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Phantoms close out series with Checkers

Thursday, May 17, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

After the Charlotte Checkers literally manhandled the Phantoms at the PPL Center in game two of their division championship series, nobody would have predicted that the Phantoms would go on the road and sweep the next three games to win the series.

The 6-0 drubbing in game two seemed to have sent a message to the Phantoms who responded by winning three straight - including a historic game four – to head to the Conference Championship against the Toronto Marlies.

EPC track and field results

Thursday, May 17, 2018 by The Press in Sports

Eastern Pennsylvania



Allentown Central Catholic (ACC), Bethlehem Catholic (BC), Dieruff (D), Easton (E), East Stroudsburg North (ESN), East Stroudsburg South (ESS), Emmaus (Em), Freedom (F), Liberty (L), Nazareth (Na), Northampton (No), Parkland (P), Pleasant Valley (PV), Pocono Mountain East (PME), Pocono Mountain West (PMW), Stroudsburg (S), Whitehall (W), William Allen (WA).


100 – 1. Jahan Dotson (Na) 10.99, 2. Zaheer Seabrooks (BC), 3. Khalili Edwards (PMW), 4. Joe Kurtz (BC), 9. Nasai Moon (PV),

Rain continues to alter playoff schedules

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Weather continues to change schedules for league playoff games this week.

Here’s the latest as of Wednesday afternoon:


The District 11 track and field meet is still on for Wednesday, May 16, for day one with day two scheduled for Thursday, May 17. Both days take place at Whitehall High School with action beginning at 3 p.m.

Thursday will be a busy day for area baseball and softball teams:

EPC Baseball

UPDATED - EPC announces softball playoff schedule

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The East Penn Conference announced seedings for the league softball tournament on Thursday morning.

Play begins on Friday afternoon with the following games scheduled:

#1 Nazareth vs. #8 Liberty

#2 Parkland vs. #7 Stroudsburg

#3 Easton vs. #6 Freedom

# 4 Northampton vs. #5 Becahi

Playoffs begin on Friday, May 11, at 4 p.m. All games will be played at the venue of the higher seeded team. Teams who are impacted by proms may arrange an alternate playing date and time, either Saturday, May 12, or Sunday, May 13, according to the release.

Kids edge Parkland in a feisty game

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

What a difference a month makes.

In the beginning of April, the Northampton softball team allowed 17 runs in losses to Emmaus, Central Catholic and Parkland.

Four weeks later, the K-Kids held all three teams scoreless.

Northampton improved to 15-4 on the season with a thrilling, 1-0 victory over the Trojans on senior night. Emily Stuhldreher knocked in Madison Biechy with a fifth inning RBI single for the game’s only run.

Kratz returns to Lehigh Valley

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Erik Kratz is a guy who has come to accept his baseball life for what it is. In each of the last eight seasons, the Telford, Pennsylvania product has played at least a couple of games in the majors and has done so with six different major league teams, including the Phillies. He continued the streak last season when he played in four games with the Yankees and he’s returned to the organization this season and is playing for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Outdoors: With warmth comes the threat of ticks

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With the weather finally warming up to normal temperatures for this time of year, folks will be out and about after suffering from cabin fever.

While the much needed warming trend is upon us, so are ticks. Both wood ticks and deer ticks, the latter being more difficult to spot because of their tiny size. Experts are expecting a potential tick explosion with the warm weather and the bloodthirsty critters will be in abundance this summer. The exports say ticks will be looking for a host that walks by so they can latch themselves onto them and your pets.

K-Kids take part in Volley for Valor event

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

The Northampton boys’ volleyball team dropped two contests last week, but picked up an important victory off the court.

Before the K-Kids’ match against Emmaus on Wednesday, May 2, the team participated in its Volley for Valor ceremony with members of local military offices and representatives from Tails of Valor, Paws of Honor.

On April 11, the team began a 22-push-up challenge for 22 days. On the final day, the K-Kids invited the Green Hornets, members of the girls’ volleyball team, military recruiters and enlisted students to finish the challenge with them.

Win and they’re in...

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

For the Northampton baseball team, it certainly was gut-check time.

Head coach Mick Sugra envisioned his team getting into the play-in game of the District 11 Class 6A tournament.

But the Konkrete Kids entered Wednesday night’s season finale at home needing a win over Nazareth on their senior night to grab a spot. That result was past Press deadlines.

They had a 9-10 record and were in the midst of a roller-coaster two weeks that saw them potentially peaking at the right time to treading water near the bottom.