Whitehall’s Saquon Barkley stole the show with the NFL Draft taking place last week, but he wasn’t the only local football player to hear his name called by NFL teams during the draft’s three-day event.
Barkley, the former Whitehall and Penn State running back, who was taken second overall by the New York Giants last Thursday, became the highest selection from the Lehigh Valley since Chuck Bednarik was taken first overall in the 1949 NFL Draft.
You can say that Devon Britton made the weekend for Northampton’s wrestling team at the PIAA championships in Hershey.
Britton wrestled his best of the season and came home with a bronze medal finish to be the K-Kids lone medal winner from their four participants.
But it was the path that Britton took to a third-place finish that left him and his coaches ecstatic when he wrapped up his three days in Hershey with a 5-2 decision over Andrew Wert of Central Dauphin in the 132-pound medal round.
Devon Britton thought he had a handle on East Stroudsburg South’s Patrick Gould in Saturday’s Northeast Regional finals, but Gould had another idea.
After trading takedowns in the first period with the Cavaliers talented grappler, Gould earned his nod as the tournament’s outstanding wrestler with a fall over Britton in 3:21 at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium in the 132-pound championship.
It wasn’t the most memorable District 11 wrestling tournament for Northampton, but one that the K-kids hope they can learn from.
Northampton advanced six wrestlers to this weekend’s Northeast regional tournament, but came away without any finalists last week, as Seth Lisa’s squad looks to regroup and make their final push toward a trip to Hershey.
Winning district titles has been apart of Northampton’s wrestling legacy and the K-Kids will look to write another chapter when the District 11 3A tournament gets underway this weekend at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium.
The Kids will look to advance a contingent of wrestlers and try to match last year’s results, where they finished third in the team standings and medaled eight wrestlers (two champions).
Northampton fell short of their goals over the weekend at the District 11 3A wrestling tournament, as the Kids bid for an opportunity to wrestle in the “true second” place ended following a 30-18 defeat to Liberty Saturday evening in the third place consolation round.
A win over the Hurricanes would have placed the Kids in the “true second” place bout against Nazareth, but things didn’t work out that way for Seth Lisa’s group.
Things may have started slow for Northampton in their EPC championship day match against East Stroudsburg South last Saturday, but the K-Kids picked it up to close things out strong en route to a 48-18 victory at Easton Area Middle School.
The victory cemented a fifth-place finish for Northampton in the EPC, as they now gear up for Thursday’s opening round of the District 11 dual meet tournament.
Northampton (12-3) enters the tournament as the fourth seed and will host either fifth-seeded Stroudsburg (16-4) or twelfth-seeded Whitehall (10-7) at 7:30 p.m.
The District 11 team wrestling championships will kick off on Thursday and concludes Saturday at Freedom.
Bethlehem Catholic enters the 3A tournament as the top seed and the clear favorite to win the district crown as they open Thursday’s action at 7:30 p.m. against the winner of the eight-nine matchup between Easton and Freedom. Those matches will take place at Liberty.
Fifth-seeded Stroudsburg will more than likely face fourth-seeded Northampton in Thursday’s other half of the upper bracket, as the Mounties take on twelfth-seeded Whitehall in the opening round.
The East Penn Conference Wrestling Championship Day will take place this Saturday at Easton Area Middle School headlined by the 7 p.m. showdown between Bethlehem Catholic and Nazareth for the EPC crown.
The Golden Hawks (7-1, 7-0) knocked off the Blue Eagles (10-0, 5-0) last year 40-20 to win the league title and will be favorites to do so again.
Wrestling begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday with the bottom three teams from Division A and B squaring off.
The next round takes place at 3:15 p.m. with the 7th, 9th and 11th place bouts taking place.
Kyle Haas has found a new home, as the former Bethlehem Catholic football coach was formerly approved to become Northampton’s new head coach during Monday’s school board meeting.
Haas served as Bethlehem Catholic’s interim head coach in 2016, leading the program to an 11-4 mark, which included a District 11 4A title and an appearance in the state semifinals, while current Becahi head coach Joe Henrich took a year off from the sidelines for personal reasons.