On Tuesday, the Northampton cross country teams went against Central, Emmaus and Whitehall.
The boys went 1-2 on the day. The victory was against Whitehall 22-35. The losses came again Central 31-28 and Emmaus 43-26.
The girls, who went 0-3 on the day, are fighting through some injuries this season, head coach Dan Benner said. The girls lost by scores of 32-23 against Whitehall, 33-24 against Central and 40-21 against Emmaus.
The Northampton boys soccer team got off to a fast start in 2016 with two wins.
The team knocked off Whitehall 4-0.
The Kids scored a goal in the first half by Ryan Keenan, which was unassisted, and then added three more in the second half to pull away.
Keenan made it 2-0 with another unassisted goal before Jacob Auger made it 3-0 on his tally.
Trevor Hanuschak’s goal on an assist from Keenan made it 4-0.
Morgan Heffelfinger made three saves for the shutout victory.
If there’s one thing head coach Ed Roman wanted to stress about his Balliet Vikings Connie Mack team, it was consistency.
The team has only been in existence for two years, but in that time they’ve won nearly 40 games, including a 20-6 record this season, have had two Lehigh Valley playoff berths and two state playoff berths.
“Consistency was the hallmark of our success,” Roman said. “We have a lot be proud of. We should be very proud to have performed at such a high level.”
The Northampton Connie Mack team started to get hot at the right time this year.
The team won six of their last seven games to earn the eighth seed in the highly competitive Lehigh Valley Connie Mack League. They continued to ride that wave with a key, 7-6 victory over Northern Valley in the oping round of playoffs that helped advance them to the start tournament.
After not having a team in the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack League, Northampton is back in action.
So far as of late last week, the Kids are 3-3 with all of the games being close.
“Our expectations are positive for this season,” said head coach Steve Kerbacher. “The roster is relatively young but deep in talent.”
Seth Laky and Cole Rufe will lead the way for the pitching staff, which will also need some other arms to step up in what amounts to 15 games in 29 days of the season.
The annual Lions All-Star Soccer Classic was scheduled for Sunday, June 5 at Whitehall, however the event was canceled because of a potentially severe line of thunderstorms scheduled to move through the area.
The event features a boys and a girls game with stars from the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and the Colonial League.
Stars from the EPC girls were: April Foley (Central), Ivanna Jones (Whitehall), Jennifer Guetzlaff (Parkland), Meghan Grundhauser (Easton), Nicole Brigante (Pocono West), Abigail Leach (Pleasant Valley), Taylor George (Whitehall),
The Balliet Vikings made quite an impression during their first year in the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack League.
The Vikings are a club team primarily made up of Central Catholic players who come from the Northampton, Whitehall-Coplay and Parkland areas.
The team went 16-6 and advanced to the state tourney only to lose two, heartbreaking, 1-0 games in the bottom of the seventh inning.
With a nice group of returning players, the team started 3-0 this season as of late last week. However head coach Ed Roman wants to keep things in perspective.
Northampton’s Aja Blount and Meghan Hemingway competed at the state track and field meet this past weekend.
Blount was seventh with a throw of 121-4. Jocelen Ruth of Kutztown had the top throw with a 137, just ahead of North Pocono’s Jessica Slagus who tossed a 136-7. Hemingway, meanwhile, threw a 105-10 for 16th place.
For Blount, it was all about overcoming some early jitters before finding her form.
“I was very nervous performing out at Ship because I was not used to the atmosphere and having so many people watching me at once,” Blount said earlier this week.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference recently announced its all-stars for the 2016 season.
Whitehall led the way with three first team selections as well as the player of the year selection and coach of the year selection as well.
Kay Solderitch was named first team pitcher as well as most valuable player. The Zephs Alexis Berg-Townsend was named coach of the year.
Julia Solderitch and Mackenzie Guzy were also named to the first team for the Zephs.
The spring sports regular season is quickly wrapping up which means it’s playoff time.
The postseason track festivities started with the EPC meet held this past week at Whitehall. The Kids Aja Blount took first in the discus.
On the diamond, the girls softball team made the EPC playoffs and will take on Freedom on the road on Monday.
Look for track recaps as well as results from the softball game in the May 18 edition of the Press.