The Northampton boys’ volleyball team dropped two contests last week, but picked up an important victory off the court.
Before the K-Kids’ match against Emmaus on Wednesday, May 2, the team participated in its Volley for Valor ceremony with members of local military offices and representatives from Tails of Valor, Paws of Honor.
On April 11, the team began a 22-push-up challenge for 22 days. On the final day, the K-Kids invited the Green Hornets, members of the girls’ volleyball team, military recruiters and enlisted students to finish the challenge with them.
The K-Kids’ lacrosse team finished its second year under Head Coach Jace Shively on a high note. Northampton picked up a 12-10 victory over Liberty to sweep the season series with the Hurricanes.
Northampton overcame a three-goal deficit in the fourth quarter to steal the win. Junior midfielder Kyle Wescoe led the team with six goals, and junior midfielder Aiden Jones added a hat trick. Junior Garrett Transue finished with two goals and senior Greg Milnes contributed with a goal and an assist.
The K-Kids finished the season with a record of 5-13, the best in program history.
If you stroll up to Northampton’s Lisetski Field before or during a baseball game, you are likely to hear Drake or some 80s rock music blasting from the speakers.
After this past week, the K-Kids might want to change their anthem to “Stayin’ Alive” from the Bee Gees.
A five-game losing streak during the middle of the season put Northampton’s playoff hopes in peril, but victories over Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic have got the K-Kids (7-8) back on track.
Entering its April 30 clash with Liberty, the Northampton softball team had scored double-digit runs in half of its games, including five games with 15 or more runs.
Against the Hurricanes, all they needed was one.
The K-Kids (11-4) topped Liberty 1-0 behind another strong performance from sophomore starting pitcher Madison Biechy. Northampton’s ace scattered three singles and a walk over seven innings to pick up the win.
The Northampton boys’ lacrosse team picked up another important building-block win for the program.
The K-Kids swept the season series with Bethlehem Catholic after a 10-1 win on Friday, April 27.
Junior midfielder Aiden Jones recorded three goals and an assist. Senior Greg Milnes and junior Kyle Wescoe each added two goals.
Northampton held the Golden Hawks scoreless for the first three quarters before Becahi tallied a late goal.
With four wins on the season, the K-Kids have surpassed their win total from the past three seasons combined.
Saquon Barkley will be trading in his Nittany Lion navy blue for a slightly lighter shade after the New York Giants selected the Coplay running back with the second pick in the NFL Draft.
Watch parties were set up across the area on Thursday, April 26, to see where the former Whitehall Zephyr would land. Fans would not have to wait long to hear Barkley’s name called.
In an interview with Giants.com, New York general manager Dave Gettleman said, “Once Cleveland took Baker (Mayfield) I told our guys, ‘Don’t even waste your time. We’re taking Saquon and we’re going to run’.”
Northampton’s boys’ volleyball team continues its march toward a District XI playoff berth. The K-Kids (7-4) split their two matches last week with a win over Easton and a loss to Whitehall. Northampton travels to William Allen on Friday, April 27 followed by a home match against Freedom on Saturday, April 28.
The baseball team (5-8) dropped three close games to Stroudsburg, Nazareth and Central Catholic. In the 11-9 loss to the Mountaineers, Isaac Tucker went 3-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored. Timmy Antigua went 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored.
At the beginning of the 2018 season, Northampton boys’ lacrosse coach Jace Shively said, “We are blessed with really good kids that buy in to the system. They do their best and never quit. It will be an exciting season.”
‘Exciting’ might be an understatement for the week that the K-Kids just had.
Northampton picked up its third win of the season in a 10-9 thriller over Pleasant Valley on Thursday, April 19. Junior midfielder Garrett Transue led the team with four goals in the contest and senior midfielder Jacob Treichler scored the game-winner in overtime.
The Northampton softball team has a message for the rest of the East Penn Conference: if you beat the K-Kids in the first half of the season, you are going to see a different team the second time around.
The first team to experience the K-Kids’ thirst for revenge was Central Catholic. After the Vikettes won their first game 6-5 on April 6, Northampton returned the favor with a 10-0 thrashing in five innings on April 23.
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.