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.
The Northampton cross country team will open its season this weekend by hosting their own invitational. The event will take place at Bicentennial Park in East Allen Township on Saturday Sept. 1.
“The invite has continued to get bigger and more competitive every year, and has become one of the highlighted invites of the opening weekend of the season,” head Northampton head coach Dan Benner. “Some of the best teams and runners from not only District XI, but from the state will be in attendance.”
The event will feature six races on the day.
The Northampton girls basketball team had a very productive summer season, and the hope is that translates into even more success this winter.
The girls went 8-3 in the Central Catholic League, were 7-0 in at a University of North Carolina camp, and, most recently, won the A-town Throwdown last week at Alton Park when they knocked of Bethlehem Catholic in the finals, 38-29.
“It was a good summer record-wise,” said head coach Jeff Jacksits.
While wins and losses don’t always mean everything in the summer, Jacksits has also liked the way the team has looked and played.
Lexi Barrall, Jared Jackson and Zach Liggitt took part in the state track meet this past weekend.
Liggitt took 14th in the shot put. He was seeded with a throw of 50-3.5 and threw a 48-5.5 at states. Johan Eakins of Bradford Area won the event with a 58-10.75.
Liggitt was also 17th in the discus with a throw of 134-10 after being seeded with a throw of 140-4. Zach Gehm of Seneca Valley threw a 194-8 to win gold in the event.
Lexi Barrall took 20th in the pole vault and cleared 10-0 at states. Mackenzie Horn of Manheim Township won the gold medal by clearing 13-3.
Weather continues to change schedules for league playoff games this week.
Here’s the latest as of Wednesday afternoon:
The District 11 track and field meet is still on for Wednesday, May 16, for day one with day two scheduled for Thursday, May 17. Both days take place at Whitehall High School with action beginning at 3 p.m.
Thursday will be a busy day for area baseball and softball teams: