Northampton Press

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Phantoms see shake-up with NHL trade deadline passing

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

You’ve heard of trickle-down economics.

On Monday, it was trickle-down transactions for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The day brought with it the NHL trading deadline, which also brings the rule that states any player on the NHL roster when the deadline passes is not eligible to be returned to the AHL for the rest of the season. That put all eyes squarely on Flyers GM Ron Hextall to see just what he was going to do in an effort to improve the NHL team and how any moves would affect the Phantoms.

Boys beat Parkland, advance to states

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Trading wins during their two regular season games, the rubber match between the Parkland and Northampton boys basketball teams had more on the line. With a spot in the District 11 6A final four and berth in the PIAA state tournament on the line, it was the hot outside shooting of the Konkrete Kids that proved too much for the Trojans to overcome last Saturday afternoon in the district quarterfinals at Allen High School’s Sewards gymnasium.

Outdoors: Snow geese are back in the area

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

If you’re a snow goose hunter, or just a wildlife photographer, you both can shoot thousands of snow geese by trekking on down to upper Berks County.

There’s a large field behind Sittler’s Golf Center and Haldeman Ford on Route 222 outside Kutztown and on Kutztown Road. As I drove past there at 12:20 p.m. last week, the field behind these two businesses was a sea of white, that on first view took on the appearance of snow. But instead, was a few thousand snow geese feeding there with smaller flocks continuing to come in from the East to join them.

Kids were hoping to get by Emmaus

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Northampton’s surge this season easily can be credited to the Konkrete Kids’ offense, paced by seniors Aidan Ellwood and Cory Weisenberger.

Both of them have averaged close to 20 points per contest and the Kids’ other remaining starters and their bench certainly has helped the cause. The Kids have averaged 59 points per game over their 23 contests (16-7).

Girls fall to Freedom

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by WENDY KENNEDY in Sports

A tough loss ended the Northampton girls varsity basketball team’s season on Feb. 22, as the Kids were outscored in overtime by Freedom High School in the District 11 Quarterfinals at Catasauqua, 64-48.

The seventh seed in the District 11 Class 6A tournament, Northampton grabbed an early lead against number-two seed Freedom with a score of 11-6 at the end of the first quarter. From that point on, however, the game became a matter to trading places.

NHS girls set for District 11 playoffs

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The Northampton girls basketball team didn’t take home any hardware last year, but they were the last local 6A team to survive, making a memorable run in the state tournament.

This year, the NHS girls are seeded seventh and will draw second-seed Freedom in the opening round of their playoffs.

The Pates are led by first team all-star Hailey Silfies and have had some big wins this season, knocking off Becahi earlier this year and going 2-1 against Easton, which is the top seed in the girls 6A bracket.

Kyra Jefferson made the second team.

It’s hard not to root for K-Kid coach Coy Stampone

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Some situations in sports – and life – you never forget.

It was many years ago when I first met Coy Stampone. He was a basketball coach in the Nazareth program under then head coach Charlie McGarvey, and we met as instructors at a summer basketball camp at the school.

At approximately 6-foot-4, Coy is an imposing figure with his height and solid stature. But you soon realize he is a genuine, frank individual with his great sense of humor. He is the type of person who will always do you a favor if he can.

Kids to open districts against Trojans

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Northampton’s boys basketball team achieved a major goal when it qualified for the upcoming district playoffs, and the Konkrete Kids will see a familiar opponent for the third time this season.

However, the Kids can take another major step with a district win this Saturday that will propel them into the PIAA state tournament, as the top four teams in the district 6A bracket will advance.

Flyers shuffle goalies because of injuries

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

First, goalie Brian Elliott went on the injured list for the Flyers.

Then, on Saturday, Michal Neuvirth went down with an injury leaving the Flyers scrambling in goal.

Former Phantoms goalie Alex Lyon, who was replacing Elliott on the Flyers roster, played the rest of Saturday’s game with no backup. While there’s no good time for an injury, the fact that GM Ron Hextall still had a few days before the NHL trade deadline hit was somewhat of a silver lining.