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.
After suffering some figurative bumps and bruises, Northampton’s boys’ soccer team recovered with conviction to defeat Nazareth 2-0 last week and Dieruff 8-0 this week on its home turf.
“We responded nicely in the Nazareth game,” said Northampton coach Adam Bastidas. “We came out with more intensity than in the previous two games. We had a little more of a chip on our shoulder, and the effort was there.”
Northampton High School senior, Isaac N’jenga, placed 19th out of 166 runners in the boys’ varsity race at the Northampton Cross Country Invitational on Sept. 3 at Bicentennial Park.
“It was tight at the start with all the schools, but at the one mile mark, it opened up, and I maintained my pace,” N’jenga said. “I was just looking ahead, trying to catch the next person.”
N’jenga’s time was 16:56.
“I tried to pick up from the last quarter mile and finish strong,” he said. “It felt good. It’s definitely something to push forward from.”
Northampton High School senior, Lyndsey Gallagher, took fifth place in the girls’ varsity race at the Northampton Cross Country Invitational on Sept. 3 at Bicentennial Park.
“It felt really good,” said Gallagher. “It was my last race on this course because we have no home meets this year, but I felt really good from the beginning. It was my best time since sophomore year.”
Gallagher, whose time was 19:15, had a difficult season last year, burdened by shin splints, but now they are something she can control.
By the time the A’Town Throwdown Girls’ Basketball Tournament at SportsFest got underway, Northampton’s girls basketball team had already undergone some heavy duty training at a girls basketball camp in North Carolina.
“It was a good experience for the girls,” said Northampton coach Jeff Jacksits. “They played eight games in three days.”
The games included contests against two state champions, one from South Carolina and one from Illinois.
Northampton High School and University of Minnesota graduate, Madeline Hanley, recently concluded her college gymnastics career with a trip to the NCAA Championships this past spring in Fort Worth, Texas.
The sports management major scored a 9.7625 on the uneven bars and a 9.800 on the balance beam while there, and the Gophers placed 12th in the nation.
The Gophers had placed second at the NCAA Regionals, qualifying them for NCAA Championships. The University of Florida took first place at regionals.
Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup team ended its Carpenter Cup Softball Classic run last Wednesday with a 2-1 loss in 10 innings against Tri-Cape after defeating Chester County 8-3 at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
“It was just one of those days,” said Lehigh Valley coach Blake Morgan. “We just didn’t get that break.”
Perhaps that is how Chester County felt when Lehigh Valley took a 2-0 lead away from them in their first game on Wednesday.
Lehigh Valley won two out of three games on Monday, the first day of the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
Northampton softball players, Jillian Muthard and Hallie Muffley are in their second year on the tournament team.
“We’re hitting very well, and our pitching is very strong,” Muthard said, regarding the team.
Lehigh Valley defeated Delaware North 9-3 in its first game of the day.
Northampton High School softball players, Jillian Muthard and Hallie Muffley, were recently named to the 2016 Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup softball team.
The Lehigh Valley team, coached this year by Blake Morgan, will compete in the Carpenter Cup Classic, a Philadelphia Phillies-sponsored tournament, featuring teams comprised of high school sophomores and juniors from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
Both juniors, Muthard is a pitcher, and Muffley is an infielder. Both are also returning to the Lehigh Valley team for the second year in a row.