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.
Northampton’s Tom Reinhard won his opening round match in the District 11 Tournament which started on Monday.
Reinhard took a 6-0, 6-0 decision over Pottsville’s Collin Williams which set up a second round match against Liberty’s Dan Lynn. Lynn would knock off Reinhard 6-0, 6-1, setting up a quarterfinal round match against Freedom’s Aidan Bodeo-Lomicky, who Lynn just defeated in the opening rounds of the East Penn Conference tennis tournament which started last Thursday.
For the first time since 2013, the Northampton track team got to host a meet.
The girls defeated both Dieruff and Pocono Mountain West while the boys fell to West and beat the Huskies at their new facility.
The girls are now 3-2 on the season knocking off Freedom in their other victory, while the boys dropped to 1-4 with losses against Parkland, Stroudsburg and Freedom.
After an 8-8 campaign in 2015, the Northampton boys tennis team will look to rebuild and keep things simple in 2016.
The good news was early on the weather cooperated before cooler temperatures and some rain moved into the area. However, the team is way ahead of schedule compared to last year.
“We had a full week of outside practice on the courts, two times as much as all last season, and everyone was hitting a lot of balls and getting some good work in on a challenge ladder,” said head coach Kim Davis. “We have good team unity [so far].”