For Northampton’s lacrosse teams, putting wins together has been a struggle this season, but staying competitive is what they can hope for as the 2019 season rapidly approaches its conclusion.
The girls team is 2-13 coming into the week, with their lone victories coming against Northwestern, but head coach Paige Hoffman is still pleased with the progress.
With summer around the corner, Legion and Carpenter Cup tryouts are on the horizon.
The Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup team will hold its first tryout from 8:30 a.m.-noon on May 12 at Limeport Stadium. The second and third tryouts will take place on May 19 and May 26 at the same times and location.
The LV squad is set to play their opening game of the tournament on June 12 against Suburban One American/Continental.
Consistency is something that Northampton’s boys lacrosse team is aiming for following a 5-13 campaign a year ago.
Head coach Jace Shively knows that the program has room to grow, but is looking for development and having the team compete every time they step on the turf.
We have a good senior group and my hope is that we at least match our wins from last year,” he said. “As we improve so do other teams, however, we should be able to stay consistent. Our defensive group has definitely improved, and gotten bigger and stronger.”
This season might be shaping up to be a rebuilding year for the Northampton girls’ lacrosse team or it could be one where they’re seeking improvement in the program.
The K-Kids finished 2-16 last season and lost 15 seniors from last year’s squad, leaving plenty of opportunity for underclassmen, but also a void in leadership.
Head coach Paige Hoffman, coming into her sixth year with the program understands the process at hand with the squad she has currently.
Julian Chlebove acknowledges that he has plenty of “haters” in the wrestling world, but that only seems to motivate him.
The Northampton senior came away from last weekend’s PIAA 3A wrestling championships with his third state title in four years after dispatching Bethlehem Catholic’s Kenny Herrmann 6-2 in the 132-pound finals.
It was the seventh-straight win over Herrmann and the third in as many weeks en route to completing his K-Kid career on the mats.
Northampton’s wrestling team is gearing up for one of their best potential individual postseason runs in recent memory when the District 11 tournament kicks off this Friday and Saturday at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium. The Kids return six wrestlers with previous district medals and are one of the top teams that can battle with Bethlehem Catholic in the team standings heading into the tournament.
After losing to Becahi in the state championship two weeks ago, Northampton will be on a collision course with the Hawks for the team race this weekend.
The District 11 dual tournament kicks off this Thursday night to officially begin the postseason run for area teams with opening round 3A action taking place at Liberty and Northampton.
Freedom (eighth seed) will open with Emmaus (ninth seed) at 6 p.m. for the right to the on top-seeded Liberty at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Gymnasium.
The other opening round bout at Liberty features Nazareth (fifth seed) taking on Whitehall (12th seed), with the winner moving on to take on Stroudsburg (fourth seed).
Northampton’s Julian Chlebove came home from the Escape the Rock tournament with a gold medal, while the K-Kids medaled four wrestlers in the tournament for a fifth place finish last weekend.
Chlebove handled Bethlehem Catholic’s Kenny Herrmann 7-2 in the 132-pound championship to lead the way for Northampton, who finished fifth in the tournament overall with 117.5 points.
Northampton’s wrestling team will have an opportunity to test their mettle in one last regular season tournament before they prep for the postseason stretch run when they head to Council Rock South this weekend for the Escape the Rock tournament.
The K-Kids finished 18th as a team last year and came away with four medalists, but should be able to improve upon that performance with the team they bring to the field this year.
Head coach Seth Lisa fully expects that to happen as well.
Northampton’s wrestling team is coming off a dominating performance at the Parkland Duals over the weekend and the K-Kids now hope they can build off that heading into the second half of the season.
The Kids (8-2) went 5-0 in the event at Parkland pounding all of their opponents in the tournament with wins over Boyertown (64-9), Mariana Bracetti (75-6), Central High (73-3), Cumberland Valley (67-10) and Souderton (72-3).
Head coach Seth Lisa was happy to see his team dominate in the event, like they were expected to.