The Northampton girls basketball team is off to a hot start as they look to form their own identity following last year’s success.
The girls started the season at the Owen J. Roberts Tip-Off Tournament winning both of their games. The knocked off Council Rock South 58-48 in the first game and the OJR 59-51 in the second game.
Kylie Gilliard was the tournament MVP and Morgan Sterner was named to the all-tournament team as well.
Four K-Kids qualified for the state cross country meet held this past weekend.
For junior Georgia Wiswesser, is was her third trip to the meet and head coach Dan Benner said she got better each time.
“I thought the kids ran well,” said Benner. “It is always a challenge racing some of the best runners in the state, but the kids performed well.
“This was Georgia’s third time at states and she has gotten faster each time. She ran a 21:11 as a freshman, 20:50 as a sophomore, and now 20:25 as a junior.”
The Northampton tennis duo of Liz Hozza and Rose Sharga looked great early on before seeing their run in the District 11 Doubles Tournament come to an end on Tuesday afternoon.
Hozza was no stranger to deep runs in tournaments this year as she made it to the quarterfinals in the singles tournament before falling.
Hozza again made it to the quarters, this time with Sharga as the number-five seed, before meeting Parkland’s Jess Tseo and Erin Joo who were seeded fourth in the tourney.
The K-Kid duo fell 6-1, 6-3.
The Northampton girls cross country team finished fourth out of 14 teams at the EPC Championships on Tuesday afternoon at DeSales University, while the boys team finished seventh out of 18 teams.
Georgia Wiswesser (3rd - 19:45) and Amber Poniktera (9th - 20:09) both medaled on the day, which earned them first team, all-EPC honors.
“They have both ran incredibly well all season long and their accomplishments are well deserved,” said head coach Dan Benner.
The EPC announced playoff matchups for soccer and field hockey on Thursday.
In boys soccer, Liberty gets the top seed and a home game against Eastburg South, the 8 seed, on Saturday at 12 p.m.. The winner gets Easton (4) or Stroudsburg (5), who play Saturday in Easton at 10 a.m.
On the bottom of the bracket, Emmaus gets the two seed and hosts seventh-seeded Freedom, last year’s District 11 champs. That game is 2:15 p.m. Saturday with the winner playing the Parkland (3)-Whitehall (6) winner. The Trojans and Zephs play at 2 p.m. Saturday at Parkland.
The Northampton girls soccer team will be getting ready for the upcoming league and district playoffs thanks to finishing their season with an overall 12-5-1 record, which included a 10-5-1 mark in the EPC.
The EPC playoffs are slated to get started Saturday and the Kids could be seeded around the seventh seed with a road game in the first round.
Nate Wheeler advanced to the PIAA regional golf tournament after a top-six performance at districts on Monday at Steel Club’s par-72 course.
Wheeler finish sixth with a round of 76 which was good enough to move on.
“Nate had a great day at districts, only one hole gave him problems (hole 1, triple bogey). Regardless, Nate finished just under the cut line with a 76,” head coach Brian Davies said. “Although he was hoping for a better finish at districts, it is an honor to make it out to the PIAA regionals.”
Postseason action is in full swing for both golf and tennis, and the Kids are well represented.
In tennis, Liz Hozza was seeded eighth in the District 11 singles tournament and through Monday had advanced to the quarterfinals, setting up a match with the top seed, Paraskevi Briegel from Parkland on Tuesday.
Hozza won her first match 6-0, 6-0 over Dieruff’s Lorelai Stuff and then met Evelyn Wang of Southern Lehigh where Hozza came out on top 6-4, 7-5 to advance to the quarters.
It was a successful day for both the boys and girls teams as they both finished 7th overall at the Council Rock Invite on Saturday, Sept. 21. There were a total of 22 boys teams and 18 girls teams, consisting mostly of District 1 schools, according to head coach Dan Benner
“With the quality of teams that were there, it was a great confidence boost to run as well as we did,” Benner said.
There were six medal winners on the day. They were: Georgia Wiswesser (5th), Amber Poniktera (8th), Brianna Tyler (24th), Zeke Colyer (13th), Vince Gallagher (25th), and Owen Nahf (27th).
Northampton’s Nate Wheeler captured the EPC golf tournament boys title with a score of 75 at Olde Homestead Golf Course on Monday morning. His 75 actually first sent him into a playoff with Aiden LeBlanc of Emmaus, who also shot 75.
Wheeler placed a 30-foot putt right up to the hole for a tap-in while LeBlance three-putted from a similar distance on the first playoff hole. The win gave Wheeler the EPC boys title.