Northampton Press

Friday, February 22, 2019

Gula plays bigger role

Monday, January 7, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Over the past two years, Zach Gula played his part into transforming Northampton into one of the better programs around in the East Penn Conference and the Lehigh Valley.

This season, Gula knew he would play a bigger role, and he has made a smooth transition.

The junior guard has been one of the team’s leading scorers this season, as the Konkrete Kids continue to adjust to their new identity after a momentous season last year.

“We’re just playing hard,” said Gula. “We sometimes struggle to score at times, but we have had different people step up for us.

Boys, girls sweep Salisbury tourneys

Monday, January 7, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Northampton’s boys’ and girls’ teams already may reschedule their recent holiday tournaments at Salisbury for next season.

They both won their respective tournaments in a dominating fashion.

The boys’ team won the tournament for the third consecutive season, beating Saucon Valley, 56-31, and Quakertown, 47-32. The girls beat Allen, 62-48, and then routed Pocono Mountain West, 54-24.

Donte Rodriguez, who had 15 points in the championship game, was the tournament Most Valuable Player (MVP) and Zach Gula was named to the All-Tournament team.

Outdoors: Deer, small game hunting seasons continue

Monday, January 7, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

For those of you who struck out on getting a buck or doe over the past archery, muzzleloader and rifle deer seasons, you get another chance when the season reopens for archery and flintlock muzzleloader statewide on the traditional post Christmas seasons. Those seasons run Dec. 26-Jan. 12. If you hunt in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D, that season runs from Dec. 26-Jan. 26, 2019.

The extended firearms season also kicks off Dec. 26 and runs until Jan. 26, 2019, but only for antlerless deer and in Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

District 11 cheering competition to take place

Monday, January 7, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Nineteen area cheerleading squads will compete in the 2019 District XI Competitive Spirit Championships beginning at 9 a.m. on Jan. 5 at Easton Area Middle School.

Bethlehem Catholic, which won the East Penn Conference Cheerleading Championships, will compete in the Small Division. Performing positions were assigned by random draw, and as with the EPC competition, the Hawks will perform last in their division at approximately 10:20 a.m.

Freedom will also compete in the Small Division, right before Becahi at approximately 10:15 a.m.

Kids take second

Monday, January 7, 2019 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Three Northampton grapplers entered Saturday’s championship round at Liberty High School. And all three left Bethlehem with individual titles.

Julian Chlebove, Devon Britton and Jagger Condomitti picked up first-place finishes on Saturday at the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic. Northampton finished second as a team with 175.5 points, only behind host Liberty (179 points).

What’s even more ironic about the Konkrete Kids’ three champions is that they occurred back-to-back-to-back.

Outdoors: a look at stats from AnglerSurvey

Monday, January 7, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With spring fishing season upcoming, anglers may be interested in some statistics gathered by AnglerSurvey.com who do bimonthly and yearly surveys of anglers and hunters and their various mediums. The surveys also help equipment manufacturers tailor and market their products to sportsmen’s trends and needs. his report presents the results of the bibimonthlyglerSurvey.com© online consumer panel survey. The panel, composed of anglers across the U.S. who volunteer to participate, tracks angler participation and expenditures.

Lots of changes for Flyers, Phantoms

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Remember in Batman how Commissioner Gordon used to shine that big bat signal in the sky to summon Batman to his office? In this case, it wasn’t a bat signal, it was a Phantoms logo and it wasn’t Commissioner Gordon doing the summoning, it was coach Gordon – Scott Gordon – being alerted to trouble in Philadelphia. And oh dear, Gordon brought his sidekick Carter Hart (too bad his first name isn’t Robin) with him for the trip down the turnpike to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Girls off to a hot start

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Win big. Breathe easier. Set a strong pace.

Northampton’s girls’ team is off and running.

Literally.

After they lost to host Owen J. Roberts in their championship game, Northampton opened its East Penn Conference (EPC) schedule with three lopsided, 20-point-plus wins over Whitehall, Emmaus, and Pocono Mountain East.

The Kids have been pushing the ball and producing plenty of positives, racing out to a 4-1 start.