The East Penn Conference volleyball playoffs will wrap up with Wednesday’s championship match between Emmaus and Whitehall, but the District 11 3A tournament will kick into action immediately on Thursday night with the pigtail and quarterfinal rounds taking place.
Northampton (9-7) comes into Thursday’s action as the seventh-seed, as they’ll square off at Whitehall against tenth-seeded Wyoming Valley West tonight at 5:30 p.m.
The winner will then advance to take on the second-seeded Zephyrs at 7 p.m.
It’s the opportunity that only a small percentage of the population gets, but former Lehigh quarterback and Whitehall product Nick Shafnisky will get his shot at building his NFL resume when he arrives at the NovaCare Complex for a rookie minicamp with the Philadelphia Eagles this week.
Shafnisky will report on Thursday for a night meeting, before hitting the field on Friday through Sunday for a chance to impress and gain a contract to become apart of the Eagles 90-man offseason roster.
Northampton’s volleyball team is on the verge of clinching a district playoff berth if the K-Kids can take care of business this week.
Northampton lost their match on Monday to Whitehall (11-0) in a three-game sweep 17-25, 14-25, 11-25 to end a three-game win streak and knock their season mark down to 6-4.
However, with contests against Pocono Mountain East (1-11) and Allen (2-9) on tap this week, the Kids should be in favorable position to walk away with a pair of sweeps that would clinch a district berth.
Northampton’s girls lacrosse team wants to make 2017 a landmark season.
The Kids want to put themselves on the map after last year’s 5-12 campaign and head coach Paige Hoffman believes this year’s team has the potential to make their mark.
“Our goal is to make a statement in the conference and walk away with experience that will make the team a stronger, more talented group than they already are,” said Hoffman. “This will involve playing at a higher level, striving to overcome losses and staying ready for the next challenge.”
Northampton looks to stay on track with the growth of their boys’ lacrosse program as they look to compete in the East Penn Conference this spring.
New head coach Jace Shively enters his first season at the helm of the program following last year’s 2-16 record.
Northampton’s K.J. Fenstermacher and Danny Moran had one last chance to wear the Northampton colors in the recently held Easton Lions Club Wrestling All-Star Classic.
Fenstermacher was a 6-4 winner over Matt Valli of Warren Hills at 132. Moran lost by fall to Matt Kolonia of Delaware Valley at 138.
After finishing with three wins a year ago, Northampton looks to make amends on the volleyball court this season.
The Kids (3-2) appeared to be refreshed and primed to learn from last year’s mistakes and turn that into progress this spring under head coach Dave Faust.
With last year’s team going through the growing pains of being a young group, a year of maturity and experience should do the Kids well.
The Via Basketball All-Star Classic announced their rosters recently, as they gear up for their 42nd annual year, which gets underway on March 29 at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem for the Via All-Star Banquet.
Matt Millen will be the keynote speaker for the night, which will introduce a new class to the Lehigh Valley High School Basketball Hall of Fame.
This year’s inductees include Mimi Griffin (Broadcaster), Brian Hunter (Emmaus, Class of 2007), Jackie (Yandrisevits) Markle (Nazareth, Class of 2005) and the 1951 Allentown High School boys’ basketball team.
Julian Chlebove certainly knows that with each win, the expectations will rise for him.
After the sophomore won his second straight PIAA 3A wrestling championship over the weekend with a 13-3 major decision over Liberty’s Luke Werne, Chlebove talked about following in the footsteps of Franklin Regional’s Spencer Lee.
That was, however, before Lee took the mat and lost to Exeter’s Austin DeSanto 6-5 in perhaps the greatest high school upset ever, as the senior 126-pounder suffered his first high school loss in his final career bout.