There are plenty of talented boys’ volleyball teams in the East Penn Conference, but few can match the senior-laden experience that Northampton boasts.
The K-Kids relied on that leadership to defeat a very resilient Dieruff team on Tuesday, April 17, by a score of 25-23, 25-23, 25-23.
In the first set, Northampton jumped out to a 13-6 lead, but a 12-5 Huskies’ run tied the game at 18-18. The two teams traded points up to 23-23, but Northampton was able to put the set away after an emphatic kill from Erik Fulks.
Northampton’s softball team won all three of its games last week and outscored its opponents 38-9.
In the K-Kids’ 16-4 win over Pleasant Valley, Heather Alich reached base four times and scored four runs. Hannah Boggs went 2-for-3 with three RBI and three runs scored. Northampton hosts Stroudsburg on Thursday, April 19 then travels to Nazareth on Saturday, April 21.
Northampton’s boys’ volleyball team went 2-1 last week with victories over Liberty and Pocono Mountain West. The K-Kids dropped a five-set thriller to Parkland, 30-32, 25-15, 25-18, 21-25, 15-11. The volleyball team will travel to Bethlehem Catholic on Thursday, April 12 then host Dieruff on Tuesday, April 17.
When most Lehigh Valley boys’ volleyball teams face Parkland, their expectations tend to change.
They hope to compete. Maybe they can steal a set or two.
When Northampton welcomed the Trojans to Schneider Gymnasium on Tuesday, April 10, the K-Kids made it clear that they were there to win.
And they almost did.
Parkland defeated Northampton in a five-set thriller: 30-32, 25-15, 25-18, 21-25, 15-11. The loss dropped the K-Kids to 4-3 on the season and snapped their four-game winning streak.
Mother Nature once again made life a little difficult for the area’s coaches, players and athletic directors, but Northampton’s spring athletes were able to pick up a couple key wins last week.
The K-Kids’ boys’ volleyball team won two nonconference games over North Pocono and Southern Lehigh to improve its record to 2-2. Both contests were 3-0 sweeps.
The Northampton boys’ lacrosse team has entered year two of head coach Jace Shively’s program rebuild and is looking to earn respect in the East Penn Conference.
“We want to build on what we started here last year,” Shively said. “Last year we tore up the old house and laid a foundation for the new house.”
“Our players are starting to see both sides of the ball. We are eager to play against any opponent and keep the game competitive.”
Head coach Paige Hoffman and the Northampton girls’ lacrosse team are hoping that 13 is their lucky number this season.
The K-Kids have 13 seniors on the team, and all 13 of them have played together from their freshman to their now-senior seasons.
“All of them have played with us for the past four years, which really contributes to the culture of our team,” Hoffman said. “They were mentored as underclassmen and really strive to now mentor and support our underclassmen.”
Following a strong 2017 season, the Northampton track and field team is looking for more success at the district and state level.
Both the boys and girls’ teams went 9-2 in meets last season.
Head coach Tim Caffrey, who is in his 39th year with the program, has 14 District 11 qualifiers returning for this season.
Ten of those 14 district qualifiers are on the girls’ side.
During the Saquon Barkley Day celebration in Coplay, Whitehall Athletic Director Bob Hartman announced that no one will wear the maroon-and-gold No. 21 jersey at Zephyr Stadium after Barkley.
Ali Barkley, that is.
Saquon’s younger brother, a sophomore who also plays running back, currently wears No. 21 for the Whitehall football team. Hartman said that the school will retire the number after Ali is finished playing, with a ceremony whenever Saquon’s schedule permits.
Nothing really changed.
The shot selection remained consistent. The defensive intensity never faltered. The orange-and-black faithful in the stands remained loud.
The only difference between the first and second halves of Northampton’s PIAA state playoff opener is simple: Shots that went in during the first half refused to find the net in the second half.
The K-Kids’ spirited 2017-18 season came to a close against St. Joe’s Prep from the Philadelphia Catholic League on Saturday, March 10 at Pleasant Valley High School.