It’s another busy sports week at Northampton High School as October is quickly coming to a close.
On Monday, golfer Andrew Hozza took part in the state tournament, making the event after a stellar season in the EPC and then in the postseason, including a top performance at regionals.
At states, at the Heritage Hills Golf Resort, Hozza shot rounds of 81 and 86 which placed him 31st at the event. Hozza was the only District 11 3A golfer to advance. The tournament was won by Palmer Jackson who shot rounds of 73 and 67 to finish two-under par and won by four strokes.
At the beginning of the season, cross country coach Dan Benner said one of the goals for the year was to have the boys and girls teams finish with winning records.
While both teams have had their share of success in the past, it had been a while since both teams ended with records above the .500 mark.
Over the past couple of weeks which closed out the regular season, success in the final three meets resulted in just that as the girls ended their year with a 12-5 mark and the boys finished at 11-6.
The East Penn Conference announced pairings for championship week in field hockey and boys and girls soccer.
Field hockey action gets underway Saturday.
Emmaus earned the top seed and will take on Parkland, the eighth seed at Emmaus at 1 p.m.
Liberty is the four seed and will host Stroudsburg the fifth seed at 2:30 p.m. at BASD.
Pocono East is the third seed and will host sixth-seed Nazareth at 1:30 p.m. Easton is the second seed and will host Northampton at noon.
The semifinals are Tuesday, Oct. 16 with the finals on Thursday, Oct. 18.
At the beginning of the season cross country coach Dan Benner wanted the boys and girls teams to finish with winning records.
Over the past could of weeks, success in the finals three meets of the season resulted in just that as the girls finished 12-5 and the boys were 11-6.
“It was great that both teams had winning seasons, it has been awhile since we have had both teams accomplish that,” Benner said.
The Northampton cross country teams celebrated their senior night on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Bicentennial Park. The team honored four seniors: Lauren Pague, Valencia Mercadante, Magen Perelli, and Evan Gillette.
“It was a successful day as well with both boys and girls teams going 3-0 on the day,” said head coach Dan Benner.
Both teams defeated Pleasant Valley, Pocono Mountain East and Pocono Mountain West, which brings the boys team’s mark up to 7-2 and the girls to 6-3 on the season.
Northampton cross country had a meet at Parkland High School on Tuesday, Sept. 18, against Allen, Dieruff, and Parkland.
Both boys and girls teams went 2-1 on the day with wins over Allen and Dieruff, and a loss to Parkland. That brings the boys record to 4-2 on the season and the girls record to 3-3.
It wasn’t an ideal day for the runners given the weather and recent weather-related events of the last week.
On Tuesday Sept. 11, the Northampton cross country teams had a meet at the Allentown Parkway scoring against Central Catholic, Emmaus and Whitehall.
The boys went 2-1 on the day with wins on Central and Whitehall. The girls went 1-2 on the day with a win against Whitehall.
The boys top-seven were: Evan Gillette (7th), Vince Gallagher (15th), Isaiah Tyler (25th), Zeke Coyler (26th), Owen Nahf (27th), Wyatt Poniktera (47th) and John Breslin (49th). There were 159 total boys racing.
The Northampton Invitational was held on Sept. 1 featuring 37 different schools, an impressive event that continues to get bigger.
Northampton head coach Dan Benner said 1,057 total athletes competed in the varsity, JV and middle school races.
The Kids did well against some impressive competition as the boys took 10th out of 31 teams and the girls were ninth out of 25 teams.
The Northampton tennis and golf teams each had recent victories.
The tennis team beat Dieruff 6-1.
Liz Hozza defeated Vivian Soto at one, 6-0, 6-0. At two, Rose Sharga also won 6-0, 6-0 over Ashley Balbuena while Grace Tepes was a 6-0, 6-0 winner over Destiny Gonzalez.
The girls won three of the four doubles matches with captains Kasey Zelienka and Kaylee Kauffman winning at number-two over Lyn Williams and Lorelei Stuff 6-1, 6-0.
While the majority of the sports teams kick off their seasons this weekend, the Northampton golf and tennis teams have already been hard at work.
The golf team, particularly, has played two, huge matches so far and has come away with victories over key teams in both of them.
The golfers have high hopes this season, but knew early season matchups against teams like Liberty and Parkland would go a long way toward reaching their goals in 2018.