Northampton High School’s girls’ basketball team won the A-town Throwdown Divaz Varsity Tournament this past weekend after defeating Bethlehem Catholic in the final, 38-29.
The tournament included 16 girls’ varsity teams, some from the Lehigh Valley, others from the Poconos, New Jersey, and even Harrisburg.
Lehigh Valley’s run in the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic came to a surprising end last week when Lehigh Valley lost a three-run lead in the seventh inning and was eliminated by Tri Cape, 8-7, on Wednesday at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
“They were a good team. We only beat them 1-0 the game before,” said Lehigh Valley coach Blake Morgan. “They keep coming, and you have to stop them.”
Tri Cape scored first, but Lehigh Valley took a 3-1 lead. The two teams traded runs and were tied 4-4 after five innings.
In Lehigh Valley’s third game on its second day in the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic last Wednesday at FDR Park in Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley had its biggest victory with an 11-0 win over Inter-AC/Bal.
Perhaps it was the momentum Lehigh Valley was gaining after winning the first two games of the day, or the bonding that was solidifying by the time the third game rolled around that led to the shutout.
“It happened fast, probably between the first two games [on Monday],” said Lehigh Valley coach Blake Morgan. “They started to talk more and bond.”
The Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup team completed the first day of the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic with a 1-0 victory over Tri Cape and a 4-2 loss to Berks-Lancaster Lebanon on Monday at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
In the first game, Lehigh Valley and Tri Cape were scoreless until the sixth inning.
“It was nerve-wracking because we were all getting big hits but we weren’t scoring,” said Lehigh Valley first baseman Kylie Hlay (Parkland), who hit the game-winning double that scored Mya Zettlemoyer (Allentown Central Catholic) who had also hit a double.
Northampton High school softball players Hannah Boggs and Nicole Secara will compete in the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic, beginning June 25 at FDR Park in Philadelphia, after being named to the Lehigh Valley team last weekend by head coach Blake Morgan.
“I was really excited. It caught me off guard because I thought there was going to be another day for tryouts,” said Secara. “I just wanted a good opportunity, and I knew it took a lot of talent to get there, and I wanted to see if I could make it.”
The 2018 Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup softball team, coached by Blake Morgan, was announced last week and includes 16 sophomores and juniors from District XI.
“Try outs went well, and we’re always excited to have kids show up,” said Morgan, who is coaching his third Carpenter Cup team.
Returning from last year’s team are Whitehall’s Rachel Arner, Parkland’s Kelly Dulaney, Emmaus’s Hannah Palinkas, and Easton’s Courtney Grundhauser.
Northampton’s boys’ tennis team began the season on a winning streak with victories over Freedom, 4-3, Dieruff, 7-0, Jim Thorpe, (score unavailable), Easton, 6-1, and Pocono Mountain East, 6-1.
Midway through, the Konkrete Kids lost to Stroudsburg, 1-6, Emmaus, 0-7, and Liberty, 2-5, before defeating Allen, 7-0.
In the K Kids’ match against the Hurricanes, Jack Flood and Sam Hanley won in the only three-set match of the day.
“We knew we could beat them, so we just had to play smart,” said Hanley.
Bethlehem Special Olympics, Northampton High School softball, and 7 Deadly Spins Fastpitch are working together on an April Thaw Softball event scheduled for April 22 at the Northampton High School softball field.
What began as plans for a unified softball game with high school players is becoming a three-hour afternoon and evening of skills competitions, skills development, and the softball game.
Unified sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team.
Emmaus senior and center defender James Haag was named the 2017 Lehigh Valley Boys Soccer Scholar Athlete during the annual soccer banquet held recently at the Northampton Memorial Community Center in Northampton.
“It’s such a great honor to be named the Frank J. Olszewski Boys Soccer Scholar Athlete for the Lehigh Valley,” Haag said. “I mean, it’s just amazing how there are so many great kids out here. I can’t believe that I got picked for it. There are so many other candidates that were absolutely amazing and I’m very happy to be named with any of those guys.”
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls defeated Northampton 62-45 at Becahi as part of a boys girls doubleheader as the EPC basketball playoffs got underway.
The Kids came out strong offensively with four, three-pointers, one by Morgan Sterner, one by Jenna Rogers, and two by Victoria Keenan, in the first quarter of play.
But, two consecutive turnovers that resulted in points for the Hawks by Abby Brown and Jaleesa Lanier, along with seven points by Becahi’s Taliyah Medina gave the Hawks a slim, 27-26 lead at halftime.