The Via Basketball All-Star Classic announced their rosters recently, as they gear up for their 42nd annual year, which gets underway on March 29 at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem for the Via All-Star Banquet.
Matt Millen will be the keynote speaker for the night, which will introduce a new class to the Lehigh Valley High School Basketball Hall of Fame.
This year’s inductees include Mimi Griffin (Broadcaster), Brian Hunter (Emmaus, Class of 2007), Jackie (Yandrisevits) Markle (Nazareth, Class of 2005) and the 1951 Allentown High School boys’ basketball team.
Despite the snow and cold weather recently, the Northampton track and field team looks to be in good shape as spring athletes are finally starting to take to the courts and fields.
The Kids return a host of track team members who competed at districts last year. The hope is to get those kids back, and more, and also advance some to states.
With a new cast ready to take the field, Northampton’s baseball team is optimistic they again can remain a headliner.
However, the Konkrete Kids likely will see their results surface later in the season.
Northampton will enter the 2017 campaign with the loss of 10 seniors to graduation in June, two of the more prominent being three-year infield starters Will Stackhouse and catcher Ian Luberti.
The Northampton girls basketball team doesn’t have any hardware to show for their 2016-17 campaign, but it can still be considered a very successful season for the program.
The girls made the league, district and state playoffs, and when all was said and done, they advanced farther than any other area 6A team in the Lehigh Valley.
While the regular season saw some inconsistencies, the Kids really seemed to hit their stride in the district consolation game.
For the Northampton hockey team, it was a matter of getting to the postseason. In the end, however, the Konkrete Kids reached a high goal.
The Kids not only qualified for the postseason, but they also advanced to the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL) championship round.
Unfortunately, the Kids dropped the first two games to defending champion Parkland in a best-of-three series.
Northampton lost 5-4 in the opening game and then 6-3 in the second game.
Still, it was a victory despite the defeat.
The official total estimated deer harvest numbers for the 2016-17 season are in and they reflect a buck harvest increase of nine percent. This makes it the largest antlered deer harvest since 2002.
In addition, the Pennsylvania Game Commission reports hunters took an estimated 333,254 deer during the 2016-17 seasons, which represents an overall harvest increase of 6-percent.
Northampton came prepared for it’s second round PIAA Class 6A 73-68 victory over Abington last Thursday at Souderton, just not in the way one might expect.
“No, we didn’t practice. We haven’t practiced for two days. The only practice we had was right before we left for the game,” said Northampton coach Jeff Jacksits.
Despite the weather, the K-Kids did their homework.
“We knew everything about them,” Jacksits said. “Everything.”
The Bethlehem Catholic girls basketball team captured its first state title on Thursday night, knocking off Villa Maria of Erie 46-27 in the girls 4A final.
Becahi was 0-for-2 to that point in state title games, falling as recently as 2013, but this time things would be different, as the Hawks won again using a familiar approach in their playoff run - a quick start.
A one-point loss in the state quarterfinals didn’t seem like a fitting, or fair, way for Northampton senior Aja Blount to end her career as a Konkrete Kid.
A 56-55 loss to Boyertown last Saturday ended the Kids impressive and perhaps unexpected run in states. In that game it was, perhaps, fitting Blount scored 28 points and added 12 rebounds in what turned out to be her curtain call wearing the orange and black.
Katie McDonald will have more on the team’s state run in the March 22 issue of the Bethlehem Press.
The NHS girls lost to Boyertown 56-55 on Saturday as Abby Kapp hit a clutch three-pointer with just 17 second left in the game.
The Kids would start out well in this game taking a 14-9 lead after one and extending it to 30-24 heading into the half. But a strong second half by Boyertown saw them chip away at the lead, cutting it to just 44-42 heading into the third quarter.