Every year, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Reading Fightin’ Phils play an exhibition game for charity. Among all of the planning that goes into putting the game together is finding umpires to work the game. Minor League umpires aren’t allowed to work the game, so the teams generally turn to PIAA umpires. This year’s game was played at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, and when there is anything to do with umpiring, the IronPigs turn to Marty Ondrovic for help.
The 42nd Annual Via All-Star Basketball Classic was played Saturday at Northampton Community College, pitting senior all-stars against one another in four separate games. The West squad featured seniors from Central Catholic, Northampton, Northwestern, Parkland and Whitehall among other Lehigh Valley teams.
The West came up on the short end of the score in both games, with the girls falling 56-49 and the boys suffering a 121-97 loss.
Victoria Keenan has a way of just taking over a basketball game.
After being shutout in the first quarter of the District 11 consolation game against Parkland, Keenan gladly took the reins, leading Northampton to a 53-47 win over Parkland, making the Kids the three-seed out of District 11 and dropping Parkland to number-four.
Two local companies are teaming up in a partnership that will have implications for Major League Baseball. The Lehigh Valley IronPigs announced a historic agreement with uniform maker Majestic that will give their players the same materials and styles of uniforms worn by players in the majors.
Mistakes can often be fatal for a team in the playoffs.
On Friday night in Catasauqua, both Parkland and Northampton made their share of early mistakes, but both got themselves straightened. The result was Northampton picking up a 44-42 win over the Lady Trojans in the District 11 Quarterfinals game.
Parkland’s early nerves resulted in them turning the ball over on each of their first four possessions. They had a total of seven first quarter turnovers. The result of Northampton’s early jitters was foul trouble, with Sophia Eckroth picking up three first quarter fouls.
For the third time this season, the Northampton girls basketball team ran into the Lady Trojans from Parkland.
This time, it was in the semifinals of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Playoffs, and this time, it took overtime to decide the outcome with Parkland able to put away a 62-58 win, completing the three-game sweep of Northampton this season.
Northampton faced a tough draw over the past week, with meets against Parkland (5-0 girls, 5-0 boys) and Emmaus (6-0 girls, 5-0 boys), two of the top teams in the area. Both meets wound up in losses for the Konkrete Kids, but the team enthusiasm remains high as they continue to settle into their new facility.
The 30th Annual Howard E. Deppe Senior All-Star Baseball Classic was played Saturday at Limeport Stadium, with the Pink team, comprised primarily of players from the EPC downing the Blue team of all-stars, primarily from the Colonial League, 5-1. Dieruff's Shane Seibert got the win, while Northampton's Noah Durnin suffered the loss.
The game raises funds for the American Cancer Society, while giving high school senior players the opportunity to get together for one, final game.
The EPC tennis season got off to a delayed start because of bad weather, so it's almost fitting that the conference tournament would also get off to a delayed start because of bad weather. Last Friday's early rounds were postponed to Saturday, leaving a lot of tennis to be played. The tournament made it through the quarter-final rounds, leaving the semis, finals and consolations to be played at a date that still isn't determined.
With just two seniors and a team with fewer swimmers than most, Northampton had an uphill battle at the District 11 Swimming Championships at Parkland High School Feb. 27-28.
The good news is that they handled the battle well and came away with the girls finishing ninth and the boys finishing in tenth in the team competition.