The Northampton swim teams competed against Pocono Mountain West in a meet from Jan. 14.
The girls were 116-54 winners as Rachel Pursell and Brynne Rockovits led the way with two individual victories each. For the boys, they tied 89-89 and were led by Gavyn Frankenfield’s double-win day.
For the girls, Pursell captured the 100 butterfly in 1:04.69 as well as the 100 backstroke in 1:06.33. Rockovits took the 100 breaststroke in 1:14.64 as well as the 200 IM in 2:20.03.
No matter the level of the sport, hockey players have always been considered a different breed of athlete.
From beer leagues right up to the NHL level, there may not be more camaraderie than inside a locker room at an ice rink.
So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone the overwhelming response to this year’s Winter Classic, an outdoor hockey event held at the Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink which helps support the Lehigh Valley Polar Bears, a local, special hockey team.
Quick starts have been nothing new to the Northampton girls basketball team lately.
For the most part, those starts have translated to wins against recent opponents like Freedom, Stroudsburg and Dieruff. And when the team got off to another hot start against Easton, many thought another victory was in the cards.
But that isn’t how this contest turned out as the Rovers rallied from a 20-6 deficit to win 55-47.
For head coach Jeff Jacksits, it was a tale of two halves.
The Northampton girls basketball team is 10-2 as of early this week. And while the season has been an enjoyable one so far for head coach Jeff Jacksits, there are some tests coming in the next couple of weeks.
“The season so far has been a pleasant surprise,” Jacksits said last week. “Hopefully we can keep up the momentum and qualify for both district and league tournaments.”
The Northampton boys and girls swim teams split a recent meet with Pocono Mountain East.
The girls came out on top 123-47 while the boys fell 101-68.
Both Rachel Pursell and Brynne Rockovits were double winners for the girls in the victory.
Pursell won the 200 free in 2:10.80 and the 500 free in 5:41.23 while Rockovits took the 200 IM in 2:23.48 and the 100 butterfly in 1:06.16.
Kaitlyn Nemes and Morgan Fehnel were other individual winners for the Kids. Nemes won the 100 free in 1:02.24 while Fehnel captured the 100 breaststroke in 1:23.48.
The Northampton cross country teams officially wrapped up their seasons with an end of year banquet held on Nov. 11.
“This was a very bittersweet night,” said head coach Dan Benner about the event. “Obviously it was a fun night and we are very excited about the future of the program, but it was difficult to say good-bye to a great group of seniors. This was my first four-year graduating class, so it meant a lot to me.”
The Northampton cross country teams wrapped up their regular season on Tuesday and will now get ready for the postseason.
In their final meet, the girls had a nice day going 3-2 against Becahi, Easton, Freedom, Liberty and Nazareth. The boys dropped all five of their meets.
The girls finished their season with an impressive 11-6 mark. Joelle Perelli, Lyndsey Gallagher, Magen Perelli, Beth Albright and Olivia Cappolella were the top five finishers for NHS.
The Northampton boys soccer team needed overtime but defeated Southern Lehigh 2-1 last week.
After a scoreless half, both teams netted goals in the second half as Thomas Reinhard and Colin Hoff found the back of the net.
Chris Santos scored for the Kids in overtime to give them the win.
Jacob London made 13 saves in net for the Kids.
NHS also knocked off Whitehall thanks to two first half goals.
Jason Santos scored first on an assist from Austin Graver. That was followed by a Ryan Keenan tally to make it 2-0. Keenan was assisted by Chris Santos.
The Northampton cross country team is gearing up for the postseason events as their season winds down.
On Tuesday, they celebrated senior day on their home course in East Allen Township at Bicentennial Park in a meet with Eastburg North, Eastburg South and Stroudsburg.
Eight seniors were honored: Charlie Amore, Carly Hein, Jasmine Kraftician, Joelle Perelli, Zach Ohmacht, Gabe Reichenbach, Noah Rindock and Lucas Yost.
The girls won two while the boys won one on senior day.
The Northampton volleyball team picked up two wins recently.
The girls topped East Stroudsburg North in three games, 25-13, 25-8, 25-17.
In that victory, Julia Kester had nine kills and four aces. Olivia Lucas chipped in with 16 assists and four aces.
Earlier, Northampton defeated Pocono Mountain East in three games, 25-14, 25-15, 25-16.
Kester again led the way with nine kills. Lucas added 15 assists and Jasmine Pavlinsky came up with nine assists and four kills.
Northampton fell to Parkland in boys soccer 4-2.