Northampton High School’s varsity cheerleaders competed at the East Penn Conference Cheerleading Championships on Dec. 7 at Easton Area Middle School.
Although only the top two squads were awarded, the Konkrete Kids placed third out of 13 squads.
“We were really surprised and really excited,” said Northampton cheerleading captain, Madison Heffelfinger. “We found out the next day.”
The Konkrete Kids’ routine begins with a cheer, followed by a jump and tumble sequence, stunts, a dance, and ends with a pyramid.
Northampton High School’s varsity cheerleading coach Amy Pandolfo and her squad had less than 90 minutes to make numerous changes to their routine prior to the Easton Rover Rumble Competition, but emerged as champions in the large varsity division on Dec. 10 at Easton Area Middle School.
“I think most of us felt really good because of the circumstances,” said Northampton cheerleading captain, Mia Guadagnino.
One of Northampton’s cheerleaders became sick that morning, and with no alternates, the entire routine had to be changed.
Northampton High School’s girls’ basketball team is hoping to be at its best at the end of the season but will have to play its best to get to a league and district final.
With most of its players returning from last season and a good run this past summer, making it to the SportsFest final against Parkland, the Konkrete Kids are already playing better basketball after two scrimmages and will compete in the Owen J. Roberts tournament this weekend.
Aja Blount and Devon Saul are Northampton’s captains.
When Northampton Middle School eighth grader Kyleigh Straub decided to run cross country, she did it for the sake of her soccer game, but unexpected rewards came on the cross country course when Straub won every race, invite, and regular season meet over the last two years.
“I just decided to do it out of nowhere,” Straub said. “I honestly fell in love with it. I think it’s the individuality, that I can do it by myself, but I also have the support of my team.”
Straub remembers her first meet clearly. It was the 2015 Northampton Invitational.
Liberty senior, Raisa Kochmaruk, placed 11th and medaled at the PIAA State Class AAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday in Hershey.
“The state course is a really good course for Raisa,” said Liberty coach Mark Will-Weber. “It’s hilly and tough, but she feels confident on that course. It was a good, solid day for her to run 11th, and she showed that once she’s on, she’s as good as anyone in the district.”
Kochmaruk’s time was 18:50.
Northampton senior, Lyndsey Gallagher, will represent the Konkrete Kids at the PIAA State Cross Country Championships this weekend after placing 11th at the District XI Cross Country Championships last Wednesday at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
“I’m happy with my time and place,” Gallagher said. “I knew I got my spot to states. I’m looking to medal.”
Gallagher’s time was 20:01.12.
Northampton High School senior, Lyndsey Gallagher, medaled in the girls’ race of the East Penn Conference Cross Country Championships on Tuesday afternoon at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course, placing eighth with a time of 20:29.63.
The top 12 finishers received medals.
Stroudsburg’s girls captured a 1-2-3 finish when Liberty’s Raisa Kochmaruk, who had led the entire race, slowed and stumbled as she approached the finish line and could not complete the race.
Allana Powlette was the overall winner with a time of 19:22.47, followed by Amy Conboy, and Michelle Joyce.
Northampton’s girls’ tennis team competed in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Tennis Tournament last week at Freedom High School. Emma Angle placed fourth at number one singles.
Angle won her first match against Pleasant Valley and her second match against Emmaus Elise VanOrmer. Angle then lost her third match against Bethlehem Catholic’s Brenna Magliochetti, moving on to the consolation match, which was won by Freedom’s Natalie Sinai.
Northampton coach Kim Davis was thrilled with Angle’s play against Magliochetti, while Angle felt proud of her match against VanOrmer.
Overall consistency would have made the difference for Northampton’s girls’ soccer team in its 0-0 draw against Freedom on Friday because, as coach Chaz Saul said, other games have not been quite as frustrating.
“If we can get more consistent, we’ll stay around,” Saul said. “Our offense needs work, [for example] instead of passing, strike. Somebody has to be open over the top.”
Defensively, things were working on both teams.
By the time Northampton’s girls’ tennis team hosted Parkland, the two teams were tied for fourth place in the East Penn Conference, but Parkland ultimately stepped away with a 5-2 victory on Sept. 22.
The match was highlighted by two tiebreaks and two three-set matches, one of which was won by Northampton.
In singles play, Parkland’s Patricia Yao won 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 over Emma Angle at number one.
At number two, Mary Angle defeated Madison Staiman 6-0, 6-2.