The East Penn Conference announced the schedule for its boys and girls basketball tournaments.
Both tournaments start today, Monday, Feb. 12.
In the boys bracket, Bethlehem Catholic is the top seed and will host Parkland, the eighth seed. Central earned the second seed and will host seven-seed Northampton.
Pocono Mountain West is the fourth seed and will host Allen, the fifth seed and Eastburg South took the third seed and hosts Easton, the sixth seed. All games start at 7 p.m.
When he was younger, Mike Torres admired his father, Michael Sr., who was a handyman around the house.
The experience eventually would lead the younger Torres to seek to explore a possible career in electrical engineering next fall.
“My father could fix anything and he would show me how to do things,” said Torres. “He never had me around anything electrical because he was worried about me getting hurt. But I always wanted to do something electrical.
“Seeing my dad do what he did inspired me to try and fix things and get into an electrical field someday.”
The Northampton girls varsity basketball team scored another win as they rolled past Pocono Mountain East on Monday, Feb. 5, in a home game that ended in 18-point win for Northampton. This win is another compliment to a strong season for the girls as they are currently sitting first in the Skyline Division with a divisional record of 7-2.
Pennsylvania anglers will have a new way to buy fishing licenses next year.
The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission signed a licensing services contract that will give the agency the ability for anglers to easily purchase fishing licenses from their smartphones, and retain the license images on their devices to use as a proof of purchase.
Northampton fell short of their goals over the weekend at the District 11 3A wrestling tournament, as the Kids bid for an opportunity to wrestle in the “true second” place ended following a 30-18 defeat to Liberty Saturday evening in the third place consolation round.
A win over the Hurricanes would have placed the Kids in the “true second” place bout against Nazareth, but things didn’t work out that way for Seth Lisa’s group.
On Monday morning, I stopped at my local Turkey Hill for a coffee. I didn’t get a lot of sleep the night before.
In the store, I noticed an older gentleman who was also getting a coffee and estimated him to be about 80-years-old. He was talking about the big game the night before to anyone who would listen.
As I was sitting in my car ready to leave, the man came out and stood on the sidewalk drinking his coffee - just looking around and smiling. He seemed to simply be taking it all in.
For the Northampton Konkrete Kids, the winning streak is over at 13 games.
However, it was just one component of a multifaceted season that has elevated the Kids’ status among their peers and the area basketball community.
The Kids dropped a 71-53 decision at Nazareth Feb. 2 that ended their streak. They edged Emmaus, 55-54, three days earlier.
“Winning 13 in a row isn’t too shabby,” said head coach Coy Stampone. “We have played well and have felt pretty good about ourselves.
You know that Monday morning feeling when you head into work and it takes you a while to get going? Especially if you had a few extra days off. The Phantoms had that look to them Friday night when they returned from the All-Star Break to face the Charlotte Checkers at the PPL Center. To be honest, both teams had that look as the game started off with a myriad of missed passes and turnovers. The Checkers even got a penalty for too many men on the ice in the opening minutes of the game.
Cory Weisenberger decided to take it upon himself.
When fellow senior Aidan Ellwood went down with an ankle injury before the first game of the season, Weisenberger knew he had to pick up his game. He also believed in the adage of “practice makes perfect.”
He did just that. Weisenberger scored 28 points in the Konkrete Kids’ hard-fought, 59-57, win over Muhlenberg and then followed with 12 in a balanced team effort win over East Stroudsburg North (48-28).
Northampton scored one more point in the Cement Belt Challenge last Tuesday night, Jan. 23, as the girls varsity basketball team defeated Whitehall by a score of 47-35.
In the second match up this season for the two neighboring rivals, Northampton came out strong and dominated the court in the first half.
Northampton outshot and outscored Whitehall by 20 points by the half, which was a very different tone than the close, back-and-forth contest of their previous matchup.