Trout fishing is tops on the local fishing menu, but following a close second and third are shad and stripers.
Chris’ Bait & Tackle in Mertztown reports good trout action in all area streams thanks to recent stockings. At Ontelaunee Reservoir in upper Berks County, the crappie action died down and the overall bite is slow. At Blue Marsh Lake, anglers are doing really good on catch-and-release bass using large shiners. Crappie guys are also doing well there and picking up quite a few. Chris believes more warm weather is needed for them to turn on.
The East Penn Conference released its top track and field performances last week for meets to that point in the season.
A number of Northampton athletes appear on the list.
Four girls appear on the first edition of the list. Georgia Wiswesser
For the boys, Dalton Domchek is fourth in the 400 even with his time of 2:03.0.
A few weeks ago, Northampton head baseball coach Mick Sugra likely wouldn’t had believed what his team recently accomplished due to their lack of hitting.
For the first time in three years, the Konkrete Kids had won five games in a row.
However, it truly wasn’t as easy as it sounds.
The Kids began the trek with a tight 6-4 win over North Pocono, a game in which they had a 6-0 lead going into the seventh.
The Northampton boys varsity tennis team traveled to Pocono Mountain East High School in Swiftwater on Thursday, April 4, for an away game. The Kids bested PME by a score of 6-1.
Northampton claimed victory in two of three singles matches. Senior Andrew Hozza beat PME’s Caleb Grassi by scores of 6-3 and 6-1. Hozza’s individual record now stands at 9-1 for singles play. Hozza has been enjoying a streak of 9 wins in a row with his only loss to Pleasant Valley coming in his first singles match of the season back on March 11.
On Tuesday night at Pete Schneider Gymnasium, the Konkrete Kids boys volleyball team won a hard-fought game over Pocono Mountain East by the scores of 26-24, 25-23, 22-25, 25-17.
Northampton jumped out to a 5-0 lead on the strength of three-straight aces by tri-captain Luis Roman. However, the Cardinals had the advantage in the matchups of the front lines and built a 23-21 lead, prompting a Sue Arndt timeout. The Kids ran off 5 of the next 6 points, punctuated with a kill by Aidan Holihan to seal the set.
With just three games left in the regular season and long odds on reaching the playoffs, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms don’t appear to have given up just yet. After a slow, ugly start against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Sunday, the Phantoms kicked it up a few notches and wound up with a 10-6 win, their second in as many days against the Penguins. The 10 goals were also a franchise record for the squad.
Consistency is something that Northampton’s boys lacrosse team is aiming for following a 5-13 campaign a year ago.
Head coach Jace Shively knows that the program has room to grow, but is looking for development and having the team compete every time they step on the turf.
We have a good senior group and my hope is that we at least match our wins from last year,” he said. “As we improve so do other teams, however, we should be able to stay consistent. Our defensive group has definitely improved, and gotten bigger and stronger.”
With an 8-3 win over Pocono Mountain East on Saturday and 6-5 win over Nazareth on Thursday, the Northampton softball team seems to have put the disappointment of their first loss of the season behind them.
The 11-1 loss to Whitehall now seems like an aberration rather than a warning sign.
“Everything that could go wrong did,” said head coach Kristy Henritzy. “We didn’t play good defense and their pitcher threw one of the best games of her life. It was one of those moments for us to get a wake-up call.”
The Northampton track and field team split a meet with Pocono Mountain West.
The girls won 108.5-41.5 while the boys fell 79-70.
The girls were led by Amber Poniktera who took first in the 800 and the 1600. Raine Korpics won the 400 while Georgia Wiswesser captured the 3200. Sara Gantz was first in the 100 hurdles.
All three girl relay teams took first.
In the field events, Mikayla Davidson won the pole vault and Abigail Czarnecki won in the long jump. Reia Sanchez took first in the javelin.
Pennsylvania hunters posted their highest overall deer harvest in 14 years when they took 374,690 deer during the state’s 2018-19 hunting seasons. But the buck harvest dropped.
The 2018-19 deer harvest topped the previous year’s harvest of 367,159 by about 10-percent. The last time the total deer harvest exceeded this season’s total was in 2004-05.