The Northampton golf team recently concluded its 2017 season.
And while they weren’t able to advance anyone to the state tournament, the future of the team is definitely bright, even after finishing 16-2 this year.
The Kids were among the top teams in the East Penn Conference and suffered some disappointing and close losses during their regular season. In the EPC tourney, the team finished sixth, which was another bit of a disappointment as they were looking to avenge some earlier losses from the season.
Central Catholic defeated Northampton 25-18, 21-25, 25-17, 25-10 in a recent volleyball game, dropping the Kids to 7-10 on the season.
Olivia Lucas and Sydney Heffner had 14 assists each. Krystal Heffelfinger had 11 kills and Julia Kester had eight kills in the loss for the Kids.
Northampton defeated Notre Dame GP 25-13, 25-22, 25-10.
Heffner had eight kills and 15 assists. Lucas had five aces while Brooke Rockovits and Krystal Heffelfinger had seven kills each.
Emmaus defeated Northampton 25-16, 25-15, 25-16.
The Northampton cross country teams wrapped up their regular season on Tuesday, Oct. 10, with meets against Becahi, Easton, Freedom, Liberty, and Nazareth.
The girls went 3-2 on the day with wins against Becahi (22-35), Freedom (25-31), and Nazareth (20-39).
Head coach Dan Benner was very pleased with the final win tally of the girls.
“They finished the season with an overall record of 11-6, which was a huge turnaround from last season,” Benner said.
Whitehall defeated Northampton in volleyball recently by scores of 25-13, 25-17, 26-24.
The Kids were led by Sydney Heffner who had 17 assists and Krystal Heffelfinger who added 11 kills.
Northampton JV beat Nazareth JV 2-1
The girls hung with a very good Nazareth team who won in three sets 25-21, 25-19, 25-22.
Maria Harding had 15 kills, 13 digs and two aces while Abby Orth added 14 digs and four aces for the Eagles.
Emily Quinn had 25 assists and 14 digs while Sam Wegner had nine kills, seven digs and two aces.
The boys and girls teams continued their winning ways on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at Easton High School.
Both teams went 2-1 on the day bringing the girls record to 8-4 and the boys record to 7-5. Both teams beat East Stroudsburg North, the girls won 15-50 while the boys won 16-48. Likewise, they both beat East Stroudsburg South, the girls winning 15-48 and the boys 15-48. Stroudsburg did beat the Kids in both meets though.
The girls have been led all season long by a strong threesome or Georgia Wiswesser, Magen Perelli and Amber Poniktera, and that continued Tuesday.
On Monday, the Northampton tennis team won 7-0 over Tamaqua.
At singles, Liz Hozza defeated Brooke Williams 6-1, 6-1 at one, while Rose Sharga topped Alexis Breiner 6-1, 6-0 at two. At three, Grace Tepes downed Molly Clemson 6-2 6-0.
Jess Grello and Sydney Schmall defeated Emily Fisher and Madison Wickersham 6-1, 6-2 at number-one doubles. Shannon Reinhard and Liz Moore (N) downed Sabrina Moyer and Julie Billig 6-1, 6-0 at two doubles while Alex Horvath and Naomi Rubi knocked off Jocelyn Rega and Annika Stahler 6-4, 6-0 at three-doubles.
The Northampton girls soccer team continues to play well this season, and is even starting to get recognized throughout the Lehigh Valley in various top-10 rankings as the squad sites at 6-3-1. That’s something that hasn’t happened in quite some time, according to head coach Chaz Saul.
Recently against the Freedom Patriots, Abigail Czarnecki factored in all three Northampton goals in a 3-0 victory. She scored twice and assisted on Alexandra Benedict’s goal. Benedict also picked up an assist in the game as did Autumn VanHorn.
Northampton’s cross country teams had two meets in the past week.
On Saturday the team traveled to Hershey for the PIAA Foundation Invite, and then on Tuesday the squads went to Pleasant Valley for a meet against the Bears, Pocono Mountain East and Pocono Mountain West.
“The Hershey course is always challenging, but when you factor in that the weather was also unseasonably warm, it made for a tough day,” said head coach Dan Benner. “But, I was happy with the way the team competed and worked.
The Northampton cross country team honored its senior runners on Tuesday at their home meet. In all, six runners will move on after this season, including five girls and one boy: Sam Arnold, Beth Albright, Olivia Cappolella, Hannah Flaven, Hope Scott and Jenele Vadelund.
As for the meet, both boys and girls teams went 2-1 on the day, which brought their records each to 3-3 on the season.
The boys defeated Allen (15-48) and Dieruff (19-44), while falling to Parkland. The girls defeated Allen (15-50) and Dieruff (15-50), also falling to Parkland.
The Northampton golf team fell to Emmaus in a very close game last week. Despite falling to 13-2 as a result of the loss, their district hopes are up in the air at this point.
“We just lost a heart breaker to Emmaus by four strokes,” said head coach Brian Davies. “At this point, I am not sure if we can make districts as a team. Our goal is place top-three at the league championships coming up Sept. 26. I am hoping we can cobble together four scores that will win the whole thing.”