With Tuesday’s game against Whitehall canceled, the Northampton girls basketball team and head coach Jeff Jacksits had a chance to catch their breath a bit from what’s been a busy season thus far.
The girls are coming off a 61-34 win over Pocono Mountain West on Monday night. That win put them at 8-3 so far this season.
While that mark has them in pretty good shape heading down the stretch, Jacksits and the girls are striving to be better, especially when it matters most.
On Wednesday, some District 11 titles were settled in the Lehigh Valley Press coverage area, while a few more are on the line Thursday night. In football, the action all gets under way this weekend.
In field hockey, the Emmaus Hornets did it again - their 28th straight district title after a 3-1 victory over Stroudsburg Wednesday night.
District 11 announced the times, locations and matchups for the 4A volleyball tournament. The games begin on Saturday morning at four different locations.
Parkland, the top seed, will host the winner of (8) Whitehall vs. (9) Pocono Mountain East, which is scheduled for 9 a.m. The winner takes on the Trojans at 10:30 a.m.
(4) Emmaus will host (5) Pleasant Valley at 10 a.m. and Delaware Valley will host Wyoming Valley West, however no time was announced for this contest.
The Emmaus field hockey team did it again, this time with a come from behind win to capture the East Penn Conference title.
The Hornets and Stroudsburg were scoreless throughout much of the first half before the Mounties Lizzy Cunningham gave her team a 1-0 lead with about 10 minutes left in the first half.
That lead would hold up for the rest of the first half and into this second until the Hornets Kira Koehler tied the game at 1-1, on an assist of Meredith Sholder
The East Penn Conference released their updated playoff schedule on Wednesday with sites and times.
In field hockey, top-seed Emmaus will take on two-seed Stroudsburg at Whitehall High School at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20.
In boys soccer, top-seed Liberty advanced to the finals and will take on third-seeded Stroudsburg which needed OT to knock off Parkland, the two seed, on Tuesday. This game will take place at Nazareth on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m.
The East Penn Conference announced playoff matchups for the 2016 fall sports season on Friday, Oct. 14. Here’s a look:
Three games will take place Saturday, Oct. 15: Whitehall (8) at Emmaus (1) 3:30 p.m.; Easton (5) at Northampton (4), 2 p.m.; Pocono Mt. East (6) at Liberty (3) 3:30 p.m.; Parkland (7) at Stroudsburg (2) 2 p.m.
The semifinals will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 18 with the finals slated for Thursday, Oct. 20.
The Northampton golf team recently concluded its regular season and on Tuesday morning took part in the East Penn Conference golf tournament at Woodstone, outside of Bath.
The Kids finished an impressive 14-4 season, and for head coach Brian Davies, accomplished some goals as well.
“We finished 14-4 which is achieving the goal I wanted to reach at the beginning of the year,” Davies said. “This year was all about patience and developing our players. Going into EPC’s, we have several players who are playing golf at their best.”
Both the Northampton boys and girls cross country teams went 2-1 on the day in a meet held Tuesday afternoon.
The boys team beat Pocono Mountain East 20-35, beat Pocono Mountain West 15-48 and lost to Pleasant Valley 37-20.
The girls team beat Pocono Mountain East 15-48, beat Pocono Mountain West 15-50 and lost to Pleasant Valley 34-21.
The girl’s team now stands at 4-5 on the season thus far while the boys upped their mark to 5-4 on the season.
The Northampton girls soccer team’s season has been an up and down one to say the least.
The girls lost their keeper Anna Keffer before the season began.
However, the team started their schedule with a win over Notre Dame and most recently tied Nazareth but unfortunately there were some losses in between.
Against the Crusaders, Abi Czarnicki scored twice on penalty kicks while Rachel Apsley and Breaunna Colonna-Dotter added the other goals in the 4-3 win.
Both boys and girls cross country teams went 2-1 on the day with wins against Allen and Dieruff and losses against the Trojans Tuesday afternoon at Parkland.
The boys overall record now is 3-3, while the girls record is 2-4.
The scoring boys were Isaiah Tyler (13th - 18:27), Vince Gallagher (17th - 18:43), Nick Bodnar (45th - 20:15), Evan Gillette (55th - 20:51), and Bryce Fisher (85th - 22:18).