Northampton Press

Monday, June 24, 2019

Kuzio, teammates hope to relive Biddy title days

Thursday, May 16, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Mike Kuzio will always remember winning the Biddy Championship with the Northampton AA, as most of his current teammates were with him.

He also sees a parallel between the makeup of that team with his current one.

“We played pretty loose as kids then,” said Kuzio, who is a junior on the Konkrete Kids’ squad. “There are more than a few guys who are still with me now.

“We have kept that going in our high school careers. We’re playing like we have nothing to lose. We’re just taking one game at a time.”

Track does well at leagues

Thursday, May 16, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Northampton High School’s track and field team won first through fourth place medals in four events at the East Penn Conference Championships last Tuesday and Wednesday at Whitehall High School.

Senior distance runner Dalton Domchek was awarded the gold medal in the 800 meter run.

“It felt really good,” Domchek said. “I was coming down the 100 meter mark and then I had a good kick and finished first. I started to speed up because we were going really fast.”

Domchek, who passed Liberty’s Ryan Wycherley near the finish had a time of 1:58.79. Wycherley’s was 1:59.11.

Rain alters softball playoffs

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Rain is once again altering league playoff schedules in the area. This time, Colonial League and EPC softball playoff games have been pushed back from Tuesday to Wednesday.

In the Colonial League, Notre Dame will take on Bangor at Pates Park at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, followed by the Northwestern-Palmerton game at 7 p.m. League finals are still scheduled for Thursday, May 16, at 7 p.m. at Pates Park.

Rain forcing changes to district, league events

Monday, May 13, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Heavy rains are forcing the East Penn Conference and Colonial League to alter their league playoffs, and there was also a change to the District 11 track and field meet scheduled for this week.

Districts

The District 11 track and field meet scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday of this week has been pushed back a day. The meet will now take place Wednesday and Thursday, May 15 and 16, at Whitehall High School. Event schedules will remain the same with Tuesday’s events moving to Wednesday and Wednesday’s events moving to Thursday.

EPC

EPC announces playoff baseball matchups

Thursday, May 9, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The East Penn Conference announced baseball pairings for the playoffs.

Action gets underway on Saturday, May 11, with four games.

Liberty earned the top seed and will take on 8-seed Whitehall at 12 p.m. at Liberty High School.

Parkland takes the second seed and will host rival Emmaus, which ended as the 7-seed. That game is at 11 a.m. at Parkland.

Northampton earned the third seed and will host Pleasant Valley, the 6-seed, at 12 p.m.

The 4-seed went to Stroudsburg, which will host Easton, the 5-seed at 11 a.m.

EPC announces playoff softball pairings

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The EPC announced pairings for the softball playoff tournament.

Play begins Thursday, May 9, moving up a day from Friday because of the threat of storms.

Parkland earned the top seed and will host 8-seed Whitehall.

Emmaus is the second seed and will host 7-seed Easton. Northampton took the third seed and will host 6-seed Nazareth.

Freedom, the 4-seed, hosts Stroudsburg which is the 5-seed.

Davidson takes second place

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by The Press in Sports

Day one of the EPC track and field meet took place on Tuesday, May 7 at Whitehall, with day two set for Wednesday, May 8, after Press deadlines.

On day one, Northampton’s Mikayla Davidson took second place in the pole vault, clearing 10-6. Parkland’s Jada Mangahas won the event clearing 11-0.

Look for more on the meet in next week’s edition.

EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA CONFERENCE TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS

DAY ONE RESULTS

FINALS ONLY

At Whitehall High School Sporting Complex

(Top four finishers overall; other local finishers)

K-Kids prep for playoffs

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Like any team, Northampton head coach Mick Sugra has worked for the best possible outcome for his team this season.

With their 5-0 win over Whitehall Monday, the Konkrete Kids certainly have achieved and accented it.

The win total marks the most under Sugra’s nine-year reign, topping the previous mark of 15 wins in 2015.

“That’s what we have strived for all season,” noted Sugra about his team’s success. “We have seen it all come through.

Volleyball heading to district playoffs

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

The Northampton boys volleyball team’s senior night was supposed to be a celebration of the careers of captains Luis Roman and Dominic Frey and manager Emily Gehris as well as the moment the team would clinch a district playoff berth with their ninth win of the season.

The feting of the seniors took place as planned in a nicely decorated Pete Schneider Gymnasium. But the visiting 5-12 Dieruff Huskies were uncooperative as they spoiled the night by winning the match in four sets.

Kovalchik, Rufe have Kids ready for postseason

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Since the beginning of the season, Andrew Kovalchik and Cole Rufe believed their team would be in the hunt for the East Penn Conference (EPC) and District 11 6A titles.

So far, the senior duo has been right. And it has been all about the Kids’ bond.

“Since we came up short against Parkland and Emmaus in our first two games, our team chemistry has been stronger than ever and it shows,” said Kovalchik. “We have guys constantly picking each other up and encouraging one another.

“We’re playing great baseball and we continue to do so.”