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Kids split two recent swim meets

Thursday, January 23, 2020 by WENDY KENNEDY in Sports

The Northampton boys and girls teams fell to Southern Lehigh on Tuesday, Jan. 14, but the team ended the week on a higher note with a double victory over Allen on Thursday evening.

Northampton’s head coach Cullen Mentzell summed up Tuesday’s events.

“The meet went very well,” he said. “Even though we did not win we had a lot of swimmers continue to drop time.”

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Thursday, January 23, 2020 by The Press in Sports


Suburban Dart League


Star of Bethlehem 34 17 .657

Dryland 31 17 .646

Light of Christ 29 22 .569

Salem UCC 27 24 .529

Bath Luth 25 23 .521

Emmanuel 23 22 .511

Christ UCC 22 26 .458

St. Stephen’s 23 28 .451

Farmersville 21 30 .412

St. Paul’s 20 31 .392

Ebenezer 15 30 .333

Light of Christ at

St. Stephen’s 1-3, 7-4, 6-4 (11)

LC - Buzz Highdecker 7-15, Dan Halteman 6-14, Rich Hasonich 5-14, Andy Mickelson 4-12 HR, Aaron Yetter 4-13, Todd Jones 4-15

Winter Classic set for January 25

Thursday, January 23, 2020 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The annual Lehigh Valley Winter Classic will take place on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at the Bethlehem Municipal rink located at 345 Illick’s Mill Rd, Bethlehem.

The Winter Classic is an all day ice hockey celebration with all the proceeds going to the SPHL (Special Hockey of the Lehigh Valley) Polar Bears team. The event started back in 2014 and continues to grow, raising $3,000 its first year to a record $44,000-plus in 2019.

Former Phantoms playing well for the Flyers

Thursday, January 23, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The NHL trading deadline is just over a month away on Feb. 24. This year’s deadline finds the Flyers in somewhat of a precarious position; they definitely need some help for their lineup, but they’re also up against the salary cap so they don’t have much wiggle room financially. Injuries – especially ones to Oskar Lindblom (bone cancer) and Nolan Patrick (chronic migraines) - have left a couple of holes in the lineup.

Hockey hopes for deep run

Thursday, January 16, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Northampton head hockey coach Brain Ruff is following an age-old adage as his club maneuvers itself toward the upcoming postseason.

“We’re just trying to take one game at a time,” said Ruff. “We know we have Parkland at the end of the (regular) season and we have a few games before them.

“We really believe we have enough talent to go the distance, but we can’t look too far ahead.”

Beginning this week, the Konkrete Kids were in third place in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL) behind undefeated Parkland (12-0-1) and Phillipsburg (10-2-0).

Girls clinch D-11 berth

Thursday, January 16, 2020 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

For those who thought the Northampton girls basketball team might be a year away from competing for another District XI 6A title, it’s time to start referring to the team as the “Defending District XI Champions.”

Despite losing two of the programs all-time greats, Victoria Keenan and Jenna Rogers, to graduation and fielding a team with no seniors, the K-Kids have already punched their ticket to the tournament by virtue of their 11th win of the season in a 44-20 blowout of East Stroudsburg North on Saturday.

Boys fall to PMW, tough schedule ahead

Thursday, January 16, 2020 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

The Northampton boys basketball team suffered a devastating loss to Pocono Mountain West on Tuesday night. The previously 4-9 Panthers came South and knocked off the K-Kids 41-40 on a three-pointer with 11 seconds left in the game.

Head Coach Coy Stampone was blunt in his assessment.

“We can’t get down 10 nothing and score only 10 points in the first half and expect to win. We laid an egg in the first half. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves because we have another game tomorrow.”

Becahi girls take first place

Thursday, January 16, 2020 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s cheerleaders were crowned district champions for the second consecutive year after competing in the District XI Cheerleading Competition on Saturday at Easton Area Middle School.

The Hawks won their division, the small division, and were overall champions with a total score of 253.30.

“I could see they were feeling confident and ready to go,” said Becahi coach Colleen Iannetta. “Once they hit the partner stunts, I could just see the relief and happiness on their faces and I knew they were going to hit the rest of the routine.”

K-Kids knock off Rovers

Thursday, January 16, 2020 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

On Saturday night, the Northampton wrestling team faced Easton in a regular season dual meet for the first time since 2015. The K-Kids came away with a 45-16 win over the Rovers in their final tune up before the Wednesday night showdown with Nazareth.

Head coach Seth Lisa summed up the match.

“They’re a good team,” he said. “They’re well-coached. Our conditioning looked good. We did a good job in fending off bonus points and we caught some bonus through the middles. I’m proud of the effort.”

Rodriguez playing big for Konkrete Kids

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Growing up, Northampton guard-forward Donte Rodriguez usually one of the big players on his team.

That is, Rodriguez was the tallest or among the taller players on his team.

“When I moved to Northampton and started playing basketball on the fourth and fifth grade teams, I probably was the tallest kids on my team,” said Rodriguez. “I definitely has some trouble because I was pretty a one-dimensional player all with my right hand.