For the first time in school history, Northampton High School cheerleaders will compete in the PIAA State Competitive Spirit Cheerleading Championships after winning the silver medal in the small division at the District XI Competitive Spirit Cheerleading Championships last Saturday at Easton Area Middle School.
“I am beyond proud of them,” said Northampton coach Lauren Sniscak. “This is a huge accomplishment.”
It was not until long after it was announced that Easton won the East Penn Conference Cheerleading Championships last Wednesday night, that Northampton found out they had clinched fourth place out of 14 squads the following afternoon.
“Our athletic director [Shaun Murray] tweeted it out,” said Northampton cheerleading coach Lauren Sniscak.
The K Kids placed fourth with a score of 181. Parkland placed third with 187 points, and Pleasant Valley was runner-up with 195.5. Easton scored 208 points.
Northampton cheerleaders took third place at the Central Daughin Cheerleading Competition on Nov. 4.
“We have a young team, only three seniors out of 16, and we have so much room to grow and keep improving,” said Northampton coach Lauren Sniscak. “Some never competed before, so it was the first time for them to be in front of judges and a big crowd.”
The KKids were only .5 points behind second place, but a faulty pyramid in their routine was mostly to blame.
Northampton High School distance runners, Magen Perelli and Georgia Wiswesser, competed at the PIAA State Class 3A Cross Country Championships last Saturday at Parkview Cross Country Course in Hershey, Pa.
“I wasn’t nervous, but I was just thinking it was an honor to get to states, so whatever happened, happened,” said Wiswesser, a freshman. “I started pretty fast, faster than I would have usually started, and it really tired me out.”
Wiswesser slowed down over the next two miles.
Northampton High School runners Magen Perelli and Georgia Wiswesser qualified for states after competing in the District XI Cross Country Championships last Wednesday at Bethlehem Municipal Course.
“The past two years I’ve gotten very close [to states]. This year I started training a lot earlier since this was my goal since June. I just think I had a better mindset overall this season,” Perelli said.
Perelli, a junior, placed 15th at districts with a time of 20:47.
Northampton High School freshman cross country runners Georgia Wiswesser, Amber Poniktera, and junior Magen Perelli placed in the top 25 to lead the Konkrete Kids girls’ team to a seventh place finish at the East Penn Conference Cross Country Championships on Tuesday at the Bethlehem Municipal Course at Illick’s Mill.
Wiswesser came in 15th place with a time of 20:29.
Cheerleaders from Northampton Area School District attended Pine Forest Cheerleading Camp Aug. 12-15 at Chestnut Lake in Honesdale, Pa. and walked away with multiple awards won by varsity, JV, and middle school squads.
The varsity squad, led by new head coach Lauren Sniscak, took first place in sideline and second place in extreme routine.
Junior varsity, coached by Kayla Bringenberg, was awarded most improved team, an award that was a huge accomplishment for this very new squad.
Expectations were high for a close Northampton versus Bethlehem Catholic tennis match on Monday, but things did not play out as anticipated when the Hawks won 6-1.
It was expected that the Hawks would win the singles matches, which they did, and that the K-Kids would win the doubles matches, but only Liz Moore and Shannon Reinhard were able to accomplish a victory at four doubles.
Sport nutritionist Erin Sparrold from the Bethlehem-based sports psychology company Mind of the Athlete is on a mission, not just to help athletes feed their performance, but to help them develop a healthy relationship with food.
“There is so much negative messaging around food, I want them to understand the power food has to build health,” said Sparrold. “To have a balance is important, not just for an event.”
Although Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup softball team placed fourth after being eliminated from its tournament last Thursday, it was Northampton catcher Heather Alich who gave Lehigh Valley hope for a comeback victory in the seventh inning of its game against Delaware County North at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
“I was just trying to do my job and make the best of my at bat. [Becahi’s] Alexa [Pannucio] started it by getting on base, so I guess I got everybody’s hopes up,” Alich said.