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.
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.