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.
Northampton High School junior Heather Alich has been named to the 2017 Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup softball team, coached by Blake Morgan.
The Carpenter Cup is a Philadelphia Phillies sponsored tournament, which will be played the week of June 19 at FDR Field in Philadelphia, featuring teams comprised of high school sophomores and juniors from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
Northampton’s softball team held on to a 1-0 lead against Parkland for six innings before losing 3-1 in the District XI Class 6A softball quarterfinal at Parkland High School last Wednesday.
“We had them on the ropes,” said Northampton coach Kevin Mann. “I was hoping our season wouldn’t end this way. We were this close.”
Heather Alich had the RBI for the K-Kids in the first inning.
The Trojans threatened to score in the second inning with the bases loaded and one out.
Northampton’s softball team drove the message home in the fourth inning by scoring five runs against Pocono Mountain East and won its first round District XI 6A playoff game, 11-1, on Tuesday.
“We were hoping to, and we’re always expecting to,” said Northampton coach Kevin Mann. “We handled them pretty easily last time, but they’re a young team.”
The Kids had a 3-0 lead after two innings, but the Cardinals had runners on first and second base on errors to start the third before Northampton pitcher Taylor Keeney had a strike out, forced a fly ball, and forced a pop up.
When Northampton’s softball team bounces back from a loss, it bounces back big, evidenced by the K-Kids 12-2 victory over Pleasant Valley and 16-3 victory over Nazareth last weekend.
Last Saturday’s Nazareth game was also an opening day of sorts for the KKids, their first game on their new softball field.