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.
Meant to Move is a studio in Bethlehem owned and operated by certified Pilates teacher and licensed Yamuna Body Rolling practitioner, Jeanne Reilly, who teaches techniques that lead to more flexibility, greater muscle tone, and better posture.
“Both are low impact and can enhance everything you do in life,” said Reilly, who has clients of all ages. “My push right now is to teach more of our youth, and my dream would be to educate gym teachers, health teachers, and educators in general, and coaches in the schools who work with kids every day.”
Northampton came prepared for it’s second round PIAA Class 6A 73-68 victory over Abington last Thursday at Souderton, just not in the way one might expect.
“No, we didn’t practice. We haven’t practiced for two days. The only practice we had was right before we left for the game,” said Northampton coach Jeff Jacksits.
Despite the weather, the K-Kids did their homework.
“We knew everything about them,” Jacksits said. “Everything.”
By halftime of Northampton’s girls’ first round PIAA state playoff basketball game against Philadelphia Central High School, Kids’ coach Jeff Jacksits was stressing fundamentals and the importance of running through their plays.
Then Jacksits watched as Northampton increased its lead from 27 points to 37 points and posted a 63-26 victory over the Lancers last Friday at Freedom High School.
Aja Blount was the top scorer of the night with 19 points, followed by Jenna Rogers with 16 points, and Victoria Keenan with 11 points.
Disappointment was evident after Northampton’s 53-42 loss to Nazareth in the District 11 Class 6A girls’ basketball semifinal on Monday night at Catasauqua High School, yet hope remained for a chance to make the state tournament with a win in the consolation game on Thursday.
“I thought we would be where we are, one of the top four,” said Northampton coach Jeff Jacksits. “It’s a matter of nights, and what’s going on, and who has hot hands, and tonight, we didn’t.”
Salisbury High School center midfielder, Ethan Heydt, and Quakertown High School forward, Victoria Sturgess, were named 2016 Soccer Scholar Athletes at the Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athlete Awards Banquet on Jan. 29 at Northampton Memorial Community Center in Northampton, Pa.
Heydt and Sturgess were among 76 nominees from 40 high schools throughout the area who were selected jointly by their coaches and the school administration. The Soccer Scholar Athlete Committee then selected the overall winners.
Northampton’s girls’ basketball team has five games left in the regular season before they travel the road to league and district playoffs, and Coach Jeff Jacksits wants the K-Kids to finish 5-0, although 4-1 would be satisfactory.
The Kids’ biggest challenges will come from Nazareth and Parkland. The latter game will take place on Northampton’s senior night.