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.
Bethlehem Catholic’s Mikey Labriola and Northampton’s Julian Chlebove both continued their treks to a second straight state championship Thursday night during the opening round of the PIAA 3A wrestling tournament.
Labriola won his opening bout by fall over Britain Shields of Big Spring with a fall in :34 seconds.
Labriola is one of four Hawks heading to Friday’s quarterfinals, as Ryan Anderson (126), Jarred Papcsy (132) and Niko Camacho (HWT) look to move through the bracket.
There was ice and water spilled all over the floor in the hallways of Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium during the championship round of the 3A Northeast Regional finals last Saturday night.
It wasn’t hard to guess the culprit either, as Hazleton’s Jimmy Hoffman was the one responsible for making a mess.
And you couldn’t really blame him for knocking over a water cooler after getting pinned by Northampton senior KJ Fenstermacher in the 132-pound championship.
KJ Fenstermacher won his third District 11 3A wrestling championship over the weekend, but it didn’t come in the manner he hoped.
It was too close.
That’s how the mentality of a wrestler evolves over the duration of a career, where early on you’re just happy to grab gold, while your senior year is more about how you win gold.
The East Penn Conference recently announced their wrestling all-stars for this season.
Bethlehem Catholic had 11 representatives throughout all three teams, as well as the league MVP in senior Mikey Labriola.
Becahi and Northampton each had four wrestlers on the first team ballot to lead the way.
The Kids were led by Julian Chlebove at 126, KJ Fenstermacher at 132, Dan Moran at 128 and Cade Moisey at 170, who all made the first team.
Joe Tiwold was selected to the third team at 106.
106: So. Matt Maloney, Liberty
Northampton may have missed out on the PIAA state team tournament, but the K-Kids cemented road to Hershey’s individual tournament begins this weekend when the District 11 3A wrestling tournament gets underway at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium.
The Kids have faired well in individual tournaments this season, placing 12th at the Beast of the East, first at the Bethlehem Holiday Classic and third at Escape the Rock.
Were you entertained?
Saturday’s PIAA 3A wrestling state championship between Bethlehem Catholic and Nazareth came down to the final bout, where the winner took all and Zac Kiefer instantly became a Nazareth legend, following his 2-1 victory over Tavion Banks in the 170-pound finale to give the Blue Eagles a 30-29 state championship victory over Bethlehem Catholic.
It was a stunning match from start to finish and that we’ll likely never see again.
It’ll also be one that Hawks’ head coach Jeff Karam will never forget either, of course, for all the wrong reasons.