Any athlete or team always wants to be at their best when the postseason comes around.
For Northampton pole vaulter Lexi Barrall, her season started off strong, but entering the East Penn Conference meet was a bit of a different story.
Barrall said she PR’ed [Personal Record] clearing 10 feet in the first few meets of the regular season, but then got stuck at that mark for a while.
The East Penn Conference softball playoffs will look to beat the rain and get under way Friday afternoon.
By virtue of a perfect mark, the Parkland Trojans are this year’s number-one seed. They will face off against Northampton, which sneaks in as the number-eight seed. The two, of course, are very familiar Skyline Division opponents.
Liberty will take the second seed after finishing 14-2 in the EPC. They will take on seven-seed Whitehall, which is coming off a 9-8 shootout loss to Easton on Thursday afternoon in a game that featured seeding implications.
Day 1 of the East Penn Conference meet is in the books and a few Northampton individuals stood out.
For the girls, Alexis Barrall took the pole vault competition by clearing 10-0. She finished ahead of Savannah Rivera of Whitehall who cleared 9-0 and finished in second place.
Aja Blount was fourth in the shot put throwing a 32-8.75. Jachebed Arthur took first place with a toss of 36-10.5.
Tatiana Lopez qualified for the 100 hurdle event with a time of 16.45. That was second best, only behind Kiaya Jones of Pocono East who had a 16.26.
The District 11 singles tournament got under way on Monday at Lehigh University.
Andrew Hozza was the only K-Kid to advance to the second round, which will take place April 26, after Press deadlines.
Hozza was a 6-1, 6-2 winner over Josh Becker of Eastburg North. His next opponent is Parkland’s Aneesh Kapoor, who won 6-1, 6-0 over Najja Francis of Pleasant Valley.
Brandon Peters had to take on the top seed in Ben Tauber of Nazareth and he lost 6-0, 6-0. Dom Jackson fell to six-seed Leland Addison of Easton 6-2, 6-0.
The Northampton track and field teams thought they suffered two very close losses to Pleasant Valley this week. The boys lost 78-72 while the girls fell 76-74.
Or so they thought.
However, after correcting a scoring error, it eventually gave the Kids a first place in the girls triple jump which tied the score at 75-75. However, the girls won on the first tiebreaker which is first place finishes, 10-8, according to an email correction the Press received about the meet on Tuesday.
The Northampton softball team got off to a hot start despite some cool temperatures.
The won their first two games against Fleetwood and East Stroudsburg North, but recently fell to Emmaus to start off East Penn Conference play.
The girls will be led by four seniors this year in Taylor Keeney, Hallie Muffley, Anna Filchner and Jillian Muthard. Keeney will pitch for the kids while Huffley and Filchner make the Kids solid up the middle as Muffley plays short and Filchner second. Muthard is an outfielder. All four girls have been four-year starters.
The Northampton track team got off to a great start to their season with two close wins over Bethlehem Catholic. The girls beat the Hawks 77.16-72.8 while the boys won 78-72.
Lyndsey Gallagher broke the Al Erdosy Stadium record in the 3200. She ran a 11:39 which broke the old stadium record of 11:46, held by Joelle Perelli and set in 2016.
Alexis Barrall was the only field event winner winning the pole vault, but clearing 10-0, a new school record.
The Northampton boys tennis team is off to a 4-2 start so far this season, looking to improve from a 6-10 mark from last season.
The Kids posted wins against Easton (4-3), Freedom (4-3) and Wilson (4-1) with losses coming against Pleasant Valley (5-2) and Stroudsburg (4-3).
The team is looking to get past the graduation of Tom Reinhard, a four-year starter, as well as Kevin Trinkle, who was a two-year starter.
Despite the snow and cold weather recently, the Northampton track and field team looks to be in good shape as spring athletes are finally starting to take to the courts and fields.
The Kids return a host of track team members who competed at districts last year. The hope is to get those kids back, and more, and also advance some to states.
The Northampton girls basketball team doesn’t have any hardware to show for their 2016-17 campaign, but it can still be considered a very successful season for the program.
The girls made the league, district and state playoffs, and when all was said and done, they advanced farther than any other area 6A team in the Lehigh Valley.
While the regular season saw some inconsistencies, the Kids really seemed to hit their stride in the district consolation game.