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.
Who said 13 was an unlucky number?
Following a thrilling 55-54 victory over Emmaus on Tuesday, Jan. 30, the Northampton boys basketball team has won 13-straight contests.
The K-Kids improved to 16-3 on the season, and are now listed on the “Teams to Watch” section of this week’s PIAA state rankings.
Northampton defeated William Allen, Liberty, Blue Mountain and Emmaus last week to continue the memorable run.
It wasn’t the fairy tale overtime buzzer-beater … But it was pretty close.
Northampton senior Aidan Ellwood scored his 1,000th point in a Northampton uniform in dramatic fashion on Wednesday, Jan. 24, in the K-Kids’ 81-75 win over William Allen.
“Since my freshman year, I always wanted to get up there,” Ellwood said about the 1,000-point banner hanging from the Schneider Gymnasium wall.
“I tried not to think about it when I’m playing, but that tends to happen. I just needed to keep playing and get it out of my head.”