s problems of poverty and unemployment characteristic of the big cities of the East.
But for Jules Fruhwirth of Emmaus and eight of his buddies, the phrase means heading to Nebraska for big white-tailed deer and huge mule deer. The latter duo are predominantly a plains pursuit that differs immensely from hunting in Pennsylvania.
Phil Dorn knew it was time for a change.
In his four years as head coach of the Roughies’ football program, Dorn was pleased with the progress of his players in the classroom and in their post high school lives. He believed that he did what he could to guide them down the right paths.
On the field, though, things didn’t work out as anticipated.