Kids having busy week
It’s another busy sports week at Northampton High School as October is quickly coming to a close.
On Monday, golfer Andrew Hozza took part in the state tournament, making the event after a stellar season in the EPC and then in the postseason, including a top performance at regionals.
At states, at the Heritage Hills Golf Resort, Hozza shot rounds of 81 and 86 which placed him 31st at the event. Hozza was the only District 11 3A golfer to advance. The tournament was won by Palmer Jackson who shot rounds of 73 and 67 to finish two-under par and won by four strokes.
Hozza and the Kids finished second to Emmaus in the regular season but won the EPC tournament title, and were second at districts.
The District 11 cross country meet was Wednesday but comes after Press deadlines. The event takes place at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course and features three classes with boys and girls races in each.
Georgia Wiswesser, Magen Perelli and Amber Poniktera all finished in the top-20 at the EPC meet for Northampton and will look to continue that trend and advance to states. On the boys side, Evan Gillette was 21st. We’ll have results next week.
The Northampton field hockey team was back in action on Wednesday as well, facing a familiar opponent in Easton, this time in the District 11 playoffs.
The Kids earned the seventh seed and traveled to the Red Rovers, who were the second seed after a loss to Emmaus in the EPC finals last week.
In other first round games, top-seeded Emmaus hosts rival Parkland while Liberty (4) hosts Stroudsburg (5) and Pocono East (3) hosts Nazareth (6).
The semifinals are scheduled for Oct. 29 with the finals scheduled for Oct. 31. All games will be at Whitehall.
The Northampton boys soccer team had a first round bye but already knew their opponent for the quarterfinals as they will again take on Pleasant Valley.
The Bears needed penalty kicks to knock off the Kids in the EPC tournament last week 1-0 (5-4), after a scoreless tie in regulation.
The rematch takes place Thursday at Pleasant Valley at 6 p.m.
Freedom earned the top seed after beating PV in the EPC finals. They take on Stroudsburg (8) Thursday, a 1-0 winner over Easton (9).
At the bottom of the bracket, second-seed Liberty will play Parkland (7) who was a 2-0 winner over Eastburg South. Meanwhile Emmaus will host Pocono Mt. East.
The semis are scheduled for Oct. 30 with the finals coming on Nov. 1.
In tennis action, Liz Hozza and Rose Sharga and Kasey Zelienka and Avitamarie DeMieri were part of the District 11 doubles tennis tournament.
Zelienka and DeMieri fell in their opening match to Bator and Sloan from Stroudsburg while Hozza and Sharga won their opening match over Liberty’s Simons and Zheng 7-6 (9-7), 3-6, 10-2.
Hozza and Sharga would eventually fall to Whitehall’s Noel Yacoub and Natalia Pedraza 7-5, 4-6, 6-2.
Yacoub and Pedraza were a win away from moving on to the semifinals.