Northampton Press

Monday, August 19, 2019

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.”

Outdoors: Hokey Park Fishing Derby approaching

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Youngsters 15 years of age and under are invited to enter the free 2019 Annual Fishing Derby on May 25, 2019, at Hokey Park located on Lehigh Street in Whitehall.

The derby is open only to children and is hosted by the Whitehall Township Recreation Department with sponsorship from Willie’s Bait & Tackle Shop in Cementon, who provides the prizes for the winners.

Pivetta hopes time with Pigs helps turn things around

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Phillies have had success with sending struggling pitchers down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to get themselves straightened out.

Last season, Hector Neris lost the feel for throwing his splitter and along with it, his confidence. When he returned to the Phillies, he was his old self and probably even better. They had the same hopes for Nick Pivetta and the early returns are pretty good.

Outdoors: Hummingbirds entering Valley area

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

In my opinion, there’s no bird as interesting and fun to watch as hummingbirds. And they’re on the way through the area right now as they’re on their way north, according to the Birding Wire.

As per Perky-Pet’s birding website, a Rufous Hummingbird was spotted on April 29 in Media, PA, and on April 26 a Ruby-Throated was seen in Nesquehoning.

Softball prepping for the EPC playoffs

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

An international crowd was on hand to cheer the Northampton softball team on to a 10-4, revenge victory over Whitehall on Friday evening for Senior Night.

The pitchers and catchers from the Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) junior national team were in town to attend a clinic given by pitching coach Jen Shellhammer and stayed to watch the Kids in action.

Seniors Hannah Boggs, Gabby Demchak, Nikki Secara and Emily Stuhldreher were honored before the game.

Outdoors: Hokey Park Fishing Derby approaching

Thursday, May 2, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Youngsters 15 years of age and under are invited to enter the free 2019 Annual Fishing Derby on May 25, 2019, at Hokey Park located on Lehigh Street in Whitehall.

The derby is open only to children and is hosted by the Whitehall Township Recreation Department with sponsorship from Willie’s Bait & Tackle Shop in Cementon, who provides the prizes for the winners.

Softball falls to Parkland, rebounds vs. EHS

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

The Northampton softball team went to Parkland Saturday night looking to sweep the Trojans and establish themselves as the favorites in the EPC and the district.

The Kids struggled to produce any offense, managing just a pair of two-out singles in the 5th inning, as they fell 5-0.

Parkland scratched out an unearned run in the 1st when they turned a walk, an error, and a fielder’s choice into the game’s first score.

Maddie Biechy kept the Trojans hitless through the first four innings to keep the Northampton in the game.

Volleyball looks to make a push

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

In the Northampton boys volleyball match against Parkland on Tuesday night, the Kids outscored the Trojans 105 points to 92. Unfortunately, the match is decided by the number of sets won and Parkland had the edge 3-2. The set scores were (Northampton points first) 25-14, 23-25, 18-25, 25-12, 14-16.

The Kids opened the match by playing their best set of the season. “They came out laser focused in the match and in warmups,” said head coach Sue Arndt.

Northampton got out to an early, 9-4 lead and never looked back as Parkland scored only 4 points on serve in the set.

EPC releases top performance lists

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The East Penn Conference released another track and field top performance list last week.

In the long jump the Kids Victoria Keenan holds the top spot with a 17-7.5 this season.

Brooke Rockovits is tied for fifth in the high jump, clearing 5-1. She is also fourth in the long jump with a 17-5. Mikayla Davidson is tied for third in the pole vault clearing 10-00.

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Northampton’s track team split with Pocono Mountain East April 25 with the girls winning 94-56 and the boys falling 90-60.