Join Penn State Lehigh Valley and ArtsQuest in cheering on the Nittany Lions football team at SteelStacks, as Penn State faces off against University of Illinois Sept. 21, 9 p.m. and University of Michigan Nov. 3, TBA.
The free viewing parties include the big games shown live on the Levitt Pavilion’s large outdoor television screen plus food and drink specials like buffalo, sweet chili bacon or garlic Parmesan wings for $1 each, as well as featured items like fried pierogies, nachos and the new Yuengling Golden Pilsner.
With a successful summer program behind them, Northampton’s boys’ basketball program can look forward to the fall and winter ahead.
The Konkrete Kids once again had a busy summer as they went 4-2 in the Cedar Beach Basketball Showcase and posted a 2-1 record in the A-town Throwdown Tournament.
They went 8-4 overall in the Allentown Summer League and lost to eventual runner-up Easton in the playoffs.
Head coach Coy Stampone credited assistant coach Matt Scholl, who directed the summer program.
A month into the season, clarity has been bestowed upon us to a certain degree.
The top-three teams have solidified their spots in the upper echelon of the pecking order to date, but Bethlehem Catholic looks eager to crash the party after last week’s win over Parkland.
The Colonial League takes a step forward with the removal of Nazareth and Central Catholic from the poll, while an outsider from the north makes a rare appearance.
Let’s see what comes to fruition this week in the latest top-10.
1. Freedom (4-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
The Hawks came back from an early 13-0 deficit to beat Parkland 24-16.
Bethlehem Catholic (3-1) outscored the Trojans 17-0 in the second half and 24-3 in the final three quarters. The Trojans (2-2) only points after the first quarter was a 48-yard field goal by Devin Bartholomew late in the first half.
Nicholas Lucien (4 receptions, 155 yards) caught a pair of touchdown catches for the Hawks, while Paul Carreras (3 carries, 73 yards) ran for the other score.
Zamar Brake completed 11 of 17 passes for 193 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
The most anticipated archery deer hunting season kicks off this Saturday in Wildlife Management Areas 2B, 5C and 5D. The statewide archery deer season begins two weeks later on Sept. 29. Coincidentally, the early archery bear season also opens Sept. 15 in the same trio of WMUs.
But the primary pursuit is deer. And we do have an abundance of them. In fact, too many in certain areas.
Star of Beth 3 0 1.00
St. Stephens 2 1 .667
Bath Luth 2 1 .667
Dryland 2 1 .667
Ebenezer 2 1 .667
Emmanuel 1 2 .333
Light 1 2 .333
Farmersville 0 0 .000
St. Paul’s 0 0 .000
Salem UCC 0 0 .000
Christ UCC 0 3 .000
St. Stephen’s (6-3, 3-1) at Ebenezer (5-1)
SS - Art Oberrader 5-12, Allan Beahm, Gary Buczynski 5-13, Allen Antry 4-12, John Hoysan 4-13.
Eb - Steve Gountis 7-12, Dean Frear 5-13, Jim Voortman 4-12, Vic Pacchioni 4-13.
On Tuesday Sept. 11, the Northampton cross country teams had a meet at the Allentown Parkway scoring against Central Catholic, Emmaus and Whitehall.
The boys went 2-1 on the day with wins on Central and Whitehall. The girls went 1-2 on the day with a win against Whitehall.
The boys top-seven were: Evan Gillette (7th), Vince Gallagher (15th), Isaiah Tyler (25th), Zeke Coyler (26th), Owen Nahf (27th), Wyatt Poniktera (47th) and John Breslin (49th). There were 159 total boys racing.
On paper, Northampton’s football team appears to be out to a strong start with a 2-1 record, posting consecutive shutouts in which they registered a total of 112 points.
Yet, head coach Kyle Haas knows the Konkrete Kids still need to fine tune some things even with a 63-0 trouncing of Pleasant Valley last Friday night.
The Kids had a 42-0 lead at halftime, and they scored on their first nine possessions.
“It was a big win and to win in that manner was good,” said Haas. “But you really don’t know until you look at the film if you did all the right things.
The Patriots move to the top of the poll with their impressive win over Parkland last week and have fully cemented themselves as the area’s best team through the first three weeks of the season.
Now the question is who can beat them?
Easton still lurks in the background, while Central Catholic jumped back in the poll.
Check out this week’s picks to see where each team stands.
1. Freedom (3-0)
Last week’s rank: #2
Pates are the area’s true number one team.
The Pick: Freedom 35 - Nazareth 17
2. Parkland (2-1)
The Northampton Konkrete Kids field hockey team enters the 2018 season with high hopes after a District XI Class 3A quarterfinal appearance and narrowly missing out on an EPC playoff bid last season.
While last year’s team featured seven seniors, sophomores fill seven of the 15 varsity roster spots this season.
“I do have a younger team this year,” said head coach Carrie Saul. “I’m definitely looking forward to having those core group of girls get a lot of experience this year.”