Northampton High School’s cheerleaders competed at the 2015-2016 PIAA District XI Competitive Spirit Cheerleading Championships on Jan. 9 at Easton Area Middle School.
“It was more pressure. We’re going against really good teams,” said Northampton senior, Megan Heffelfinger, prior to the awards presentations.
The Konkrete Kids competed against Pocono Mountain West and Nazareth in the large division.
“We just worked on perfecting details. A lot of our girls are sick, though. We’re pretty exhausted,” Heffelfinger said.
Northampton High School’s girls’ basketball team defeated Freedom by a score of 52-33 last Friday night at Freedom High School.
It was a new starting five, perhaps with the exception of Kaitlyn Swint, who took to the basketball court for the Patriots last week.
“Yeah, we noticed,” said Northampton forward, Jade Rindock.
With a 20-5 lead by the end of the first quarter, the Konkrete Kids still had enough to talk about prior to the start of the second.
“Yeah, we thought they would try to close out on V [Victoria Keenan] and Aja [Blount],” Rindock said.
Northampton High School softball players Jillian Muthard and Hallie Muffley competed on the Lehigh Valley team at the Carpenter Cup Softball Tournament this week at FDR Park in Philadelphia, where Lehigh Valley's record is 1-1 in the double-elimination tournament.
Lehigh Valley's run in the Carpenter Cup Softball Tournament ended last Wednesday with a 7-4 loss to Mercer County at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
Liberty High School and Lehigh Valley shortstop, Kristin Kaleycik, said, "For the most part, we were keeping up with them. For a couple of innings, we were going back and forth, and then they just started hitting."
Earlier that day, Lehigh Valley defeated Inter-AC 10-3. That game picked up in the second inning after being halted the day before when thunderstorms broke. Lehigh Valley was ahead 4-0 when the game was stopped.
Northampton High School's boys swim team placed 10th out of 16 teams, and scoring 102 points at the District XI Class AAA Swimming Championships last weekend.
Northampton assistant coach Cullen Mentzel said, "I was happy with all their times. They all dropped times at districts."
Northampton sophomore, Michael Bauer, placed the highest for the Konkrete Kids, coming in fifth in the 100 backstroke with a time of 56.18.
"He realized he had the potential to do that, and it paid off last weekend," said Mentzel.
Northampton High School's Jo Perelli earned a spot at the PIAA State Cross Country Championships, scheduled for this Saturday, after placing sixth in the District XI Class AAA Girls Cross Country Championships last Thursday at the Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
"It felt good. It was a little chaotic at the end, but I felt good afterwards," Perelli said.
Perelli finished the race with a time of 19:41.70.
Northampton High School cross country runners, Jo Perelli and Lyndsey Gallagher medaled in the East Penn Conference Cross Country Championships on Tuesday at the Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
Perelli placed 9th with a time of 19:55.
"The first mile is the hardest part. You have to work people and get your place, and then just try to maintain and save for the end," Perelli said.
As usual, Perelli ran alongside Gallagher for most of the race.
Northampton High School's number one singles player, Emma Angle, made it to the semifinal round of the District 11 Girls Tennis Championships last week at Saucon Valley High School.
"I was just trying to get to the quarterfinals," Angle said. "People had trouble returning my serve. I was trying to get more power on the ball and go for more winners instead of returning and waiting for my opponent."
Angle's first match resulted in a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Pleasant Valley's Paola Mieles.
Lehigh Valley's Carpenter Cup softball team was eliminated from the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic after falling to Berks County, 2-0, and Delaware South, 6-1, last week.
Northampton High School infielder, Amber Saylor, had a hit in Lehigh Valley's first game against Berks County.
"It was a single line drive up the middle. Taylor Herman was on base and got to second," Saylor said. "Their pitchers were pretty good, really good. We had trouble getting on base, but we were good in the field."
Northampton High School softball player, Amber Saylor, was named to the 2014 Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup softball team.
The team is comprised of high school players from the LVC and the Colonial League, who will compete in the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic, a tournament sponsored by the Philadelphia Phillies. Teams competing in the tournament, which is also a showcase for college coaches, are from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.