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.”
The Northampton golf team improved to 11-1 this season and continued a stellar year with a win over Pocono Mountain East at Woodstone Country Club.
Andrew Hozza paved the way for the Kids with a 76, but it was West’s Brett Wagner who led all golfers with an impressive 71, one-under par effort.
It wasn’t enough in the end as the Kids won 407-461.
The Kids again got the consistent scoring as Nate Wheeler (80), Andrew Kovalchik (82), Jack Test (84) and Anthony Sawarysnki (85) all came in with scores in the 80s.
The Northampton Invitational was held this past weekend to open up the cross country season for Northampton as well as several other area teams.
“Both the boys and girls ran well with many new personal best times. It was a fast start to our season before we head into our first regular season EPC meet on Sept. 12 against Central, Emmaus, and Whitehall,” said head coach Dan Benner.
The Northampton girls basketball team recently concluded their summer workouts, and they are hoping some of the results are a good sign of things to come this winter season.
While last summer there may have been less questions to answer, as the team returned one of the best players to ever suit up on the NHS basketball court in Aja Blount, coming into this winter some more things will need to be worked out.
But, the signs are there it can be another special season for the Kids.
Part of becoming a great and successful athlete is knowing you can compete at a high level, but also not forgetting what got you to that point.
For this year’s Northampton Press Co-Female Athletes of the Year, Aja Blount and Lyndsey Gallagher, those moments came at different points in their careers.
For Blount it was the first time she took the court as a Konkrete Kid.
The Northampton girls basketball team has already begun life without Aja Blount, who graduated as one of the top players ever to play for the Kids.
This summer, they are playing in the Central Catholic High School Summer League and also recently competed in the Cedar Beach Bash.
The girls kicked off play on Friday with a bit of a tough draw, playing University City which actually went on to win the tournament.
After falling to the consolation bracket, Northampton beat Wilson and Boyertown before falling to a familiar foe in Nazareth.
The Northampton Connie Mack baseball team is off to a hot start, winning five of their first seven games in the highly-competitive Lehigh Valley League.
There are six returning players from last year’s team to help lead the way. They are: Zachary Angerman, Andrew Kovalchik, Zakary Schwartz, Jacob Struss, Kyle Wescoe and Daniel Yellen.
“We are excited for the 2017 season,” head coach Steve Kerbacher said. “We have six returning players, all part of last year’s nucleus which give us valuable experience.”