Back in January, the Phillies Winter Banquet at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem provided fans the opportunity to get to see and hear some of the key players who will make up the 2014 Phillies.
It also showcased just how many former Lehigh Valley IronPigs players are now on the Phillies roster and contributing to the big league team. Even the Phillies manager, Ryne Sandberg, is a former IronPig who moved up to Philadelphia for his first shot at managing in the Majors.
For the first time in recent memory, Northampton picked up medals in the District 11 Swimming Championships when they grabbed fourth place in the 200 yard freestyle relay. The team of seniors Cory Ninos, Benjamin Longacre, Joey Szerencsits and Kyle Iasiello finished with a time of 1:31.70, finishing less than half-a-second ahead of Parkland and grabbing pewter medals for their efforts.
The recent Konkrete Duals saw the host team go 3-1 in competition with wins over W.C. Rustin (33-30), Pittston (66-6) and Wyoming Area (60-3) and the lone loss coming to Spring Ford in a 37-25 match.
Individually, Bobby Fehr, Todd Hetrick, Jason Kocher, Dan Moran and Zach Valley all went 4-0 on the day. Josh Coleman, Michael Scheetz and Devon Turner were 3-1 and George Stilgenbauer went 2-0 with Cade Moisey going 2-1.
Last season, Emmaus downed Northampton during the regular season only to have the Konkrete Kids come back and knock them out of the district tournament.
This season, it was Northampton picking up the regular season win by a 42-23 score last week. The night's highlight was senior Zach Valley picking up his 100th career win when he needed just 1:20 to pin Jake Alcaro at 126 pounds.
Northampton's hopes of a District 11 boys soccer title came to an end with a 5-0 loss to Emmaus. The loss gives Northampton an overall season record of 14-7.
"We're not that bad and it certainly wasn't as bad as the 5-0 score. We practiced well, we were organized going in and it's my job to have them ready and we obviously weren't ready," explained coach Craig Carvin.
Having split their two regular season games, Northampton and Parkland came into the Lehigh Valley Conference semifinals very familiar with each other.
During the regular season, the two teams were separated by one goal in each of the games, but Parkland was able to mount a strong effort in the semis and take a 2-0 win over the Konkrete Kids, bouncing them from the LVC playoffs.
The Trojans dominated in the early going, but couldn't put the ball in the net and allowed Northampton to gain some momentum.
Northampton (12-4, 10-3) and Parkland (14-4, 12-2) will likely be tired of each other before the soccer postseason comes to an end.
A 1-0 Parkland win Monday night gave the two teams a split of their regular season games and it's very possible they'll meet again in the Lehigh Valley Conference playoffs next week and potentially again in the District 11 playoffs down the road.
After a disappointing loss, Northampton coach Craig Carvin is hoping that the two teams get at least one more crack at each other.
The 28th Annual Howard E. Deppe All-Star Baseball Classic was played Saturday, June 1, at Limeport Stadium, with a team comprised primarily of players from the Lehigh Valley Conference (the red team) downing a team assembled generally from teams in the Colonial League (the blue team) 11-4.
The game raises money for the American Cancer Society and also provides a final high school memory for graduating seniors from area schools. Easton's Nick Beinlich was chosen as the Outstanding Player of the game for the red team as he found ways to contribute throughout the game.
For the past three seasons, District 11 has held their baseball championships at Coca-Cola Park, home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. It's return for 2013 was in jeopardy after the district had to pick up the full $8,000.00 cost for the use of the stadium last season when their previous sponsorship from Coca-Cola ended following the 2011 tournament. Fortunately, two new sponsors have stepped up to pick up half of the tab for this year's cost, allowing District 11 to return to the premier facility.