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.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference made their pairings official on Wednesday night for the EPC Championship Wrestling Day, which is set for Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Easton Area Middle School.
Round 1 begins at 1:30 p.m. and features three matches: 17th – Pleasant Valley vs. Central Catholic; 15th – PM West vs. Dieruff and 13th – ES North vs. Allen.
Round 2 begins at 3:15 p.m. and also features three matches: 11th – Emmaus vs. PM East; 9th – Whitehall vs. Freedom and 7th – Stroudsburg vs. Parkland.
In the 90th annual meeting on Thanksgiving Day between Catasauqua and Northampton (94th total), it was the Kids who came away with a convincing 42-25 victory on the road at Alumni Field.
The victory gave the Kids a 57-33-4 advantage in the series.
Northampton got off to a fast start in last year’s game, jumping out to a 21-0 advantage before the half. Catty would try to climb back into the game with two third quarter touchdowns but the Kids would maintain their advantage.
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.