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.
Zachary Shaff and Naomi Li were named District XI tennis scholar-athlete winners at the 17th annual banquet held on June 1 at the Best Western in Bethlehem.
“It feels great. This is such a great award,” said Shaff, Moravian Academy’s number one singles player. “I never had an opportunity to win a tennis award without playing.”
Li, Southern Lehigh’s number three singles player, was also very pleased.
“I am really, really honored, and shocked, and surprised,” she said.
Li was chosen among 18 female nominees, and Shaff was chosen among 17 male nominees.
Northampton softball coach Kevin Mann reminded his Konkrete Kids it was win or go home time before the District XI Class AAAA Softball Tournament, so the K-Kids won in the first round against Pottsville, 6-0, on Tuesday afternoon at Northampton.
“We knew we couldn’t take them lightly,” said Northampton pitcher, Jillian Muthard. “I just pitched my game and knew our bats would come around.”
Although the bats did come around for the K-Kids, it was in the fifth inning, and for Mann, the wait was a little too long.
Northampton track and field thrower, Aja Blount, won the gold medal in discus at the District XI Class AAA Track and Field Championships last week at Whitehall High School.
“It’s very overwhelming, but I’m overwhelmed with joy,” Blount said. “It’s very exciting. We were kind of stressed, but stressed for Meghan.”
Blount’s teammate, Meghan Hemingway, clinched a silver medal in the same event.
The East Penn Conference Softball Tournament began Monday with a 9-2 victory for Freedom over Northampton, advancing the Patriots to the semifinal against Bethlehem Catholic this Wednesday at Pates Park.
“It’s very exciting,” said Freedom shortstop Cozette Smith. “I don’t think we’ve ever played this well before, and we have a lot of confidence we can get very far, but as we say, take one game at a time.”
Northampton junior, Aja Blount, won the gold medal in discus at the East Penn Conference Track and Field Championships last week at Whitehall High School.
“I was ecstatic, especially because I PR’ed,” Blount said. “I looked up there, and it just flew up.”
Blount’s distance was 119-10.00.
“On my first three throws, I was really nervous and kind of psyched a little,” said Blount.
Northampton assistant coach, John Blick, and three of Blount’s teammates were there for her, offering encouragement and building her confidence.