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:
The East Penn Conference announced seedings for the league softball tournament on Thursday morning.
Play begins on Friday afternoon with the following games scheduled:
#1 Nazareth vs. #8 Liberty
#2 Parkland vs. #7 Stroudsburg
#3 Easton vs. #6 Freedom
# 4 Northampton vs. #5 Becahi
Playoffs begin on Friday, May 11, at 4 p.m. All games will be played at the venue of the higher seeded team. Teams who are impacted by proms may arrange an alternate playing date and time, either Saturday, May 12, or Sunday, May 13, according to the release.
Whitehall AD Bob Hartman annouced that due to road conditions from Winter Storm Riley, Friday’s Northeast Regional Wrestling Tournament will be moved to all day Saturdary at Liberty High School.
Below is an updated schedule for Saturday’s action:
Revised Northeast AAA Regional Wrestling Schedule
Saturday, March 3, 2018
8 a.m. – Weigh-ins and Skin Checks – 1 pound allowance
9 a.m. – Preliminaries
11 a.m. – Quarterfinals
1 p.m. – 1st Round Consolations
2 p.m. – 2nd Round Consolations
3:30 p.m. – Semifinals / 3rd Round Consolations
For the first time since 1973, the Northampton boys basketball team will be playing for a District 11 championship.
That’s because on Wednesday night, the Kids knocked off Emmaus in an exciting 58-54 contest. The K-Kids will now face top-seed East Stroudsburg South, which was a 52-49 winner over Pocono Mountain West, also Wednesday night.
The Kids trailed by as many as four points with just over two minutes left to go. Cory Weisenberger hit a big three-pointer before Aidan Ellwood gave the Kids the lead for good at 55-54.
The Northampton girls basketball team didn’t take home any hardware last year, but they were the last local 6A team to survive, making a memorable run in the state tournament.
This year, the NHS girls are seeded seventh and will draw second-seed Freedom in the opening round of their playoffs.
The Pates are led by first team all-star Hailey Silfies and have had some big wins this season, knocking off Becahi earlier this year and going 2-1 against Easton, which is the top seed in the girls 6A bracket.
Kyra Jefferson made the second team.
The East Penn Conference announced the schedule for its boys and girls basketball tournaments.
Both tournaments start today, Monday, Feb. 12.
In the boys bracket, Bethlehem Catholic is the top seed and will host Parkland, the eighth seed. Central earned the second seed and will host seven-seed Northampton.
Pocono Mountain West is the fourth seed and will host Allen, the fifth seed and Eastburg South took the third seed and hosts Easton, the sixth seed. All games start at 7 p.m.